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HP Pavilion DV7-4178NR Laptop PC with AMD Phenom II Review

The HP Pavilion (model: DV7-4178NR) laptop features an AMD Phenom II processor, a 17.3″ display and Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium.

HP Pavilion DV7 4178NR Laptop PC with AMD Phenom II Review

HP Pavilion DV7-4178NR Laptop PC with AMD Phenom II

Powering this Pavilion is the AMD Phenom II dual-core mobile processor (model: N640).  This is a 64-bit processor running at 2.9GHz.  It has 2MB of L2 cache and uses 35W to operate.  This system comes loaded with 4GB of DDR3 1066MHz memory and can be expanded to a maximum of 8GB. Plenty enough for all the multitasking you want to do during a normal day.

The screen is a 17.3″ diagonal High Definition+ HP BrightView LED display with a resolution of 1600×900. Nice resolution to have for a screen this size.  The screen is driven by the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 graphics card.  This has 128MB of dedicated memory and can support up to 1917MB of dynamically allocated shared graphics memory.  Shared memory slows your system down during graphically intensive processes like games.

This Pavilion comes with a 500GB Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive rotating at 7200RPM.  A large drive with plenty of speed for your needs.  The optical drive is a LightScribe Blu-Ray ROM SuperMulti double-layer DVD burner.   For that little extra oomph you can use the 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader which supports Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, or xD Picture cards. It’s good for grabbing pictures off your digital camera, or just added a little bit more storage to your laptop.

For networking you get the standard complement of an integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN adapter which is accessible through the RJ-45 port for your wired connections.  For wireless you can use the 802.11 b/g/n WLAN adapter.

Other features on this laptop include Beats Audio with an HP Triple Bass Reflex Subwoofer, HP TrueVision webcam with integrated digital microphone, and an HP SimplePass with integrated fingerprint reader for added security.  Of course, it also has a 101-key full-size, island-style keyboard with integrated numeric keypad and an HP Clickpad pointing device with on/off button.

External ports include 4 Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0, 4th port shared with eSATA, 1 HDMI, 1 eSATA + USB 2.0, 1 VGA (15-pin), 1 RJ -45 (LAN), 1 Headphone-out and 1 Microphone-in.  You also get a Kensignton Microsaver lock slot.

For software you get Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit. I have been very impressed with Windows 7.  Other software includes Symantec Norton Internet Security 2011 60-day Trial (which I would uninstall as soon as the trial is over if not before and install Microsoft Security Essentials which is free), Microsoft Office 2010 preloaded (purchase of a Product Key required to activate a full Office 2010 suite), Snapfish Picture Mover; Corel PaintShop Photo PRO X3; Corel VideoStudio Pro X3, HP MediaSmart: HP Music Store by Rhapsody; Snapfish; Facebook; Flickr; Hulu; Netflix; Roxio CinemaNow; MTV; Nickelodeon and Adobe Reader.

This HP measures 16.35″ x 10.8″ x 1.25″/1.46″ and weighs 8.19 pounds. Not exactly the kind of laptop you want to be carrying around with you.   It comes with a 6-cell (55WHr) Lithium ion battery pack and a 65W AC adapter.

You can find the HP Pavilion DV7-4178NR laptop for around $780.

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