The Bottom Line
- Stolid Performance
- Blu-ray Compatible
- Above Average Running Times
- Exterior Design Doesn't Have The Same Feel As Past Models
- Too Many Preloaded Applications
- Intel Core i7-2630QM Quad Core Mobile Processor
- 6GB 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
- AMD Radeon HD 6490M Graphics With 1GB Memory
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
- Two USB 3.0, Two USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 5-in-1 Card Reader
- 16.4" x 10.8" x 1.4" @ 6.7 lbs.
- Windows 7 Home Premium, HP MediaSmart, Office Starter, Norton Internet Security
Guide Review - HP Pavilion dv7-6185us 17.3-inch Desktop Replacement Laptop PC
Jul 13 2011 - HP's Pavilion dv7 may not be quite up to their Envy series of performance laptops but that doesn't prevent HP from offering some very solid performance in the dv7-6185us. In this case, it comes with an Intel Core i7-2630QM quad core processor that offers a high level of performance for those looking to do some serious computing including desktop video work. In addition to this, they support 6GB of DDR3 memory that allows it to run smoothly through most applications or when multitasking.
Storage features are the strongest aspect of the HP Pavilion dv7-6185us. It starts out with a very large hard drive with a 750GB capacity. This seems to be the new standard for those laptops that want to have a lot of space for applications, data and media files. In addition to this, HP also includes a Blu-ray compatible drive that allows the system to playback high definition Blu-ray movies. The drive also has the ability to playback or record to CD and DVD media. If that isn't enough for your, the laptop also features two USB 3.0 super speed peripheral ports for use with high speed external storage.
With HP focusing the Pavilion dv7 as an entertainment laptop, the display and graphics are some key features to consider. The 17.3-inch display offers a fairly typical 1600x900 resolution found in many laptops of this size. It would have been nice to see something that could fully support 1080p high definition resolutions especially since it comes with a Blu-ray drive but it is to be expected. Colors and viewing angles are pretty typical and the glossy display does make it difficult to use outside. The graphics are driven by the AMD Radeon HD 6490M graphics with 1GB of memory. This is a modest 3D graphics processor that can be used for casual gaming at lower resolutions and detail levels. Serious gamers would be better served by the Envy series from HP. It uses a hybrid graphics system that will use the Intel HD Graphics system built into the processor when the dedicated graphics is not required in order to conserve battery power. One other feature that laptop has is the ability to use a WiDi compatible box to stream the display to an external HDTV or monitor.
With the Pavilion dv7-6185us, HP retains the aluminum shell that has been seen in previous versions but they have mixed up the colors a bit more by having a dark black lid and keyboard deck for the case. It doesn't have the same level of quality as the Envy series but is a step up from the traditional plastics found in most consumer laptops. The keyboard remains the same as in past models with the isolated layout but thankfully HP has redesigned the trackpad. While the past model used a unified button design, this one returns to the traditional right and left mouse button which greatly increases the accuracy of clicking.
While most consumer laptops come equipped with a six-cell battery pack, HP is packing a nine-cell battery with a surprisingly high 100WHr rating. This is even higher than Apple's MacBook Pro that claims upwards of seven hours running time. In DVD playback testing, it was able to run for roughly three and a quarter hours before going into standby mode. Blu-ray playback will likely yield a little more than three while more traditional usage should yield over five hours. This is very long for a 17-inch Windows based laptop but still falls short of what Apple can achieve.