HP Pavilion dv9790ea review: HP Pavilion dv9790ea

The Good Fast processor; decent 3D performance; large hard drive.

The Bad Short battery life; low resolution screen; heavy.

The Bottom Line The HP Pavilion dv9790ea is a powerful machine that can even turn its hand to gaming. It's let down, however, by its low screen resolution and poor battery life

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7.5 Overall

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If you're after a laptop that can keep you entertained as well as help you get some work done, the HP Pavilion dv9790ea is certainly well equipped for the task. This hefty desktop replacement offers plenty of power and can even turn its hand to gaming. It's available now for a wallet-lightening £1,300 from PC World. A hefty chunk of change, sure, but is it good value?

If you're after a machine that'll handle strenuous activity, the dv9790ea is more than fit enough for the job. It's powered by Intel's second fastest mobile chip yet -- the Core 2 Duo T9300, running at 2.5GHz. There's a generous 4GB of RAM included too, so it's no surprise that it broke little sweat in terms of performance, managing to achieve a high PC Mark 05 score of 5,617.

It's also not bad when it comes to gaming either, thanks to its Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT graphics chip. It didn't manage to crack the 3,000 barrier running 3D Mark 06, but it still came home with a respectable score of 2,741 -- fine for running most games, but not the very latest titles, such as Crysis.

If slightly more passive entertainment is your thing, there's a digital TV tuner so you can watch your favourite programmes or record them for later, using Windows Media Center. With 500GB to play with on the hard drive, you should have plenty of space for your own files without having to worry about running out of storage for Neighbours episodes.

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