HP Pavilion dv7-3180us
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)
Reviews for the HP Pavilion dv7-3180us
Source: PC Mag
The HP Pavilion dv7-3180us ($1,449.98 list) is a high-end, quad-core desktop replacement. At $1,449 (list), it's likely the highest priced laptop you'll encounter at your local Staples.
The HP Pavilion dv7-3180us is a high-end desktop replacement that scores points for its quad-core processing, GeForce graphics, and Blu-ray drive. It's an excellent all-around performer, but dual-core Core i5-based laptops are nipping at its heels.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/12/2010
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Comp Reviews
HP's Pavilion dv7-3180us gets a significant performance boost with the new Core i7 quad core mobile processor. This combined with the 6GB of memory allow this system to perform extremely fast is just about any task thrown at it. It is also nice to see HP including a Blu-ray drive for a mobile media platform as well. The system does have its downsides though including a graphics processor more suited to casual PC gaming and a display that can't handle the full 1080p HD video.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/25/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 230M: The GeForce GT 230M features 48 shader cores as the 9700M GTS but only a 64 bit memory bus. Because of the 40nm process the power consumption is in the region of the GT 130M.
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
720QM: The Core i7-720QM is the slowes Core i7 Quad Core in 2009 and clocks between 1.6 and 2.8 GHz (due to the Turbo Mode). Therefore, it combines the advantages of a slow quad core CPU with a fast single core one. Compared to the faster Core i7 mobile CPUs, the 720QM only features 6MB L3 Cache.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This large display size is used for laptops which are mainly intended for an use on a desk.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.
HP: The Hewlett-Packard Company, founded 1935, commonly referred to as HP, is a technology corporation headquartered in California, United States. HP specializes in developing and manufacturing computing, storage, and networking hardware, software and services. Major product lines include personal computing devices, enterprise servers, related storage devices, as well as a diverse range of printers and other imaging products. Other product lines, including electronic test equipment and systems, medical electronic equipment, solid state components and instrumentation for chemical analysis. HP posted US $91.7 billion in annual revenue in 2006, making it the world's largest technology vendor in terms of sales. In 2007 the revenue was $104 billion, making HP the first IT company in history to report revenues exceeding $100 billion. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %
75%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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