"Excellent entertainment Notebook"4.0 starson by tntoak
Pros: 17.3" LCD for watching movies and some games, Blu-Ray capability, HDMI out to connect to a HDTV.
Cons: Laptop slightly too wide to fit into many notebook bags, inconsistent gaming performance, heavier than most laptops.
Summary: The dv7-3165dx is en excellent desktop replacement laptop, especially for those primarily using it to watch movies or other HD content. The 17.3", 1600x1900 screen is more than capable of handling HD content, although it unfortunately can not display a full 1080p resolution that most Blu-Ray Discs are encoded for. Gaming performance is somewhat inconsistent, although not where you'd expect it. I was able to play games such as Bioshock (1 & 2), Dawn of War II, Sins of a Solar Empire, Oblivion, and Dragon Age fine, but World of Warcraft exhibited extremely slow framerates (under 15 FPS) for some reason.
The system does come with an assortment of "bloatware" common to many HP models, but it did include some nice surprises - such as Slingplayer, Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2, and Hulu Desktop. The built-in webcam is capable of some very clear images, and the included HP webcam software gives you the ability to apply several custom effects to the live stream. I was not able to get the trial of Microsoft Office 2007 included in the package to ever register (it appears to be a known issue when looking on HPs website), but that was no big deal as I already had a copy to put on the machine.
The glossy finish of the laptop is very sleek looking, but be prepared to use the included microfiber cloth quite often to clean off fingerprints and smudges from both the case and the chromed trackpad. The USB port placement is more forgiving than some other models I have used in the past, with the ports being spaced out so as to allow the use of oversized USB devices (such as WWAN cards) to be used without blocking the power or other ports. The laptop does come with a 500GB HDD, and there is space to add a second HDD if you are keen on storing a lot of video/music on the laptop.
All in all, the dv7-3165dx is an excellent laptop for general entertainment purposes, but its spotty performance in CPU-intensive tasks is a drawback for those people interested in gaming and high-end media creation/editing.