Product Type: Hewlett-Packard laptops
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Sleek, sexy and stlyish!
HP Pavilion Dv7-3105ea Entertainment
Member Name: candyfloss89
HP Pavilion Dv7-3105ea Entertainment
Advantages: stylish, fast, reliable, perfect for gaming and watching movies, dedicated media keys
Disadvantages: Can be expensive if you dont shop around before buying, blows out lots of hot air
Some basic technical info:
- Processor: AMD Turion(tm) II Dual core mobile M520 2.30 GHz
- Installed memory (RAM): 4GB
- System type: 64 Bit
- Operating system: Windows 7 Home Premium
- Graphics: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4530 series (512mb dedicated graphics)
- Screen size: 17.3 inches (Wide screen display - max res; 1600 x 900)
- Integrated webcam and bluetooth capabilities
- Sound: 3D Sound Blaster Pro compatible sound 16 bit integrated, Altec Lansing speakers with integrated sub-woofer
- Software: Microsoft Works and Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 60-Day Trial Version, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Windows Mail, Adobe Reader, HP MediaSmart Suite, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Gallery, DVD Play, Windows Movie Maker, Windows DVD Maker, Cyberlink DVD Suite, Windows Media Centre, HP Total Care Advisor and HP Games Console with hours of free game play.
Prices vary on this particular model. I've seen it as expensive as £900 in places! Whereas mine was just under £700. So, if you're thinking of buying this, the best advice I can give you is to SHOP AROUND! Ebay offer cheaper models of this, as does Laptops Direct although this may be ay a cost of less memory and a lower quality graphics card.
What I like about it:
The design is beautiful, sleek and black with a silver circular type pattern along the top. It's distinctive and unusual and the kind of laptop that you'd be proud to show off in public. The sleek, shiny surface does unfortunately have a tendency to attract fingerprint marks but I find this to be a common problem with most laptops these days. I didn't buy the laptop purely based on the stylish design but it's certainly a bonus and I recently found out this was a limited edition artists print which I didn't actually know when I brought it!
With a 17.3 inch widescreen, it's a big laptop. But I watch a lot of movies and play a lot of games on my computer so this is a bonus for me. I know some people prefer the smaller netbook types but if your a movie or game buff, it's a lot more enjoyable and easier to play/watch in wide-screen, in my opinion. The maximum resolution for this laptop is a huge 1600 x 900.
Gaming and films
This will play The Sims 3! Many notebooks these days are not powerful enough to handle The Sims and it's expansion packs but this laptop does and does so in a very efficent manner. As long as you play the game on lower graphic settings...I also play Zoo Tycoon 2, The Harry Potter games and Sonic The Hedgehog on this laptop. The large amount of RAM and dedicated graphics make this a dream gaming system and at a lot more reasoably priced than an Alienware gaming laptop, which will set you back at least £1,000!
The top of the laptop has dedicated media keys, including volume, start, stop, rewind and fast forward. It also comes with a separate remote control which also has these media keys on. This is useful for leaving the Laptop on a table and then watching a DVD whilst laying in bed or sitting on the sofa. It means you can control the DVD from where you sit, without having to get up and press play, stop etc on the laptop itself.
Everything about this laptop is fast! It's quick to turn on and start up, you can literally be logged on in less than a minute. This is much better than my previous laptops, even my £500 Acer took about 5 minutes to load. The internet is super fast too and since browsing the net is one of my favourite things to do, this is a major advantage for me.
I currently have several games, downloads, music and text files saved on my system yet there is still ample space for more, which is a good thing since I've just ordered yet more games in the January sales!
What I dislike about it
The laptop blows out a lot of hot air. You can feel it if its rested on your knee. This had me worried that one day, it would overheat and the fan would stop working. A quick Google search showed me that this was a common problem with this particular make of computer.
So I decided to invest in a cooling mat. I brought the 'Zalman - 17'' Notebook Cooler - 220mm Fan - ZM-NC3000S - Black' from Amazon, which wasn't cheap but effectively solved this issue of overheating.
Who I'd recommend it to
Movie fans and computer game fans, this is the perfect laptop for you! The 17.3 Widescreen is perfect for playing games and watching movies in stunning clarity. It can also be brought for a reasonably cheap price, if you shop around a bit first. I'd also recommend it to those who want a stylish laptop to show off and uni students who may need sufficient memory to store essays, research and dissertations on.
I haven't had a lot of luck with laptops but I've had this one since September and I've never had an issue with it. I love it. Perfect for gaming and movies, fast and reliable and stylishly designed and great value for money. I cannot fault it.
Summary: Sexy, sleek and fast!
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