If you want a powerful laptop which has a big 17.3-inch display but also a sleek look at the same time, you can check out the HP Envy dv7-7255dx model. It is selling in the US for about $699, which is an affordable price considering the included Intel Core i5-3210M Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz processor from the 3rd Intel Core “Ivy Bridge” 2012 generation, 6GB of main memory, and a 750GB hard drive. The 1600×900 glossy display is powered by the Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics located on the i5 chip. The dv7-7255dx also has a robust sound system with four satellite speakers and a subwoofer built-in and a backlight keyboard, rounding up this well-equipped entertainment-oriented machine.
Other important features are its DVD burner, webcam, three USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 ports, and HDMI out.
When you take a look at the Envy dv7-7255dx, the first thing you notice is aluminum finish on the palmrest and lid, besides the somewhat bulky appearance. But, with a profile of 1.4″, the laptop is fairly thin for the 17.3-inch category. This particular model comes in silver color, but the Envy dv7 series is also available in black.
If you want a more portable version, it’s good to know that HP also offers the Envy dv6 models with 15.6-inch screens.
HP Envy dv7-7255dx Specifications:
- Display: 17.3″ LED-backlit HD display, BrightView technology (glossy), 1600 x 900 resolution
- Processor: 3rd Gen Intel Core i5-3210M CPU, 2.5GHz clock speed, Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz
- Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
- Memory: 6GB DDR3 SDRAM memory
- Storage: 750GB hard drive (5400 rpm)
- Optical drive: DVD burner
- Webcam: TrueVision HD webcam
- Audio: four speakers + subwoofer, Beats Audio
- Network: Wireless-N, Gigabit LAN, no Bluetooth
- Input: full sized keyboard with backlight and numeric keypad, touchpad with on/off button and multitouch gesture support
- Ports and Slots: 3 USB 3.0 ports and 1 USB 2.0 port, HDMI and VGA port, multi-in-1 digital media reader
- Battery: 6-cell lithium-ion
- Dimensions: 1.4 x 16.4 x 10.8 inches
- Weight: 6.9 pounds
- OS: Windows 8 64-bit
- Warranty: 1-year