HP Pavilion dv6-605lea review
Superb video and sound, but this laptop is let down by an awful keyboard and very poor battery life
Review Date: 1 Mar 2012
Reviewed By: Terry Freedman
Price when reviewed: £583 (£700 inc VAT)
Features & Design
Value for Money
The most immediately striking features of the Pavilion dv6-6051ea are its audio and visual capabilities. The 15.6in, 1,366 x 768 resolution screen is bright, its LED-backlit panel producing fine clarity and reasonably wide viewing angles, and pupils were consistently impressed by the sound. They also liked the webcam, which captures good-quality HD video.
It’s a powerful laptop too. The 2.3GHz Core i5-2410M processor is one of Intel’s best mobile efforts in terms of price for performance, and with 6GB of RAM there’s little that the dv6 can’t handle. Its benchmark score of 0.70 is the best in this group.
The dedicated AMD Radeon graphics processor ensures that 3D graphics will run smoothly at the screen’s native resolution, and with a 640GB hard disk there’s no shortage of storage. HP even provides two USB 3 ports. The trackpad can be turned off by double-tapping in the top left-hand corner, which is useful, while a fingerprint reader is included for security.
Because of all this, you might consider buying a few for use in specialist contexts such as small media studies groups. However, it isn’t suitable for use in an ordinary classroom. The main reason for this is that the keyboard is a horror. The keys feel flimsy and loose, and the whole device vibrates when you press the keys with any force – which children often do. The up/down arrow keys are roughly half the normal size, and the layout is unusual.
Meanwhile, any sensible ICT co-ordinator will disable HP’s preinstalled Magic Desktop software, which seems to have been designed on the assumption that the laptop will be used as a standalone device. Although you can add users, there doesn’t appear to be a network-friendly option
Worst of all, though, is the battery life, with the laptop lasting only 1hr 33mins of typical classroom use, including video playback and web browsing. HP has just announced an update to the range – the dv7 – so let’s hope this addresses the problem.
Author: Terry Freedman
I have this laptop and happen to be typing on it now. Before you buy this laptop consider why yours buying it. This laptop was my first ever laptop and I was given it as a present, I needed it for schoolwork, it did that job nicely once my father had installed Microsoft programs like word etc. (I dont believe it comes with that kind of stuff) It came with windows7 home premium but I guess you can select what you get now, it had and still does have a wonderful smooth, stylish look to it and has a brilliant, bright widescreen. However, it does overheat reasonable quickly but buying a cheap laptop cooler can fix that. Futhermore its rather noisy, something you will get use to after hours of tapping away at this laptop. Its a great laptop for beginners but more designed for watching movies as it has a wonderful film watching set up. After getting my laptop I discovered a love for pc gaming after running into a few games, thats where the thinking part comes in. Ok graphics but it depends what game your running and can lagg alot. So over all an OKish laptop, better for beginers with laptops and really quite nice looking. But easily chipped on the edges... if your as careless as I am :)
By whiskerwolf on 2 Mar 2012
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