The HP Pavilion dv7-6002sa is a hulking brute of a laptop; weighing in at 3.5kg it has a 17.3in screen and isn’t something that you’d want to carry around much, except  from room to room. It has a full-sized keyboard with a numeric keypad and is remarkably comfortable to use, even for long periods of time.

That is as long as you don’t place the HP Pavilion dv7-6002sa directly on your lap. Not only will the sheer weight of it make your legs ache, but it runs very hot, particularly on the left-hand side. Design-wise, it has a sturdy construction and looks pretty smart.

The screen is the major talking point though. It is 17.3in on the diagonal, has a glossy finish and offers bright, vibrant colours.

We’re mystified, though, as to why the HP Pavilion dv7-6002sa's screen has a native resolution of 1600 x 900 – short of what’s required to display full 1080p HD without scaling. Almost to add insult to injury the HP Pavilion dv7-6002sa includes a Blu-ray drive, so while you can play HD on the HP, there will be some downsizing to fit.

When it comes to audio, the HP Pavilion dv7-6002sa is in a league of its own. With an integrated subwoofer and several other speakers dotted around the chassis the sound quality is better than just about any other laptop we’ve used.

In terms of raw performance, the HP Pavilion dv7-6002sa didn’t match up to the competition, posting the slowest WorldBench 6 score of just 101. For gameplay, it averaged 38fps in FEAR at Maximum detail.

Battery life was a mediocre 224 mins in MobileMark 2007 Productivity.

It shuns Intel’s chips in favour of the cheaper AMD Phenom II N600 dual-core processor running at 3GHz – and suffers because of it.

There’s a generous 6GB of RAM and an equally generous 750GB hard drive, along with the ubiquitous 64-bit edition of Windows 7 Home Premium.

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HP Pavilion dv7-6002sa: Specs

  • 3GHz AMD Phenom II N600 dual-core
  • 17.3in glossy LED backlit
  • 1600 x 900
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • 6GB DDR3-1333MHz RAM
  • 750GB HDD 5400rpm
  • AMD Mobility Radeon HD 4250 256MB
  • VGA, HDMI
  • subwoofer, headphone jack, mic input
  • 4 x USB 2.0
  • DVD-RW
  • 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1
  • gigabit ethernet
  • SD/MS Pro card slot
  • fingerprint reader, webcam
  • 54Wh, lithium-ion removable battery
  • 224 minutes MobileMark 2007
  • 101 points WorldBench 6
  • 38fps FEAR
  • 415 x 274 x 37mm
  • 3067g
  • 3GHz AMD Phenom II N600 dual-core
  • 17.3in glossy LED backlit
  • 1600 x 900
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • 6GB DDR3-1333MHz RAM
  • 750GB HDD 5400rpm
  • AMD Mobility Radeon HD 4250 256MB
  • VGA, HDMI
  • subwoofer, headphone jack, mic input
  • 4 x USB 2.0
  • DVD-RW
  • 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1
  • gigabit ethernet
  • SD/MS Pro card slot
  • fingerprint reader, webcam
  • 54Wh, lithium-ion removable battery
  • 224 minutes MobileMark 2007
  • 101 points WorldBench 6
  • 38fps FEAR
  • 415 x 274 x 37mm
  • 3067g

OUR VERDICT

We just can’t understand why HP opted against a full HD display on a 17in model with Blu-ray drive. It’s a shame because the sound quality is so good that a 1920 x 1080 screen would make it a near-perfect entertainment-focused laptop. It’s also slow in comparison to rivals sporting Intel’s Core i5 and i7 Sandy Bridge processors – but it’s harder to argue with the price. As long as you’re looking for a laptop to replace a desktop PC, and not to carry around with you, the HP is relatively good value for money.

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