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5.0 out of 5 stars A Technicians Review!, 3 Mar 2012
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This review is from: HP Pavilion dv6-6c56ea 15.6 inch Laptop PC (Intel Core i7-2670QM Processor, RAM 8GB, HDD 1TB, Windows 7 Home Premium) (discontinued by manufacturer) (Personal Computers)
I'm a computer technician - so I work on alot of customer computers and laptops. One thing I find is that most customer computers are sluggish because they buy cheap not understanding or caring about the spec of their computers. I ALWAYS advise people to spend as much as they can afford because laptops are not upgradeable apart from RAM (sometimes). The cheap slow laptops come slow out of the box - very frustrating. The end result is customers call me to speed up their computers all the time so I know a thing or too about sluggish computers / laptops.

I needed a replacement laptop as my 8 year old HP laptop has been handed down to my children. I've always liked HP. I wanted something portable so 17" laptop was too big. I also wanted a laptop as high end as I could afford because laptops are not upgradeable and i don't like sluggish computers. I would have liked an Apple Mac Book Pro but I wasn't going to spend £1500-£2000 on a laptop. I didn't have an open cheque book so price was important. I came very close to buying the new ASUS Red A53E-SX1339S 15.6" Laptop - from PC World for £599. Then I saw a better spec HP Pavilion dv6-6c12sa at Staples for £650 and bought that although I really wanted a laptop with an i7 CPU rather than AMD. CPU's are very important! I came home and searched the internet to find a better DV6 model - HP Pavilion dv6-6c56ea for same price on Amazon so I bought that one and returned the other DV6 laptop to Staples unopened. So here I am typing away on my new HP i7 laptop.

So far I'm very happy with it. Keyboard is easy to use. Nice screen. It's super fast for a laptop and with further tweaks here and there and replace the bloated Norton Internet Security with MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials) - this laptop probably rivals Apple for every day performace. This laptop is a great buy for the spec vs price. As a technician in the industry, I highly recommend this laptop! If you don't like slow buy better to start with is my advise and this laptop is highly recommended.

14/4/12 Update
Since owning this laptop for a few weeks as my backup laptop I've had chance to get to know it better. Battery life does not last anywhere near 6 hours when set to high performance. Unless you set to high performance it can feel a bit sluggish, power is everything! Love the cool metal chasis. Lighter and less bulky than my last ZV6179ea HP Pavilion laptop! When converting my owned DVD's for my iPad it really comes into its own for speed beating my Quad Core PC for performance. Remember, the slower your computer the more you have to wait for everything!! USB 3.0 sockets work fine!
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Initial post: 9 Mar 2012 18:31:32 GMT
W. Stirling says:
Great review could you please tell me if it has Bluetooth? thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2012 09:57:48 GMT
PaulH says:
Thanks! and yes it does.

Posted on 10 Mar 2012 16:37:03 GMT
does it come with windows discs or is it like pc world no discs for reformat if needed

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2012 09:00:24 GMT
PaulH says:
No discs, you create your own - which reminds me........

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2012 09:18:00 GMT
thanks

Posted on 14 Mar 2012 18:55:36 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Mar 2012 18:55:59 GMT
Happy Larry says:
Thanks for your review. I've looked at many laptops and think this is the best value for money but I was really wanting at least 2GB dedicated graphics card. In your experience would this make any noticeable difference to graphics performance?

I'm looking at using it for video editing of Avchd movies so it needs to be quick and decent graphics.

Posted on 14 Mar 2012 20:02:31 GMT
deadbeat says:
Does this come with Windows office (word and excel etc)? I can't seem to see it in the spec...

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2012 10:56:11 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Mar 2012 10:57:11 GMT
PaulH says:
No it doesn't but you can download OpenOffice for free OR check this out, it is a genuine offer - http://www.software4students.co.uk/Microsoft_Office_Download_2010_Pro_Plus-details.aspx?gclid=CLTYhN7t_K4CFUEOfAod4zjc4A

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2012 10:59:18 GMT
PaulH says:
1Gb of graphics is massive for laptops but I don't know if it will be enough for you as I don't play games. My thoughts are that it should be! Not sure you will find 2Gb dedicated graphics memory on any laptop - not yet anyway?
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