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HP Pavilion DV6 Laptop Review

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AVERAGE CONSUMER RATING 3.8 WITH 68 CONSUMER REVIEWS

As far as budget gaming laptops are concerned, The HP Pavilion DV6-6135DX offers many features that are worth writing home about. It has an impressive graphics performance, great speakers, durable design, and some useful features, such as a Blue-ray drive, which until now was available in only expensive laptops. All in all, the HP Pavilion DV6-6135DX is a budget gaming laptop.

The DV6-6135DX not only feels good, but also looks the part. Its brushed aluminum earthy brown top, smooth edges, and the glowing HP logo make it a pleasure to hold.

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Specifications

HP Pavilion DV6 AngleThe HP Pavilion DV6-6135DX is aesthetically pleasing, a welcome deviation from the prevalent norm in the budget gaming laptop category. Its look is at par with the looks of more expensive HP laptops. Size-wise, the HP Pavilion DV6-6135DX is much like other gaming laptops—heavy. At 5.7 pounds, it is certainly not the lightest budget gaming laptop around, but it is also not the heaviest.

It has a 15.6-inch screen, which dishes out bright display and decent imagery (720p). Its default resolution is 1,366×768, which is the norm in budget gaming notebooks. The keyboard is comfortable, with enough space to maneuver, and includes a number pad.

Most notebooks in this price range offer a multi-drive DVD, but not the HP Pavilion DV6-6135DX. It includes a Blu-ray reader/DVD combo, allowing you to watch Blu-ray movies and record your favorite shows.

Like certain other HP models, the DV6-6135DX has Beats Audio sound technology. The feature delivers good sound quality, but it is not the best you can get in this price range, mainly because there is no bass. Nevertheless, the two extra speakers in this notebook somewhat make up for this noticeable shortcoming.

The I/O options include 2 USB 2.0 ports, 2 USB 3.0 ports, an Ethernet connection, and VGA and HDMI video outputs. The notebook gives you two headphone jacks, allowing you to easily share movie soundtracks and tunes. Not surprisingly, it comes with an inbuilt HP TrueVision webcam (HD capable) and HP-branded software such as CoolSense, SimplePass 2011 fingerprint app, and Recovery Manager. In addition, the HP Pavilion DV6-6135DX comes loaded with the usual bloatware, like gameware, trial software, and eBay adware.

Other key specifications in the model we reviewed include:

  • CPU Type – AMD A8-3500MHP Pavilion DV6 Side
  • Operating System (OS) – Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Memory Size – 6GB DDR3
  • Hard Disk – 640 GB
  • Graphics Card – AMD Radeon HD 6750M switchable graphics
  • GPU/VPU – AMD Radeon HD 6750M
  • Optical Drive – BD-ROM
  • WLAN – 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN
  • Dimensions – 14.9″ x 9.7″ x 1.4″

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Performance

HP Pavilion DV6 TopThe HP Pavilion DV6-6135DX has an AMD A8-3500M CPU with 1.5GHz base speed. The maximum speed which it can deliver is 2.4GHz. Like Sandy Bridge architecture, “Llano”—the codename of AMD’s all-new technology on which DV6-6135DX is based—allows the processor to switch between AMD Radeon HD 6620G (the lower-power graphic engine) and AMD Radeon HD 6750M (the beefier graphic engine). This capability, without a doubt, makes this laptop stand out from the other similarly-priced gaming laptops. It also allows it to run games smoothly.

We ran a test on the laptop and came up with the following numbers:

  • Modern Warfare 3 – 30-45 frames per second
  • Left 4 Dead 2 – 44.6 frames per second
  • Crysis – 40 frames per second
  • Killing Floor – 30-45 frames per second
  • DotA 2 – 34.7 frames per second
  • Battlefield 3 – 33.8 frames per second

Note: Lost Planet 2 DX9 Crysis DX10 were tested using below-maximum quality settings of 1,024×768, while the rest were tested using native quality settings of 1366×768.

The HP Pavilion DV6-6135DX did not impress us with its performance. It only scored 1,632 points in the PCMark 7 test (PC Mark 7 is a benchmark testing used for Windows), which was considerably lower than the score of some of its direct competitors. It also lagged behind some of its competitors on CPU and multimedia performance.

The battery life of this HP laptop was recorded as 5 hours 9 mins, which is slightly above average for this category.

Verdict

Granted, the DV6-6135DX does not dazzle with its multimedia capabilities and productivity. However, it has the most impressive graphics in this price line. The Blu-ray drive, which is conspicuously absent in other similar laptops, is an extra enhancement. If the criteria on your top-priority list are a budgeted gaming laptop with decent graphics, this laptop is worth bringing home. If you need more processing power and wireless capabilities, you may as well give this laptop a pass and settle for something more powerful and expensive.

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About the author

Will Blears

As a teenager I watched all of my friends playing the latest games on their high spec gaming computers. Meanwhile, I didn't even have a computer or an internet connection - that is until I realised I could build my own computer. Since that day, I've been a complete computer geek, a gaming fanatic and a lover of everything digital.