HP Pavilion DV6-3050tx Review

Be in entry level, main stream or high end, HP laptops are very popular among everyone, whether it is the home user or a professional. But the main thing is that the price is certainly on the higher side compared to the rival laptop makers. But with the DV6, HP is offering some interesting features which promises to be a good value for money. In the design part, the laptop comes with a metallic exterior usually looks pretty slick and solid at the same time, and this trend seems to have taken off well especially in desktop replacements. HP has taken this a step further with its DV6 3050TX. Unlike traditional laptops which have a rather plain brushed aluminum finish or a glossy surface, this laptop has a brushed metal finish with a lazer etching. Starting on the metallic sheet on the lid, the etching is quite prominent even on the wrist rest, which adds to the aesthetics. This this thing scores high on the looks. In fact, when quality is concerned there is no such complains either. The keyboard is a full sized with well placed keys and the main thing is that it even possesses a vertical column of hotkeys for Windows Live Mail, calculator, printer, browser, and to access the HP quick launch bar. Although no physical hotkeys exist in reality but it increases the aesthetic appeal of the product through its simplicity.  Besides, the function keys double up as media player buttons and volume controls.

System features
Operating system installed – Genuine Windows? 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Processor – Intel? Core i7-720QM Processor
* 1.6 GHz
Chipset – Intel HM55

Standard memory – 4 GB DDR3 (2 x 2048 MB)
Maximum memory – Supports up to 8 GB DDR3 memory
Memory slots – 2 user accessible memory slots

Internal drives – 640 GB SATA Hard Disk Drive 5400 rpm
Optical drives – SATA optical drive: LightScribe SuperMulti DVD?R/RW with Double Layer Support

Display size (diagonal) – 39.6 cm (15.6″) diagonal High-Definition LED HP BrightView Display
Display resolution – 1366 x 768
Graphics – ATI Mobility Radeon? HD 5650 Graphics with 1 GB dedicated

Expansion features
Ports – 1 VGA port
1 HDMI port
1 stereo headphone-out
1 microphone-in
4 USB 2.0 ports (4th shared with eSATA port)
1 eSATA + USB port
1 RJ45 ethernet port
Slots – 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro or xD Picture cards

Media devices
Webcam – HP TrueVision Webcam with Integrated Digital Microphone (VGA low-light)
Audio features – Altec Lansing speakers

Input devices
Pointing device – HP Clickpad with On/Off button – Keyboard – Full size island-style keyboard

Network interface – Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Wireless technologies – 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth wireless networking



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