The Bottom Line
- Lots of Storage Space
- Plenty of RAM
- HDTV Tuner and Blu-ray Drive Included
- Lower Level Duo Processor
- Dedicated Graphics Not As Strong As Models With the 8600M GT
- LCD Display Can't Handle 1080p HD Signals
- Intel Core 2 Duo T7250 Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 3GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
- Two 250GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drives for 500GB Storage
- Bluray Reader with DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 17" WXGA+ (1440x900) Wide Screen LCD With 1.3MP Webcam
- NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS 512MB Dedicated Graphics plus ExpressCard/54 Analog/Digital TV Tuner
- v.92 56Kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless
- Four USB 2.0, FireWire, HDMI, ExpressCard/54, 8-in-1 Card Reader
- 15.2" x 11.7" x 1.6" @ 7.7 lbs.
- Vista Home Premium, Norton Internet Security 2008, MS Works, Cyberlink DVD Suite, Muvee AutoProducer
Guide Review - HP Pavilion dv9750us Desktop Replacement Laptop
1/15/08 – The HP Pavilion dv9750us is very much a multimedia notebook platform. In order to get such features into the middle price range, they sacrificed some other features to add the multimedia items.
Most desktop replacements tend to use higher end Core 2 Duo processors to provide the more desktop like experience. The Pavilion dv9750us uses the fairly low end T7250 model. This is fine for most applications but power users might end up wanting more. At least HP is including 3GB of PC2-5300 DDR2 memory that should let it run applications smoothly without too much virtual memory swapping.
The Pavilion dv9750us uses two 250GB 5400rpm hard drive to provide roughly 500GB of hard drive space. This is especially useful for those looking to use the PVR features of the Vista operating system along with the HDTV tuner. The system also includes a drive that can support playback of Blu-ray discs along with recording or playback of both DVDs and CDs.
To get the full use of HD content, the display would ideally support 1080p. Since the 17-inch screen only goes up to 1440x900, it really can only support 720p content. This is a bit of a let down but something that most won't have much of an issue with. The include NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS graphics allow it to provide additional benefits for HD video, but it is a bit slower and not as well suited for PC gaming as the GT version.
All in all, the HP Pavilion dv9750us is a very solid desktop replacement for those looking to use it as a general purpose machine or for multimedia on the go. In terms of using it as a gaming platform, there are other systems that offer better performance.