HP Pavilion DV6 [Laptop Preview]

Manufacturers: Hewlett-Packard

Class: Pavilion

Model: DV6-3190ee

Price: Rs.113,000 approx

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Specs Overview:

  • Operating System: Win 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-720QM 1.6 Ghz with Turbo boost upto 2.8 Ghz
  • RAM: 6 GB DDR3
  • Hard Drive: 640 GB @ 5400 RPM
  • Graphics Card: ATI Mobility Radeon 5650 Graphics card (1 GB)
  • Battery: 6 cell Lithium-Ion
  • Display: 15.6” Diagonal HD Display
  • DVD-ROM: Blu-ray DVD R/W with Double layer Support and Light Scribe
  • Webcam: HP TrueVision Webcam with MIC (VGA)
  • Wireless: Wireless Network Card 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth: HP Bluetooth
  • Finger Print Reader: Yes
  • Card Reader: 5 in 1
  • Available in Pakistan: Galaxy.pk

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High performance:

This is some thing I shouldn’t even be writing because of it being so obvious. This system is the single most powerful system that you can find in the market. A high end graphics card with an i7 processor and 6 Gigs of RAM is the most any one can ask for.

Just a look at the specs tells you why the price is so insanely high for a laptop available in the local market.

Load to carry:

The foremost negative point of the system is that it is not too mobile. 15.6” screen along with all the other specs make the system heavy.

HP has further more contributed to the problem by using some heavy metallic structure in most pavilions’ designs. It weighs around 2.6Kgs which is a little too much to carry if you have additional bag or briefcase to carry.

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Win 7 Issues:

Although not strictly related to this laptop, Win 7 is having issues running on Pavilions. Most of the people that have bought pavilions would know that the battery acts weird in Win 7. Most of users will start to get ‘Replace the battery error’ within 3 to 4 months of purchase.

I tried searching on the internet and there were all sorts of speculations. Some believe HP is placing low quality batteries in the laptops while others believe that Win 7 has some software glitch that is damaging batteries.

I own two pavilions, 1 of which has started giving me this error after just 3 months of usage. Both market giants are trying to avoid the blame and not taking responsibility for the problem.

Battery Life:

When you stack a system with all type of high tech stuff you can get your hands on, its battery should also be able to be powerful enough to keep it all running when there is no power source available.

HP, unfortunately, didn’t think about this. Now when there is no light, the ATI graphics card usually ‘turns off’ to conserve energy. So if you are using some application that uses a lot of video memory, you either have to plug in or finish your work within 30 to 40 minutes.

If you turn on the graphics card without a source, there is good chance that the battery would drain within 40 to 50 minutes. HP should have used a 9 cell battery to support the power needs.

Keypad Problems:

Although comfortable, the key pad has some issues. The buttons on the pad are somewhat loose and if you use them very frequently, they would become extremely loose. Although they don’t come out but still appear like they are broken. If you are deciding to play games, do remember to get a good mouse.

Official Rating: 4.6/5

Underline: The best system if you have the money.


  • Open Media News Website

    Very good laptop i have it. great performance without any problem. best for production work.

  • kashif

    i am biggest hater of HP Pavilion,

    i used HP DV7 for 10 months and its quality is “Farigh” my keys are broken and now its total dead only after 10 months of purchase and now its motherboard is dead and that is not available in market, i googled it and found hundreds of people have same isue. its motherboard is very very expensive (about 400$). overall its bullshit machine.

    Now i just got day before yesterday my new sony vaio with i7 6 GB ram and 500GB Hard Drive 16.4LCD with backlit keyboard and its realy a great machine i must say, its pleasent experience i got with sony.

    i got it in 102000 rupees with bag and headphone gifted from shop keeper. :)

    • Saad Durrani

      WOW! A very good comment.

    • kamran

      Thank you :)

    • funkymonk

      I do not agree with you ..
      every company has certain models which are worthless .. I am personally using HP DV6 and I am fully satisfied ..
      Not sure about DV7 though ..

      My usage is above 10 hours every day and keys are working fine for me ..

  • Farhan Ahmed

    Hi, Readers,
    I have been keeping eye on the hp shopping home page and there is actually a better model You can get if you live in the United states or if you can hire someone to help you with the shipment. Please log on to
    shopping.hp.com
    click on laptop; in the drop down box, choose HP dv6 qe series. It cost a little more with the recommended configuration but it has intel second generation core i 7 2.0 GHZ with intel terbo technology 1; 8 gig of ram and 1 TB of hard drive.

  • dull pics

    yar ye propakistani walo ko achi pics nahi milti.. ache ce achey laptop ki shakal bigaar detey hn.. man use the hp.com they got good pics of the device..huh!!

    • I have this laptop and the pics are exactly what it is. You can check at any outlet.

      • Pakistan Bee

        han =D

  • Mujeeb Mufti

    The battery has been a concern for me too with my DV6…it died in a little over 3 months down to 15min of backup time…i however got a 12 cell chinese battery and kept running Win7 and the battery still gives me over 5hours of backup time while coding and having music on on max brightness in balanced mode even after 4months of use. you dont need to be a genius to tell what the issue is.if a cheap chinese battery lasts despite having win 7 and HPs battery doesnt..its obvious HP is doing something wrong…

    • I have never had experience with chinese batteries, how much did it cost? any other issues after u changed the battery?

  • Farmanullah Khan

    It is a good laptop but HP Envy 17 is great, I tried to import from USA but don’t have any one there at the moment.

    Here is the specs of HP Envy 17:

    Operating system: Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-720QM Quad Core processor (1.6GHz, 6MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 2.8GHz
    Graphics card: 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon(TM) HD 5850 Graphics [HDMI]
    Memory: 6GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
    Hard drive: 750GB 5200RPM Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
    Primary battery: 50% OFF! One 6 Cell (standard) and One 9 Cell (over-sized) Lithium Ion Battery
    Display: 17.3″ diagonal Full HD HP Ultra BrightView Infinity LED Display (1920×1080)
    Primary optical drive: Blu-ray player & SuperMulti DVD burner

    Cost (HP): $1,824.99
    Newegg.com:$1,399.99

    • Farmanullah Khan

      Specially it has most powerful graphic card ATI 5850.

      If some one can help me import it, or some one coming from US. I would like to deal with him for his profit also.

      • Saad Riaz Qazi

        It is difficult usually to get people to import systems for you.

        • Farmanullah Khan

          yea I can see that :) But there is no problem if anyone want to deal for his own profit too…

  • Waqas

    Hi There I am was using Dv6 core2duo but having issue with ATI Graphic Card… and it restarts auto :| tried to fix but with same results at the end :(

    Now i am thinking to buy new i7 Hp dv6 but i am afraid ….again about this Graphic Card ISSUES….Any suggestion. My usage is 12-14 hours per day with latest Adobe creative suit.