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.
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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