HP Pavilion dv6 Gains New Metal Finish, New Processors, Beats Audio and More (video)
HP announced a collection of upgrades to the Pavilion line of laptops today including a refresh of the popular HP Pavilion dv6 laptop. The Pavilion dv6 refresh takes styling cues from the HP ENVY line with a new dark umber metal finish and comes with many new features to enhance the user experience and multimedia experience.
HP Pavilion dv6 Processor and Graphics Options:
The HP Pavilion dv6 notebook comes with a 15.6″ display and can be configured with 2nd Generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors which will provide users with a much improved out of the box experience for multimedia and gaming. For users who want to play more demanding games, the dv6 can also be configured with AMD Radeon 6000M graphics options. The dv6 can be configured with up to 1TB of internal storage and features 2 USB 3.0 ports.
HP Pavilion dv6 Entertainment Features:
Additionally the Pavilion dv6 gains Beats Audio for a much enhanced audio experience that is designed with input from Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine to deliver music in the way the artist wanted their music to be heard. The HP dv6 also has built-in quad speakers to fill out your on-the-go entertaining.
The quad speaker solution features two speakers at the front of the laptop and two at near the hinge. The two near the hinge are aided by a slight elevation, to deliver a better audio experience.
HP Pavilion dv6 hands on video:
HP Pavilion dv6 Keyboard upgrades:
The dv6 also gains improvements to the keyboard with a new layout and coating additions to deliver a better user experience. The HP Pavilion dv6 now has a number pad built into the keyboard, a feature which was found on earlier models but absent for at least the last year.
The number pad is a feature favored by accountants and students who want an easy way to enter numbers without an external keyboard. Additionally the keys are finished with a HP duracoat coating that improves the life of the lettering by 50% over standard keys. This feature is brought over from the business lines at HP and if the coating remains the same, in addition to protecting, it also offers a nice feel.
HP Pavilion dv6 Cooling and Usability:
The Pavilion dv6 uses HP CoolSense technology to keep your notebook cooler during heavy use. By combining hardware and software the CoolSense tech can automatically adjust cooling to fit the user’s preferences. When we were able to get hands on with a CoolSense laptop at CES it was cooler than those around it, all of which had been running for some time at the demo booth.
A big part of this refresh is a continuance of the focus on the materials and usability of the laptop that was incorporated into the last update in May 2010. With a new look and emphasis on the user experience the Pavilion dv6 is a premium notebook with extra attention paid to how you will interact with laptop.
This is reflected in the movement of the LED indicator lights to the right side so that they don’t bother you while watching a movie and the way the hinge angle makes the dv6 easier to carry.
HP Pavilion dv6 Security Features:
From a security standpoint the HP dv6 includes HP SimplePass to keep your computer secure with the built in fingerprint reader and HP ProtectSmart to lock your hard drive in the event of a fall.
HP Pavilion dv6 Pricing and Availability:
The HP pavilion dv6 will be available in Spring 2011 with pricing to be determined.
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