HP Pavilion dv6 (2012) - More Than a Refresh

Launch SRP: S$1699

Good for everything multimedia

Good for everything multimedia

When you attempt to open the notebook, you would notice that the new dv6 retains the dual-hinge design, just like those found on its predecessors. It’s still made of plastic, and it is still as robust, even though they may look fairly thin. And because the bottom of the machine is heavy enough, we didn’t encounter any issues where we had to use a single hand to pry it open.

The hinge may be plastic, but it's tight, and keeps the lid firmly closed when handling the notebook about.

The design of the interior is now as black as ever, if not even more so. The sea of black is only broken up by a small red "Beats" logo on the top right corner above the keyboard, and a small HP logo right under the screen.

Since the 2012 dv6 has a redesigned look, HP has also taken the liberty to move certain components around. The most obvious being the Beats Audio Quad speakers - usually found on the lower half of the machine - which have been moved to the bottom of the screen, and right above the keyboard. This is a great move because the speakers are now facing your direction when using the machine, ensuring audio is directed at you.

The speakers are now placed at the corners above the keyboard, and under the screen for a better audio experience.

To accompany the speakers, a HP Triple Bass Reflex subwoofer driver is implemented at the base of the notebook. This is a pretty huge Pavilion machine and it surely has the space to accommodate extra drivers for better audio delivery.

Accompanying the four main speakers at the base of the display is a subwoofer at the bottom of the machine.

And as if HP listened to their users and their needs, the new dv6 now comes with an anti-reflective (which is a fancy way of saying matte) screen. Sure colors on a matte screen isn’t as vibrant, but it’s definitely a trade-off we’re sure plenty of users would like to make. That’s because now the screen comes in a full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution glory, instead of the laughable 1366 x 768 pixels resolution found on last year’s dv6.

The only way we like to enjoy HD movies, is with a Full HD display, which is rare sight these days - even on 15-inch notebooks.

A 1080p resolution on a big 15.6-inch screen is actually a pretty big deal because now, text and pictures look sharper. This also makes it easier for professionals or users who need all the screen real estate they can get and work more efficiently.

The dv6 is a pretty big machine, and HP managed to add a number pad, which will no doubt appeal to some users out there.

The next thing that makes the dv6 give off such a good impression, is the very solid chiclet keyboard. It still has a plastic housing, but luckily this time, we didn't notice any flex that might threaten to break when you apply force on it. The only real downgrade from last year's dv6 model is that the large trackpad isn’t surrounded by a glowing blue outline. It doesn't really have much of a function to it, but it’s still sad to see an attractive (but frivolous) feature removed. We were also disappointed that the dv6 didn’t get update with a large clickpad. The dv6 still has a trackpad of the same size as its predecessor, and two click buttons that admittedly provided good tactile feedback when used and felt well built.

It's disappointing that HP didn't include a clickable trackpad, but it must have been a measure to cut costs.

The Good
Good build quality
Beats audio
Full HD screen
The Bad
Not enough premium finishings
Some keyboard flex
No clickpad

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