This laptop's display has a glossy coating. Glossy displays can sometimes be very reflective, but the one HP has used here doesn't suffer too badly from this issue. The horizontal viewing angles are pretty good too, which is handy if you want to share a movie with a mate on a plane or train.
The vertical angle is quite tight, though, so you have to fiddle about with the screen to find the sweet spot where colours and contrast remain consistent across the display. Still, the screen is quite bright and, once you've found that sweet spot, colours look rich and vibrant.
The keyboard and trackpad are a mixed bag. The keyboard uses isolated keys, but they're on the small side and can prove rather sticky. Also, HP has added a row of quick-launch buttons down the left-hand side of the keyboard for accessing functions like the browser and calculator. But these would have been better placed at the top of the keyboard -- we found ourselves accidentally hitting the calendar key more than once, when we were actually trying to find the Ctrl key.
We also found the trackpad to be a pain. It uses an all-in-one design, with two buttons integrated into the main surface. But the trackpad feels rather plasticky and, when you press down on it to activate the buttons, the response is far from satisfying.
The dv6-3122sa offers four USB ports, one of which doubles up as an eSATA port. There are also VGA and HDMI video outputs, and you get a memory-card reader too. Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity are supported, but HP hasn't added Bluetooth into the mix.
Overall, the HP Pavilion dv6-3122sa is a decent-enough laptop, but it's difficult to get excited about. It does the job, but we weren't overly enamoured with either the keyboard or the overall design. There are plenty of other laptops out there that offer better performance and build quality at a similar price.
Edited by Charles Kloet