HP launches dv6t, dv7t quad-core Sandy Bridge notebooks

By on February 28, 2011, 2:38 PM
HP's refreshed dv6 and dv7 series notebooks first appeared in stores overseas last December, and with Intel's chipset issues nearly resolved, the systems are finally available stateside. Both machines are powered by Intel's latest quad-core Core i7 processors, with 2.0GHz (i7-2630QM), 2.2GHz (i7-2720QM) and 2.3GHz (i7-2820QM) chips available.

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.

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Route44 Route44, TechSpot Ambassador, said:

I wonder how soon Lenovo is going to offer these cpus. This is where AMD is missing out though their Fusion E-350 appears to be doing well.

compdata compdata, TechSpot Paladin, said:

You mean RELAUNCHED their sandybridge notebooks.

HP launched them, and I advised my sister to get one (which she did through Bestbuy), then they silently pulled them due to the chipset issue. She never received any recall notice or anything - but her laptop had some major issues so she took it back to Bestbuy which did take the return, but didn't tell her about any recall either.

Looking around i found some notice that HP was taking replacements, but no reference on HPs site at all. I guess they are trying to distance themselves from this issue as much as possible. I would have liked a lot more transparency on all sides (Intel, HP, BestBuy)

intelinside said:

compdata said:

I would have liked a lot more transparency on all sides (Intel, HP, BestBuy)

Exclude Intel from your remarks... they were the one to break the news!!!

Route44 Route44, TechSpot Ambassador, said:

Exclude Intel from your remarks... they were the one to break the news!!!

Very true. Transparency and Best Buy is like oil and water.

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