I have had a nearly identical Pavilion dv7 for about six months, and i thought I would note a few things.
I paid $1200 for mine new (vs. this is refurbished), but mine also has several significant upgrades:
- 2 x 500gb 7200 rpm hard drives
- i7 (720Q) processor (quad, up to 2.8 GHz)
- ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 (1GB DDR3 dedicated)
- 6GB DDR3 memory
At the time there was a deal for a cheap warranty, so I saved almost $200 on a three year accident forgiveness plan.
The purchase has worked out great for me. But based on what I paid for an upgraded version, how good of a deal is $500 for this less powerful, less well equipped, refurbished model?
I do love this laptop and would recommend it, since I haven't found more than minor issues.
Some things I want to note:
- It doesn't clarify anywhere, but it is worth noting that the 9-cell battery is oversized. When I first tested it, I got over three hours of constant use with full back-light, so this model with smaller parts and only one hard drive should be better. It raises the back almost an inch, which I like because it provides a better typing angle and improved airflow. It also, however, makes it a bit awkward on some cooling pads and in some cases/backpacks.
- The touchpad is easy to get used to, but definitely not the best out there. The left/right click buttons are integrated, so leaving a finger on the button while moving the mouse doesnt work- but none of this is an issue if you buy a mouse, and its fine for short usage.
- The "subwoofer" is half brilliant/ half gimmick. The sound quality is great, but its still only laptop speakers, and they aren't terribly loud.
- The fans are powerful, which unfortunately also means occasionally loud. I would recommend a cooling pad.