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Review: A Trio of HP Laptops

HP Pavilion dv6 Series

AMD Turion X2 RM-75 (2.2 GHz)Hard Disk
500 GB (5400 rpm)
Graphic Chipset
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4530Optical Drive
DVD burner
4 GB
378.5 x 258 x 34 to 41 mm (14.9” x 10.2” x 1.3” to 1.6”)
15.6” (1366 x 768)Weight
2.94 Kg (6.5 lbs.)

The HP Pavilion dv6 is a midrange model from HP. Its multimedia capabilities suit it to a range of uses, from office applications and Web browsing to watching movies and viewing your latest vacation photos.

First impressions, design

Visually, the HP Pavilion dv6-1225ef is all black and makes a handsome overall impression, and the top has a decorative imprint that’s simple and discreet enough to fit in anywhere. The overall appearance is relatively restrained despite HP’s use of glossy plastics more or less throughout. Unfortunately, a glossy finish means fingerprints, stickiness, and dust attraction. At least the patterns on the shell help to reduce their visibility.

The notebook’s build quality is quite good, and the plastics are high-quality in spite of their showy gloss finish.

The keyboard has a pleasant, supple feel. It even has a number pad, which is always a plus for users who need to enter figures or do calculations regularly. Certain keys have been re-sized to make everything fit within the width of the shell.

The touchpad is wide and fairly attractive. Unfortunately its mirror finish and resulting totally smooth surface make dragging difficult. Your fingers tend to stick, and that quickly becomes unpleasant during use. The click buttons are firm and integrated well into the pad.

VGA, HP port, RJ45, HDMIe-SATA / USB, FireWire, ExpressCard, card reader

Microphone, 2 headphone jacksBurner, 2 USB 2.0, antitheft lock, and power connector