The Bottom Line
- Lots of Storage Space
- Blu-ray Compatible Drive
- Improved Direct X 11 Graphics From Previous Version
- Display Can't Handle 1080p Video
- Large Number Of Preloaded Applications Clutter System
- Intel Core i7-720QM Quad Core Mobile Processor
- 6GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
- Two 500GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drives
- Blu-ray Reader And Dual-Layer DVD Burner Combo Drive
- 17.3" WSXGA+ (1600x900) LED Backlit Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- ATI Radeon Mobility HD 5650 Graphics With 1GB Memory
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
- Four USB 2.0, eSATA, FireWire, HDMI, VGA, 5-in-1 Card Reader, Fingerprint Scanner
- 16.4" x 10.8" x 1.5" @ 8 lbs.
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Works, HP MediaSmart, Cyberlink DVD Suite, Norton Internet Security
Guide Review - HP Pavilion dv7-4080us 17.3-inch Desktop Replacement Laptop PC
Jul 9 2010 - HP has made some significant changes to its flagship Pavilion dv7 desktop replacement. Most notable of these is the new brushed aluminum exterior that gives the system a new look and feel. It is certainly a step up from the plastic employed by the majority of laptop manufacturers but it does fall short of HP's Envy line or Apple's MacBook Pro's.
The overall performance of the HP Pavilion dv7-4080us hasn't changed much. Like its previous version, it comes equipped with a quad core Intel Core i7-720QM mobile processor paired up with 6GB of DDR3 memory. This lets the system power though just about any application that can be thrown at it including processor intensive desktop video work or PC gaming.
Storage is what really sets the HP Pavilion apart from other desktop replacement laptops. Rather than using a single drive, HP has packed in two 500GB hard drives to provide just under one terabyte of storage space. This provides roughly double what most desktop replacements in its price range provide giving more than enough space for programs, data and media files. The drives also spin at the faster 7200rpm desktop rate for quick data access. In addition to this, HP continues to include a Blu-ray combo drive that can playback Blu-ray movies or be used to playback and record CDs and DVDs.
Graphics on the HP Pavilion dv7-4080us have been upgraded thanks to the use of the ATI Radeon Mobility HD 5650 graphics processor. This gives the new version full Direct X 11 capabilities for improved 3D graphics in modern games. The display panel unfortunately still retains the 1600x900 resolution. This means that it still can't fully display 1080p high definition video content from either Blu-ray or streaming. At least the new graphics can support the panel's resolution better than the previous version.
HP has increased the size of the battery slightly from the previous version. The nine cell battery has helped push it to be slightly better than average. Blu-ray playback will yield roughly two and a half hours while DVD playback achieves nearly three. More traditional laptop usage adds about an extra hour which is above most system but still well short of Apple's MacBook Pro 17.
While HP includes some useful software packages with their systems including MediaSmart, they tend to include a large number of less useful or trialware applications that clutter up the system. With all the space and performance, it doesn't slow things down much but it does still take up drive space and leave random shortcuts.
HP has done an amazing job of features in the Pavilion dv7-4080us and kept the price down. It is possible to find the system for just under $1300 which is a good deal less than what many other companies are charging for a similar set of features.