HP ENVY dv7 Review

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Software & Support
      • 6
      • Upgrade Capabilities
      • 9
      • Usability
      • 8
      • Design
      • 7
      • Performance
      • 7
      • Features
      • 8
      • Price/Value Rating
      • 7
      • Total Score:
      • 7.43
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Easy to upgrade parts or replace battery
    • Dual storage bays
    • Multiple processor and graphics configurations
    • Great speakers and Full HD screen option
    • Standard 2-year warranty
  • Cons

    • Glossy finish around screen and between keys shows fingerprints and dust
    • No touchscreen option for Windows 8, no downgrade support for Windows 7
    • Integrated mouse buttons feel cheap
    • Not as attractive as the premium ENVY 17 it has replaced

Quick Take

The replacement for the Pavilion dv7, the new ENVY dv7, offers a good balance of configuration options and cost.

The HP ENVY dv7 is a good machine for anyone interested in replacing a standard desktop computer at a good balance of configuration and cost. With a 17.3-inch screen and standard 1600×900 HD+ display with HD 4000 graphics, it\’s capable of basic gaming and the screen\’s glossy finish makes colors bolder and brighter. It comes equipped with Windows 8 and is extremely customizable, allowing it to fit any budget or performance needs.

\"HPWeighing in at 7-pounds the HP ENVY dv7 isn\’t very portable, but will suffice for those looking to use it as a desktop replacement. NotebookReview found it to have an appealing look with a subtle brushed metal skin on the lid and around the keyboard and on the palm rest. The keyboard features a number pad on the left side and a 4.13-inch wide by 2.13-inch deep touchpad with dedicated mouse buttons. NBR found the larger touchpad to be useful when operating Windows 8 but found the mouse buttons to be lacking convincing feedback.

The HP ENVY dv7 has an easily removable underside, which allows easy access to upgrade RAM, dual hard drives and a wireless card. Users can also remove and upgrade the battery as well as add storage. The standard model comes equipped with a 6-cell 62WHr battery, which NBR found to provide above average battery life. The HP ENVY dv7 has a quality build with an aluminum chassis that provides a solid frame. It features three USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, VGA output, HDMI port, Ethernet input, microphone in and headphone outputs as well as an optical drive, AC adaptor and Kensington lock slot.

NBR reviewed the HP ENVY dv7 with middle of the road specifications with an Intel Core i5 3rd generation processor and 1600×900 HD+ display with TN Panel technology. NBR found that the TN panel technology causes colors to shift as the screen is tilted and that touchscreen integration would have been a nice feature with the integration of Windows 8. The computer features four speakers and a subwoofer which provides better than average sound quality. The HP ENVY dv7 was also reviewed with the standard 7500B HDD Hitachi hard drive, which NBR found to run slow at 5400 RPM, but noted the hard drive can be upgraded.

The HP ENVY dv7 with middle-of-the-road upgrades can be found priced as low at $600 with sales and HP coupons. With vast customization options, it offers high value for the cost. It features a good screen display with above average sound quality and a sturdy build. The cons were minimal and most could be corrected with upgrades. However, buyers may want to note the lack of touchscreen capabilities with the integration of Windows 8. This is a good computer for anyone looking to replace a desktop computer with a notebook.



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