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HP announces new HP Pavilion dv6 models with Touch and AMD processor options

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As part of a refresh to the entire HP Pavilion line HP is updating the popular HP Pavilion dv6 notebook with new designs and features which reflect the MUSE (materials, usability, sensory appeal and experiences) philosophy that is behind the spring refresh of many HP notebooks.

HP Has updated the popular Pavilion dv6 laptop with new processor options, Beats Audio and a new metal finish.

In addition to the design elements, HP has added an optional touchscreen to the HP dv6, which is a first for its entertainment series notebooks in the U.S. The touchscreen will be complemented with the same HP TouchSmart software that is pre-installed in the popular HP TouchSmart tm2 convertible tablet.

The HP dv6 can be customized with high performance quad-core processors from Intel or AMD for peak performance and can be combined with powerful discrete graphics choices.

Like the other HP Pavilion notebooks, the HP Pavilion dv6 ditches plastic in favor of an aluminum construction that extends from the brushed and textured lid down to the palmrest and keyboard tray. This new move to aluminum is complemented by more user friendly multi-touch trackpads with updated drivers from Synaptics and an enticing island style keyboard. In addition to providing space between the keys for a better typing experience the HP Pavilion dv6 has a dedicated F-row for one touch access to volume, brightness, projector selection and more.

If you are one for details, you’ll enjoy several other aspects of the new HP Pavilion dv6 including the diamond cut keyboard and trackpad edges, included artist-designed desktop background, Dolby Advanced Audio and the Altec Lansing speakers.

The HP Pavilion dv6 also includes an HP TrueVision Webcam for better performance in low light situations. HP QuickWeb, a program which gives users access to the Web without booting up Windows, comes standard on the dv6.

The fingerprint reader built into the brushed aluminum HP dv6 uses the new HP SimplePass technology to allow users to log onto nearly any secure website, such as Gmail or Facebook, with the swipe of a finger. This will be especially helpful for users who have created a strong password and have trouble remembering them.

The HP Pavilion dv6 has a 15.6″ screen, can be configured with up to 1 TB of storage and is available in brushed aluminum, black, red, and champagne. The HP dv6 comes standard with an HDMI port, eSATA/USB combo port and VGA out and can be configured with a Blu-Ray drive. You can purchase the new HP Pavilion dv6 starting at $529 for an AMD powered model or $649 for an Intel model on May 19th from HP Direct.

Detailed specs and more information will be coming soon.

Josh Smith is a longtime mobile tech user, currently using a Droid as his primary smartphone. Josh is also an editor at Notebooks.com where he reviews notebooks and other mobile tech. Follow Josh on Twitter @Josh_Smith or email him Josh@Notebooks.com.

9 Comments

  1. Eduardo

    May 12, 2010 at 5:19 am

    While I really love the new aluminum design and look, I always have to wonder why HP can't make something as simple as possible, they always have to come and add those silly lines all over the place. Wouldn't it be easier for them to make something subtle instead?. Also, the colored models look horrible. But overall an improvement from previous models.

  2. Maxpain12

    July 22, 2010 at 6:40 am

    Eduardo well those lines are not as prominent as the previous coffee theme and they are little more subtle. I have not used this machine long to comment on durability but it does generate less heat than the previous DV6 lineup when running on the built in Intel HD graphics. One of the key factors in purchasing this was the switchable ATI Mobility 5650 card with dedicated 1GB. Similar priced models from other manufacturers sported at most the Mobility 5470 which translates to about 50% less graphics power. So its nice to see some better than average features on a mid priced machine. Also the Dolby advanced audio has much better tonal clarity across the range than SRS premium sound. Internal speakers are another matter as the Altec Lansing set reminds me of my cell phone speaker which is not saying a lot. The JBL on my Dell 5010n Berry do much better. The machine I got was the DV6-3015TX purchased from Sri Lanka. It comes with an I3 350M. The dealer told me this was an Asian model purchased in bulk from Singapore.

  3. Daniel

    July 24, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    love how the have take the HP envy design to the pavilion models. But yeah, the lines are not necessary. I would be more than satisfied with clean brushed aluminum. Its like a chef who ruins his dish with too much decoration and green leafs.

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