HP Pavilion Dv7-6143clDec 19
Those of you who are in the market for a home entertainment laptop that has a 17.3-inch display might want to consider this HP Pavilion dv7-6143cl. It comes with an aluminum chassis that has a brushed texture which replaces the laser-etched design of previous models like the dv7-4283cl. In most cases, when a laptop manufacturer decides to install an oversized battery they put it horizontally, but HP decided to use it as a mini-stand, which means that the back of the laptop is elevated and angled.
The system weighs 7.04 pounds and it is considerably lighter than the Dell XPS 17 which tips the scales at 8.1 pounds. However, most likely you won’t carry the laptop around too much but it is nice to know that it is more comfortable to move from one place to the other. That 17.3-inch widescreen display has a native resolution of 1,600 x 900 pixels which means that you don’t get the fullHD experience so you’ll have to settle with 720p. Above this screen HP mounted an HD webcam for chatting and video conferencing.
This laptop has been fitted with a chiclet-style, full-size keyboard that comes with a dedicated numpad. The touchpad has two independent mouse buttons and it is framed by a glowing LED light which is always a nice feature for those who use their laptops during the night hours. On the right side below the keyboard is a fingerprint reader.
As far as connectivity features are concerned, it comes with two USB 2.0 ports + two USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth, headphone and microphone jacks, an SD/MMC card slot, an Ethernet port, VGA out, an HDMI port and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. Also on board is WiDi 2.0 that gives the user the possibility to stream content to an HDTV which has the Netgear Push2TV receiver.
This is a Beats Audio-branded laptop which consists of a software that manages to provide a deeper and more powerful bass. The speakers are not extraordinary but they do seem to be better than what you find on most laptops.
At the heart of the laptop is a second generation Intel Core i7-2630QM processor clocked at 2.0 GHz and 8GB of DDR3 RAM. There’s also a discrete video card in the form of an AMD Radeon HD 6770M. The system is able to score 7,554 in PCMark 7, which places the laptop between the aforementioned Dell XPS 17 and the Aspire AS8950G from Acer.
Thanks to the huge 9-cell lithium-ion battery and the switchable graphics, the HP Pavilion dv7-6143cl is able to last for an almost unbelievable 9 hours and 13 minutes during a test in MobileMark 2007, a lot more than the XPS 17 and the AS8950G-9839.
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