HP Pavilion dv7 review: HP Pavilion dv7

Unsurprisingly, similarly priced laptops with quad-core i7 processors did better in our multitasking lab tests. For most home office tasks, though, the i5 processor in the dv7-6b55dx did fine in anecdotal tests with almost no slowdown when simultaneously streaming music and running word-processing software along with IM and e-mail clients and a Web browser. If you need to do anything more than basic photo or video editing, you'll probably want to shut a couple things down first, but otherwise you should be good for average day-to-day stuff. The integrated graphics were sufficient for streaming video and casual gaming.

Juice box
HP Pavilion dv7-6b55dx Average watts per hour
Off (60 percent) 0.42
Sleep (10 percent) 0.8
Idle (25 percent) 8.93
Load (5 percent) 49.38
Raw kWh 44.09
Annual energy cost $5.00

Annual energy consumption cost
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The dv7-6b55dx's battery life is great, running for 8 hours and 33 minutes in our video playback battery drain test. With some power management and under more typical use, you could probably stretch that out to about 9 hours. Of course, it does use a bulky nine-cell battery to get there. That's something to keep in mind when you're looking at comparable laptops that use a more standard six-cell pack.

The HP Pavilion dv7-6b55dx includes a one-year warranty on parts and labor. If you purchase a dv7 direct from HP, you will get two years of protection, but a similar configuration will be more expensive and you can't get this exact combination of features.

If you're looking for a big-screen laptop for home office use that won't die shortly after being unplugged, the HP Pavilion dv7-6b55dx is a good starting point. It offers enough performance muscle for everyday tasks and looks good doing it, too.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
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Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
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Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
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Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
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