The Good The HP Pavilion dv7-6b55dx is a nice-looking big-screen laptop with long battery life and very good performance for the money.
The Bad The dv7's screen is low-resolution for its size and its integrated graphics drag down the performance some.
The Bottom Line If 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.
HP Pavilion dv7
There's a lot to like about the HP Pavilion dv7-6b55dx. It's not that it's an extraordinary laptop or anything, and maybe I'm just too used to seeing ugly, cheap-looking Windows laptops at its price, but the dv7 looks and feels much better than its cost would suggest.
Inside is a very good component mix headlined by a second-gen Core i5 processor backed by a plentiful amount of memory that we found made carrying out everyday tasks painless. It has long battery life--somewhat uncommon for a desktop replacement--and all the requisite ports and connections, plus a couple of extras like wireless display and WiMax support.
This dv7's biggest shortcoming is its integrated graphics, which just don't have the power to handle demanding games or complex photo and video editing. If those things aren't on your to-do list and you simply need a desktop replacement for home office stuff and a little entertainment, the HP Pavilion dv7-6b55dx might just be what you're looking for.