I believe this is the only Intel Core i7 Quad Core powered laptop with a 17" screen available for less than not just £800 but £700! Add in the fact that it comes with Windows 7 Professional (not Home Premium), an ATI 5650 graphics adapter, 4GB DDR3 RAM and a 500GB 7200rpm hard drive with additional space in the chassis for a second drive (maybe an SSD) to be added and I think it makes for very good value.
Play is currently selling this machine for about £200 less than its competitors. For some reason it does not mention the model of the machine in the description. However, I decided to take the plunge anyway - ordered mine on Wednesday and received it this morning. As I hoped, it was a DV7-4050ea model - see pic in the comments section below.
The next best prices for this machine at well known retailer/etailers are:
Currys/PC World: £949
I got £4.24 cash back from TopCashBack - slightly less was available from Quidco.
Specification PDF file: http://h40059.www4.hp.com/uk/homelaptops/pdf/dv7-4050ea_ds_ene.pdf
HP Pavillion DV7-4050ea Laptop / Notebook
Operating system: Windows® 7 Professional 64-bit
Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-720QM 1.60 GHz Quad Core
Chipset: Intel® HM55
Memory: 4 GB DDR3 (2 x 2048 MB) [ Supports up to 8 GB DDR3 memory]
Graphics: ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5650 Graphics, up to 2714 MB total graphics memory with 1 GB DDR3 dedicated
Internal drives: 500 GB SATA Hard Disk Drive 7200 rpm
Optical drives: LightScribe SuperMulti DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support
Graphics: 17.3" HD+ High-Definition LED HP BrightView Display
Display resolution: 1600 x 900
Slots: 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro or xD Picture cards
Media devices: HP TrueVision Webcam with Integrated Digital Microphone (VGA low-light)
Network interface: Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Wireless technologies: 802.11 b/g/n & Bluetooth® wireless networking
Security management: Integrated finger print reader
Warranty: 1 year, pick-up and return, parts and labour