HP is yet another large company trying to gain some status in the gaming laptop market and with the HP Pavilion dv7-4180us they just might have done it. HP has been around since 1947 and their reputation is in creating affordable equipment for large amounts of consumers. This strategy cuts down the their product’s quality. Also the length of time spent in the technology industry produced all sorts of needless software to contend with. The Pavilion DV7-4180us is an entertainment laptop taking a stab at redefining desktop computing but isn’t putting too much effort towards making it happen.
The graphics card (GPU) in this 17.3” display monster is an ATI mobility Radeon HD 5650. This is an average GPU and performs well for the majority of the games out there. The draw back to this card is it runs at full capacity when processing contemporary games. With video games increasing requirement for more and more speed, power and technology every year the HD 5650 is on the border of being archaic. An Intel i5-460M 2.53 GHz processor sorts through all the data on the HP DV7-4180us. This is duel core and by going off of its clocking it is not configured to handle massive amounts of tasks.
The SimplePass Fingerprint reader is the light on this vanilla piece of technology. The concept is simple and effective. Once the fingerprint reader is set up the computer will not operate without user fingerprint verification. Its great when technologies merge to create something practical. Another bright spot on the HPDV7-4180us is the first-rate Beats audio sound system and thumping HP Triple Bass Reflex Subwoofers.
The nine-celled battery pack can support seven hours and forty-five minutes of supplying power. Having this much battery life comes at a price. The larger battery pack adds to the weight, further decreasing the mobility of the Pavilion dv7-4180us.
There is marketing video based around the HP DV7-4180us that states that the precision crafting of the product’s design is fashion based, focusing around authentic materials. This translates to HP spending more time coming up with explanations for their mass-produced items then working on making the products better for the consumer. If you are working within a tight budget then drive out to Wal-Mart and pick up a HP Pavilion dv7-4180us.
HP Pavilion dv7t-7000 Quad Edition (dv7tqe) 17.3″ Laptop -3rd generation Intel Core i7-3610QM Processor (IVY BRIDGE) / 8GB DDR3 System Memory / Blu-ray player / Beats Audio / midnight black metal finish (750GB Hard Drive)