HP - Pavilion Laptop / AMD A-Series Processor / 15.6" Display / 4GB Memory - Steel Gray
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- Energy Star CompatibleYes
- Processor BrandAMD
- Processor PlatformAMD VISION A8 APU
- Type of Memory (RAM)DDR3 SDRAM
- Optical DriveDouble-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW
- Direct-Disc LabelingNo
- Digital Media Reader or SlotsYes, digital media card reader
- Built-in WebcamYes
- Wireless NetworkingWireless-B+G+N
- AudioBeats Audio
- Laptop WeightStandard (more than 5.5 lbs.)
- Pointing DeviceTouchpad with LED border, on/off button and multitouch gesture support
- HDMI OutputYes
- Blu-ray PlayerNo
- Operating System PlatformWindows
- Included SoftwareAdobe Reader X, Adobe Flash Player and more
- ENERGY STAR QualifiedYes
- Best Buy PC AppNo
- Graphics ChipAMD/ATI
- Drive Capacity500GB
- Graphics CardAMD Radeon HD 6620G
Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 90 reviews(90 Reviews)
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Best Price and Great Performance! (Gamer)Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
22 Male Gamer/student review- This laptop is by far the best laptop that I have ever owned. A quad core laptop for this price is insane! I want to go ahead and tell you first off that I am a gamer and I push this laptop to it's limit. You don't have to be a gamer to have this review accurate to yours, and I watch HD movies so this is also for you. PROS- Laptop Shell- This laptop looks Amazing with a metal shell. This is way better than a laptop with a cheap plastic casing or a piano black finish that attracts fingerprints and scratches. It looks great for anyone, it looks professional and stylish. This does NOT attract fingerprints and is very smooth. Display- Looks pretty bright Led screen is the perfect size for laptop use and mobility. Keyboard- It may be take some use to get used to, but there is a good fair amount of space between the keys to which actually makes it easier to clean. It works well for me now using Microsoft Word when I'm using it for College Finger Print Reader- This is just very convenient and....well cool(lol). This is very useful you can instead of typing a log on password to get on your computer just by swiping your finger. It works well and I have no problems with it so far. You can even have certain websites remember your fingerprint instead of having your web browser remember them. HP Lights- on the top of the case and around look neat.(see more info in cons for this one) Speakers- They are pretty good for laptop top speakers with loud volume. Two headphone jacks- Can be used for another person for to watch a movie with headphones or hooked to external speakers also HDMI- It has one port for HDMI but I actually use the VGA(the blue cord for monitors) for my hd tv. HDMI works but you have to adjust the settings for it be its native resolution on the tv. USB 3.0/2.0 ports - Useful ports that will come in handy when I get a usb 3.0 thumb/jump drive. they are up to ten times faster speeds but since I don't have one right I use as USB 2.0 ports which is cool that I can do that. 2 USB 3.0 and 2 USB 2.0 ports. Wireless Capability- Very good, and probably just as good as any other laptop to me. Battery Power- This is good too with about 3 hours pushing it to the limit with games or HD movies. 500gb Hard Drive/memory storage- This actually a very good amount for me on the laptop. I don't really need anymore. You may need more if you have over 20 games with huge movie collection or/and music collection. To me I would delete a few things if it ever reaches that limit. Normal users Will mostly likely not have a problem. Memory/RAM- Easily upgradeable but not really needed. Gaming/Movie Performance Tell you truth, I just bought this laptop this laptop thinking it was black friday deal. They sold it on black friday but it was NOT a sale. My laptop broke recently so I gave this a shot. I had no idea that it could play video games this well. I tried these following games. Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare (the first one) graphics-low BUT tried native resolution 1366X768 It Runs great and playable. I wouldn't try any higher though Mirror's Edge- Graphics lowest but native resolution 1366X768 looks which looks good to me. Very playable with minor glitching that's not really too noticeable during gameplay Dragon Age- Medium Graphics Medium Texture 1366X768 resolution Playable with only little glitching during videos and high activity gameplay. Netflix HD and Hulu- Is fantastic I see No problems with it unless I have more than one a multiple HD movies going at once...which I like to do...haha. I see no problem with no or little problem with HD Netflix running with a couple other normal quality streams going. Overclocking- I would't try it! It get's hot during pushing it to its limit already with no overclocking of the processor involved. It also may take away life of your Laptop processor. It is great that there is a way to do it though.(more options are always better) CONS- Display- This actually a good display but I don't really see any difference from other $300 laptops with 1366X768 resolution. The screen seems a little bright white, but that is what most laptops around this price range look like anyway(To get the display looking even better you have to adjust the colors and settings to make it look the best) To get better display you have to pay $800 or more. I put the display rating at 3 because it is an average screen. I did not put that rating for any bad reason. Weight- It really isn't that heavy at all, but you can tell the difference from this to a normal size laptop. The reason why the laptop is heavier is because the metal casing which I'm very willing to take the sacrifice for the weight difference. To me this is a VERY minor con No Bluetooth- This was a kind of let down for me. I wanted to get a Bluetooth mouse and connect my phone to it. EASY FIX- the good thing is you can fix this easy by buying a Bluetooth adapter as low as a $1 online.The only bad thing about this is it will take up one usb port for it. Speakers- I'm not sure if they meant the integrated sound card or the actual speakers were Beats Audio. The speakers are good and loud for a laptop, but there is not good enough sound quality or enough(if any) base to justify it being with Beats Audio. (If it is the integrated sound card and not the speakers then I would understand) Temperature- this actually is pretty good tempature for a lower price laptop, but during games and pushing it to it's limit gets it hot. I mean super hot but then again, this is not really meant for gaming at all. HP lights- Although these lights look cool, during movies they are not so cool. they are bright and annoying but can me covered up with a piece of paper during those times of course. The one HP light on top of the outer case has makes the screen bleed when the screen is on but no display is going which would be basically during boot or going to sleep. You do not see it during when the screen is displaying something. Bloat ware-(programs that are put on a computer that they try to get you to pay extra for) This is to be expected because any laptop has this...even Mac laptops do. It can easily be removed. Not really a black Friday deal- This laptop is a great price, but Best Buy passed out tickets like it was one. Still a very good deal though. Some typing lag during web page typing. I don't know why this happens but it is still a minor con to me. Summary- This is a Very great laptop for the price I would recommend you get this at your local Best Buy if you have the chance. I would get it there because they have a good return/warranty policies. You can take it back there if you opened it up, tried it, and don't like it(or if a problem arises). the Price for performance/quality is amazing. It can even play video games which actually surprised me. The only reason why I gave it four stars instead of because I had to take my laptop back for an exchange because of a stuck pixel. It can happen to any laptop actually, but it was a minor hassle since Best Buy took it back and exchanged it(no problem anymore). A pixel one of those small squares on the screen and it got stuck by showing a solid color(example:red) and it wouldn't go away. I would recommend you get this laptop at Best Buy and try it out as much as you can. Get a one or two year warranty only during around the time after you used it but not after their normal 15 day return period. They charged me no restocking fees either. Hope you liked this review, and thank you for reading! Please comment on the review if you have any thing in the review you want to discuss about. - Patrick
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Can't beat it for under $500Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
Let me start off by clearing up a few False things i read in these reviews. The touchpad CAN scroll!! for whatever reason its not turned on in factory settings. You have to go into the advanced touchpad settings and turn it on. It can scroll up and down, as well as side to side ,and many other features. So to the people who were annoyed by this and about to return it, dont be so hasty, check the settings.... Comes with 1 stick of 4 gig ram, this is NOT a bad thing, this is great! What this means is for a measly $20 you can double your ram to 8 gigs! Instead of having to buy two new sticks of memory! (like you would have to do if it came like most laptops do, having both slots filled with a 2 gig stick in each slot) The display is setup HORRIBLY from the factory. Everything is washed out and clear type isnt setup. I had to adjust gamma WAY down, as well as tweek the colors, contrast, and brightness. Once i did that the display is on par with laptops in this range, and looks good. I did have to wash my screen as there seemed to be some sort of residue on it from manufacturing, this helped as well. A higher resolution display would have been a bonus, but I cant complain for the price. Yes the HP logo shows through the screen if the display is off. You cant notice it 95% of the time and its not a big deal to me, If it really bothers you, you could always open it up and put a piece of electrical tape on the back of the logo, or disconnect it. Now that we have that out of the way. This laptop is pretty unbeatable in this price range. It has a ton of features! (i wont list them all, they are listed already) Its very fast! overclockable. can be used for light gaming no problem! battery life is pretty good too. The aluminum finish really sets it apart from the rest. It looks and feels amazing and is not a fingerprint magnet. It also seems like its durable and will hold up well. The keyboard feels nice and is responsive, its also a full keyboard with a number pad. I need to have the number pad for some reason, its just not the same without it. The touchpad is also great compared to several other laptops i tried (dont forget this is also adjustable!! if you dont like it, or its too sensitive, adjust the settings before you knock it!!!) Overall the laptop feels extremely solid and well made, it does not feel cheap and plasticy like alot of laptops in this range. This easily makes up for the slightly heavier weight for those who care about the 6 ounce (or whatever) difference...lol Overall I am VERY happy with this purchase. The only one thing that would make this better is a backlit keyboard. However they are very hard to find on laptops under $800 :(
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Best gaming laptop in price classPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
$430 for a brand new HP 15.6" laptop is an amazing price for a quad core CPU, integrated GPU that can play modern, mainstream 3D games, DVD drive, 4gb ram and Windows 7. --- Performance: Out of the box this laptop gives superb performance for the price tag. The A8 AMD CPU is a quad core CPU so great for multi-threaded applications which most are written for nowadays. The CPU is however sorely underclocked at 1.5Ghz even with the turbo boost. Anyone can simply use K10STAT to overclock the CPU (I have it running at 2.5Ghz OC'd rather than just for turbo, but as running that speed as a daily OC. When OC'd it has the performance of an i5 CPU and beats down an i3 easily thanks to the 4 cores for multi-threaded work. The beauty that sold me though for this price tag is the GAMING performance. The 6620G is similar in performance to a 5670 AMD discrete GPU. It does use shared memory with the computer and this is very important to know as I will explain shortly. The vram is 512MB, but this laptop only comes with a single 4GB Ram stick with an empty ram slot. So instead of the typical 2x2GB ram, it's 1x4GB; thus no dual channel ram speeds. This is good and bad. Good because one only needs to buy a single 4GB 1333Mhz ram stick, put it in and you'll be at 2x4GB (8GB) ram and running dual channel, BUT for those that don't have the know-how to do this or are unaware will be GIMPED on graphics performance. Since it uses shared memory, the GPU memory speed is also sorely slowed My benchmarks proved this at single ram config OC'd at 2.5Ghz 3Dmark vantage was P2090 while dual channel at the same OC was P3300. Starcraft 2, Resident Evil 5 benchmark also showed similar increases in 3D graphical performance. So buy another 4gb stick of ram, or a 2x ram kit and put it in!! --- BUILD: I am very happy with the look and feel of this laptop. The TOP of the laptop (lid) has a silver, brushed aluminum look. It makes the laptop extremely classy looking and tough on top. No cheap, glossy plastic. This is big to me. The same brushed aluminum is found on the palm rests. The bottom is made of plastic as you would expect on these cheaper laptops but the RAM, HDD, wifi card are all easily accessible without the need to use screws to pop open the back plate. A slider will pop out the battery and then a slide the other way will help pop up the back plate for you to remove and access those user replaceable parts. The keyboard is okay, no backlighting, and has definite flex but it does the job. --- DISPLAY: This is probably the weakest link on the laptop. The 720P res is low for a 15" laptop IMO and it needs to use the windows color profile adjustment to help with the washed out look. After that it looks better, but going from this to my main desktop monitor, it can be considered mediocre. --- Other thoughts: Tons of bloatware, fortunately HP added a recovery partition that lets you do a clean install and use minimal drivers reinstall, removing all bloat ware. For those that do not care about gaming, this is still a GREAT, cheap laptop. The CPU may not be up to par without OC to the current gen intel offerings of i5/i7 but after minor tweaking it will match it, but the gem is the GPU on these "APUs" that will blow the doors off any HD3000 iGPUs. Skyrim, SC2, Crysis has been tested by me and all playable. I expect Crysis 2, MW3, and all current mainstream games to be at least playable on lows to mediums. Beats sounds seems gimmicky but the speakers are located up front and they're very loud I'm often using headphones but when I want to share a youtube video with my GF, the speakers do the job VERY WELL. Beats down my old 13" MacBook Pro speakers and most other laptop speakers I've used. This will probably be sold out at most locations by the end of the week and Best Buy is selling a similar laptop but with the 8GB ram config for $200 more. That's a shame as ram addition was only $15 more and that's the big difference between this 6117 and 6335 or whatever it is. BATTERY: Using K10STAT, not only have I overclocked it, I undervolted it! The voltage used at stock are a bit high and you can basically undervolt it to use less power. I made a undervolt profile where the CPU doesn't go higher than 1.5Ghz at 1.15 voltage and steps down from there. That combined with power saver I can get the 4 hours as I tested it at the library this weekend studying for finals. BOTTOM LINE: Best SUB $500 laptop that can GAME. I'm not calling this a true gaming laptop, but the laptop can game and is a great supplement to my beastly desktop (i5-2500k OC'd and 560TI 448 core) I skipped some things, but if you care about gaming and value this is the laptop for you. I paired this lappy with my 120GB Vertex 2 SSD and it is a BEAST for school, work, and as mentioned, gaming.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
great laptop for the price!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I have been shopping around for a new laptop for over a year. I happened to stop at Best Buy on Black Friday afternoon after the crowds werent unmanagable! Found this laptop by accident, it wasnt even on display, they just had about 8 of them in boxes on the sales floor with a sign. Checked out the similar HP and decided I couldnt pass up the deal. For $429, this laptop has Beats Audio, an AMD Radeon graphics card and a nice crisp display with nice sized 15.6" screen. Got it home and was very impressed right out of the box. 1) this is no flimsy laptop with those cheap casings that come on most laptops under $600. This baby is solid, and a nice brushed pewter color!!! 2) the keyboard is very comfortable to use! Unlike many laptops, this keyboard has substance to it, the keys are slightly raised and well-spaced. Again, doesnt feel cheap. 3) the touchpad isnt annoying. Responsive, and fast. 4) HP makes setup SO easy even a 3 year old can do it. Take it out of the box, plug her in, turn it on, and follow the steps. Couldnt be simpler. 5) great graphics. Watched part of Narnia-Tale of the Dawn Treader last night and the picture is CRYSTAL clear with nice audio 5) Beats Audio by Dr. Dre. Its not the version that is inside the more expensive HP's that are geared toward music engineering programs, but man it is nice audio upgrade from the normal laptop audio. Definitely a difference. 6) easy to setup a wireless mouse. The Logitech works beautifully Only had this for a day, so will update if necessary. All I can say is that if you are an adult like me, who does want value but doesnt want to sacrifice performance, this is a great little laptop. Sure its 6 pounds but do I really want to pay $700 for a laptop just so I can say its light?? I dont care. I think I can handle 6 pounds!! LOL You wont be sorry about this purchase. And, HP has a wonderful tech support team available all the time. PS- invest in a Cooling Pad for your lap! Best Buy had one on sale for $19.99. It is great! Happy Holidays!
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great Black Friday deal!!! no way... Way!!!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
This Laptop is a steal for the price. Quad Core A8 processor and Radeon HD Graphics for under $500 ($429 base price) ... plus Beats Audio ... no Way!!! Way!!! The processor is as fast as an Intel i5 which would cost more... (WEI score of 6.6) ... It could come with more memory and a bigger hard drive but it is cheaper to buy another stick and 500GB hard drive is enough ... This Laptop's counterpart on the website comes with 8GB memory and a 640 GB but is $629 reg price... $200 more... Graphics also met expectations... I have not played any games yet but YouTube videos are clear and crisp. The Sound quality is great as expected and much more better than other laptops! The Brushed Aluminium Design is sleek and clean... you don't have to worry too much about fingerprints on the cover. Speaking of fingerprints... this Laptop has a fingerprint reader which is easy to use with the HP program included. Just one slide of your finger loads up any internet site... including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Bank Websites and much more. also has... USB 3.0 ports... Multi-Card Reader... HDMI input... HD webcam... DVD drive and burner... Wow! 15.6 is a perfect size for your everyday laptop and the battery lasts pretty good 5-7 hrs depending on use. Also... I been using it for about 2 hrs and it barely gets hot. It is also super quiet!!! I still can't believe all of this and so much more came in for a great price and value!
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Best value for under $500Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I'm not super techno savvy, but I did try and educate myself and researched computers online exhaustively before deciding on this HP Pavilion. Although it's price of $429 @ Best Buy wasn't a sale, it was easily $100-$200 cheaper than available elsewhere, and most of those black friday "bargain" laptops seem to be discounted for a reason. I wanted a laptop that was under $600, but also one with a decent reputation where I could hope for a reasonable life expectancy and as few headaches as possible. First, I compared processors. This HP has the latest AMD A-series CPU, which is touted as blowing previous versions of AMD processors out of the water with it's 4 cores. There's varying opinions out there as far as where this particular AMD stacks compared to Intel. The general consensus seems to be it's superior to the similarly-priced i3's, and possibly comparable to the i5 or maybe not as good as the i5, but at any rate, would the slight if any difference be worth an extra couple hundred bucks? . This laptop more than meets my needs -plenty fast especially compared to my old Dell and can handle multiple applications going at once without breaking a sweat; I tested it by opening several programs, and then surfed the web while downloading, and streaming netflix and pandora simultaneously, and it didn't miss a beat. Setup was a breeze, there of course is some degree of bloatware with all new PC's but there are good Wiki and Ehow articles online that can assist with how to remove the unnecessary stuff if you don't want to fork out $50 for a tech to help do it. As for the machine itself, I love the metalic body- it feels alot sturdier and looks classier than others in this price range. The brushed silver looks so much nicer than all the institutional The hinges feel solid, the keypad seems pretty comfortable and sized well, the keys don't seem too stiff or soft or anything. Numeric keypad is handy. The touchpad works great- you can apparently make some kind of setting adjustments, though I find it to be perfectly responsive as is-- I saw some reviews that claimed it didn't scroll or zoom, which it does, but the double finger scroll feature does seem finicky and "sticks" sometimes until I adjust my touch and spread my two fingers a little. The cd eject button is TINY and I have to jam it fairly hard with a pen or something to get it to open, which I suppose is preferable to it popping open TOO easily. I've used this thing for hours at a time and it never feels hot to me, and is quiet as well. The brushed aluminum finish barely shows fingerprints and seems unlikely to get as scratched and dinged as the cheap plastic most laptops of this range are made out of. And speaking of fingerprints, I LOVE LOVE the fingerprint scan technology! Seemed like a gimmick, but I'm honestly hooked! Using this feature you can not only register your fingerprint to scan in lieu of a password for logging on to windows, but also register different fingers to take you directly to any website of your choice, password optional. A nice time saver. Now, the downside: The screen. For a computer that boasts 6620g HD discrete class graphics, the actual screen itself is a real letdown- poor visibility on dark scened movies, or in bright light, murky color and clarity. Apparently the tech savvy out there know how to "hack in" to amp up the color and contrast, as it's not set up to allow any changes except in brightness-- and I would LOVE to hear from anyone who knows how to make these adjustments - please post if you know how! I've found that the washed out quality is more pronounced when looking at the screen straight on or from slightly high, and adjusting the angle which you view from improves it somewhat, but it's seriously disappointing for being a self proclaimed "entertainment laptop". It's not deal-breaker bad; I've become adjusted to the screen in the past couple weeks. But it's easily the weakest feature on this otherwise great laptop. The whole Beats Audio thing seems a little overrated to me. I mean, it's better than other laptop speakers I've heard, but it's nothing to rave about, I assure you. But I wasn't expecting anything amazing. I just plug into my Logitech ipod speaker and it sounds great. Has all the plug in options I could imagine needing, including an HDMI for hd tv. It did give me a scare initially the first few days of use by freezing up on me while installing updates to the point I had to button-power off, but that was probably my fault [i'd downloaded and uninstalled a bunch of stuff and hadn't shut it down all the way in a couple days, just hibernated it.] After that I started shutting down fully every night, and it's worked fine since. AMD A series is new, so there's a real lack of both professional reviews and longer term use experience to tell how this baby will perform in the long term, which makes me a little wary. But all in all, I'd say the features, construction, pricing, and overall glowing reviews from buyers of this laptop make it well worth the price, and- as far as I can see- superior [for my needs anyway] to anything else in it's price range.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great Laptop for the money, easy to upgrade!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
Huge fan of this laptop so far. HP has made a solid laptop here. I love the AMD A8 Quad Core processor for a few reasons. It is easlily overclocked, It runs supercool, and it teams up with integrated graphics like a champ. Yes an Intel i7 processor will blow it out of the water on many benchmarks and tasks but its also extremely overpriced. This laptop is equipped with some essentials: 2 USB 3.0 ports - very important for transferring large files or backing up to an external USB 3.0 hard drive. 2 USB 2.0 ports - makes it four USB ports! Fingerprint scanner - this thing works like a dream, gives easy access to the computer and any sites you visit that require passwords. Beats Audio - this is the soundcard and software NOT speakers. This allows you to have great sound over highend headphones, home thearter system, or even your TV. Speakers are good but remember this is a laptop...speakers are tiny! HDMI out - this is a must if you want to watch movies, shows, or video games on your HDTV Built-in SD card reader - pretty standard Webcam - This is ok, don't think you are going for an HD webcam here. 4GB of RAM(only one stick) - this leaves a slot open for an easy upgrade of adding a second stick. STRONG RECOMMENDATION as having 8GB of dual channel RAM really kicks up the graphics on this PC and improves performance all together. DVD-R/CD-R drive - burn CDs, Movies, backup files, Watch DVDs, etc. Brushed aluminum body - doesn't show all the finger prints and grime Numberpad - for those who prefer 10 key This laptop has easy screwless access to the harddrive and RAM Great Laptop!
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Great laptop for the money!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
This Laptop is a great value for the money, but there is something customers should know about the system memory: - The 4GB of DDR3 1333 on this laptop is on only 1 dimm. Although this is a good thing for customers desiring to upgrade this laptop to 8GB for another 20-35 bucks, most customers just want a good laptop right out of the box. The fact that it is not dual-channel out of the box will have a significant negative impact on performance. This is a system on a chip laptop without dedicated graphics. The processor and graphics chip both rely on the system memory during operation. The fact this system is not dual channel out of the box means that the processor and especially the graphics chip starve for more memory bandwidth. By just adding another 4GB memory dimm my windows experience results for memory speed increased from 5.9 to 7.3 and gaming went up to 6.6 Besides this issue this laptop is seriously great for the money. It offer decent processing power, amd integrated graphics (which is better than intel's) and a better sounding headphone jack (beats audio). The aluminum surface finish is also very nice. Just add another 4GB stick of RAM and this laptop is a fantastic PC for the price!
Q: QuestionProcessor QuestionSo I have recently purchased this laptop from black Friday, everything is great but i have 2 questions on the AMD Processor. 1. AMD Quad Core A8 3500M Vs. Intel i5 core - Which is better? 2. When i click in computer/Properties it says my processor speed is 1.5 GHz instead of 2.4 GHz. Is anyone else experiencing that or is it just me?
Asked by Jack.
- A:Answer I bought this also, but only after reading reviews on the AMD Processor (A8-3500M) & it's GPU. (Graphics Processing Unit) In graphics mode, the A8 Smokes the Intel i5, but processing? Not so much, but it is fast, and will do most everything you will need of it, and certainly do whatever the i5 is capable of doing, but possibly at a lower speed, taking more time to do certain things, but if you are into video, this chip's GPU is very fast & superior to that of the intel chipset. You will be able to play high end games, if you're into that, the i5 may not even load! The graphics are that good. We're talking on cpu graphics here, so you certainly won't get a $200 graphics card experience, but considerably better than what Intel offers in al of it's it's chipsets. This is the bargain basement gamers chip, that will surpass the Intel i3, i5, and even the i7 if combined with intel graphics on board. The A8 CPU is set to rock the gaming, and video world for us poor folk! The processing power in everyday computing is going to be pretty good, but from the reviews I've read, I'd put it more in the i3 area, but Intels i3 is no slouch either, and in some scenarios, the A8 w/4 cores, will beat the i5, and even the i7 unless the i5 or i7 are combined with a Geoforce GT525M chip, but this chip so far as i've seen (Havn't looked much as it's out of my range $ wise) is only in latops costing almost 4 times what we paid for the HP dv6-6117dx! Will a few hundred more get you a better compter? yes, but if it's graphics capabilities you're after, that $200 more would only buy a better laptop if that laptop also had an AMD A8 based procesor. If I had the extra $200, I'd get the higher end AMD A8 CPU clocked at a base of 1.9 instead of 1.5 as in our laptops, and a true 1024p screen. $200 more should do it, but what we have is on par with $600 laptops feature-wise, USB 3.0, Gigabit Lan, 4GB ram, 500gb HD, HDMI out, Fingerprint reader, This computer is worth every dollar we spent so don't worry about comparrisons, because there are none! This is the best buy out there at the moment, pun intended. a month from now, after the first of the year? only God or a genie could tell you. In my opinion, this computer's hardware should outlast it's longevity or physicl abilities, so no worries here. I wonder if I can put my SATA 6.0 64gb hd in this thing? The A8 is SATA 6.0 ready, but I doubt it's in here. However, even at SATA 3.0, an SSD would make this already fast computer, SCREAM! Forgot your second question, only under extreme scenarios will the A8 run at it's highest clocked speed. This is to save battery life; From what I've read, this A8 CPU also rocks our world by eating far less juice than even the i3, let alone the i7! Should give decent battery life all things being set to minimum on the laptop. I have brightness set way up as I am using the wall socket right now, (did I mention I am writiing this on the dv6? lol) and when off the grid, the battery of this laptop started to drain very quickly, but as I said, all my settings are set for destop, havn't messed with the battery saving settings yeat, but I expect 3-4 hours at most. These laptops are like automobiles, and the promoted MPG, they are usually not represetitive of what the average person will get. Options, buy another battery, and buy the 9 cell instead of the 6 cell that comes with the laptop.
Answered by Tuberocity
Q: Questiondirect x 9.0 compatiblesorry thiis is repettitive, but its important. this is just the last bit of criteria im looking for. so is the soundcard directx9.0 compatible?
Asked by sameguywhoaskedofitwas8.1compatible.
- A:Answer Yes, its directx 11 compatible
Answered by Anonymous
Asked by Anonymous.
- A:Answer This is what you need: 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600)
Answered by Anonymous
Asked by Anonymous.
- A:Answer Non-ecc, the listed specs rate the max at 16GB but it only has Two SoDIMM slots so Two 8GB sticks are going to cost more than the laptop itself.
Answered by Anonymous
Q: QuestionUpgradeThis laptop notebook doesnt have any screws (it appears). How do I get to the memory to upgrade it?
Asked by Anonymous.
- A:Answer I had the same problem. Slide the unlocking slider on the back to the right to remove the battery. Remove the battery, then slide the unlocking bar to the left, the edge of the back plate will pop up. This is the scary part, you have to pull up on the plate to unsnap the plastic connectors all the way around the plate. I thought I was going to break it, but it came off, just be careful. Add your memory, put the lock slider in the middle (neutral) position, snap the plate back on, you may need to bend it a bit to get it in, but it will snap back on. Put in battery, and you're done.
Answered by RobertofMI
Q: QuestionDoes this model have bluetooth capability?
Asked by Anonymous.
- A:Answer This notebook PC does not have built-in Bluetooth connectivity. You will need to add a third-party external USB Bluetooth adapter to add Bluetooth connectivity to this notebook PC.
Answered by HP Team
Q: QuestionWhy is the actual clocked speed lower than the documented speed on HPs AMD A series models?In store, each HP Pavilion dv6z which has the AMD A6 or A8 processor is advertised at 2.4GHz+ but when you check actual notebook it shows clocked speeds below 1.5GHz. As a test, we checked the comparable Pavillion dv6t's with intel i5/i7. Those clock speeds are exactly as advertised. Please help me understand! Is the AMD processor reducing speed to save power? If so, can this be overridden while plugged in?
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- A:Answer This laptop goes from 1.5 to 2.4 when needed for power saving. If you set it to high performance it should stay at 2.4..
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