Pros Battery life not bad for a quad-core, multi-tasks marvelously, just about every type of connection you can imagine (HDMI, eSATA, Firewire, and more),
Cons Minor problems with Centrino wireless, included CD/DVD burning software too basic,
Summary I bought this dv7-2185dx for audio/video editing. I also wanted something that would not be obsolete in a year or two. With the quad-core processor, 6GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive, I don't think that's going to happen any time soon. This machine does a marvelous job of multi-tasking!! Without hesitation, I can burn a DVD at the same time I'm doing audio editing and surfing the web. At the moment, this is performing a back-up of the hard drive, and I don't even notice anything running in the background. Nothing fazes this thing!! However, right out of the package even this high-spec laptop was slow. I cleared all of the unnecessary programs HP includes, and removed other unnecessary programs from startup. That's what it took to get this computer to run the way it should.
The built-in webcam has 640x480 resolution, which is decent. I'm not a serious gamer, but this laptop plays "Dark Messiah of Might and Magic" at maximum resolution without a hitch. The Windows Experience Index is 5.1, inhibited only by the slower DDR2 RAM used in this system. I did a performance test on pcpitstop.com, and this HP Pavilion dv7-2185dx came out in the top 15% of all computers rated on the site. Believe it or not, even with the quad-core, this thing really doesn't get very hot with normal use. This thing has so many connections on the side, I had to consult the manual to find out what they were used for. These connections include HDMI output, Firewire, VGA, 3 USB 2.0, and eSATA, and connection for an HP docking station.
I have experienced a few problems with the Centrino wireless. Plus, you will see every little fingerprint and smear on the case. It's no wonder they include a cleaning cloth. Also, since this is called an 'Entertainment PC' I think it should have a TV tuner built-in. However, since the resolution doesn't allow for a true 1080p picture, perhaps that's not such a good idea. A remote control is included, but it's only used to control the media programs like the DVD player, HP Media Smart, and Windows Media Center.
I'm not sure why others are having trouble with the display. I read some reviews on other sites to that effect. I haven't experienced that at all. With the dv7-2185dx, you'll get a notebook PC that everyone is impressed with, and that you have to work really hard to max out it's processing power and memory.
Pros This laptop beats out most desktops with it's 6gb ram, and 1gb dedicated graphics card.
Cons The backlight on it went out the same day I got it. Back to the Best Buy we go. Ironically this was a lemon replacement.
It's not software, settings, or brightness keys. It's the hardware. The backlight literally burned out the first day of use.
Summary If I actually had a chance to do anything more than install firefox on it, I could maybe write a half-decent review.
Pros Good technical specifications
Cons CHEAPLY built, with crappy alloys that are poor conductors of electricity.
Summary I purchased the dv7 with beats audio and a 1.7ghz quad core processor in early 2012, and all i can say is that this computer MIGHT be good as a boat anchor, and that is all it's good for. The computer is constantly overheating even though I have it tilted up on a cooling pad with 2 high volume fans. I suspect it's b/c they are using CHEAP metal alloys that are poor electrical conductors, but at the same time, are good heat conductors. Also, the screen is all scratched up, and when it is off, I can see a complete outline of the keypad and chassis details etched into the screen, and I have never transported the computer outside of a lap top sleeve. Finally, the computer shipped out with a defective main drive, and I lost 3 weeks of crucial data/ work when boot sector of the drive failed, and I had to send the whole computer back to HP to have the drive replaced, even though I could have done the work my self in a couple of hours. Finally, the computer is constantly freezing and failing to go to sleep properly, leading to many hard restarts. I'd be happy to restore the computer to factory specs., but HP is consistently failing to send functional restore disks.
Pros Super fast, large hard drive, long battery life, and great sound.
Cons the goods dont last very long. Just after a year my hard drive failed (defective hard drive, it was not a virus or anything), the battery needs to be replaced, and the cpu has slowed tremendously. I take care of my laptop, and there's not even a scratch o
Summary Excellent computer, if you plan to replace it every year.
"Games like a champ"on by dralithi
Pros Plays high res World of Warcraft (Cataclysm expansion) with good framerates.
Cons Runs too hot, have to use a chill mat to counteract the heat, why can't fans push air out the back instead of straight down?
Summary Cheap price, good performance, get a chill mat.