HP/Compaq :: HP DV7T Quick Review

Jul 5, 2009

just bought an HP DV7T notebook, and thought I would post my initial thoughts and impressions of it for anyone interested.

DISCLAIMER! These are my own thoughts and opinions, anyone interested should check out the notebook first to see if it is what they want.

HP DV7T 2044CA Specs:

Espresso Black colour
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64 bit
Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 2.0GHz processor
4GB DDR2 memory
320GB 5400RPM hard drive
Lightscribe optical drive
ATI Radeon Mobility 4650 graphics card
17.3 glossy widescreen display (1600x900)
Intel Wifi 5100 A/B/G/N wireless card
Bluetooth, Webcam, included remote
8 cell battery

I bought this notebook as a desktop replacement, for entertainment (music, movies, games), photo & video editing, and general computer stuff like websurfing & word usage...

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Sep 22, 2009

I bought a Dell Inspiron E1505 which was and still is an incredible laptop. This semester at college, I have a Intro to Game Level Design Class. I thought my laptop could handle it with its mighty Core 2 Duo. I know my video card sucked, but with games the C2D usually pulled alot of weight so I was sure even if I couldn't run the game we were using (Unreal Tournament 3) I could still use the editor. I install the game and boom - the editor wont even work. I later found that it was indeed my video card. So I figured, hell I'll upgrade it. Well, come to find out the Dell doesn't even have a video card....its a crappy intel chipset on the motherboard. I didn't have any other computers for game work, so I figured, time for an upgrade. I didn't want to part ways with my Dell, but I figured if I was smart and did more research for my first laptop, I wouldn't be in this predicament (I literally did no research....I went to Dell and figured I wanted the middle setup. Yes, very stupid on my part.) So I did alot more research this time, and I found that I could get a HP Pavillion dv7t with a nice actual video card and a core 2 duo for the price I found was great, around $1500 (all the others were either too expensive or didn't offer as much). So, I went for the HP Pavillion dv7t. Sorry Dell, but with HP I have a choice for a video card, not a crappy intel chipset.

Specs:

2.66 GHZ Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile
3GB DDR2 RAM
500GB SATA hard drive
1GB ATI Radeon 4650 Mobillity HD
17.3 Inch Widescreen
Built in webcam
Lightscribe DVD / DVD RW 8X
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 with free upgrade to Windows 7...........

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It has

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led back lit 13" 1600x900 screen
4 gigs of ram
330 geforce w/1 gig of ram
128 gig solid state hard drive
Came with Windows 7 but also came with a Windows XP downgrade CD

weighs like 3 pounds....

It was between this and a Macbook Pro and I'm VERY happy I went with the Sony over the Macbook Pro. Macbooks are nice on the outside but this machine is just EVERYTHING I could possibly want from a laptop at a great price. Runs games great, screen is amazing, decent battery life. I just couldn't say enough good things about the laptop. If anyone is interested in buying one and has questions just ask me, but I'll save you the run around...

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Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T6500 2.1GHz
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I will also have another coupon that takes off $250 from the price listed.

or

I think I will purchase the HDX18, and then return it in the 21 day period if I feel it is too large or something. Which one would you choose based on the specs and price and the portability for college?

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Dec 2, 2009

i installed the newest drivers from hp (6.50.9.1), didn't help. uninstalled them, installed 6.50.7.1, didn't work.

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Nov 17, 2009

I have HP DV5T-1200SE

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I even installed the latest HP Quick launch buttons Windows 7 driver:

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and I also tried this one:

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Feb 24, 2009

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How much better is the 16T?

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Mar 11, 2009

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Jan 7, 2009

Here is the setup.

I have a few questions that I need clarification on.

First, is 64-bit ok to get. I've read a lot of articles stating that not many things are 64-bit and that drivers are hard to find, and so on. I believe these articles are a little old but I would like to make sure program running and such is ok.

Second, there are so many processors to pick from. You have the:
T4200 (2.0 GHz)
T6400 (2.0GHz)
T6600 (2.2GHz)
P7450 (2.13GHz)
P8600 (2.4 GHz)
P8700 (2.53GHz)

Choices can be a good thing but it's too confusing here. Is the T6600 better than the P7450?

Third, there are two video cards to pick from:
512MB NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
512MB NVIDIA GeForce 9200M GS

Which one is better here? I would think the 9600 but that's just a guess. Seems like the 9200M GS is just now available in 512MB instead of 256MB. So maybe that one is.

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My computer is usually at 2, but I notice that sometimes just watching videos can make my fan go to 3. Is this ok? I know my computer is plenty powerful so it's not that it's struggling. I guess it's because I have powerful parts and they create some heat. But it can be a little annoying for the fan to go one notch higher on something like videos.

Should I get a cooler or am I good as is?

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May 13, 2009

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I have done another test.. I haven't heard the fan go on high speed yet. I tried playing 6 quicktime videos simultaneously and did my matlab simulation at the same time. I ran this for probably 10-15 minutes. cpu is running 100% all the time during this test. But my fan didn't increase speed. It stayed the same. the cpu temperature monitor that I have is always stuck on a certain value after the bios upgrade. I have read forums and they said that same thing happened to them, cpu temp monitoring will stop working after the bios upgrade.

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I have read from several posts that windows 7 install fine on HP laptop just that the touch strip driver does not work with the factory drivers.

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May 25, 2009

I have a HP DV7t. The Specs of the notebook are in my sig.

Do you think I should get a cooling fan?

My computer runs great with no problems but I notice that it can get somewhat hot at times when I'm gaming. I don't play games too often and I mostly browse the web, but I play games on occasion.

The pic above is using HWMonitor. The max temps were reached while I was playing StarCraft.

Do you think those temps are too high for playing StarCraft? I have my computer slightly elevated in the back but wanted to know if you think I should get a fan such as the Zalman? What fan is recommended for HP laptops?

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Jan 28, 2009

I have Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo Processor T5900 (2.2GHz)

What is the max CPU I can upgrade too?

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Jun 7, 2009

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Mar 12, 2010

HP ENVY 15 customizable Notebook PC

NX369AV

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* 4GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
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* Webcam Only
* Intel Wireless-N Card with Bluetooth
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* HP Color Matching Keyboard
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* No Productivity Software
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Feb 13, 2009

I'm having some issues with my dv7t.

Brief specs:
dv7t
P6800
nVidia 9600M GT
4gb OCZ RAM (I installed this)
2x 7200RPM HD's
Integrated TV Tuner

And the thing gets hot when I watch over-the-air HD.

CPUID Hardware Monitor data:
ACPI
THRM 35*C Min / 90*C Max
CPU
Core0 20*C Min / 20*C Max (shows 70/70 now...)
Core2 21*C Min / 21*C Max (shows 70/70 now...)
GeForce 9600M GT
GPU 52*C Min / 106*C Max
HD's
HD1 35*C Min / 49*C Max
HD2 37*C Min / 54*C Max

It doesn't get this hot normally, just when I watch TV. I know that media center automatically records whatever you're watching, so I'm assuming that is heating up the proc and HD, but holy crap 106*C? It seems a little excessive. Where is the video card on these things so I can try and make sure that is always in open air.

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Dec 6, 2009

Looking at a DV7T or DV7 and am wondering about the supposed problem with heat on these. Some appear to have problems and some don't. Does it depend on the build, such as having a quad instead of core 2 duo or faster video card? Are the fan or fans located in the same spot on all builds? Is the venting path more clogged with certain builds? I'm looking at a simple core 2 duo T6600 and standard ATI 4530 on the DVT7 or P7550 and ATI 4650 on the DV7. Should I plan on having any heat issues with this conservative build especially if I don't plan on doing any serious gaming? Or is each one a crapshoot that is built with some doing well and others not so with heat? Obviously heat is a serious factor in the life of the laptop and don't want this to be an issue if I can help it.

Also looking at the Toshiba P505 with 18.4" screen which from what I've read doesn't have many heating issues. But all in all I like the HP better for looks, features and components.

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Sep 29, 2009

I bought a Dv7t and it came with a small remote and the basic question i have is:

Where does it go (if there is a slot in the laptop that can hold it)?

I noticed on top of the SD card slot thingy there is a rectangular cover with a symbol on it that is also on the remote (a rectangle with lines coming off of it to the left). Is that supposed to be taken off and the remote slides in there, or is that where you point the remote when you press buttons?

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