HP Pavilion dv6-3055dx review:

HP Pavilion dv6-3055dx

The port and connection assortment on the 3055dx is very good; there's really no wasted space on either side. The right side from back to front has a lock slot, power input, a USB port, the DVD burner, and a second USB port. Everything else is on the left side. The inclusion of an eSATA/USB combo port and an HDMI out port are welcome. Networking comes by way of Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11n Wi-Fi. The HP proprietary expansion port for connecting to an HP docking station we typically see on Pavilions isn't here (not really a disappointment) nor is there an ExpressCard slot for expansion or a mobile broadband card (slight letdowns).

Various incarnations of the Pavilion dv6 exist, but the 3055dx is a fixed retail configuration that can't be tweaked prior to purchase. If you like the body, but want different components, it can be customized and ordered on HP's Web site. We were pleased with the components HP offered in the retail configuration for the money, but should you want to add more memory (it's upgradable to 8GB) or swap out a hard drive, it can easily be done after purchase.

Going strictly by our benchmark test results, the dv6-3055dx's performance is not impressive given its processor and 6GB of DDR3 memory. It is easily outpaced by Intel Core i3-based laptops with 4GB of memory costing the same or less. Nevertheless, this is only an issue if you're expecting superior performance because of those components. In regular use, the 3055dx never had any problems keeping up with us. We were able to stream audio or video as we simultaneously did basic office tasks, basic photo editing, Web browsing, and running e-mail and IM clients. We had no problems playing back AVCHD high-def movies at full screen, either. That's not to say you can't overtax the system, but it shouldn't have a problem keeping up with most home and office use. Some light gaming is even possible, though don't expect the frame rates to be great; it simply can't keep up with more expensive systems with discrete graphics adapters.

Juice box
Mainstream (Avg watts/hour) HP Pavilion dv6-3055dx
Off (60%) 0.37
Sleep (10%) 0.76
Idle (25%) 16.27
Load (05%) 47.55
Raw kWh Number 59.07
Annual Energy Cost $6.70

Annual power consumption cost

The dv6-3055dx didn't last very long on our video playback battery drain test using the included six-cell battery; it ran for only 2 hours and 30 minutes. You can expect longer life from casual Web surfing and office use. However, we expect mainstream laptops such as this to run for at least 3 hours for our test. Getting this system beyond that mark can be done with some power management and by eliminating any software running in the background as you work. In the end, if you need to be away from an outlet for long stretches, this probably isn't the laptop for you.

HP backs the Pavilion dv6-3055dx with an industry-standard, one-year warranty. 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. If you want to troubleshoot problems yourself, you can search through the site's thorough FAQ database. Though retail shops are happy to sell you an in-store extended warranty, they are often expensive and hard to use, so we don't recommend them.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
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