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HP Pavilion DV7-6101sa review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £540
inc VAT

Another great Pavilion laptop from HP, but if you’re after serious desktop performance you’ll have to look elsewhere

Despite their budget prices, HP’s Pavilion laptops are stylish, thanks to a clean design and tough aluminium construction. The DV7-6101sa is no different – the 17in chassis isn’t exactly compact, but its sleek appearance gives the impression of a much more expensive product.

HP Pavilion DV7-6101sa

Considering its size, we were happy with the decent range of connectivity options; as well as an internal DVD re-writer, the DV7 also includes two USB ports, a USB3 connector, VGA and HDMI video outputs, three 3.5mm audio jacks and a multi-format memory card reader.

HP Pavilion DV7-6101sa left

Underneath the textured metal lid, a black keyboard with large keys and a dedicated numeric keypad contrasts nicely with the silver chassis. The keys are well spaced and have pleasant springy actions. By default, the function keys are shortcuts to multimedia functions such as media playback and volume, but if you don’t want to have to hold down the ‘Fn’ key to access keys F1 to F12 you can change the option in the laptop’s BIOS. The touchpad buttons were better than those on previous Pavilion laptops, as they were firm yet responsive in everyday use.

HP Pavilion DV7-6101sa keyboard

The DV7’s display has a glossy finish, which can reflect light sources and make the laptop hard to use in a brightly-lit room, but a very bright backlight and plenty of screen tilt go a long way towards compensating for the reflections and the screen’s fairly narrow viewing angles. The DV7’s screen also has a fairly high 1,600×900 resolution, which makes it easy to work on two documents at once or watch 720p video content.

HP Pavilion DV7-6101sa right

The DV7’s 1TB hard disk and great screen make it a good multimedia laptop, but the Beats Audio-branded speakers were a disappointment. There was definite distortion at full volume, although at lower levels we could listen to MP3s and streaming internet radio happily. There was even some bass, although you’ll still need to connect a set of dedicated speakers if you want to fill a room with sound.

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Basic Specifications

ProcessorAMD A4-3310MX
Processor clock speed2.1GHz
Memory slots2
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory8GB
SoundIDT High Definition Audio
Pointing devicetouchpad


Viewable size17.3 in
Native resolution1,600×900
Graphics ProcessorAMD Radeon HD 6515G2
Graphics/video portsVGA, HDMI
Graphics Memory512MB


Total storage capacity1,000GB
Optical drive typeDVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports4
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support802.11n
PC Card slotsnone
Supported memory cardsSDXC, MMC
Other portsminijack audio output, minijack microphone input, 2x USB3


Carrying caseNo
Operating systemWindows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore optionrestore partition
Software includedMicrosoft Office 2010 Starter Edition
Optional extrasnone

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB

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