Have to buy through HP.com
Use coupon code NBN6552 at checkout to get $550 off the price of a the laptop, the final price for a loaded configuration comes to $699. Here are the specs on the Pavilion dv7t for this $699 deal:
The dv7tqe has the option for dual hard drives so you can either use two hard drives for storage or use an SSD and HD for performance and storage capacity.
- Processor: Intel Core i7-2670QM
- Graphics: AMD Radeon 7470M
- Memory: 8GB RAM
- OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
- Screen: 17.3” 1600 x 900 HD+
- Storage: 750GB 5400RPM
- Warranty: 2-years
I'd go for the more expensive higher res version, only because it comes with the Radeon HD 6770M with 2GB VRAM but I can't find a way to configure it with that video card. They have them in quick ship, but the coupon doesn't work. It is a MUCH faster GPU than the Radeon 7470M.
I'm not sure you can use coupon codes on Quick Ship models. I'd take ikon's advice and call them and see if they'll let you apply the coupon to that model.
I've got a similar laptop, although it's a year old now. Indeed I like the dual bay feature, although in the case of mine it didn't come with the mounting kit for the second drive. A colleague of mine pointed me to newmode.us, and they had the exact kit I needed at an awesome price, plus fast shipping.
In my case I dropped in an OCZ Octane 128 GB SSD as the primary drive for the OS and application binaries. The HDD that came with the laptop was demoted to the secondary slot, and I put the paging file and user data there--basically all of the "write intensive" stuff that's bad for SSDs. It's a bit tricky to set it up--you have to log in with an initial user account and then run a tool to move the default profile to the secondary disk. All new users created will have their profiles loaded on the HDD instead of on the SSD.
Oh is it fast. On a the HDD alone, from power on to logon to a "fully usable" state (meaning all applications loaded post logon and the machine was usable without sluggishness) was almost 3 minutes. With the SSD, it's about 45-50 seconds to fully usable. They're still expensive but you can't go wrong with an SSD! Especially when the lappy has two drive bays!