October 24, 2011
- Sleek design
- Above average battery life
- USB 3.0 & Blu-ray
- Only average performance
- Lots of installed bloatware & trialware
- Screen isn't 1080p HD
The HP Pavilion dv7-6195us is one of HP's high-end 17-inch laptops that features an Intel Quad-Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a dual 500GB hard drives. It has a stylish brushed aluminum exterior that is lighter in weight than other similar laptops, but we found that despite its great specs, performance could be better.
The HP Pavilion dv7-6195us measures 16.4 x 10.8 x 1.4-inches and weighs 6.7-pounds, which is quite large in physical size, but not heavier than other laptops of the same or even smaller size. Surprisingly, this model has quite a lightweight feel relative to its dimensions, but we still wouldn't recommend carrying it around with you on a daily basis. The lid of the laptop is black brushed aluminum that, unfortunately, easily shows fingerprints.
The 17.3-inch LED display has a native resolution of 1600 x 900-pixels, which puts it just short of 1080p full high-definition. The screen is quite glossy, so glare and reflections are an issue, but it does have very good brightness levels. In our tests, HD streaming online video looked good.
HP also designed the dv7 laptops to have a stylish interior as well with the same black brushed aluminum finish on the keyboard deck. The keyboard is surrounded by a glossy black background and is has matte-black island-style keys. There is also a full-size numeric keypad to the side of the keyboard too. The keys offered good feedback and were surprisingly quiet. Under the keyboard is the black touchpad that has a nice, smooth surface and two discrete buttons below for left/right clicking. We found the touchpad to be very responsive with good tracking. For users concerned with security, there is a fingerprint reader also embedded into the keyboard deck.
In terms of port selection, HP includes three USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI-out, VGA-out, gigabit Ethernet, two headphone jacks and a microphone jack. The optical drive is a Blu-ray and SuperMulti DVD combo drive and a multiformat memory card reader is along the computer's front edge. There is also 802.11b/g/n wireless and Intel's Wi-Di wireless display technology.
The specifications of the HP Pavilion dv7-6195us includes a second-generation, Intel Quad-Core i7-2630QM CPU (2.0GHz w/ TurboBoost up to 2.9GHz), 8GB of RAM, dual 500GB hard drives (5400RPM) and switchable graphics with an AMD Radeon HD 6770M discrete graphics card with 1GB of dedicated memory. With this great lineup of CPU and memory, we would be getting top-of-the-class performance with this model, but instead we got only average results in comparison with other desktop replacement laptops. We don't quite have an answer as to why, but it's important to mention that we didn't get anything near poor performance. It was, however, not what we were expecting. That isn't to say that you shouldn't consider this computer, because it's a great multimedia machine and still offers good performance.
The dual-graphics means that you can switch between using the discrete Radeon graphics when you need it and the integrated Intel graphics when you don't. This helps save battery life as well as giving you increased performance only when you really need it. Because of this, 3D gaming is possible with this laptop and in testing, it did a pretty good job.
HP pre-installs a lot of bloatware and trialware on this computer, such as a trial of Microsoft Office 2010 and a 60-day Norton Internet Security 2011 trial, so you'll definitely want to spend some time uninstalling unwanted software.
With the included 9-cell battery, we got above average battery life of about 4.5-hours, which is really great for a desktop replacement.