HP Pavilion dv6-1128tx

The dv6 is a gorgeous laptop for quite an affordable price. If you're looking in the 16-inch space, definitely check this one out.


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Design and features

Piano black is the order of the day for HP's dv6-1128tx — piano black with silver concentric circles, and a fingerprint-style design on both the lid and wrist rest. Just like Apple has been doing for years, the HP logo in the bottom right of the lid lights up, courtesy of the 16-inch, 1366x768 screen's backlight.

Inside the laptop itself you're greeted with a silken silver touch pad and mouse buttons, recessed to make tapping a little easier. It's the same mousepad HP has used for some time, and just like the keyboard with its included numpad, is excellent to use. A button above the pad can be pressed to disable it if you desire.

Just below the screen is a set of touch buttons for mute, volume control, media playback and turning wireless on and off.

This is surrounded by a speaker grille for the SRS capable Altec Lansing speakers included — which are about on par for the quality expected at this form factor.

Connectivity-wise, the dv6 offers VGA and HDMI out, three USB ports, a combined USB/eSATA port, FireWire, Express Card 54, an SD/MS/MMC/XD card reader, gigabit Ethernet, a 56Kbps dial-up modem jack and a proprietary jack to hook into HP's docks. While an 802.11n capable adapter is installed, there is no Bluetooth in sight, an oddity for today's laptops.

Internally, our review sample featured an Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 @ 2.2GHz, 2GB RAM, 320GB hard drive, DVD+-RW, and an ATI Mobility Radeon HD4530 on the 32-bit version of Windows Vista Home Premium.

Pre-installed software includes Symantec Norton Internet Security 2009, CyberLink DVD Suite, and the trial games we dearly wish HP would stop including. AOL toolbar is installed into Internet Explorer (for which we suggest a hasty removal), and eBay is still managing to get its icon on the desktop, much to our annoyance. HP's MediaSmart software is also included, should you prefer using it over the Windows Media Center offering included with Vista Home Premium.

Performance

With a reasonably powered graphics card we expected moderate performance, and we weren't disappointed with the dv6 pulling 3340 in 3DMark06. PCMark05 scored within the decent range as well, with 4895. Of course, all this power comes at a cost, and that's battery life.

With all power-saving options turned off, screen brightness and volume set to maximum, we played back an Xvid file for one hour, 39 minutes and 55 seconds before the battery gave out.

The dv6 is a gorgeous laptop for quite an affordable price. If you're looking in the 16-inch space, definitely check this one out.



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JamoxE Facebook
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"terrible"

JamoxE posted a review   

The Good:customer support response

The Bad:everything

This HP is a nightmare i will never buy HP ever again!

-annoying outlook button next to esc key loads outlook every time you accidentally hit it
-terrible HP assistant keeps bothering me
-all ports are to the sides and none on the back so cables are always in the way
-finger prints ugh
-large but lifeless screen
-unable to chance OS
-touchpad has a mid of its own even after hours of trying different configurations
- overheats

Rick
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Rick posted a review   

The Good:Screen size

The Bad:Everything else

I share the disappointment of other users and will definitely never buy HP again.
The laptop is much heavier and thicker than similar models of other brands, and that does not justify its poor performance. A few months after buying my laptop the power adapter broke and I had to buy another one, even though my warranty was still valid. Ever since, I started to have problems with my system not detecting the new power adapter and becoming awfully slow and frozen. Also without any luck I tried the HP customer support. It seems to me HP simply doesn't care about its customers since their brand made a big name long ago, and used to be associated with quality. Not any more. Las weekend I went to buy a new laptop and I was advised by the shop seller not to buy HP. I can only advice you the same!

ned
9
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ned posted a review   

The Good:Good and fast, graphics are sharp, overall a very satisfactory laptop computer.

The Bad:Battery life is poor, and it can get rather hot on your legs if positioned there.

Cant complain at all with this purchase, it has always performed well and never let me down.Thoroughly recommend it.

Lisa
7
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Lisa posted a review   

The Good:Design

The Bad:speakers keep crashing and battery life

I like it most of the time but the battery life is terrible. I would like it o last longer than it actually does. And the speakers on my laptop suddenly stop working after a while and I'll have to restart the laptop for it work again. weird laptop.

Ray of Perth
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Ray of Perth posted a review   

The Good:Excellent display,HDMI out to TV, Easy to Use

The Bad:Battery life not good

Great laptop, does all I want, connects to my Plasma through DLNA for viewing downloaded Videos etc, networking with other laptops so simple in Windows 7 and cant beat the great price for the features provided.Not concerned re bluetooth - have never used or needed to use Bluetooth anyway!! Connect through Wireless N to TV, Mobile, Printer etc anyway. Bluetooth waste of time! Rate this machine 9 out of 10 so far, only downer is battery life, but is used mostly as desktop replacement anyway.

Shushank
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Shushank posted a review   

To add to the previous review, system used to get too hot as it ventilation and airflow of the fan has not been designed thoughtfully. The only gap between the base and the fan is a small support grip which do not allow enough air out of the system. A small vent on the side it too small for the unit like this. if you are using it on the lap or you have covered yourself with a blanket or quilt forget it there is no room for the air to escape.

Not a practical design.....!!!!

Shushank
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Shushank posted a review   

The Good:Features

The Bad:Performance and features support

I think I made biggest mistake by buying HP Pavilion DV series notebook. The notebook I have was supplied with windows vista (the **** version of windows) the performance of the notebook was ultimate low. It took forever to start. Slow processing of requests and also it used to get over heated a lot.

Then started the disaster, the built-in camera stopped working. After couple of months the touchpad stopped responding (most of the time), one week back the hard drive crashed and so does the video card. I was lucky to retrieve the data using the safe mode, but now notebook refuse to start.

Let me remind it’s just two year old unit and has been well kept since bought (just like a baby).

HP customer support is also one of the non responsive and unfriendly departments I have seen, I called to explain and see if they can help me with this. The first thing the operator SAM from Melbourne Australia said anything you want to ask or want repaired will be charged. When I asked him what would have gone wrong with the notebook he replied, there is something what we call the life of the product, then I asked him are you trying to tell me that your product has only 2 years life, the answer was (rough tone) he cannot help and gave me a number to call and HANG UP…!!!

HOW RUDE…..!!!!

I am potentially out of pocket by $1200 and would not recommend HP Pavilion notebooks.

Martin
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Martin posted a review   

The Good:Performance

The Bad:Everything else

My 1130tx has been a lemon since day one. Would love to get rid of it but of course laptops are worth nothing second hand.

Will never buy HP again.

Murcie
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Murcie posted a review   

The Good:Good muscle for my games, decent set of multimedia tools and standard speakers

The Bad:Pretty much nothing.

Not even the battery life fazes me as it was a hell of a lot better than the 30mins to an hour I got out of my previous HP dv6733tx.

I do quite a bit of gaming and thankfully this version of the dv6 I got is brilliant for the games I play. Decent graphics card, i5 processor and 4GB of RAM resulting in maxxed graphics for all of my games in 1366x768 resolution, plus the option to hook it up to my Full HDTV should the need ever arise. And it only retails at AU$1297. Bargain.

 

Sonu posted a comment   

The Good:Everything!

The Bad:Battery Life

This is a fantastic laptop! I bought it a couple of months back and have absoloutely no problems and issues with it. The big letdown is the battery life which dies out after 1 and a half hours - 2 hours and one needs to be extra careful with the screen as it is very delicate and sensitive! Unfortunately there is a mark on the screen of mine which can't be removed even after trying to wipe it out. Am still working out on how to fix it.

Fantastic Laptop, Worth it and it also came with Windows 7 when I bought it in Officeworks.


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User Reviews / Comments  HP Pavilion dv6-1128tx

  • JamoxE

    JamoxE

    Rating2

    "This HP is a nightmare i will never buy HP ever again!

    -annoying outlook button next to esc key loads outlook every time you accidentally hit it
    -terrible HP assistant keeps bot..."

  • Rick

    Rick

    Rating4

    "I share the disappointment of other users and will definitely never buy HP again.
    The laptop is much heavier and thicker than similar models of other brands, and that does not justify its po..."

  • ned

    ned

    Rating9

    "Cant complain at all with this purchase, it has always performed well and never let me down.Thoroughly recommend it."

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