The Bottom Line
Jan 9 2012 - HP's updated Pavilion dv7-6c80us has both good and bad aspects compared to the previous models it replaces. It gets a slight speed bump of its quad core Core i7 processor and the memory moves to 8GB. This helps its general overall performance a bit but is only noticeable in demanding applications. Battery life is still above average thanks to the large battery pack. Unfortunately, HP has decided that this model should not have a dedicated graphics system. This hurts it for anyone that might want to use it for casual gaming or desktop video work. For those tasks, users would definitely want to spend a bit more for one with a dedicated graphics processor.
- Long Running Times
- Blu-ray Drive
- Good General Performance
- Lacks Dedicated Graphics
- Display Resolution Doesn't Support 1080p HD Video
- Lots Of Preloaded Software
- Intel Core i7-2670QM Quad Core Mobile Processor
- 8GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 750GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- Blu-ray Reader And Dual Layer DVD Burner Combo Drive
- 17.3" WSXGA+ (1600x900) LED Backlit Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- Intel HD Graphics 3000 Integrated Graphics
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- Two USB 3.0, Two USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, Fingerprint Scanner, 5-in-1 Card Reader
- 16.4" 10.8" x 1.4" @ 6.7 lbs.
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter, Norton Internet Security
Review - HP Pavilion dv7-6c80us
Jan 9 2012 - HP has updated its 17-inch dv7 series with its latest dv7-6c80us. With this, the previous Intel Core i7-2630QM quad core processor receives a slight speed bump up to the i7-2670QM. In addition to this, the memory has been raised from 6GB to 8GB of DDR3 memory. The two of these combined offer a very fluid experience both in the Windows 7 operating system and for demanding applications such as desktop video editing. Overall, this laptop offers a solid level of general application performance.
Storage features remain unchanged from the past model. This includes a fairly sizable 750GB drive that provides plenty of space for applications, data and media files. Unlike the Envy 17 series of laptops though, the drive spins at the slower 5400rpm rate that provides it with modest performance for loading applications and data. The Blu-ray compatible drive allows it to be used for watching Blu-ray movies. It also handles playback or recording of CD and DVD media. The system offers two USB 3.0 ports for use with high speed external storage devices if there isn't enough internally.
The other big change for the dv7-6c80us is the graphics system. The display remains the same with its 1600x900 resolution that is a bit disappointing since it can't fully display 1080p high definition video from sources like its Blu-ray drive. Color, brightness and viewing angles are all fairly typical. A glossy coating like just about every consumer laptop makes it difficult to use outdoors in bright like. The problem though is with the graphics processor. Many desktop replacement class laptops come equipped with a dedicated graphics system. With its price tag around $1000, one would assume HP would equip this version of the dv7 with one but instead it relies solely on the Intel HD Graphics 3000 built onto the Core i7 processor. Now, for those not intending to use the laptop for gaming at all, this isn't a problem. It does also offer a benefit for those doing video editing work by adding acceleration for this task via QuickSync. The problem is that the performance boost is limited to QuickSync enabled applications and lags behind discrete graphics for major applications like Photoshop.
One surprising aspect of the HP Pavilion dv7-6x80us is the large battery pack that comes with it. While many laptops are using six cell battery packs, this comes with a nine cell with a surprisingly high 100WHr capacity rating. HP claims this can supply up to ten hours of running time. Both of these are higher than Apple's claims with its MacBook Pro 17. In DVD playback tests, it yields roughly four and three quarter hours before it goes into standby mode. This is slightly below Apple's five hours of DVD playback time and seems to be cause from Windows 7 slightly less power optimized nature. Blu-ray playback will yield less time as it is more demanding. Ten hours is still a bit of a stretch for even typical usage though.
One problem that has been increasingly plaguing HP's consumer models is presintalled software. Over time, HP has loaded more and more applications onto their Pavilion systems. While they don't make much of an impact on the very large storage capacities these days, they do impact the overall performance. In particular, the number of programs that load at boot time cause it to take much longer than it should. Buyers will want to take some time to go through and remove any unwanted applications to help improve the boot speeds.