First off, you can customize the dv2700t w/ 5 different Core 2 Duo processors (T5550, T7250, T8100, T8300, T9300). It comes w/ a 14.1" WXGA HD Display (1280 x 800). You also have the options of choosing 2 grapics cards, webcam, fingerprint reader, etc....
So far, I have been pretty impressed w/ the performance. My only gripe is that there's a ton of bloatware! I will do a "clean install" of Vista Ultimate as soon as I obtain a oem version. The only copy I have is the recovery disc(s) that came w/ the unit, and that also obtains all the bloatware that's already pre-installed.
The build and design of the dv2700t has not changed from the earlier dv2000t (which my cousin has). The only thing that sets it apart are the finishes on the lid and plastics (Imprint Finish). HP has come up w/ 2 Imprint Finishes. The "Radiance" finish (found on the standard dv2700t) and the "Virve" finish (found on the dv2700t Special Edition).
From all the other HP reviews about the finish of the product, is that it attracts alot of fingerprints (which i agree). Thankfully, HP has included a cleaning cloth.
The keyboard and touchpad feel good and very responsive. The touchpad also, has a disable button in case you want to use an external mouse.
My laptop also came w/ the fingerprint reader...
and reversible slip case..
The glossy screen on the dv2700t is ok. But when using it in bright environments, I get alot of glare. Whereas w/ my i9100 I didn't. It does however, provide good contrast, great color, and "ok" backlighting.
The Altec Lansing Speakers are great! Almost as loud as my i9100 which includes a subwoofer. The sound is quite clear and crisp. The dual jacks is a plus (no more sharing earphones).
I had minimal fan noise compared to my i9100 which like to run constantly (throttling issues) w/ the prescott.
Overall, I'm happy w/ this notebook. I mainly got this for mobility and multimedia as my i9100 was too heavy. The Core 2 Duo, the layout, and design of the notebook is a plus!!