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My new notebook: HP Pavilion DV7-1034ca

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HP Pavilion DV7 1034caIn one of my previous posts, I mentioned that my old Toshiba Satellite 1800-S204 crashed which left me in quite a tough situation. Fortunately, I was due for a new notebook, but I had not started working as yet to draw on savings. Thankfully, my parents stepped in and helped me with funding and I just recently got an on-campus job, so I will be able to give them something in return for their kindness. Now, to the notebook…

The notebook I chose was an HP Pavilion DV7-1034ca, which I purchased at a local FutureShop. Although I would have preferred to order online and possibly save a few dollars, I preferred to be there on-site to actually see what I was getting.

The first thing that attracted me to the DV7-1034ca was the large 17″ glossy widescreen LCD monitor and high-gloss exterior finish. The keyboard surface has a chrome-like finish with silver grillwork to cover the Altec Lansing speakers. The finish on the rest of the notebook looks like dark carbon fiber.

The DV7-1034ca is not a small notebook at all! After looking at the specifications and a weight of 7.6 pounds this notebook actually screams “desktop replacement”.  Here is a breakdown of the specifications:

  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo (45nm) P8400 at 2.26GHz
  • HDDs: 500GB (2x 250GB) at 5400RPM
  • RAM: 4GB (2x 2GB) DDR2-SDRAM
  • GPU: nVidia GeForce 9600GT with 512MB DDR2 dedicated graphics memory
  • 17.0″ diagonal WXGA+ HD display (1400×900 native resolution)
  • BD-ROM with multi-format double-layer DVD burner
  • WLAN: Intel WiFi Link 5100AGN
  • 5-in-1 digital media reader
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Built-in webcam
  • Battery: 8-cell Li-Ion
  • OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit) with SP1

Let’s just say that the specifications blew me away! With tax and a special deal on Microsoft Office 2007 Student Edition and Windows Live OneCare the price came up to around $1,800. No, it wasn’t exactly inexpensive, but considering my needs in a notebook and my long turnover time with electronics I thought it was pretty good.

I stayed away from the more “mobile” notebooks because I was really looking for a desktop replacement. In addition to the other everyday uses that I needed this notebook to be able to handle, I also wanted a large screen for the Photoshop/Illustrator part-time work I do with some extra power to handle a few 3D games. I wished that Windows XP was supplied instead of Windows Vista as the OS, but once I got it started and tweaked Vista-64 does not seem too bad. I do not really have to worry about 64-bit compatibility for drivers, since they are all bundled with the notebook; I only needed to get special drivers for my Canon PIXMA MP160 and it works flawlessly!

I definitely do not feel that the hardware is holding back the overall speed of the notebook as I did with my old Toshiba Satellite. Right now I am again experimenting with Linux. Ubuntu 8.04 is a dream to use when Compiz is activated… but that’s for another post! I am truly grateful with this new notebook and I am enjoying it everyday.

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Written by falcon1986

17 October, 2008 at 5:16 PM

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