HP Pavilion dv7-1005tx

While everyone scrambles for the latest low-spec netbook, the DV7 takes the opposite route, promoting itself as the ultimate entertainment notebook. It's almost right, too.


8.0
CNET Rating
9.0
User Rating

View more from HP »


Design
The DV7 is part of the same design family as the recently reviewed DV5 Pavilion, which means you're looking at the same glossy, somewhat fingerprint-prone chrome design, wrapped around a notebook that can only be described as a desktop replacement. We say that because, at 3.46kg, this isn't a notebook you're going to want to lift all that much. Or to put it another way, you could stow three netbooks into the same bag as the DV7, and still have enough weight left over for your lunch as well.

Like the DV5, the DV7 features the "media runway" touch-sensitive panel beneath the screen, for easy access to volume and playback features. Also like the DV5, you'll be broadcasting HP's brand far and wide if you do take it anywhere, thanks to a small glowing logo on the DV7's exterior case.

As with the DV5, HP's taking a gamble on consumer tastes when it comes to designing a system this glossy. Some will love the idea, while others will find it impossibly shiny. We still can't help but wonder if, like a lot of initially shiny products, it won't look rather scratched and naff a few years down the track.

Features
Underneath all the gloss lies an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T9600 running at 2.80GHz. It's fed by a solid 4GB of RAM (8GB is the maximum) and graphically presented via an Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT with 512MB of dedicated memory.

The display on the DV7 is a 17-inch panel; our test sample topped out at a relatively low 1,440x900-pixel display, although higher resolution panels are available. That's a good thing, as one of the DV7's big selling points is that it's equipped with both a Blu-ray drive and an integrated digital TV tuner, and a lower resolution panel simply won't be able to do HD video the proper justice.

For external ports, you're looking at four USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA (shared with a USB port), one VGA port, one HDMI connector, one IEEE 1394, one RJ-11 modem connector, one RJ-45 Ethernet connector, two stereo headphone jacks, one microphone jack, and an infrared port. On the networking front, you're equipped with gigabit Ethernet as well as Intel's WiFi Link 5100, offering 802.11n/g/b compatibility

Performance
Like the DV5, the DV7 was a lot of fun to test, and we're not just saying that because it gave us the excuse to kick back and watch a few Blu-ray movies. The touchpad is slick and easy to use with great responsiveness, and likewise, the keyboard (which includes a number pad) has excellent spacing and travel characteristics.

On the benchmark front, we struggled for a long time to get the DV7 to run PCMark (which will nominally run on anything save netbooks), but eventually had to give up in frustration. We're still not sure what HP's done with the DV7 that kills PCMark stone dead ... we just know that it does. Certainly in an anecdotal sense, the DV7 performed very well for us with every other test we threw its way.

Things were much happier on the 3DMark front, where the DV7 romped in with a 3DMark score of 4,583, meaning that this is a very solid multimedia contender. Given the size of the display, the quality of the speakers and the inclusion of Blu-ray, this is an entertainment machine that really means business.

The DV7 comes with the usual micro-sized antenna for TV reception, and like pretty much all of them in the Australian marketplace, unless you happen to live under a TV transmission tower (and therefore tend to glow in the dark and grow extra appendages overnight), you're not likely to see much in the way of reception out of it. We certainly didn't from a couple of different locations, so a fixed antenna would be a necessary inclusion if TV reception is at the top of your hit list.

The DV7 isn't a cheap laptop by any stretch of the imagination, but it backs up that price with a very nice feature set indeed. But for its inability to be benchmarked (somewhere where we suspect it would have scored highly, at least based on its core architecture), we would have scored it more highly.

Previous Story

HP Pavilion dv5-1050tx

Computers
Next Story

Fujitsu LifeBook T1010



Add Your Review 7


* Below fields optional


Post comment as
 

"MARKED AS SPAM BY AKISMET"

awesomeness posted a comment   

The Good:really awesome

The Bad:really awesome

really really awesome

Deltasoft
9
Rating
 

Deltasoft posted a review   

The Good:Big screen, moderately good processing power depending on needs, excellent picture and sound clarity

The Bad:TV not fantastic, drivers do not come separately and can not be chosen upon

I am witting this review based on my own experiments and observations I conducted on my DV7-1005TX model I bought back in October 2008. By the time I publish this review, this model may not be available in market as, according to HP, there were not much take-on for this model, precisely because it is expensive and the time it released, the world economy hit the crippling recession. But that should not reflect on the credibility of this machine. I understand that my review is based on my own circumstances and may not necessarily meet other%u2019s requirement.

Anyone who might see this as desktop replacement may find it%u2019s rather disappointing in the end. Well, end of the day it is a laptop and has all those standard advantages over desktops such as space and portability. There is no replacement for a desktop unless you have budget of around 4000 dollars. Some quad core laptops are available with 7200 RPM hard disks but they are far too expensive compared to a desktop alike. Also, there is a little choice to muscle-up Laptops.

Being a consultant and developer, I use this laptop for heavy use. Initially the machine came up with Vista Ultimate 64 bit. That means you can utilise all 4 GB of RAM. It did not come with separate software and utility disks but I had to create them. It took some hours to prepare 3 disks (DVDs). But what even disappointed me was I could not select software upon installation. Installation disk does not give that option. It comes with lots of junks which I had to uninstall manually and switch off all those unnecessary services to improve the performance. The total RAM usage came back to 21% which was pretty good although boot up time for Vista Ultimate is like %u201Cgo make a cup of coffee%u201D. The actual testing began when I installed SQL Server 2008 developer edition, (SSRDBMS, SSAS, SSRS, SSIS) and Windows SharePoint Services 3 (SP1) and few other software such as Visio Professional 2007 along with Office 2007 Ultimate. Although it failed my first test which was rather unrealistic but I wanted see how it behaves when it is nearly reaching its limit. The second test was quite successful and I was more than impressed.
Typically I build Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing solutions using SQL Server technologies which do require lots of power to process hundreds of millions of records. That%u2019s where the total 4 GB RAM, T9600 (2.8 GB L6 cache) processor came extremely resourceful. I ran 5 jobs in parallel each loading 12 million records to SQL Server 2008 database from 5 different flat files. They were all came from a CRM database. It%u2019s a straight load to SQL Server table using SSIS package. Nothing tricky, just a simple load without any complexity. It took some 3 hours to load up to 6 million records per file then failed. The memory usage rose to 96% from 31% and never released its memory until I restarted the computer. Obviously for a prototype building, you would never need more than 100,000 records. Given that SQL Server 2008 generally sits on multiple dual quad core HP heavy rack mounted server with 20/30 GB RAM, I never expected that much of parallel processing power from a Laptop. Servers are generally equipped with multiple xeon or quad core processors with very low FSB frequency plus high clock speed and super fast SCSI (15000 RPM) hard drive. They cost more than a car! The second test I conducted was more realistic; I was successfully loaded just one file of 12 million records in roughly over 30 min compared to over an hour on my previous 2005 HP DV 4017AP model! Although updating and messaging with complicated queries could take considerable time.
I hope it could have been better if it were equipped with 7200 RPM hard drive which is common for any desktops but that would drive the laptop price sky high. SharePoint integrated dashboards with Reporting Services were performed very well, in fact all the individual web parts ran almost instantaneously and produced the glossy dashboard over Internet Explorer. Cube processing was lot faster. For a standalone development machine, I am far too impressed and definitely recommend someone with the similar needs.

General application responsiveness is just great and I/O response time is really low, which means you hardly see that frustrating hour glass sitting for a while and nothing happening. Although, Windows Visa crashes more often than its predecessors but that%u2019s entirely the operating system to blame for.

On the entertainment side, I am not too keen but it did come with Blu-Ray ROM which I am yet to test the quality but HD resolution is quite appreciable. 17 inches screen is what exactly needed for movies. The in-built television is not that great but I guess that is again depends on the free to air reception. I was not able to setup all channels which we normally see in our television. Sound quality has a lot of clarity with a small sub woofer makes it even more enjoyable. Battery life is somewhere around 2 hours. It does have lots of other added features such as Blue Tooth, HDMI, Biometric system protection which I am yet to test but really not keen. Latest Google earth played extremely well with clear Street views with no lag time in zooming as such. It%u2019s got NVIDIA graphic with dedicated 500 Meg RAM.

One problem I am almost having intermittently is dropping off the wireless internet connection. It is disconnecting the Wireless and reconnecting after sometime by itself. I am not sure whether that is due to my Netgear Router or Windows Vista or the system itself.

This machine can be extended up to 8 GB RAM but only came up with 2 slots which were taken by two 2 GB (Total 4 GB) memory sticks. You have to buy two 4 GB memory sticks to get it up to 8 GB which would cost you more than the machine itself!! It%u2019s just a selling trick, you can%u2019t buy bit by bit as you normally can for a desktop. The casing can be slightly better for this model as some corners were not well done.

Last but not least, I did not feel it that heavy.

Charion
9
Rating
 

Charion posted a review   

The Good:Does everything I need well

The Bad:Battery life is under 2 hours even in power saver mode. Caps lock could be smaller

Overall happy with my choice

antonios
9
Rating
 

antonios posted a review   
Australia

The Good:Battery
port options

The Bad:tv not best
weight

Hi people, ok.. i was waiting for this notebook for a while (pre ordered)
ram is upgradable to 8gb though i only use 46% max when i am multi tasking.
not a gamer and have done a 3dmark check, got to admit not up there with kik arse pc,s but hey its not a p.c its a notebook, in saying that, i believe and am content with the graphics in general.
Screen is supurb, keyboard awsome, and the sensor apps on the notebook are great. Speaker has great clear bass. At start was not sure about the mouse pad, very slippery though over time u get use to it and actually start enjoying it, (i speak for everyone) ;)
My opinion arrow buttons are not too small unless you are overweight with thick thumbs. I like the glossy but does leave prints. Hdmi is tight at start after a while it just ports in better, trust me, im a media lover.
Batter is long lasting. Very impressed.

gamer
9
Rating
 

gamer posted a review   

The Good:need more quality control for assembling. (never lining )

The Bad:arrow buttons are too small to use

Good specs

shanks860@gmail.com
9
Rating
 

shanks860@gmail.com posted a review   

About as good as it gets, Less glossy is only negative

Steveisaguy
9
Rating
 

Steveisaguy posted a review   

The Good:Big Screen, Fast, HDMI and TV

The Bad:tight HDMI port and drivers need updating.

I got the 1019TX model and haven’t been let down yet. Its a sturdy computer, although the HDMI Port is a little tight and its recommended that you upgrade the drivers as soon as you get it. Battery life is good, and the amount of crap HP fill it with is surprisingly little.
Over all a good desktop Replacement.




Sponsored Links
CNET's latest

User Reviews / Comments  HP Pavilion dv7-1005tx

  • awesomeness

    awesomeness

    "really really awesome"

  • Deltasoft

    Deltasoft

    Rating9

    "I am witting this review based on my own experiments and observations I conducted on my DV7-1005TX model I bought back in October 2008. By the time I publish this review, this model may not be avai..."

  • Charion

    Charion

    Rating9

    "Overall happy with my choice "

CNET Speedtest

Recently Viewed Products