HP Pavilion G6 review:

HP Pavilion G6

Annual power consumption cost
HP Pavilion G6-1a69us
$4.67

Where the new HP Pavilion G6 and last year's HP G62 really come together, unfortunately, is in battery life. Both systems wildly underperformed in this area, and the Pavilion G62 ran for only 1 hour and 56 minutes on our video playback battery drain test. That's not only unacceptable for a 15-inch laptop, but it's even about 20 minutes less than last year's model. If you plan on taking the G6 around with you more than every once in a while, this could definitely be a deal breaker.

The standard one-year parts and labor warranty offers mail-in service. Adding three years of in-home service costs an additional $229, and other warranty options are available. Toll-free telephone support is available 24-7 during your warranty period, and the HP support Web site includes real-time chat with a technical support representative.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
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Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
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Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
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System configurations:

HP Pavilion G6-1a69us
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) SP1; 2.53GHz Intel Core i3 380M; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 667MHz; 64MB (Dedicated) / 1,696MB (Total) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Seagate 5,400rpm

Asus U31Jg-A1
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.53GHz Intel Core i3 380M; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 415M + 64MB (Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Seagate 5,400rpm

Acer Aspire 5742G-7200
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.53GHz Intel Core i5 M460; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 420M; 500GB Western Digital 5,400rpm

Toshiba Satellite A665-S5176
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.1GHz Intel Core i3-2310M; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 667MHz; 64MB(Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Samsung SF510
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core i3 M370; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 64MB (Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

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