HP Pavilion dv6-1128tx review: HP Pavilion dv6-1128tx

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Typical Price: $1,499.00

HP Pavilion dv6-1128tx

(Part #: CNETHP Pavilion dv6-1128tx)
4 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Attractive design. Decent power for an affordable price.

The Bad No Bluetooth. Underwhelming battery life.

The Bottom Line The dv6 is a gorgeous laptop for quite an affordable price. If you're looking in the 16-inch space, definitely check this one out.

8.5 Overall

Design and features

Piano black is the order of the day for HP's dv6-1128tx — piano black with silver concentric circles, and a fingerprint-style design on both the lid and wrist rest. Just like Apple has been doing for years, the HP logo in the bottom right of the lid lights up, courtesy of the 16-inch, 1366x768 screen's backlight.

Inside the laptop itself you're greeted with a silken silver touch pad and mouse buttons, recessed to make tapping a little easier. It's the same mousepad HP has used for some time, and just like the keyboard with its included numpad, is excellent to use. A button above the pad can be pressed to disable it if you desire.

Just below the screen is a set of touch buttons for mute, volume control, media playback and turning wireless on and off.

This is surrounded by a speaker grille for the SRS capable Altec Lansing speakers included — which are about on par for the quality expected at this form factor.

Connectivity-wise, the dv6 offers VGA and HDMI out, three USB ports, a combined USB/eSATA port, FireWire, Express Card 54, an SD/MS/MMC/XD card reader, gigabit Ethernet, a 56Kbps dial-up modem jack and a proprietary jack to hook into HP's docks. While an 802.11n capable adapter is installed, there is no Bluetooth in sight, an oddity for today's laptops.

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