I purchased this laptop very soon as I was eagerly awaiting it. I have been a fan of HP's innovative design styles and superb power. Firstly, the design and feel of the laptop is stylish yet simple, with all of the ports in the usual places. The width of the keyboard is ideal for someone who does a lot of word processing. Secondly the RAM (as standard) is more than enough to use several power hungry programs simultaneously without too much of a struggle - for example I use video editing software, online shopping and DVD burning software at the same time, and the laptop doesn't struggle too much. Thirdy, the HDD (again as standard) is a comfortable 750GB (depending on country of purchase) which is more than enough to store programs and files, and I am especially pleased with the back up drive that comes pre-installed. The laptop is able to quickly recognize and register new devices/media, and suggests programs to use to for the device/media. Finally, in my point of view, this is a laptop that is excellent value or money, even at the RRP, I got mine for £475 so I was very pleased. In conclusion I am very happy with my dv6 and would definitely recommend this to friends, family and colleagues.
I've got this laptop for about two years. Overall it is a good laptop but has some very weak points.
1. After one year the system board crashed. After another year and one month it crashed again. The same problem. It seems to be the graphic card. At high load of graphic card the temperature is increasing at critical level and after short period of time you will see that system is slowing down, the boot is slow and OS is freezing. This is the sign that the laptop will die soon. I called HP Support and they can fix it for £310!!!! I bought the laptop for 469 from HP online store !!!
2. The battery is weak. In less than one year you will see that the capacity it's nearly half.
If you already bought it and it's still in warranty, buy an extended warranty otherwise you will pay a lot to fix it.
3. It's getting hot quickly when you play games our watching videos. I think they are two causes. First is a cheap thermal compound used by HP. If you can replace it with a good one. I did myself and the result is amasing. Even after 24 hours of continuous work the laptop doesn't even getting warm! And the second and very important: clean the vents as often as possible! After a short period of time the dust is covering the fan vents and the hot air can't flow. Use pressured air and a vacuum cleaner if you don't want to open the cover.
This is an exceptional laptop for any user, from the limited internet user who uses their laptop simply to check their email or internet banking, to the sophisticated internet user who uses it for finding out news, buying online etc, to the student who uses it for their homework and coursework.
The laptop comes with a rich vartiety of features, some which are more useful than others. So far I have found the webcam very useful and clear, it is great for making long distance calls with Skype or MSN Messenger for free! The laptop is really good value for money and tends to be really fast despite having many applications open at once. The battery life is what you would expect from an average laptop, it lasts around 2 hours but takes less time than this to charge. The laptop also comes with a variety of ports including Firewire, 4 USB and an eSATA USB for external hard drives. It also comes with a remote control although this is quite pointless unless watching films from distance as it needs to be pointing at the machine.