HP Pavilion dv6500 review: HP Pavilion dv6500

For gamers, the 128MB Nvidia GeForce Go 8400M GS graphics chip means that while the dv6500t won't match a gaming laptop such as the HP Pavilion HDX, you can get some decent gaming scores out of it at lower resolutions. While we could only get a somewhat choppy 23.8 frames per second (fps) out of Quake 4 at 1,024x768, once we turned off high-end features like anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering, the frame rate jumped to a very playable 47.5fps.

The dv6500t ran for one hour and 48 minutes on our DVD battery drain test, using the included six-cell battery. Our DVD battery drain test is especially grueling, so you can expect longer life from casual Web surfing and office use, but we still like to see at least two hours from any laptop that's not a 17-inch desktop replacement. HP also offers a 12-cell battery, which sticks out from the bottom of the system a bit, as a $49 option.

HP backs the Pavilion dv6500t with an industry-standard one-year warranty; upgrading to three years is a reasonable $200. Toll-free telephone support is available 24-7 during your warranty period, and the HP support Web site includes one real-time chat with a tech rep as well as an extensive FAQ and documentation section.

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Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP HDX
842 
HP Pavilion DV6500t
958 

Adobe Photoshop CS2 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP HDX
234 
HP Pavilion DV6500t
261 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP HDX
171 
HP Pavilion DV6500t
185 

DVD battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
HP Pavilion DV6500t
108 
HP HDX
90 

Quake 4 performance (in fps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
HP HDX
59.1 
HP Pavilion DV6500t
23.8 

System configurations:


Windows Vista Business Edition; 2.2GHz Intel Core Duo T7500; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD2300; 100GB Hitachi 7,200rpm


Windows Vista Home Premium; 2.2GHz Intel Core Duo T7500; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM; 128MB Nvidia 8400M GS; 200GB Toshiba 4,200rpm


Windows Vista Home Premium Edition; 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7300; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB Nvidia GeForce 8600M GS; 120GB Western Digital 5,400rpm; 80GB Western Digital 5,400rpm


Windows Vista Home Premium Edition; 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7700; 3,072MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB ATI M76-XT; 100GB Hitachi 7,200rpm

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    HP Pavilion dv6500t (Core 2 Duo 1.8GHz, 1GB RAM, 120GB HDD)

    Part Number: RM098AV23668 Released: May 9, 2007
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    • Release date May 9, 2007
    • Installed Size 1 GB