After nearly 2 years, I'm finally retiring my Dell M5010 (AMD Phenom II P920/1GB Radeon 4650), it was very reliable up until a few months ago, but for the price (~$700) back in September 2010 I had expected more, especially in the build quality department. Fast forward to now, I had been waiting for the new line of APUs from AMD to come out, codenamed "Trinity" for quite some time, skipping over the llano series and hoping for a nice notebook for under $1000. The HP DV7 thus far is delivering on that. With a 1600x900 17.3" screen, Island style (not the annoying to type on "Chicklet"), pretty nice sounding speakers/subwoofer (Beats Audio) and the A10-4600/7660G Radeon it's pretty speedy. The build quality is also much higher than I was even expecting, it's not an EliteBook level, but pretty close. [caption id="attachment_1247" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="HP DV7-7010US Box"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1249" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="HP DV7-7010US Metal Looking Finish"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1254" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="HP DV7-7010US running Windows 8"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1239" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="HP DV7-7010US Keyboard and Touchpad"][/caption] Before even turning it on for the first time I swapped out the 6GB of DDR3 for 16GB (2x8GB) Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 ram and a 240GB Sandisk Extreme SSD. Something that had been annoying me to death on my Acer AO522 AMD C-50 Netbook and my Dell Laptop was the fact I had basically take apart the whole machine to upgrade the ram or hard disk. I am happy to say, one screw off the bottom plastic plate and a total of 6 screws for the harddrive you can accomplish the entire swap. [caption id="attachment_1241" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="16GB of Corsair DDR3-1600 Vengeance RAM"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1252" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="SanDisk Extreme 240GB SSD"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1245" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="HP DV7-7010US Bottom Panel Removed"][/caption] I installed the Windows 8 x64 Release Preview and Visual Studio 2012 RC on it thus far, still looking for Windows 8 drivers for the 7660G...