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The Pavilion dv7z is a series of 17" notebook computers from Hewlett Packard.

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Low price for a 17" entertainment notebook

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Good materials improvement over the previous iteration

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Relatively light for a 17" notebook

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Attractive exterior design

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Noisy fans iduring load

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Annoying to use glossy touchpad

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Highly reflective display

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Disappointing cooling system

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Poor battery life

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The Pavilion dv7z is a series of 17" notebook computers from Hewlett Packard.  Processors available are AMD Athlon X2 dual-core chips on the basic model and AMD Turion X2 dual-core chips on the upgraded models.  The standard display is 17" with a resolution of 1440x900 dpi.  The Infinity display, which stretches the display glass to the edge of the computer, is optional, as is an enhanced display which boosts the resolution to 1680x1050 dpi.  The standard graphics adapter is an integrated ATI Radeon HD 3200, with an available upgrade to an ATI Radeon HD 3450 with 256MB dedicated memory.   Other display options available are a webcam and a fingerprint reader.  Wi-Fi networking is included, using the 802.11b/g standard; A and N compatibility are available, as is Bluetooth support.  The optical drive is a SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support, with Lightscribe and Blu-Ray ROM options available as well.  The operating system is Windows Vista Home Premium (32 or 64-bit) and upgrades to Vista Business and Vista Ultimate are available.  The standard battery is a 6-cell LiOn, and an 8-cell option is available.  The weight on the average configuration of the dv7z series is 7.57 lbs.

Features
  • Processor Options:  AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core Processor for Notebook PCs QL-60 (1.9GHz) , AMD Turion X2 Dual-Core Mobile Processor RM-70 (2.0GHz), AMD Turion X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile Processor ZM-80 (2.1 GHz), AMD Turion X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile Processor ZM-82 (2.2 GHz)
  • Display:  17" LCD WSXGA (1440x900 dpi), with Infinity display options and Enhanced 1680x1050 dpi display available
  • RAM:  1-4 GB DDR2 (maximum 8 GB)
  • Hard Drive:  160-500 GB 5400RPM SATA HD, with HP ProtectSmart
  • Graphics Adapter:  ATI Radeon(TM) HD 3200 Graphics, 256MB ATI Radeon(TM) HD 3450 Graphics
  • Webcam and Fingerprint reader optional
  • Networking:  802.11a/b/g/n compatibility with Bluetooth support
  • Optical Drive:  SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support, with optional Lightscribe and Blu-Ray ROM
  • Connectivity:  4 USB ports, 1 Firewire port, 1 IR receiver, 1 HDMI 1.3 connector, 1 LAN, 1 VGA output
  • Integrated Altec Lansing speakers
  • OS:  Windows Vista Home Premium (32 or 64-bit), Vista Business (32-bit), Vista Ultimate (64-bit)
  • Battery:  6-cell LiOn, 8-cell LiOn
  • Weight:  7.57 lbs
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