HP Pavilion DV9705 reviews and prices: 17" Laptop computer

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8.1 out of 10 based on 50 reviews.
HP Pavilion DV9705 with Intel Tuiron 64 X2 TK57 2 GHz Dual Core Processor, 2GB of Memory and 160GB Storage on Windows Vista Home Premium. DVD drive See full product description

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Confirmed purchaser

Score 5.0/10
Good points:
big screen
Bad points:
icons difficult to get used to
keeps disconnecting from internet
can't read certain discs eg Windows disc not recognised
feel windows should be standard
Overall rating 5.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 7.0
Size and weight 7.0
Performance 4.0
Value for money 5.0
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Confirmed purchase: 27 Jul 2008

Confirmed purchaser Hard to please

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Bad points:
Overall rating 7.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 4.0
Performance 7.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 12 May 2008

Confirmed purchaser General home user

Score 6.0/10
Good points:
The HP DV9705 laptop looks quite stylish, lovely swirly pattern within the highly polished black & alu finishes, with cool blue leds to light up the built in 'touch' volume control, quick dvd, start-stop-play. 17" widescreen is far far better to look at films & other multimedia with than a 4:3 15.4", surfing no problem. Numeral keypad great for scientific use, spreadsheets etc. Built in webcam and phone absolutely a whizz for talking on Skype or Messenger - otherwise speakers were adequate, meaning still could do better HP.
Bad points:
Dear HP, why oh why did the laptop have to have a locking device, it means that there are slots cut in the nice alu spoiling the overall effect. From the feel I'd also expect the locking pegs to break sometime soon. Is it me or does the AMD processor get a bit hot?! Comparable Intels on my kids HP dual core laptops seem much cooler! Power cable input on the right hand side seems awkward, an extra USB port could be nice. HP ship all their laptops with 30 day bundles of software, Microsoft Office and Norton or MacAfee or whatever to fund some saving to customer? not sure but obviously you take the time to wipe it and get some space back on the Hard Drive, but the HP software like all the rest seem as though they never thought to ask customers what tools they'd like.
Overall rating 6.0
Battery life 6.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 7.0
Performance 5.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 06 Sep 2009


Score 7.0/10
Good points:
You know, if HP had just thought a bit more this could have been a great stylish computer - the pattern on the casing is fab, powerful AMD dual core processor, 2Gb memory, 17" widescreen ( mines a recon with initial bad pixels but now back 100% good ) fantastic for surfing or watching DVDs, proper Video card inside, brill built in web cam & microphone so you can use with skype or MSN . proper numeric keypad . finger sensitive media controls for volume, DVD .. etc.
Bad points:
The little men at HP chose to make this model with a locking mechanism, with slots cut in the alu casing, utterly spoiling the clean lines of the casing. Maybe as well as the CPU does seem to get noticeably warmer than an Intel equivalent ( had bought 2 17" HPs for my son & daughter which you couldn't feel any CPU heat ). An extra USB port would be nice ( they never use the back which would get these out of the way of DVD and power cords etc ). & obviously they want to sell you their HP care software which drags down the efficiency, along with antivirus & Office which you then take off.
Overall rating 7.0
Battery life 6.0
Design 7.0
Size and weight 7.0
Performance 7.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 06 Sep 2009

Daniel, Salisbury nothing

Score 1.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
its brocken after use couple months
Overall rating 1.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 5.0
Performance 2.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 05 Jun 2008

Confirmed purchaser

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Separate number pad
Wide screen
Bad points:
Windows Vista
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 9.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 02 Jul 2008

Andy, Andover Captain Picard is God

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Well designed very sleek looking machine. Build quality is very good, but wouldn't expect anything less from HP. Large 17" screen, built in nemerical key pad. Space to install a second hard drive (see bad points)
Bad points:
Graphics card is not exceptional so don't buy this machine to play games on. That said it is more than adequate for home or Office use. Although a second hard drive can be installed a special adapter and caddy are required which I could only source from the USA (very expensive for what they are). Comes with a lot of HP bloatware pre-installed which slows the machine down considerably, but easily removed. Consider re-formatting and installing a fresh copy of windows which makes it much faster.
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 7.0
Performance 7.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 01 Jun 2008

Product Features

Screen size (Inches) 17
Screen Resolution (pixels) 1440 x 900 (WSXGA)
Operating system Windows Vista Home Premium
RAM (Gigabytes) 2
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 160
Number of cores Dual
Processor brand Intel
Processor series Tuiron 64 X2
Processor number TK57
Processor speed (Gigahertz) 2
Number of USB ports 4
Connections Wireless
Connections Firewire
Built-in disc drive DVD drive
Built-in disc drive CD-ROM drive
Weight (kg) 3.55
Graphics card brand nVidia
Graphics card model number GeForce 7150
Type of hard drive Hard Disk Drive
Remote control Yes
Aspect ratio 16:10
Width in cm 39.6
Depth in cm 28.5
Release date 2008-01-10

Also known as: HEWLETPACK DV9705

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Manufacturer's Description

Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium 32-bit

  • AMD Turion™ 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-60
  • 2048 MB (2 × 1024 MB)
  • 120 GB SATA Hard Disk Drive 5400 rpm
  • 17" WXGA+ High Definition BrightView Widescreen
  • NVIDIA® GeForce™ 7150M
  • Up to 559 MB Total Available Graphics Memory
  • IEEE 1394 FireWire® Interface
  • Lightscribe Super Multi DVD Writer (+/-R +/-RW) with
    Double Layer support
  • 802.11b/g WLAN
  • HP Mobile Remote Control
  • HP Pavilion WebCam with Integrated Microphone
  • 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure
    Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Stick,
    Memory Stick Pro, or xD Picture cards
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