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HP Pavilion dv7-6000sa review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £494
inc VAT

A fantastic looking laptop, and it's great value, too


The dv7 is the latest HP laptop to have the Beats Audio branding, which promises superior audio from the four speakers and small ‘subwoofer’. Our test tracks sounded very clear and we were impressed with the volume, but bass was still lacking. Even so, the separate woofer added some lower frequencies that are completely absent from other laptops.

HP dv7-6000sa

The dedicated AMD Radeon 6470M graphics card is a good match to the display; it handles HD video easily and is also capable of some modest gaming. In our Dirt 3 test, it managed an almost-playable 23.6fps, so as long as you disable anti-aliasing, most games should be smooth at medium detail settings.

HP dv7-6000sa left ports

The AMD Phenom II N660 processor has two cores running at 3GHz. Unlike some Intel chips, it doesn’t have automatic overclocking to give it a boost in demanding tasks. Paired with 4GB of RAM, it managed only 36 overall: noticeably slower than the equivalent Intel-powered laptop. Even so, it should handle most everyday tasks without complaint. Battery life is reasonable, at just shy of four hours, and there’s a large 750GB hard disk.

We really liked the updated dv7, and this model is ideal if you have a £500 budget and want something with a large screen and some gaming potential. As long as you’re not planning on running demanding applications – such as editing lots of HD video – the relatively slow 2D performance won’t be an issue.

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Basic Specifications

ProcessorAMD Phenom II N660
Processor clock speed3GHz
Memory slots2
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory8GB
SoundATI HD audio
Pointing devicetouchpad


Viewable size17.3 in
Native resolution1,600×900
Graphics ProcessorAMD Radeon HD 6470M
Graphics/video portsVGA, HDMI
Graphics Memory512MB


Total storage capacity750GB
Optical drive typeDVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports4
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support802.11b/g/n
PC Card slotsnone
Supported memory cardsSDHC
Other ports2x minijack audio output, minijack microphone input, 2x USB3


Carrying caseNo
Operating systemWindows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore optionrestore partition
Software includedMicrosoft Office 2010 Starter, CyberLink DVD Suite 7
Optional extras£44

Buying Information

Warrantyone-year RTB

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