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HP Pavilion 17.3″ Laptop Expert Review

HP Pavilion dv7-6002sa

Rating: ★★★½☆

If you have top-secret files and don’t want unauthorised persons accessing them, the fingerprint scanner is a good feature. You can use it to log on to the laptop and even gain access to online accounts.

Your data is also protected if you drop this device, as the hard drive locks to lower the risk of damage.

Most laptops can burn DVDs, so you can create films from your home movies or simply burn treasured photos on to disc. However, the HP can also burn labels on to discs using LightScribe technology.

A 750GB hard drive offers excellent storage, easily enough for most multimedia collections.

HP dv7-6002sa     HP Pavillion DV7-6002sa

The 17.3-inch screen is the biggest here and boasts strong viewing angles, producing vibrant images. The HP also has the best sound system here, using its patented Beats Technology to output incredible sound, while the HD webcam allows you to shoot high-definition video.

The HP is powered by an AMD Phenom II chip. It lags behind the best in our benchmarking tests, but still provides enough power to run all of your applications at once.

The HP also uses basic integrated graphics, meaning the processor handles image rendering instead of a dedicated graphics card. Multimedia performance therefore isn’t as strong as the Acer, Asus and Lenovo. You can still watch HD video and edit your home movies, but if you’re hoping to play games in your downtime, try one of the others.


  • Battery life: 191 minutes
  • Mobilemark 2007: 202
  • 3DMark 2003: 11,833

Poor Portability

This is also a laptop best left at home, with a bulky build that tops 3.1kg. Portability is further hampered by the three-hour battery life. Regular travellers will prefer the Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch or Toshiba Satellite L755-15R.

Still, it’s a reassuringly tough build with no annoying flex. The dark, brushed-metal finish looks good and hides scuff marks well.

A firm isolation-style keyboard is perfect for touch-typing, with the keys well separated, and the touchpad has a subtle glow around its edges which adds extra style.

HP Pavilion dv7-6002sa


  • Features
  • Blu-ray drive
  • Features
  • Blu-ray drive


  • No dedicated graphics
  • Portability
  • Battery life
  • Portability
  • Battery life


While the Pavilion DV7′s performance is beaten by other laptops at this
price point, there’s no denying it’s an excellent media machine. If you
want to get creative at home, the vibrant screen and powerful audio
system, along with the excellent range of features, make this a laptop
worth a look.

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