I have read many comments about how HP's are horrible machines, or this computer doesn't stand to others like it....well...I wanted to take moment and let everybody know:
I have had this exact laptop for many years now. I signed up for woot in 2009 for the sole purpose to buy it http://www.woot.com/offers/hp-pavilion-17-2ghz-core-2-duo-notebook
I had promised to NEVER buy an HP product (or compaq) due to how much trouble I have had with their PC's but at the price woot had it listed, and the the recent necessity I had for a laptop at the time, I purchased two on a whim.
One for myself and the other for my wife who had seemed interested in it.
I have a golden rule with computers: "If they do not last as long as it takes to pay it off, it's not worth it." This laptop is STILL running as perfect as it was the day it arrived on my doorstep from the woot-stork. I'd like to mention it outlasted the marriage to whom the second laptop was purchased for.
I'd like to personally speak on the durability of this machine. people like me are the reason the "life-proof" box for iphones (I usually go through 3 or 4 phones a year) Needless to say I am NOT kind to my electronics.
This laptop has given me few BSOD issues, but they have come up. I reformat it about once a year. I have added new components removed some, and has always said, "I hope this thing will still turn on when I'm done... because I have NO idea what I'm doing".
The battery took steamy dump a year ago, so when the connecter for the DC plug crapped out I had to hard-wire the computer itself to the power cable... and she survived the process. All of the keys are STILL in place (a common and REAL annoying problem for laptop owners, it doesn't over heat, the sound is amazing (and that's coming from somebody who has a ear for audio quality), the hinge for the display is still solid and tight, it's still whisper quite, and has NEVER overheated on me
It has survived four semesters of college, falling off of the hood of the roof of my car (a few times), being dropped, kicked, slammed, pounded, and it has finally made it's new home at the radio station I am now employed.
The Dell Pavilion dv7 laptop will remain to be the ONLY HP product I will purchase, as well as, the first choice in laptops.
I will still continue to use the original Dv7 that was purchased in May of 2009 as it is STILL running fine.
$500 for a computer that will outlast many that stand beside it and ahead it it BY FAR a great deal in my eyes. Thank you woot for this deal today, and for this deals predecessor three years ago.
my first woot.
(seemingly also funny this is my first comment as well)