The HP Pavilion dv9695ea is a fine laptop for both work and play. Its large, widescreen display and speedy processor make it great for both spreadsheets and movies.

HP has packed in a 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Due T7500 processor into the HP Pavilion dv9695ea and slammed in a whopping 4GB of RAM, allowing the dv9695ea to achieve very impressive WorldBench 6 real-world speed score of 88.

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Similarly, the nVidia GeForce 8400M GS graphics chip helped the HP Pavilion dv9695ea score an incredible 22 frames per second (fps) in our taxing graphics tests.

Battery life is a secondary concern on a model of this size, yet the HP Pavilion dv9695ea still managed to achieve a half-respectable performance of an hour and 35 mins on a single charge.

While the HP Pavilion dv9695ea is perfectly adequate for office tasks, entertainment is where it really starts to shine. HP has included an HD-DVD drive, so you can play high-definition films. Stashed inside the ExpressCard slot is a remote control.

The glossy 17in display offers vibrant colours, although at the expense of increased reflectivity. Unfortunately the HP Pavilion dv9695ea doesn't stretch to the 1,920x1,080 resolution necessary for full 1080p HD content, instead topping out at 1,440x900 pixels.

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Two 160GB internal drives give you a total of 320GB to play with. You'll find four USB ports, sensibly split between both sides of the HP Pavilion dv9695ea and there's also an HDMI (high definition multimedia interface) so you can hook it up to an HDTV.

The HP Pavilion dv9695ea's larger chassis has allowed HP to include a numeric keypad to the right of the keyboard and the touchpad is a decent size too.

HP Pavilion dv9595ea: Specs

  • 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7500, SpeedStep
  • 4 USB ports, 1 FireWire port, Ethernet
  • 4GB DDR2 RAM
  • 396x285x42mm
  • 802.11b/g, Bluetooth
  • 17in 1,440x900
  • nVidia GeForce 8400M GS, 256MB
  • flash memory drive
  • 1x8x8x8x4x4x5x (HD DVD/DVD-ROM/-R/+R/-RW/+RW/-RAM), 24x24x16x (CD-ROM/-R/-RW)
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • 320GB hard drive (2x160GB)
  • 3.55kg
  • SD/MMC/MS/MS Pro/XD
  • HP QuickPlay DVD Player, Norton Internet Security, Microsoft Works 8, Roxio MyDVD Basic
  • 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7500, SpeedStep
  • 4 USB ports, 1 FireWire port, Ethernet
  • 4GB DDR2 RAM
  • 396x285x42mm
  • 802.11b/g, Bluetooth
  • 17in 1,440x900
  • nVidia GeForce 8400M GS, 256MB
  • flash memory drive
  • 1x8x8x8x4x4x5x (HD DVD/DVD-ROM/-R/+R/-RW/+RW/-RAM), 24x24x16x (CD-ROM/-R/-RW)
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • 320GB hard drive (2x160GB)
  • 3.55kg
  • SD/MMC/MS/MS Pro/XD
  • HP QuickPlay DVD Player, Norton Internet Security, Microsoft Works 8, Roxio MyDVD Basic

OUR VERDICT

If you believe that all work and no play is a bad thing, then the designers of the HP Pavilion dv9695ea would appear to agree. While it won't have a problem with menial office tasks, it's gaming and multimedia where the HP Pavilion dv9695ea excels, with impressive performance. The lack of resolution support for 1080p HD material is a disappointment, though.

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