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I've been an HP and Compaq fan for quite some time now and have had good experiences with most of the machines I've used. HP's of the past were quite capable of handling heavy processing, but I always had issues with the weight factor.
The Pavilion dv6xxx series is one of the best machines HP has released up to date and the best I've used up to date from the size/weight perspective. I am currently using the dv6000, with and Intel Centrino processor and 3 gigs of RAM and Windows XP. But apart from that, it's the same machine and boast of the same merits. The sound quality (with Altec Lansing speakers) and in-built web-cam clarity are exceptional and great for video chatting over Skype (and most other messengers). I am also able to load multiple Microsoft Office applications, Outlook as well as multiple browser sessions that often exceed 10-15 independent processes at a given time without any notable slowdown or other adverse side-effects. The touch-pad with vertical scrolling enabled is also a neat and very useful feature. The power options have also been brilliant with stand-by and hibernate modes, which i use very often, functioning without any issues at all. The HP Imprint finish also gives it a really classy appearance!
The only down side I have seen up to date is the unavailability of Windows XP drivers for the in-built fingerprint scanner. It would have been really great if I was able to log in to the machine using this device if it weren't for the fact that I don't seem to be able to find the required drivers to get it working anywhere on the internet.
Overall conclusion, another great laptop from HP!
This is an excellent laptop, and a great buy and now the prices are falling everyday, it couldn't really be a better time to buy! Windows Vista has shown its stability by still somehow acting reliably since in launch in 2006.
The AMD processor is dual core - so despite it not being the Intel that everyone talks about - it still performs at the same level. The 2GB RAM coupled to the 250GB memory aids in showing the true power of this middle range Hewlett Packard laptop. The system very rarely slows - and this is even under immense usage when I am working on a web designing project - i.e. Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia Dreamweaver and Firefox are all open that truly drink memory.. yet the computer is perfectly capable of performing tasks quickly during this heavy CPU usage phase.
The 15.4" widescreen is of high quality, at a very high resolution and is crystal clear.
One major point to note is the wireless drive built in. It not only carries the usual a/b/g signal, but the 'n' as well, making it beautiful for heavy internet traffic on higher grade routers. With the DVD-RW and Bluetooth working seamlessly, and the camera and HP Quickplay program with its remote (provided) acting well, the laptop answers every question thrown at it from a multimedia point of view.
Overall, I would have to give it 8-9 out of 10 - mainly because it is excellent for work AND play, without reducing performance in either.