Pros 1. Customizable. I was able to get exactly what I wanted.
2. Upgraded GPU (hd 6770m) has good gaming performance.
3. Reasonable price.
4. Good audio.
5. Build quality is better than expected.
6. Runs cool and quiet.
Cons 1. There's an HP logo that lights up on the lid of the laptop when it is turned on (much like an apple laptop). Can't figure out how to turn it off.
2. A bit bulky. It's a full size 15" so don't be surprised.
Summary I'm pretty pleased with the HP. No buyer's remorse at all. Compared quite a bit and feel I got a good deal. It does everything I want. The i5 is really impressive. The upgraded 6770m GPU is well worth it if you want to game. Been getting 35fps on Crysis 2, highest settings, 1024 x 768 resolution (it's connected to my 42" plasma). If you are interested, check out the HP site and customize a build for yourself. Might be a good fit for you too.
Configuration: cpu i5 2410m, gpu 1gig HD 6770m, 1TB hdd, 8gig RAM
Pros You were probably confused, that's all
Cons You did make an unfairly damning review
Summary The reason i am posting all this in reply is because you have the wrong laptop. This model was released this year, so you couldn't have had it for three years. You are probably referring to an older model.I meant 2 years. i am talking to you dtnguyen02. if you are going to review, get the right laptop page, because currently, all you are doing is tanking the user rating averages of a perfectly good laptop.
Updated on Sep 29, 2011
Pros 2nd gen Intel quad core
8 GB RAM,
Radeon 6770 graphics
Integrated finger scanner
Steel Gray finish, I agree with the above review, it is very sleek
Beautiful display (1080p)
decent size for okay mobility, nothing compared to the 17 i
Cons Battery promises 5.5; get about 4
No lighted keyboard
HP sends Windows 7 bloated with useless HP software and NO recovery CD
Plastic bottom is a little disheartening compared to metal finish
SSSLLLOOOWWW recharge it seems like
Summary FINAL WORDS: If you can get a good deal, this computer is well worth the price. Basically a desktop replacement with a little more mobility. Full keyboard is a nice feature on a 15.6 model. Overall I have been very pleased
Pros 2nd gen processors, great graphics cards, above average RAM standard (6gb), big hardrive 640gb, finger print reader (for loging in to windows and website accounts) durable sturdy construction overall, fairly slim design, beats audio, island style keyboard
Cons Switchable Graphics are gimmicky(uses integrated graphics by default on games)difficult to get dedicated graphics as of yet (for me anyway)seems to be more of an AMD created problem, HP charges $25 extra to change the color of the laptop, Build and shippi
Summary I think this is the best laptop in its price range it's very sturdy and has many options, generous amount of RAM and hardrive space, it's fast and has all the ports you would need. The biggest drawback to this computer and the reason why I gave it 4 stars is the switchable graphics, I found it to be difficult to try to get the dedicated graphics card to work. The software called Catalyst Control Center that is supposed to let you manage your graphics cards is generic, limited and pretty much useless. I would recommend getting the steel gray color as it looks much more elegant than the dark umber hp puts as the standard color, Their stock photo of steel gray does not do it justice. For those interested in what it really looks like Here's a link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evjw74PP-OI
Pros QuickWeb - great feature not mentioned in review.
Fingerprint reader makes for much faster login
Video works well
Very comfortable keyboard/input experience
Touchpad is intuitive, includes multitouch pinch/zoom, scroll/pan
USB 3, HDMI out
Cons A little larger than what I was looking for, but working on it, it seems to be the right size.
Quickweb is not really written up in documentation - just a dedicated button that starts it up
Summary This is a desktop replacement. Features include HD webcam, fingerprint reader, USB 3, dual headphone ports, and a dedicated quickweb button.
QuickWeb - this is a separate OS (a very light Linux) that can boot quickly and get you directly to a web browser on the Web in seconds. It has a skype app, a web browser, and some very basic widgets. Using this in real life is an unexpected pleasure - it is akin to using the iPad, but faster, both in terms of start up and in Web performance. Most HP machines have quickweb now. Hopefully HP will continue to develop it and perhaps add an application store. I would guess that this is what using a Chrome book would be like, if it were installed on a decent machine like the DV6.
Fingerprint reader - like QuickWeb, this is something that sounds not terribly interesting until you use it. Logging on to the DV6 and to web sites using the fingerprint reader is convenient and fast. Until you've had the pleasure of bypassing typing in (and retyping if you make a mistake) your user name and password with just the swipe of your finger, you won't understand how cool this feature is.
USB 3 ports - these are must have these days, and the DV6 has them. This is all about backing up data and transferring files to an external USB 3 drive.
The reviewer made comments about the DV6 not coming with a blue-ray drive. I' fine with this, since blue ray is essentially dead (it just doesn't know it yet). I am happy enough that it has a DVD, but, truthfully, I don't use DVDs anymore, either.
In choosing this model/processor combination, I did notice that the equivalent system with an i5 did not have as good graphic performance (there was some latency in Windows) as the AMD A8 Vision system. The reviewer's comments about the video probably pertain to the i3 and i5 versions of the dv6.
Overall, the dv6 AMD A8 Vision system is an excellent value. I am particularly impressed by the QuickWeb option and the fingerprint reader.