HP Pavilion dv6t-6000

The Good Improved design, Beats audio, new USB 3.0 ports, an HD Webcam, a fingerprint sensor, a variety of configurations ranging from budget to high-end, and second-gen Core i-series processors are all part of the HP Pavilion dv6t's design makeover.

The Bad Underperforming AMD graphics, too many confusing configuration options, and an overly flexible keyboard make for a less-than-overwhelming overall experience.

The Bottom Line The HP Pavilion dv6t is a solid improvement on HP's previous 15-inch mainstream consumer laptop with numerous tweaks, bells, and whistles, but the wide variety of options means you'll get wildly different systems based on what you can afford.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Battery 7.0
  • Support 7.0
7.7 Overall

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Review

HP Pavilion dv6t-6000

Big midrange laptops are like standard-size cars: most of the time, they're just not going to be very exciting. The HP Pavilion dv6t-6000 falls right into this category like a square peg into its inevitable hole. This 15.6-incher is a highly configurable model at the heart of HP's mainstream laptop line, much like the Dell Inspiron 15R.

The Pavilion dv6t is considered a "high-performance" laptop on HP's Web site, but its configurations throttle more into the mainstream: a processor ranging from second-gen Core i3 up to dual-core Core i7; midrange AMD graphics options; and an optional 1080p display and Blu-ray. The most high-end elements of the dv6t are its trimmings: a built-in fingerprint reader that can launch apps and Web pages; a Beats audio-powered above/below-keyboard speaker array; USB 3.0; and an HD Webcam.

The dv6t starts at a reasonable $599 for a second-gen Core i3 CPU, Intel integrated graphics, and a 500GB hard drive. Our $849 version had a 2.3GHz Core i5-2410M CPU, 1GB AMD Radeon 6490M graphics, a 640GB hard drive, and 6GB of RAM.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand HP
  • Type 2nd Gen Core i5
  • Installed Size 6 GB
  • Diagonal Size 15.6
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model HP Pavilion dv6t-6000

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