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.