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.