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Alas my old laptop is almost dead and not quite at blue screen error but very soon it will cease to function so time to look for a new one. I got this laptop as a refurbished one and have been fairly happy with it.
The screen is a great size for me as I have come to prefer a sightly larger screen as I have got older as I hate trying to read lots of small text on a little screen. The only drawback for me personally is that it doesnt fit into my existing laptop bag so if I am travelling with it it has to go into my big Mary Poppins handbag!The keyboard is pleasant to use and the keys seem sturdy. The rather cool James Bond part of the la[top is the finger print scan which you can use to log onto not only to your pc but also instead of typing your password into other sites which require a log in. This is rather nifty however sometimes if you scan your finger print too quickly it doesnt work and it takes a few attempts which can be frustrating. Of course you always have the option of just typing your password a usual. The Envy is a bit heavier than my old laptop but I tend to use it in the house and so I am only moving it from room to room so that doesnt really bother me.
The memory size ensures that the laptop does respond quickly and much better than my old pc which would often slow down considerably. Even when I have several windows open the Envy works quickly. I have the Envy with Windows 8 which I am not a massive fan of but am getting used to it. I use Microsoft Office a lot and like the newest additions although I sometimes prefer Prezzi for presentations. The battery life is so much better than my old pc that I at first thought I had misread how much battery life I had left when I first started using it. The drawback for me with my particular model is that I failed to check everything worked when I first bought it. As I use this for work I didnt try out the movie and video aspects and have now found that these are not working. I dare say I will be able to resolve the issue but so far havent had time to fix it. This is a pity as the screen is a nice size for watching movies and it also comes with beatsaudio. Moral: Check everything works when you first get it!
Despite the issue with movies I have been happy with my purchase as the laptop does everything I bought it to do and the speed ad ease of use suit me. Although I dont particular like having to work at night or the weekends this laptop has made it less painful.
This laptop is amazing. This is used as my entertainment laptop. The big hd screen is great for movies and games as the colours just burst out of the screen. This being a hp envy it comes with beats audio just completes the cinema experience of this laptop. It also comes with a fingerprint scanner so no more worrying about forgetting your password!
The nvidia gt630m is great for gaming and enables you to run most games in medium graphics and doesn't use up that much cpu power. The cpu is also very powerful and handles all daily tasks as well as multi tasking and entertainment. This isn't very good for portability or business use as it quite big and weighty which means its quite hard to carry unless you have a laptop bag. It would be a good replacement for a home pc as it has the same kind of power as a home pc.
HP Envy DV7 - One of my top 5 gadgets for 2013.
I am quite a fan of my computer equipment and accessories and seem to have an ever-growing demand for more performance which is hard to ignore really with the big company's teasing us with all these new super-chip processor's its just human instinct to wan't things straight away, lets face it who likes waiting around? Waiting to get paid? .. Waiting in a que for the latest clothing product or game? just another 5minutes. Yep great isn't it, well there is a bit of logic in the waiting game and HP shows no backing down to the most demanding applications. The system features a staggering 6GB Ram, 750GB HDD and a 2.5 GHZ Core i5 Processor. What more could you need for your portable needs?
Laptops and notebooks are effectively on the same scale as desktop PCs these days with product specs coming very close to one another. My main review of this product is based on my actual needs of the laptop which consists of occasional gaming with high demanding graphics, web based applications, graphics design and music production which all in their own right create quite a demand for any system. However with this x64 build from HP your applications work with you as you need them, seemlessly switching between even those demanding the most resource.
To look at this laptop is sleek, modern and what you would expect if you went to PC world or Curry's, it stands as one of the more popular mid-range laptops of 2013 and after doing much research prior to my purchase I have discovered a growing number of satisfied customers. Would recommend.
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I have a slightly higher functioning version of this system; with the i7 processor, a bit more ram and a larger hard drive but there's not a whole heap of difference between the two.
We'll start of with looks. This is a black laptop; there's a small HP logo on the lid that lights up when it's in use. The hand rests are made of plastic and remain cool even when gaming or heavily processing which is a huge advantage. There's the usual assortment of cable ports. On the left hand side, Monitor, HDMI, Ethernet, 2 USB's and headphone and microphone. The card reader is on the front left hand side and the right contains 2 more USB's the DVD drive and the power jack. I know at least one of these is USB3.
As this is a big chunky 17.3" laptop it contains a full keyboard complete with a number pad on the side. This is a feature I love as I use a regular keyboard at work and old habits die hard!
Performance wise this thing is a beast. Handles both mine and my other half's gaming needs which include The Sims 3, Command and Conquer, Football Manager, Civilisation - Brave New World, train simulator etc. Runs Photoshop and several other programs at the same time without a hitch. Remains cool through all of this, cool enough to have on your lap. Other systems I've used have needed a cooling fan from the get go - not this one!
The large screen is beautiful; crystal clear with great viewing angles. Perfect for photo editing as well as gaming. The Beats audio is phenomenal. Cyrstal clear with great bass.
The price is reasonable for what you get; don't be fooled this is a desktop replacement with the freedom to move if you're taking it by car; it's not one to cart each day to the office but for my needs it's perfect and I wouldn't change it for the world!
|Product Description:||HP Envy dv7-7201sa - 17.3" - Core i5 3210M - Windows 8 64-bit - 6 GB RAM - 750 GB HDD|
|Operating System:||Windows 8 64-bit|
|Processor:||Intel Core i5 (3rd Gen) 3210M / 2.5 GHz / 3 MB Cache|
|Memory:||6 GB DDR3|
|Storage:||750 GB HDD / 5400 rpm|
|Optical Drive:||DVD SuperMulti|
|Display:||17.3" LED backlight HD+ BrightView 1600 x 900 / HD+|
|Graphics:||NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M - 2 GB GDDR3|
|Networking:||Bluetooth, 802.11n , Gigabit Ethernet|
|Colour:||Midnight black, metal finish|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||41.6 cm x 27.4 cm x 3.52 cm|
|Localisation:||English / United Kingdom|
|Environmental Standards:||ENERGY STAR Qualified|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||1 year warranty|