HP dv6t Quad $415 Off Coupon for January 8–22

HP has issued a new coupon code, NBL9438, that gets you $415 off any configuration of the popular HP dv6t Quad laptop.  Right now HP is offering Free Blu-Ray and shipping so you can get a pretty sweet deal when using this coupon.  The base configuration with the following specs can be had for $734.99 when you enter NBL9438 at checkout:

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  • OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • Screen: 15.6″ High Definition HP LED Brightview (1366×768)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-2670QM (2.2 GHz, 6MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 3.1 GHz
  • Graphics: 1GB AMD Radeon HD 7470M GDDR5 Discrete Graphics
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Storage: 750GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • Battery: 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
  • Optical Drive: Blu-ray player & SuperMulti DVD burner
  • Wireless: 802.11b/g/n WLAN
  • Warranty: 1-year

The HP dv6tqe is powerful enough to be used as a gaming laptop, you can see our review of the HP dv6tqe here.  It’s not only capable in terms of performance, but also offers a very sturdy build so that you can be confident it will last for several years and take the rigors of school, work or home usage.  WIth the Intel Core i7 2.2GHz processor, dedicated AMD 7470M graphics, 8GB of RAM and Blu-Ray you’ll have quite an entertainment machine.

The $415 off coupon expires on 1/22 so you’ve got almost two weeks from now to take advantage on this $734.99 price.  The coupon will expire early if used 1,400 times however, so don’t wait around!

Link to Deal: HP dv6t Quad Edition (use NBL9438 to get $414 off)

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New 33% Off Envy and HP Pavilion Laptop Coupon

HP has a new 33% off coupon, use code NBJ7558 at checkout to get 33% off any laptop configured $999+.  This 33% off coupon works on the new HP Envy 15Envy 17, HP Pavilion dv6t Select, dv6t Quad, and dv7t Quad laptops.  Pricing out the base level Envy 15 laptop and using this NBJ7558 33% off coupon yields a $904.49 price on the new HP Envy 15, that’s the best price on the new Envy 15 Ever!  The specs on the Envy 15-3000 laptop at this price are as follows:

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  • Processor: Core i5-2430M Processor (2.4 GHz, 3MB L3 Cache) Turbo Boost to 3.0 GHz
  • Graphics: 1GB Discrete Graphics AMD Radeon(TM) [HDMI, DP]
  • Memory: 6GB 1333MHz DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
  • Storage: 500GB 7200 rpm Hard Drive
  • 8 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
  • Screen: 15.6-inch diagonal HD BrightView LED-backlit Display (1366×768)
  • Optical Drive: SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support
  • Wireless: Intel 802.11a/b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth(R) with Wireless Display Support
  • Keyboard: Full-size Radiance backlit keyboard
  • Warranty : 2 year limited warranty included

Check out our full review of the Envy 15-3000 laptop here, we recommend upgrading to the IPS screen which is a $150 upgrade but definitely worth it!

For those that are more inclined toward the Envy 17 with its more powerful AMD 7690 XT graphics card that offers better gaming performance than the Envy 15, you can use the coupon to get the price down to $1,004.99 for a starting configuration, see the screenshot below from the cart I configured with this price:

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This coupon works from today until 1/8 – 1/14/2012.  Don’t forget you can also use it on the HP dv6t Quad, dv6t Select and dv7t Quad laptops.

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HP Pavilion dv6z Vs. dv6t Quad Edition, Which is Best?

The HP Pavilion dv6t Quad Edition (dv6tqe) and Pavilion dv6z Quad Edition (dv6zqe) are two very similar laptops that are top sellers on HP.com.  From a design and build perspective the dv6t and dv6z are exactly the same.  The only difference between the two are the brains inside, namely the processor and graphics cards.  The dv6t uses an Intel processor and the dv6z uses an AMD processor.  Other than that they offer the same screen, memory, optical drive, chassis, ports, keyboard, web cam – you get the idea.  The other difference is the price, generally the dv6z Quad Edition costs around $200 less than the dv6t Quad Edition.  So what should you do, go for the cheaper dv6zqe and save money or is there a performance advantage with the dv6tqe that makes it worth paying more for?  Let’s compare these two popular HP laptops and figure out which might be best for your needs!

HP dv6t vs dv6z

We’ve reviewed both the HP dv6z and HP dv6t on LaptopReviews.com so if you’re shopping for either of these laptops it’s a good idea to take a look at those reviews first:

Since the design and build are the same let’s just quickly go over what you’re getting in both cases.  The Pavilion dv6 was updated this year so that the standard color is what HP calls a “Dark Umber” finish. The lid has a nice dark aluminum brush finish that’s both professional and stylish. The HP logo on the lid lights up when the laptop is on. The hinge is a drop hinge style design with an elbow like bend to it. The hinges are a silver color and provide a nice contrast to the dark umber lid.

The dv6 is one of the better built consumer laptops we’ve used in a while.  It’s on par with business-class laptops in terms of sturdiness.  The case and lid are very rigid and have little flex.  The only noticeable flex on the body can be found on the bottom under the optical drive housing, this is fairly typical of any laptop as it’s hard to reinforce the hollow area an optical drive requires.  The keyboard has a bit of flex on it in places, but nothing that will slow you down typing or be overly noticeable under regular use.  Overall the dv6 is a very sturdy laptop that will be able to take some abuse and keep on ticking.

HP dv6z Vs. dv6t Quad Edition Performance

The big difference between the two different versions of the dv6 comes with the performance.   While both laptops have a Quad Core processor, the actual performance of the AMD A8 series versus the Intel Core i7 series is not even close, the Intel Core i7 is a much superior processor in terms of overall performance.  During our testing we had the two following dv6z and dv6t configurations available:

HP dv6t Quad Edition Specs as Tested HP dv6z Quad Edition Specs as Tested
  • Processor: Intel Quad Core i7-2630QM (2.0 GHz, 6MB L3 Cache)
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6770M 1GB
  • Memory: 4GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
  • OS: Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • Storage:  750GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
  • Screen: 15.6″ diagonal High Definition HP BrightView LED Display (1366×768)
  • Price:  $949.99 

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  • Processor: AMD Quad Core A8-3510MX (2.50GHz / 1.8GHz 4MB L2 Cache)
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon 6750M 1GB
  • Memory: 8GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
  • OS: Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • Storage: 640GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
  • Screen: 15.6” LED backlit 1366 x 768 resolution, glossy finish
  • Price: $679.99

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When running PCMark 7, a benchmark test that scores overall system performance, the HP dv6tqe with the Intel Core i7 and AMD 6770M graphics scored 4,012 while the dv6zqe with an AMD A8-3510MX processor and AMD 6750M graphics scored 1,659 PCMarks:

Laptop PCMark 7
HP Pavilion dv6z Quad Edition – AMD A8-3510MX, AMD 6750M Graphics, 8GB RAM 1,659 PCMarks
HP Pavilion dv6t Quad Edition – Intel Core i7-2630qm 2.00GHz, AMD 6770M Graphics, 4GB RAM 4,012 PCMarks
Lenovo ThinkPad W520 – Intel Core i7 2720QM, 4GB RAM, Nvidia Quadro 2000, Intel 320 SSD 4,299 PCMarks
HP Envy 17 3D – Intel Core i7-2670QM, AMD 6850M 1GB, 8GB RAM, 7200RPM HD 2,592 PCMarks
Lenovo IdeaPad U400 – Intel Core i5-2430M, AMD Radeon 6470M, 6GB RAM, 5400RPM HD 2,287 PCMarks

The major factor there is just overall better processor performance.  You can see that even Intel Core i5 dual core processor equipped laptops can outpace the AMD A8 Quad Core.  The score when it comes to graphics comparison is much closer.  When running 3DMark Vantage the same systems scored more closely, though the dv6tqe still won out by a pretty wide gap:

Laptop 3DMark Vantage Score
HP Pavilion dv6z Quad Edition – AMD A8-3510MX, AMD 6750M Graphics, 8GB RAM 6,350 3DMarks
HP Pavilion dv6t Quad Edition – Intel Core i7-2630qm 2.00GHz, 4GB RAM 8,487 3DMarks

Price Comparison

The other major difference between the two versions of the dv6, outside of performance, is the price.  The dv6tqe starts at $799 while the dv6zqe starts at $529.99, that’s a $170 difference.  For the given test configurations the prices are as such:

  • dv6tqe: $949.99
  • dv6zqe: $679.99

Again, a $170 $270 difference after upgrades are made to both online.   That’s a pretty big price difference, in terms of percentage the dv6tqe is 25% 40% more expensive.

Battery Life

While the battery life is greatly affected by the processor and graphics it turns out that the difference in battery life between the dv6tqe and dv6zqe is so close you can consider it no different.  With the dv6tqe we squeezed out 5 hours and 8 minutes and the dv6zqe achieved 5 hours and 10 minutes.  These were with tests both done under “friendly” conditions with brightness set to low and just using integrated graphics and light tasks.

Conclusion

At the end of the day it comes down to comparing the performance and price, so is the extra performance on the dv6tqe worth the money?  It depends on your needs and if you can afford it of course.  If you know you’re going to be pushing your laptop to extremes and would like to be able to do some gaming then it’s definitely worth considering the dv6tqe.  However, if all you are doing is productivity tasks such as web, office, email and some entertainment in the form of video watching and some gaming then the dv6zqe will be perfectly adequate.  Think of it like this.  The dv6tqe is like a Ferrari and the dv6zqe is a Ford Mustang.  Both are fast sports cars, but the Ferrari will get you there faster if you need it to since it can surpass 200mph.  But if your speed limit is 80 mph and that’s as fast as you want to go and as much performance as you need, it doesn’t make much sense to pay for the most expensive option does it?

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HP dv6t Select Edition Review

HP dv6t Select EditionWe’ve reviewed the HP dv6t Quad Core and dv6z Quad Core and so to complete the trifecta we will now review the HP dv6t Select Edition.  It’s easy to compare these three different laptops, they’re all exactly the same in terms of design and build: they all have a 15.6” screen, sturdy metallic chassis and an appealing brush metal design.  However, each are different in terms of processor and graphics card options.  The dv6t Select Edition, or dv6tse for short, is a more powerful version of the standard HP Pavilion dv6t but not as souped up as the dv6t Quad Edition.  As such, the dv6tse carries a lower price tag but still has ample power and performance for typical users.  The HP dv6tse starts at $699 while the dv6tqe starts at $899 before any coupons are applied.

Here’s a table comparing the HP dv6t Quad, dv6z Quad and dv6tse laptops:

Laptop Model Processor Options Graphics Options Starting Price
HP Pavilion dv6z Quad Edition
  • AMD Quad-Core A6-3400M
  • AMD Quad-Core A6-3410MX
  • AMD Quad-Core A8-3500M
  • AMD Quad-Core A8-3510MX
  • AMD Quad-Core A8-3530MX
  • AMD Radeon 6620G
  • 1GB GDDR5 Radeon HD 6750M Graphics
$599.99
HP Pavilion dv6t Select Edition
  • Intel Core i5-2430m
  • Core i5-2520m
  • Core i7-2620m
  • Intel HD3000
  • 1GB AMD Radeon HD 6490M
  • 1GB AMD Radeon HD 6770M
  • 2GB AMD Radeon HD 6770M
$699.99
HP Pavilion dv6t Quad Edition
  • Intel Core i7-2670QM
  • Intel Core i7-2720QM
  • Intel Core i7-2820QM
  • 1GB AMD Radeon HD 6490M
  • 1GB AMD Radeon HD 6770M
  • 2GB AMD Radeon HD 6770M
$899.99

As you can see, the only big difference between the dv6tqe and dv6tse is the processor selection, the graphics card options are actually the same.  The dv6zqe has a completely different chipset and graphics options, it uses the AMD Llano family APU.  To find out more about the HP dv6zqe check out the review I recently did.

Price wise the dv6tse sits in the middle, which makes sense because as we’ll find out later the performance aligns with this as well.  The dv6tse is probably the best choice of the three for most people because of the fact it has ample performance, can be purchased for under $700 with coupons or an HP student discount, and has great upgrade options and expandability if you want to add performance.

Here are the specs of the dv6tse review unit we have:

  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2410m 2.3Ghz, 3MB Cache
  • Screen: 15.6” LED BrightView (glossy) screen with 1366 x 768 resolution
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • Memory: 6GB RAM
  • Storage: 640GB HD 5400RPM
  • Optical Drive: Blu-Ray player and SuperMulti DVD burner
  • Wireless: Intel 802.11 b/g/n
  • Battery: 6-cell Lithium Ion
  • Web Camera: HP TrueVision web cam and microphone built-in
  • Ports: 4 USB (2 USB 2.0 and 2 High Speed USB 3.0), HDMI, VGA monitor out, Ethernet LAN port
  • Dimensions and Thickness: 14.88″ (W) x 9.71″ (D) x 1.23″ (min Height)/1.39″ (max Height)
  • Weight: 5.8lbs

The Intel Core i5-2410m is the base level processor for the dv6tse but is actually just perfect in terms of performance for most users.  It is overclockable to 2.90GHz from its standard speed of 2.30GHz, so if you need an extra boost of speed for a demanding task it can kick it up a notch and do so.   The more expensive processor options make sense for anyone looking to use demanding applications, such as CAD design or processing of large photos and video files, but for the rest of us saving money by choosing the Core i5-2410m is the way to go.

HP dv6t Select Edition Video

If you’re a visual learner I’ve put together a quick overview video of the dv6t Select Edition to accompany this review, just click play to view it below:

HP dv6t Select Edition Video Review

HP dv6tse Build Quality

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The dv6t Select Edition is one of the better built consumer laptops I’ve used in a while. It’s on par with business-class laptops in terms of sturdiness. The case and lid are very rigid and have little flex. The only noticeable flex on the body can be found on the bottom under the optical drive housing, this is fairly typical of any laptop as it’s hard to reinforce the hollow area an optical drive requires. The keyboard has a bit of flex on it in places as well, that will be covered more in the keyboard section. Overall the dv6tse is a very sturdy laptop that feels like it will be able to take some abuse and keep on ticking.

HP dv6tse Design

The HP Pavilion dv6t Select Edition uses the same body as all the other dv6t models. The look of the Pavilion dv6t was updated this year so that the standard color is what HP calls a “Dark Umber” finish. The lid has a nice dark aluminum brush finish that’s both professional and stylish. The HP logo on the lid lights up when the laptop is on. The hinge design is pretty cool, it’s a drop hinge style design with an elbow like bend to it. The hinges are a silver color and provide a nice contrast to the darker lid.

HP dv6t keyboard areaUpon opening the dv6tse you’ll see the dark umber design is carried over onto the keyboard and palm rest areas. The touchpad has a cool light accent that goes around it, unfortunately there is no backlit keyboard option.

The speaker grille at the top of the keyboard is a silver color, and again, provides a nice contrast to the much darker umber color around it. The sides of the laptop where the ports are found are also a silver color. The bottom of the laptop is black and made of plastic.

Overall the design is attractive and will appeal to a wide audience. There’s certainly nothing offensive to be said about the design, it does tend to pickup fingerprints rather easily but not as much as some of the glossy plastic laptops on the market. As a note, there is an option to “upgrade” to a steel gray finish instead of the dark umber finish, however it comes at the cost of $25 which I don’t get because frankly the dark umber looks more appealing. To each his or her own though, style tastes are personal.

HP dv6t Select Edition Weight and Size

The Pavilion dv6t Quad Edition is not a laptop designed to be carried for miles around campus, it qualifies as a desktop replacement style laptop. It weighs in at 5.8lbs without the power cord and adapter, but add in the weight of the adapter and the travel weight goes up to ZZZ lbs:

The dv6t is also not what you’d call a thin laptop, its thickness ranges from 1.23” to 1.39”. That’s still thin enough to fit in a backpack, but it will take up quite a bit of space. The point being, the HP dv6tse can be moved around a home or office without much effort, but carrying it around a campus would be quite a workout and not exactly what this laptop is designed for.

HP dv6tse Screen

HP dv6tse Screen

The HP dv6t Special Edition offers two different screen resolution options. You can go with the standard 1366 x 768 resolution or pay $150 extra for the 1920 x 1080 resolution display. I kept the price down and went with the 1366 x 768 resolution. This is quite a low resolution for a 15.6” screen laptop and if you can afford it I’d recommend upgrading to the 1080p screen. One thing to consider is that if you want to do gaming on medium to high settings on the native screen resolution you will get better performance with this lower resolution. However, if you don’t care about gaming and just want to fit more on the screen and have a great movie watching experience viewing Blu-Ray 1080p movies then the higher resolution is a nice upgrade. When you watch hi-definition movies at the 720p (1366 x 768) resolution on a 15.6” screen you can actually notice some pixelation, which detracts from the viewing experience, so if you’re a movie buff the upgrade might almost be necessary.

HP dv6tse Screen angle

The screen brightness on the dv6t Select Edition is amazing, it’s almost too bright at the top setting if you ask me. I left the brightness two notches below the top for a comfortable level that was easy to read. The bright screen made viewing angles from the side very wide. Vertical viewing angles were so so. Overall the dv6t screen is better than the average laptop screen, but it is not as gorgeous as say an IPS technology screen used on the Apple iPad that offers wide viewing angles.

The screen has a glossy finish, which is good if you like movie viewing as it provides bolder colors and great contrast. However, it also picks up a lot of reflections and if you’re working on it 8 hours a day that can get annoying and cause eye strain.

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HP Pavilion dv6tse Performance

HP dv6t Select Core i5 BadgeThe HP Pavilion dv6t Select Edition offers admirable performance for the price.  While it doesn’t carry the Intel Quad Core processor offering, the Core i5 selections available are all very capable performers for their class and price.  I got the Intel Core i5-2410m processor that sports a 2.30GHz clock speed, it overclocks to 2.90GHz using Intel’s TurboBoost technology.   That means if the dv6t needs an extra performance boost above and beyond it’s intended clock speed it can draw more power and complete tasks more quickly.  Then the rest of the time it uses a more battery friendly standard clock speed of 2.3GHz, which is still fast enough for multi-tasking and chugging through HD video.

The standard graphics option for the dv6tse is the integrated Intel HD 3000 card.  The Intel graphics are good enough for some light 3D gaming, serious gamers that want to play 3D games on high frame rate settings would need dedicated graphics though.  HP offers dedicated graphics in the form of the AMD 6490M or 6770M, they’re fairly expensive upgrades but if you want to use this laptop for gaming they are worth it.

HP dv6tse PCMark Vantage 64-bit score:

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Here’s a comparison of how the HP dv6tse stacks up with its PCMark Vantage score relative to other recent laptops I have used:

Laptop PCMark Vantage Score
HP Pavilion dv6t Select Edition – Intel Core i5-2410m, Intel HD 3000 Graphics, 6GB RAM 7,173 PCMarks
HP Pavilion dv6z Quad Edition – AMD A8-3510MX, AMD 6620G Graphics, 6GB RAM 5,347 PCMarks
HP Pavilion dv6t Quad Edition – Intel Core i7-2630qm 2.00GHz, 6GB RAM 8,211 PCMarks
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E420 – Intel Core i5-2410m 2.30GHz, 4GB RAM 6,056 PCMarks
Dell Vostro 3450 – Intel Core i5-2410m 2.30Ghz, 4GB RAM 5,901 PCMarks
Dell Inspiron N411z – Intel Core i3-2330m 2.30GHz, 4GB RAM 5,285 PCMarks
Lenovo ThinkPad T420 – Intel Core i3-2310m 2.1GHz, 2GB RAM 3,204 PCMarks

Based on these benchmarks, you can see the rough order of performance between the dv6t family of laptops goes like this:

  1. HP Pavilion dv6t Quad Edition ($849 starting)
  2. HP Pavilion dv6t Select Edition ($699 starting)
  3. HP Pavilion dv6z Quad Edition ($599 starting)
  4. HP Pavilion dv6t ($599 starting)

The 7,173 score the dv6t Select Edition achieved with PCMark indicates this is a very capable processor and not a whole lot less powerful than the Quad Core family of Intel processors.  The Quad Core processors cost $150 – $250 more than the Core i5 and for most people I don’t think justifies the extra cost to performance ratio unless you simply demand on having the best and fastest.  If you need a better graphics card than the Intel HD 3000 I would recommend spending $100 to upgrade to the AMD 6770M graphics, this will enable you to do some more intensive gaming or 3D design work with applications such as SolidWorks.  With the Intel HD 3000 graphics  card the 3DMark score came in at an unimpressive though not entirely dismal 1,845:

3dmark

Laptop 3DMark Vantage Score
HP Pavilion dv6t Select Edition – Intel Core i5-2410m, Intel HD 3000 graphics 1,845 3DMarks
HP Pavilion dv6z Quad Edition – AMD A8-3510MX, AMD 6620G Graphics 2,919 3DMarks
HP Pavilion dv6t Quad Edition – Intel Core i7-2630qm, AMD 6770M Graphics 6,373 3DMarks
HP Pavilion dm4x – Intel Core i5-2410m 2.30Ghz, 6GB RAM, Intel HD3000 Graphics 1,174 3DMarks

Obviously if you want better graphics performance an upgrade to the AMD 6770M card that got 6,373 in the Quad Edition will give you a huge boost, over 3X the performance.

For those interested in the Windows Experience Index score for the dv6tse you can see the details of the 5.8 rating below:

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HP Pavilion dv6t Select Edition Battery Life

The battery life of the HP dv6tse varies a lot upon what tasks you are using it for and what level screen brightness you set it to.  If you opt for dedicated AMD graphics, the graphics can be switched between the dedicated AMD graphics card on board and the integrated Intel graphics.  The Intel graphics are less powerful and as such use much less battery power. The battery test I did assumed a best case scenario in which screen brightness was set to mid-level and wi-fi was left on with a browser open that refreshed every 1-minute. Under this usage the battery lasted 5 hours and 30 minutes -  that’s very good for a laptop of this size. With a 15.6-inch screen laptop you assume the battery life may just be an afterthought since it’s generally a desktop bound size, but it’s certainly nice to have the longer battery life available if you need to travel with this laptop.

HP Pavilion dv6tse Keyboard

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The HP dv6tse keyboard is nice and spacious, it stretches from edge to edge and includes a built-in number pad. The design is a chiclet style, which is becoming almost standard on consumer laptops these days. The keys have a nice amount of travel and in general are pleasant for typing on. There is a small amount of flex in certain places on the keyboard if you push down hard, but nothing that’s going to affect typing or probably even be noticed by the average user. I already mentioned the fact that it’s a disappointment HP does not offer a backlit keyboard option for the dv6t, you have to step up to the Envy line of HP laptops to get that.

A nice standard feature HP includes is a fingerprint reader, this is handy as an alternate form of login for Windows and can be used on any website that requires use of login, the software will store your login credentials after you login to a website for the first time and from then on a finger swipe can be used to login. Another feature I like is the fact the top row Fn keys act as dedicated media type buttons, for instance you can just push F10 to turn up the volume, you don’t have to hold Fn + F10. This is how the top row of keys work on a Mac and what customers prefer these days, so HP made a smart choice here.

HP Pavilion dv6tse Touch Pad

The HP dv6tse touch pad is nice and large making it easy to move the cursor all the way across the screen with one swipe or do multi-finger gestures such as two-finger scrolling. The touch pad uses Synaptics drivers so you get all of the basic capabilities that comes with synaptics touch pads such as pinch to zoom, two-finger rotation, flick. You have to enable them in the touch pad control software though, the more advanced features are not turned on by default.

A nice design touch is the light that surrounds the touch pad to make it easy to find in the dark:

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It’s a very cool look, and kind of leaves you wishing for more and having a backlit keyboard.

The two buttons below the touch pad are dedicated buttons and easy to use, however they are a little loud with their click so if you’re in a quiet room with others it could annoy a few people.

HP dv6tse Ports

The dv6t Select Edition has the latest USB 3.0 port technology which offers faster transfer speed to USB 3.0 compatible devices. This is great when you need to transfer data to an external storage device, transfer speeds are on the scale of 4 – 6 times faster using USB 3.0 versus 2.0. You also get the an HDMI port so that you can output video to a monitor or LCD screen. Here’s a complete review of the ports you get on each side of the dv6z Quad Edition laptop:

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HP dv6t left side: VGA monitor out port, HDMI port, Ethernet LAN port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 microphone port, 2 headphone ports

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HP dv6t right side: Optical drive (Blu-Ray in this case), 2 USB 3.0 ports, power adapter

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HP dv6t front side: Media card reader slot on the left side, Beats Audio speakers on each side

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HP dv6t back view: no ports, just the hinges

HP dv6t Select Edition Conclusion

The HP dv6t Select Edition is probably the best overall choice among the dv6t family options for the average user.  It won’t break the bank with its $699 starting price and can be had for any even better price after HP coupons are used.  It offers enough performance for most people’s needs, the Intel Core i5-2410m is a great choice and that middle of the road option that isn’t too expensive yet far from being a cheap underperformer.  I think of the HP dv6t Select Edition as the Toyota Camry or Honda Accord of the laptop world; it’s a very respectable machine, looks nice and offers solid performance and quality and avoids being ridiculously flashy and overpriced.  Some people like flashy overpowered laptops just like they do cars, and that’s fine, but if you’re just looking for something with utility and quality the dv6tse has your name on it.  There is room for improvement on the dv6t Select Edition, the keyboard is not backlit which is disappointing, the keyboard has some flex to it and the glossy screen bezel picks up fingerprints and requires frequent cleaning. The overall performance will be more than adequate for 95% of users, but for those that run the most demanding of programs it might not quite cut it.

In conclusion, the number of features and the build quality you get for price of the dv6t Select Quad Edition is a bargain.  The dv6tse is a great option for many people looking for a laptop that can be portable when necessary but for the most part would serve well as a home bound machine that offers great multimedia capabilities and above average performance with common computing tasks.

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