HP Pavilion dv2700t Special Edition review: HP Pavilion dv2700t Special Edition

While our review unit was close to $1,400, the dv2700t starts at a reasonable $879. You still get the Altec Lansing speakers and HDMI output with the base model, but you also trade down to a 1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5500 CPU, a 120GB hard drive, and 2GB of RAM (there's currently a promotion on HP's Web site upgrading it to 3GB), while also losing the dedicated graphics, fingerprint reader, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and external TV tuner.

With its 2.5GHz T9300 CPU (a $225 upgrade over the base price), the dv2700t is a speedy performer, easily beating comparable mainstream laptops such as the Toshiba Satellite U405 and M305, which have the slightly slower 2.1GHz T8100 CPU. We had no trouble with multitasking, running multiple Web browsers, office applications and media players at the same time. The Nvidia GeForce 8400 isn't the most powerful video card out there, but we managed to squeeze a very playable 33 frames per second out of Unreal Tournament III at 1,280x800.

The system ran for 2 hours and 13 minutes on our DVD battery drain test, using the included six-cell battery. Our DVD battery drain test is known as being especially tough, but in anecdotal testing, we found battery life to be about the same. Apple's MacBook, by way of comparison, ran for 4.5 hours, making it a category leader.

HP includes an industry-standard one-year parts-and-labor warranty with the system. Upgrading to a three-year plan will cost an extra $199. Support is accessible through a 24-7 toll-free phone line, an online knowledge base, and driver downloads, and we've found HP's Web-based support site to be pretty good for providing easily accessible updated drivers.

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HP Pavilion dv2700t Special Edition
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9300; 3072MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 128MB NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS; 250GB Fujitsu 5,400rpm

Toshiba Satellite M305-S4826
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T8100; 3072MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel 965GM Express; 250GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

Apple MacBook Core 2 Duo - 2.2GHz / 13.3 inch
OS X 10.5.1 Leopard; Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz; 2,048GB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 144MB Intel GMA X3100; 160GB Fujitsu 5,400rpm

Toshiba Satellite U405-S2830
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T8100; 3072MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 358MB Mobile Intel 965GM Express; 250GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

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    HP Pavilion dv2700t Special Edition

    Part Number: GW573AV Released: Mar. 1, 2008

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    • Release date Mar. 1, 2008
    • Weight 5.3 lbs
    • Installed Size 2 GB
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