HP Pavilion dv7t: Updated…

HP Pavilion dv7t Specifications

Display: 17.3″ TN TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1600 x 900
GPU: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4530 with 512MB or HD 4650 with 1GB
Webcam: Yes
CPU: Up to 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q9000
RAM: Up to 8GB DDR2 
HDD: Up to 640GB 7200RPM (320GB x2)
Optical: Up to Lightscribe Blu-ray ROM with Super-Multi DVD+/-R/RW DL
Connectivity: WiFi N with Bluetooth,  Integrated Hybrid HDTV Tuner, 56K Modem, 5-in-1 Media Reader, USB 2.0 (4), FireWire, HDMI, Fast Ethernet, ExpressCard/54
Battery: 8-cell Lithium Ion 
Dimensions: 16.2 x 10.9 x 1.37-1.70″ 
Weight: 7.74lbs
Pricing: Starts at US$799.99

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HP‘s Pavilion dv7t is a gaming notebook PC. The updates are many but regarding the display it went from a 17″ with a 1680 x 1050 pixel format to a 17.3″ with a 1600 x 900. It is an update, but is it an improvement?

With the optional HDTV tuner the 16:9 aspect ratio will probably provide a better viewing experience since black bars will be absent top and bottom. And even with the Blu-ray drive there will be black bars top and bottom since most films are not 16:9. And… and this is a big and: if you’re getting the dv7t for gaming, you’re losing 80 x 150 (12,000 total pixels) pixels! As far as I can tell, there are no display options that get you beyond the paltry 1600 x 900. If you’re a serious gamer you know that 1920 x 1200 is the where you want to be for the full immersive experience (actually that might be moving toward 2560 x 1600 using a 30″ LCD monitor). So maybe the folks over at HP were a bit carried away with HDTV fever but at the same time they forgot something: more pixels equal better gaming experience (as long as the hardware can support it). Let’s get to 1920 x 1200 HP!

The dv7t is ranked #403 at Amazon in the “Computers & PC Hardware” category. I think the dv7t on Amazon is the older version sporting a 17″ LCD with a “WXGA+” pixel format, though I am not exactly sure what that is referring to: 1440 x 900 or 1680 x 1080.

Source: HP via Radical Whale via Engadget

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