Is HP Pavilion dv7 safe for school

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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 screen has a low resolution in size, and its integrated graphics slightly reduce performance.

The Bottom Line If you’re looking for plenty of screen real estate and plenty of energy to work and play, the HP Pavilion dv7-6b55dx is a good place to start.

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7.3 Overall

  • Design
    8
  • Features
    7
  • Performance
    7
  • Battery
    8
  • Support
    7

There is a lot to like about the HP Pavilion dv7-6b55dx. It’s not that it’s a terrific laptop or anything, and maybe I’m just too used to seeing ugly, cheap-looking Windows laptops for its price, but the dv7 looks and feels much better than its value proposition.

Inside is a very good combination of components, equipped with a second-generation Core i5 processor, backed up by the plethora of memory we found while performing our daily tasks painlessly. It has a long battery life – somewhat unusual for desktop replacement – and has all the necessary ports and connections, as well as a couple of extras such as wireless display and WiMax support.

The biggest downside to the dv7 is its integrated graphics, which simply can’t handle demanding games or complex photo and video editing. If these things aren’t on your to-do list and you just need a home office desktop replacement and a little entertainment, the HP Pavilion dv7-6b55dx might be what you are looking for.

Price as reviewed $749.99
Processor 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-2430M
Memory 8GB, 1,333MHz DDR3
Hard drive 750GB 5,400rpm
Chipset Mobile Intel HM65 Express Chipset
Graphics Integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Dimensions (WD) 16.4×10.8 inches
Height 1.4 inches
Screen size (diagonal) 17.3 inches
System weight / Weight with AC adapter 7.2 pounds / 7.9 pounds
Category Mainstream

The HP Pavilion dv7 proves that you can earn up to $ 800 for a Windows laptop that looks and feels good. Both the lid and the keyboard are clad in dark brown matt aluminum. Branding is also limited and subtle; for the most part, it’s just the logo with the highlight in the bottom right corner of the lid and the tiny one on the speakers panel above the keyboard. I could do without the glossy black plastic around the screen and the matte black plastic bottom, but they only make it a little cheaper overall. The only real complaint I have is that the whole thing collects fingerprints, but I prefer it to be a plastic alternative.

Thanks to its 17.3-inch LCD and a 9-cell long-life battery, this laptop is not very comfortable for travel, and it really feels heavy when kneeling. Again, you’re probably going to keep the system so big on the table, so it’s no big deal.

An island-style keyboard with a full numeric keypad is large, comfortable, quiet and responsive. It would be even nicer if it were backlit, but it’s not. Instead, the touch pad is framed by light, which I am not sure if there is any real benefit other than looking good; if you don’t like it, pressing the Fn plus space bar disables it. The good size touchpad is large enough for multi-step gestures such as grafting and scrolling with two fingers, and has separate left and right mouse buttons. Media and volume control and muting, adjusting screen brightness, and wireless on / off are all displayed on the function keys instead of additional discrete buttons. There is one small web browser quick launch button, there is also a fingerprint reader to use with SimplePass HP software to support the password, but that’s it.

17.3-inch LED backlit display has a resolution of 1600×900 pixels; it’s good enough to support 720p HD playback, but not full HD. It’s not entirely unexpected for the price, but it hurts its appeal as a multimedia system. However, those who are just looking for extra workspace will probably be more than happy. It becomes very bright, has a nice color and contrast, and a good view too. The screen is very reflective, so if it bothers you, it might be a deal breaker.

Below the screen at the top of the keyboard deck are stereo speakers; the triple bass subwoofer is at the bottom of the laptop. They sound good and get a decent boost from Beats Audio’s built-in finish, but they’re not going to blow you away. On the other hand, combined with a decent set of headphones or external speakers, Beats Audio noticeably picks up the output.

HP Pavilion dv7-6b55dx Average for category [mainstream]
Video VGA, HDMI VGA plus HDMI or DisplayPort
Audio Stereo speakers with subwoofer, 2 headphone,1 microphone jacks Stereo speakers, headphone/microphone jacks
Data 2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, SD card reader 2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, SD card reader, eSATA
Networking Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi, optional 4G WiMax mobile broadband, Intel WiDi-ready Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, optional mobile broadband
Optical drive DVD burner DVD burner

The connection pack for this HP does not have any real additional data or surprises. Well, that’s not entirely true. There are two headphone jacks, and it’s ready for 4G WiMax mobile broadband if you want to pay for the service. You can also wirelessly send content to HDTVs using Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) support, though you will need to purchase an adapter. But otherwise, things are pretty standard.

The Pavilion dv7 is available in several components and you can always go to the HP website and create one to meet your needs. In terms of money, what’s in the dv7-6b55dx is solid but not extraordinary. The 750GB hard drive offers plenty of storage, though it spins at a slow 5,400rpm, so it really doesn’t give any performance benefits. However, 8GB of system memory seems to help the Core i5 processor and integrated graphics do a little better.

Not surprisingly, laptops with a similar price to the quad-core i7 processors did better in our multi-tasking tests. However, for most home office tasks, the dv7-6b55dx i5 handled the anecdotal tests well and almost did not slow down while simultaneously transmitting music and running word processing software, as well as chat and email clients and web browsers. If you need to do more than basic photo or video editing, you may want to close a couple things first, but otherwise you should be good for average daily things. The built-in graphics were enough to broadcast video and casual games.

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 cost of energy consumption
Samsung QX411-W01
$4.02Lenovo IdeaPad G770
$4.24 Dell XPS 15Z
$4.62 Toshiba Satellite P775-S7320
$4.67HP Pavilion dv7-6b55dx
$5.00

The dv7-6b55dx’s battery life is great, running 8 hours and 33 minutes in our battery trip test for video playback. Thanks to some energy management and more typical usage, you could probably stretch it for about 9 hours. Of course, it does use a voluminous nine-cell battery to get there. This is something to keep in mind when looking at comparing laptops that use the more standard six-cell.

The HP Pavilion dv7-6b55dx includes a one-year warranty on parts and labor. If you purchase the dv7 directly from HP, you will receive two years of protection, but such a configuration will be more expensive and you will not be able to get this exact combination of features.

Conclusion
If you are looking for a large-screen laptop for a home office that will not die shortly after disconnecting, the HP Pavilion dv7-6b55dx is a good starting point. It offers sufficient performance for everyday tasks and does well.

Multimedia Task Test
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Toshiba Satellite P775-S7320
494 Dell XPS 15Z
503Lenovo IdeaPad G770
561 Samsung QX411-W01
571HP Pavilion dv7-6b55dx
573

Adobe Photoshop CS3 Image Processing Test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Dell XPS 15Z
79HP Pavilion dv7-6b55dx
87Lenovo IdeaPad G770
90 Toshiba Satellite P775-S7320
93 Samsung QX411-W01
96

Apple iTunes Coding Test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Dell XPS 15Z
102 Samsung QX411-W01
116HP Pavilion dv7-6b55dx
117Lenovo IdeaPad G770
120 Toshiba Satellite P775-S7320
152

Video Trial Video Play Video (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
HP Pavilion dv7-6b55dx
513 Samsung QX411-W01
365 Toshiba Satellite P775-S7320
224 Dell XPS 15Z
210Lenovo IdeaPad G770
209

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