Other shared hardware includes a 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6570, up to 8GB of RAM, a DVD or Blu-ray drive, four USB ports (one eSATA combo), VGA and HDMI outputs, Gigabit Ethernet, a 5-in-1 card reader, and Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate. Despite their similarities, the systems do have a few distinguishing specs.
The 15.6-inch dv6t is aimed at business users with a starting price of $1,000. It offers up to six hours of runtime with a six-cell battery or 10 hours with a hefty nine-cell battery, an optional backlit keyboard and touchscreen with HP's touch-optimized apps, up to 1TB of mechanical or 160GB of flash storage, and comes standard with a one-year warranty.
Meanwhile, the larger 17.3-inch dv7t kicks off at $1,100 and fares worse on battery life, peaking at five hours with a nine-cell unit. However, it gains a higher resolution display (1600x900 versus 1366x768), HP's Beats audio engine with a subwoofer, more storage options such as dual 1TB disks or an SSD boot drive, as well as a two-year warranty.