HP Pavilion dv6-6090ee
The HP Pavilion dv6-6090ee is a capable desktop replacement that packs a 2GHz Intel Sandy Bridge processor
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Card reader: Y
Display adapter: Radeon HD 6770M
Display screen: 15.6-inch widescreen
Internal storage: 1TB
The Pavilion dv6-6090ee comes from HP's Home Notebook range and is the first Sandy Bridge-based desktop replacement we've received from the technology titan.
Weighing in at 2.65kg the Pavilion is unquestionably a desktop replacement machine. It's a notebook that you'll want to try and avoid lugging around, unless you have a wheeled travel bag. The handsome HP is also just a bit too heavy to have on your lap for more than 30 minutes at a stretch.
In line with its positioning and high-end components, the HP's battery time was a basic but somewhat expected time of just 53 minutes. In the real world where your CPU isn't always under 100% utilisation however (as is the case with our battery benchmark), you can expect a little over two hours of battery time, if all you're doing is word processing, web browsing and running other basic apps.
Working on the Pavilion dv6 is a genuinely pleasing experience thanks to its competent keyboard, trackpad and LCD screen. The keyboard is perhaps the most solid we've seen from HP to date - it exhibits minimal amounts of flex when pressed. At the same time the notebook's large size has allowed HP to fit a full QWERTY keyboard with keys that are well spaced. This means that anyone, regardless of hand size, can work on this machine with precision. The trackpad too works beautifully and feels premium under finger. Its large tracking area also means that we didn't have to adjust sensitivity to be productive.
The 6090ee's LCD screen pushes out bright, vibrant visuals too, which made photos and movies come life. The screen is also quite sharp and with a native resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels there's plenty of screen real estate at your disposal. The 15.6-inch screen does suffer from limited horizontal viewing angles however; brightness and contrast are lost as soon as you view the screen slightly off-axis. Not the best notebook to crowd around for movies then. The HP's speakers on the other hand manage to squawk out reasonable audio and decent volume levels.
The HP is something of a rocket thanks to its fast core components. The 2GHz Sandy Bridge processor, 8GB of DDR3 memory and quick 1TB hard drive made quick work of our PCMark Vantage benchmarks. We noted results of 7,842, 4,445, 5,496, 5,398, 7,368, 7,205, 6,560 and 3,567 in our PCMark suite, Memories, TV & Movies, Gaming, Music, Communications, Productivity and HDD tests. These results are the highest we've ever recorded and in the real world the dv6 is blazingly quick. The Pavilion's a strong gaming machine as well; it produced framerates of 93fps and 32fps in our Street Fighter IV and World in Conflict tests at 1,366 x 768 pixels. That said games like Crysis 2 are still out of this machine's reach.
603 days ago
Pros: every thing
Cons: if its 2 kg only so it will be great
its very powerful machine