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Review: HP Pavilion dv6 with i5 460m

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Hey all, first review here, so if I'm missing anything, let me know...


Specs:

model name: dv6 3150us
Processor: Intel i5 460m
RAM: 4GB DDR3
Graphics: Intel HD3000
Hard drive: 600GB 5400rpm
screen size: 15.6"


I've had this for about 6 months now and am ready to share my thoughts. I'll start off by talking about the things I don't like: the trackpad and build quality.

The trackpad is decently sized, but it's just annoying to use, and eventually drove me to buy a wireless mouse, but you can't use that everywhere. The trackpad has a red LED in the top left corner that, if you double tap anywhere near it, the LED will come on and the track pad will be disabled. This is a pretty dumb feature that, while i can count the number of times it has happened on my two hands, is still really annoying. And the fingerprint reader is too sensitive. I'll be doing something else and accidentally swipe anything across it, and it outputs a 'pop' noise when it fails to read. I'd need about fifty people's hands to count how many times that has happened.

The whole shell has a lot of flex to it, like it's made of little tikes plastic. When closed, you can push down on the top of the screen a lot further down than it should be able to. The screen when open also has a lot of flex. Also, a portion of the bottom panel that houses the hard drive and upgradeable ram slots has partially popped open. I fiddled around with it without actually removing the panel and was unable to push the clips back inside. This could likely be fixed by unscrewing the panel and replacing it, but it's still something that shouldn't happen. If you've never turned the machine on, you'd think this was a $400 machine.

Except it isn't. And when you do turn it on, your opinion will probably change. After cleaning the typical crapware, the dual core easily cuts through applications and multitasking, while the 4gb of ram keeps it smooth. I remember running photoshop, video encoding, while watching a 720p youtube video and the system still remained reasonably responsive. And the intel IGP, while not really suited for gaming, runs video just fine. The two games i tried, Halo and Minecraft, were mostly playable on lower settings, with minecraft moving between 25 and 30 fps. Halo was almost entirely dependent on resolution. The hard drive, while being a slow 5400 rpm, is otherwise fine. The screen is also nice, with a good amount of real estate. Only disappointment is the 1366x768 resolution.

I'm sure I'll update this later with more, but that's all for now. Thanks for reading!

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The popped panel I talked about \\/
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Nice laptop
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the HD3k is for sandy bridge

Intel GMA X5700 is for older nehalem CPUs, more commonly refered to just as "Intel HD Graphics"

on my DV6, you could just pop the bottom panel back in. Not sure if the older DV6 works the same.
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Nice laptop
Multitasking? a go-go. Gaming? a no-no
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A pleasant surprise :)
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Multitasking? a go-go. Gaming? a no-no
So a nice laptop has to be able to game? Huh I must be dumb.
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Originally Posted by PunkX 1 View Post
Multitasking? a go-go. Gaming? a no-no
I actually have the dv6-3130sa and it is exactly same build and specs as this one here and it is perfectly fine for running modern games with it's ATI Mobility Raedon HD 5470

http://www.amd.com/uk/products/noteb...470-specs.aspx

only problem with this laptop (I have had mine since last december so 9 months now) is that it overheats like crazy meaning to keep it cool you definitely need a cooling pad. could be because I still have all the crapware installed i guess - 108 processes running atm

oh and further to this if the model above only has a 5400rpm HDD then the 3150 has been downgraded specs wise because the 3130sa has a 7200 rpm 500HB Hitachi HDD
Edited by grez868 - 9/19/11 at 5:32am
    
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So a nice laptop has to be able to game? Huh I must be dumb.
Agreed. My friend has a laptop that's got a way better processor than me, the SB i5 @ 2.3Ghz, and he can't game on it worth crap. However, it doesn't mean that it's not a good laptop. Some people don't need all that. Some do. Understanding this will help you greatly here on OCN.

OP, great choice. I have the same CPU in my machine. Awesome little CPU. ^_^
     
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Originally Posted by NuclearSlurpee;14592920 
So a nice laptop has to be able to game? Huh I must be dumb.

He didn't say it wasn't a nice laptop. Read again.
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