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HP Pavilion dv7-3188cl Laptop with Intel Core i5

The HP Pavilion (model: dv7-3188cl) laptop features an Intel Core i5 processor, a 17.3″ display and Microsoft Windows 7.

HP Pavilion dv7 3188cl Laptop with Intel Core i5

HP Pavilion dv7-3188cl Laptop with Intel Core i5

This laptop features Intel’s latest Core i5-430M processor. The Core i5 features dual cores capable of four processing threads.  It is a 64-bit processor that comes with 3 MB of L3 cache, runs at 2.26 GHz (up to 2.533 GHz with Intel TurboBoost) and built on a 32 nm die.  That means lower power, and less heat, which is ideal for a laptop.  The system comes with the Mobile Intel HM55 Express Chipset. The laptop comes with 6GB of DDR3 RAM with a maximum capacity of 8GB.

The screen on this machine is a 17.3” Diagonal HD+ LED HP BrightView widescreen display with a resolution of 1600×900.  The screen is driven by the NVIDIA GeForce G 105M graphics card and features up to 512MB dedicated video memory and up to 2287MB total available graphics memory.  This GPU features 8 stream processors and is compatible with DirectX 10.

For storage you get a 640GB Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive rotating at 7200RPM.  That’s a good speed and a mammoth size, so this laptop isn’t lacking there.  The optical drive is a LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD±R/RW with double layer support.  The 5-in-1 digital media reader supports Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO and xD-Picture Card formats.

For networking you get an integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN for your wired connection, and 802.11b/g/n WLAN adapter for all your wireless needs. This laptop does not have Bluetooth support.

External ports on this laptop include 4 Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0, 4th port shared with eSATA, 2 Headphone out, 1 microphone-in, 1 HDMI, 1 VGA (15-pin), 1 notebook expansion port 3, 1 IEEE 1394 Firewire (4-pin), 1 Consumer IR (Remote Receiver).

This laptop comes installed with Microsoft Windows Home Premium 64-bit edition. Other software includes Microsoft Works, Microsoft Office 2007 Home & Student 60-day Trial, HP MediaSmart; HP Webcam, Pandora Internet Radio; Sling Media sling player with Sling flash tour; Windows Live Photo Gallery, Cyberlink DVD Suite, Adobe Reader; Adobe Flash, Corel PaintShop Pro Photo X2; Corel Video Studio X2, Symantec Norton Internet Security 2010 60-day Trial, HP Support Assistant, HP PC Recovery, HP Advisor,  and HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection.

The laptop measures 16.2″ (W) x 10.9″ (D) x 1.37″ (min H)/1.70″ (max H) and weighs 7.74 pounds.  Not quite the machine you want to lug around in your backpack.  Definitely more of a desktop replacement machine.

You can find the HP Pavilion dv7-3188cl laptop for around $830.

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