CNET First Look
HP Pavilion dv7-6B55DXIf you're looking for a lot of screen real estate and enough power for work and play, the HP Pavilion dv7-6b55dx is a good place to start.
-Hey there, I'm Josh Goldman, senior editor with CNET, and this a look at the HP Pavilion dv7-6b55dx. Now, it might seem like all the world only wants ultra portable laptops, but I'm sure there are some people that just want something with a little bit of mobility, but a lot of screen space. For those people, there is the HP dv7, and here's why it's worth checking out. For starters, it looks nice, you got this brush aluminum casing on the lid and here on the keyboard deck and it feels solid and well constructed. Everything is very clean looking. Media controls are mapped to the function buttons and all you get is this little quick launch key for web browser and fingerprint reader. Everything else is just a keyboard. The touchpad is a good size and while the keyboard isn't backlit, the touchpad is, so at least you can find that in the dark. Up here, you have stereo speakers and subwoofer in the bottom or backed by Beats audio processing, which did improve audio quality, but was more impressive when used with headphones and then of course you have this big 17.3-inch screen that gives you plenty of room to work, but should you want more, you can always connect out through HDMI or VGA or it also has Intel wireless display support. Performance is very good for its price. Thanks to a core i5 processor and 8 gigs of memory, plenty of power for day to day stuff like e-mail and word processing and streaming video and music plus it's got a big 9 cell battery, will get you more than 8 hours of time away from an outlet, and should go mobile with it, there is support for 4G WiMAX mobile broadband. All in all, it's a pretty nice package for the money. I'm Josh Goldman and that's the HP Pavillion dv7-6b55dx.