The hp pavilion dv6 was a popular laptop model at its time, offering a good balance of design, performance and connectivity. Its 15.6-inch display offered good colour reproduction and viewing angles, while its Intel Core i5 processor and up to 8GB of RAM allowed for smooth multitasking. The keyboard was comfortable to type on and included a numeric keypad for easier data entry. It also came with HP SimplePass, which acts as a secure repository for all your various online passwords and accounts.
The performance of the dv6 was quite impressive, beating the Sony VAIO NW and Dell Studio 1555 laptops we've tested in the past. Its integrated graphics card allowed for some casual gaming and the machine was quick to respond when running applications. Its only major weakness was its mediocre battery life, which only lasted for 3-4 hours with Wi-Fi and integrated graphics enabled.
The dv6's connectivity options were excellent, with a healthy array of ports including HDMI and VGA video outputs and four USB ports (one of which doubles as an eSATA port). A memory card reader is also on hand. The laptop ran Windows Home Premium 7 and supports Wi-Fi, though not Bluetooth. The dv6 was backed by a one-year warranty, and toll-free telephone support is available during that period. HP's Web site also offers real-time chat with a technical support representative. For an extra cost, the dv6 can be upgraded to include a Blu-ray drive and an AMD Radeon HD 6770M discrete graphics card.