Product Type: Hewlett-Packard laptops
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An Excellent Computer at Affordable Prices?
HP Pavilion Dv6-3085ea Entertainment
Member Name: Matt12591
HP Pavilion Dv6-3085ea Entertainment
Advantages: Quiet, High Resolution Screen, Large Hard Drive
Disadvantages: Limited Portability
After owning the HP Pavilion Dv6-3085ea for just over a week I am thoroughly impressed, a vast improvement over my previous laptop. Weighing in at 2-3kg's with a 15.6" (HP BrightView, LED Backlit, 1366 x 768 HD 16:9 Screen) it is not exactly the most portable of laptops, but being a DTR (Desktop Top Replacement) it doesnt have to be. The AMD PhenomTM II Triple-Core (P820, 1.8 GHz, 1.5MB 2 cache), 4GB (DDR3) and Dedicated (ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 with 512MB Dedicated DDR3 RAM) enables HD movies to be watched smoothly and even graphic intensive games such as Empire: Total Wars to be played albeit not at maxium settings. However being able to do all this is no good if the speakers are not up to par and I am happy to say that in this case they are. The Intergrated Altec Lansing Stereo Speakers are excellent speakers, very good sound quality and would make a very good substitute for a stereo when combined with internet radio.
The 500GB hard drive is more than adequate for usual computing needs and spinning at 7200 RPM it is quick to retrieve data as well. The out of the box operating system is Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit. Now, if you have previously used Vista you will find Windows 7 very similar but also much improved and when coupled with an internet browser such as Chrome it makes for a very satisfying computing experiance. The HP Pavilion comes loaded with all the usual features, paint, notepad etc but it also comes with a few features unique to HP as far as I'm aware. One of these features is called Tune Up. What this tool does is check for updates, create a restore point, defragment the hard drive and emptys the recycle bin all with one click. Very handy.
The HP Pavilion also comes with a number of extras that "sweeten" the deal. A DVD Rewriter (Records DVDs 8x & CDs 24x & Dual Layer Super Multi), built in Wireless (802.11b/g/n Wireless), 10/100/1000 Gigabit Fast Ethernet, Integrated Webcam with Microphone (along with a desktop link to set up a Skype account), 5-in-1 card reader (SD//MS/MS-Pro/MMC/xD-Picture cardTM) and 4x USB 2.0 Ports
There is also 1 External VGA Port, Kensington lock slot, 1x HDMI Port, 1x eSATA Port, and a Finger Print Reader which I have found to be of great use.
However, whilst it is a excellent laptop I do have a few nitpicks. I have had this laptop little over a week and already the backspace key feels like it could be starting to stick, whether this is a design fault with the calculator style keys or something caught under the key I have yet to find out. I have found the ports particularly the headphone port to be tight, whilst I belive they will loosen given time it is unnerving to have to push the headphones with such force that you feel you might break them. My last nitpick is with the touchpad, I simply dont like them but this one in particular is difficult. Sometimes it will work and sometimes it wont. When it does work it works great, using gestures to zoom in and out but when it decides to stop working it will annoy no end. In my experiance with it what would happen is thus: In scrolling aross the screen the touch pad would only allow vertical movement even if you are still scrolling horizontal. You would then have to wait for a few seconds before you can begin scrolling again and I cannot figure out why it does this.
In closing this is a very very good laptop and is certainly worth a look if your in the market for a laptop. My tip to you is shop around, I was able to pick mine up for little over £400, bargain.
Summary: A few very minor problem for an otherwise excellent laptop
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