HP Pavilion Dv7-4272usFeb 02
Another desktop replacement solution offered by HP would have to be this dv7-4272us from the company’s Pavilion series. It comes with a solid aluminum chassis that has a laser etched design which is stretched across the palmrest and the lid. It borrows the number pad and the chiclet-style keyboard from the dv7-4183cl model.
This model comes with a generous 17.3-inch BrightView LED display that has a native resolution of 1,600 x 900 pixels which even though is not suitable for watching full HD content, it still is perfect for watching 720p movies, especially if you pair it with the Beats Audio enhanced sound system that includes an integrated subwoofer. Add to this mix a Blu-ray optical drive and then the dv7-4272us becomes a veritable entertainment laptop. The speakers on this model remain crystal clear even when you turn the volume level all the way up.
For your storage needs HP has installed a spacious 750GB hard drive that rotates at a speed of 5,400 rpm while for connectivity it comes with a decent amount of ports. On board you will find four USB 2.0 ports (one of which is an USB/eSATA combo port) and a multi-format memory card reader. On that hard drive you will find a bunch of apps and software pre-installed, like a collection of game samples, a 60-day trial of Norton Internet Security, desktop link to eBay and an e-book application.
At the heart of the HP Pavilion dv7-4272us is an AMD Phenom II X3 P860 processor which even though is fully capable of offering a solid performance, it still remains considerably slower than the comparable CPUs from Intel. The laptop manages to score 4,456 in PCMark Vantage, which is a lot less than the Intel Core i5-powered Acer Aspire Timeline X AS4820TG-7805. The reason why HP opted for this processor is to keep the price tag of the system down.
The laptop has both an integrated graphics processor and a dedicated video card in the form of an AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6370. When the laptop is unplugged, it will automatically switch to the integrated graphics solution in order to improve the battery life. With the dedicated video card, this Pavilion model is able to run Crysis at 27 fps while Lost Planet 2 can be played at a speed of 18.7 fps.
As far as the battery performance is concerned, the laptop is equipped with a massive 9-cell 93 Wh unit which can last for almost 7 hours on a single charge, which is a pretty good performance coming from such a big desktop replacement like this one. It lasts a lot longer than the Toshiba A665D-S6085 which can survive under the same conditions for somewhere around three and a half hours.
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