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HP Pavilion Laptop with AMD Turion II Ultra Dual-Core Processor (dv7-3165dx)

The HP Pavilion laptop with an AMD Turion II Ultra Dual-Core mobile processor (model#: dv7-3165dx) is a notebook computer with a large 17.3″ display that’s more about desktop replacement than portability.HP Pavilion Laptop with AMD Turion II Ultra Dual Core Processor (dv7 3165dx)

This notebook computer features the AMD Turion II ultra dual-core mobile processor (M620) that’s more than just a mouthful to say.  It’s a 64-bit dual core processor with 2 MB of L2 cache, running at 2.5 GHz, that’s built on a 45 nm process die.  It’s a powerful mobile processor that’s good at multitasking.

The 17.3″ LED high-definition plus widescreen display with BrightView technology and 1600 x 900 resolution is large enough for the whole family to watch a movie on.  This laptop does have AMD’s Vision Technology, which means this laptop is built for music, movies and sound.  You’ll be able to watch the highest resolution movies with the Blu-ray Disc-enabled DVD±RW/CD-RW drive,
It has full read support for next-generation Blu-ray Disc (BD-ROM); double-layer support using compatible media. It also supports LightScribe direct-disc labels usng compatible media. Built-in Altec Lansing with SRS Premium Sound means you won’t have to plug in the headphones to get good sound.

Driving that display is the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200 graphics chip. The 4200 chip is built on a 55 nm fab with a core clock running at 500 MHz. It can share up to 2046MB of system memory, but also has 128 MB of dedicated video memory.  It does support DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.2 for gaming compatibility.

The hard drive is a 500 GB Serial ATA (SATA) drive rotating at 7200 RPM for quick access times.  That’s plenty of space for all your music, movies, games and apps.

To get your pictures on this notebook, you can use the built-in 5-in-1 digital media reader which supports Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO and xD-Picture Card formats.  Or, you can use the 3 high-speed USB 2.0 ports (1 more is shared with the eSATA).  Other external ports include an HDMI port, an RJ-45 port for 10/100 Ethernet connection, 1 ExpressCard/34/54, headphone, microphone, and an analog VGA port.

The laptop comes installed with 4 GB of DDR2 DIMM memory and is expandable to 8 GB. A built-in 802.11 b/g/n adapter allows connection to your home wireless network, or wifi hot spots when you lug this around. If you want to video chat, you can use the built-in Webcam and microphone.

It comes installed with Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition (64-bit) for the operating system.  Other software installed includeMicrosoft Works, Cyberlink DVD Suite, Adobe Reader and a 60-day trial version of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007.

The system is heavy at 7.7 lbs, but with a 17.3″ display that’s what you’d expect.  The 8-cell Lithium ion battery pack provides up to 5 hours and 15 minutes of unplugged run time.

This HP Pavilion Laptop w/ AMD Turion II Ultra Dual-Core (dv7-3165dx) can be found for around $780.

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