HP Pavilion m6-1000 Review — A Lighter dv6

HP introduced the Pavilion m6-1000 15” screen laptop as a thinner and lighter version of the popular dv6.  With a weight of 5.1lbs and thinness of around 1” it sits between the Pavilion dv6t and Envy 6t in regards to size.  The Pavilion m6-1000 is available in either an Intel or AMD configuration.  The Intel version sells as the Pavilion m6t-1000 on HP.com while the AMD version of the m6 is only available via Best Buy and sells as the Pavilion m6-1035dx.  Our review unit happens to be the Pavilion m6-1035dx that was purchased at Best Buy for the price of $579.

HP Pavilion m6-1035dx Specs

The specs of the Pavilion m6-1035dx are as follows:

  • Processor: AMD Quad-Core A10-4600M Accelerated Processor
  • Memory: 6GB DDR3 SDRAM (2 DIMM)
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 7660G Discrete-Class graphics
  • Screen: 15.6-inch diagonal HD BrightView LED-backlit display (1366×768)
  • Storage: 640GB 5400RPM hard drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
  • Optical Drive: SuperMulti DVD burner
  • Audio: Beats Audio with 2 speakers and a subwoofer
  • Ports: media card reader, 3 SuperSpeed USB 3.0, 1 Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 VGA (15-pin), 1 RJ-45 (LAN), 1 Headphone-out/Microphone-in combo
  • Dimensions: 14.94″ (L) x 9.87″ (W) x 0 .87″ (min H)/ 1.04″ (max H)
  • Weight: 5.2 lbs

Pavilion m6 Video

For those who like video reviews, you can check out the hands on video review we did via YouTube in Full HD or view the embedded video below:

HP Pavilion m6-1000 Review

Design and Build

The design for the m6 features a midnight black color lid with brush aluminum finish.  The edges feature a silver trim and then inside you again get an all black finish.  The look is nice and I think will appeal to a wide audience.  If black just isn’t for you then you can opt for a silver finish for $25 extra on HP.com with the m6t-1000 model, currently the AMD version m6-1035dx only offers black.

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The lid of the Pavilion m6 has an HP logo on it that lights up which is a nice design touch.

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The only indication of the model number of the laptop comes at the top right of the screen where  “Pavilion m6” is printed in white.

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The only part of the design I ‘m not a big fan of are the glossy edges around the screen and between the keyboard keys.  The glossy screen bezel in particular picks up fingerprints at the slightest touch and you’ll have to use a microfiber cloth to wipe it down.

The materials used in the construction of the m6 are a mix of aluminum and plastic, this provides for a solid chassis.  While it’s not quite the same build quality as the more premium all aluminum body ENVY 15, it’s still good.  The top of the Pavilion m6 and palm rest areas are all made of aluminum and the sides use a durable plastic.  I tried pushing in on several areas and couldn’t find any particular spot that had excessive flex.  You can push in on the back of the screen lid and no ripples are produced, so this indicates the screen is well protected.

Screen

The Pavilion m6 comes with a 15.6” LED backlit screen with a 1366 x 768 HD resolution, there is no upgrade option.  The screen has a glossy finish, which means that while colors do pop and appear more vivid due to the glossiness (good for movie watching), the downside is that if you have a strong light behind you you’ll get a lot of reflections on the screen.  So basically the glossy screen can be good or bad, depending on your environment and personal preference.   There’s nothing special to say otherwise about the Pavilion m6 display, it’s bright enough for indoor usage and viewing angles are just so-so, which is what you’d expect on a laptop of this budget.  It’s a shame there is no screen resolution upgrade option, the 768p resolution is certainly on the low end for a 15” screen laptop.

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Processor and Performance

As mentioned previously, the Pavilion m6-1000 can be found with either an AMD or Intel processor.  The Intel based m6t-1000 is customizable via HP.com and the AMD version is available at BestBuy.com or in store as the Pavilion m6-1035dx.  The m6 model under review is the AMD version and was purchased from Best Buy.  The processor that comes with the m6-1035dx is the AMD A10-4600M quad core processor and graphics are provided by the AMD 7660G.  The memory included is a generous 6GB of RAM.  With these specs you get a laptop that’s more than capable of multi-tasking and doing some light gaming, certainly for most typical work productivity needs such as using the web or typing a report the m6-1035dx is more than adequate.  To get an idea of how the m6-1035dx performs relative to other laptops I ran PCMark Vantage and 3DMark Vantage to generate scores and compare to other similar laptops:

3DMark Vantage – 4,621

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Laptop3DMark Vantage
HP Pavilion m6-1035dx – AMD A10-4600M, 6GB RAM, 640GB 5400RPM, AMD 7660G4,621
HP dv6t-7000 Quad Edition, Intel Core i7-3610QM, Nvidia GT650M, 7200RPM HD10,108
Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 (Intel Core i7-3610QM, NVIDIA 640M LE, 8GB RAM, 5400RPM HD)5,587
HP Envy 17-3000, Intel Core i7-2670QM, AMD 7690M, 6GB RAM, 7200RPM HD6,970
Dell XPS 17 (Core i5-2410m 2.30GHz, Nvidia 550m, 6GB RAM, HD 7200RPM)4,747
HP Pavilion dv6t Select Edition – Intel Core i5-2410m, Intel HD 3000 Graphics, 6GB RAM1,845

 

PCMark Vantage – 5,898

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PCMark Vantage Benchmark Results – Higher scores indicate better performance

LaptopPCMark Vantage Score
HP Pavilion m6-1035dx – AMD A10-4600M, 6GB RAM, 640GB 5400RPM, AMD 7660G5,898 PCMarks
HP ENVY 4t-1000 – Intel Core i3-2367M 1.4GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB 5400RPM HD, Intel HD 30004,378 PCMarks
Dell XPS 13 (Intel Core i5-2476M 1.60GHz, Intel HD 3000, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD)9,826 PCMarks
HP Folio 13 (Intel Core i5-2467M 1.60GHz, Intel HD3000, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD)9,026 PCMarks
Lenovo ThinkPad X230 – Intel Core i5-3320M 2.60GHz, 4GB RAM, 7200RPM HD7,603 PCMarks
Lenovo ThinkPad X220 – Intel Core i5-2410M 2.30GHz, 4GB RAM, 7200RPM HD5,764 PCMarks
SONY VAIO SA – Intel Core i5-2430M, AMD 6750M, 6GB RAM, 7200RPM HD7,007 PCMarks
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E420 – Intel Core i5-2410m 2.30GHz, 4GB RAM6,056 PCMarks
Dell Vostro 3450 – Intel Core i5-2410m 2.30Ghz, 4GB RAM5,901 PCMarks
Dell Inspiron N411z – Intel Core i3-2330m 2.30GHz, 4GB RAM5,285 PCMarks
Lenovo ThinkPad T420 – Intel Core i3-2310m 2.1GHz, 2GB RAM3,204 PCMarks

These scores show that the AMD A10 on board is about on par with a 2nd generation Intel Core i5 processor from the Sandy Bridge family, but it is slower than current 3rd generation Core i5 processors.  Meanwhile, the 3DMark Vantage score of 4,621 is a solid number for a $579 laptop and shows you will be able to do some gaming on the latest games at medium graphics settings.

Battery Life

Here’s where we get to the jaw dropping part of the Pavilion m6-1035dx.  Battery life is a very important factor for those that need to be mobile, such as students or business travellers.  To test battery life I set the Windows power settings to “Power Saver”, set the screen brightness to level 3 of 10 (the screen was still easily viewable indoors), wireless was on and a browser was open and set to refresh every 60 seconds and then unplugged the m6.  Under these conditions the m6-1035dx lasted an amazing 7 hours and 40 minutes.  That’s fantastic battery life for a 15” screen laptop, obviously AMD has made some big improvements on the power consumption of their A series processors with the latest generation called Trinity.

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Keyboard and Touchpad

The Pavilion m6-1000 uses a chiclet style keyboard and has enough space to accommodate a number pad on the right side.  The keys have a fairly short travel distance and unfortunately the keyboard suffers from mushiness, there’s a lot of flex especially in the middle.   Overall the keyboard feel is sub par and one of the weakest factors of this laptop.  On the plus side, a backlit keyboard is standard across all m6 models, the look is cool and it’s more usable in a dimly lit room.  Also included on the m6 is a fingerprint reader, this is useful for quick logins and saving passwords.

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The touchpad is a decent size and works well, it uses synaptics drivers and has all the scroll and multi-touch features you’d expect.  Unfortunately the touchpad area is not backlit like the keyboard, this is odd since on last years dv6t model the touchpad did have illumination.  The mouse buttons below the touchpad are a let down, while they work fine, they have very little travel distance and don’t give convincing feedback – the feel is pretty chintzy.

Input and Output Ports

The Pavilion m6-1000 offers a very good selection of ports. On the left side you have a monitor out port, HDMI, Ethernet LAN (RJ-45), two USB 3.0 ports, and a combined headphone jack and microphone jack:

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On the right side, you get another USB 3.0 port, USB 2.0 port, the power jack and the optical drive which is a DVD Multi-Burner in this case:

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On the front left side is a media card reader:

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The back of the m6 has no ports:

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Speakers and Audio

The Pavilion m6-1000 has two speakers on top and a subwoofer underneath.  HP uses the Beats audio branding on this machine and touts its superior audio capabilities.  I tested the speakers out by playing “Fort Battle” from the soundtrack of Last of the Mohicans, it offers a lot of bass and treble to test speakers out.  The subwoofer did give some nice bass, better than you’d expect from a laptop.  However, the speakers on top were just so-so.  There was a good amount of tininess and nothing like the audio quality you’d get from using headphones, which is what I recommend to do if you’re an audiophile.

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Conclusion

The highlight of the Pavilion m6-1035dx for me was most certainly the battery life of 7 hours and 40 minutes which is simply amazing for a 15.6” screen laptop.  The build quality and design of the Pavilion m6-1000 are certainly appealing, it’s quite light at 5.1lbs and only 1-inch thin so it’s very portable for the screen size.  The two downsides to the Pavilion m6 are the lackluster keyboard, no option for a screen resolution upgrade and the somewhat annoying glossy finish around the screen.   Bottom line, the HP Pavilion m6 is a nice alternative to the Pavilion dv6 if you were hoping for something thinner and lighter and like the design, build and reputation of that laptop.

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4 responses to “HP Pavilion m6-1000 Review — A Lighter dv6”

  1. Angel says:

    Do this laptop support crossfire? If so what cards can be used?

    • I don’t believe this is possible, the AMD 7660G on the m6-1035dx model in BestBuy doesn’t support it and the AMD 7670 on the Intel model can’t crossfire since the processor is not an AMD A10.

  2. Pramit Pakhira says:

    in india the only model available of this m6 1000 series is m6 1002tx. i have decided to buy either this one or that g6 2014tx one. but right at this moment i am really confused about which one should i go for. i know that, there are some differences between these two as far as specifications and features are concerned and so goes with their prices too. is there that much difference between beats audio of m6 and altec lansing of the g6 one ? how about there battery backup ? in my city, kolkata, the difference of price of these two models is around Rs. 7k. hence, thinking of each and every aspect, which one should i go for ??

    waiting for your reply, sir..

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