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HP Pavilion DV6-1230US 15.6-Inch Entertainment Laptop

“HP Pavilion DV6-1230US”

Want a notebook PC that makes it easy to manage numbers? Buy an HP Pavilion dv6 series Entertainment Notebook PC. Use the integrated numeric keypad to work faster in spreadsheets. Watch slide shows and DVDs on a 15.6- or 16.0-inch diagonal widescreen display. Plus, show off your sense of style with the metallic HP Imprint finish.

Expanding on the sophisticated elegance of the current line, the new dv series is defined by fluid, modern lines and metalized finishes with surprising innovations inside and out. High-gloss HP Imprint finish now encases all surfaces visible during normal use for greater durability. The dv6 series Imprint pattern provides contrast to the liquid appearance of the metallic finish.

The streamlined look is enhanced with a color-matched keyboard and touchpad. And touch media controls light up and become visible only when the system is powered on further enhancing the clean appearance and helping illuminate the 16:9 widescreen. HP’s mobile products have won coveted International Red Dot, iF and CES Innovation design awards and been recognized by other leading design institutions.

dv6-1230us notebook


2.10GHz Intel® Core2 Duo Processor T6500

Operating System:
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium 64-bit with Service Pack 1

15.6″ Diagonal High-Definition HP BrightView Infinity Display

Hard Drive:
320 GB

Memory (RAM):
4 GB

Graphics Card:
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD (shared) with up to 1759MB total available graphics memory

Wireless LAN 802.11a/b/g/n WLAN

12-cell Lithium-Ion Battery

Weight & Dimensions (w x d x h):
6.34lbs; 14.9″ x 10.15″ x 1.33″/1.61″
Providing more choices than ever, HP MediaSmart enables access to DVDs, videos, photos, music, Internet TV(1), and streamed or recorded TV (with an optional TV Tuner(2) at the touch of a button. Get access to watch the best video clips from Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, and MTV. Built-in demos show you how to add music to your slide shows or videos with drag-and-drop functionality – and much more. An HDMI port enables you to watch films on an HD TV. Muvee Reveal makes creating films complete with effects and transitions a snap! Enjoy full screen viewing with the 16:9 aspect ratio. Extras include dual headphone jacks and an HP Mobile Remote Control.

HP Pavilion DV6-1230US

For those who want digital entertainment features and the latest mobile technologies in a stunning design that balances performance and mobility, the HP Pavilion dv6 series Entertainment Notebook PC delivers! Its 16:9 aspect ratio display enables full screen viewing of HD TV and other HD content.

  • Connect with the HP Webcam. Turn your next instant message into a live video chat with the integrated webcam, omni directional microphone and an IM solution. Optimized for low-light environments, it’s great for capturing short videos to share on your favorite social networking site. Personalize your videos with included YouCam software from Cyberlink.(2)
  • Enhanced security with hard drive protection. HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection locks your hard drive into place when it senses abrupt motion to help prevent data loss. The built-in eSATA/USB Combo port enables fast backup to an external hard drive.
  • Personalized disc labels with LightScribe. Create custom laser-etched disc labelsright in the drive with LightScribe and preinstalled Cyberlink DVD Suite. Just burndata on the disc, flip it over and burn the cover image using any scanned imageand/or text. Visit the LightScribe Web site for more information.(3)
  • Photo-ready with 5-in-1 media card reader. Transfer photos from your digital camera in seconds.
  • Full-memory access. Windows Vista®(4) 64-bit operating systems are able to fully access system memory to support 3D games and complex applications.

Intel® Centrino® Processor Technology: Advanced Technology for Connected Mobility

Intel® Centrino® processor technology combines advanced dual-core responsiveness, wireless networking, and exclusive power management features designed for stay-away-longer battery life. Two high-performance processing cores let you run multiple demanding applications simultaneously—download HD video while you retouch photos, remix a soundtrack or enjoy casual gaming. Intel HD Boost dramatically accelerates multimedia processing for more exhilarating high-definition video and gaming experiences.

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4 Responses to HP Pavilion DV6-1230US 15.6-Inch Entertainment Laptop

  1. Macy on September 14, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Recently I purchased a different version of this HP DV6 laptop for my mother-in-law and I looked at this model during that process (all HP DV6 laptop models share a common chassis and only vary on a few components). The first thing about the DV6 line that impressed me was the build quality. It is well constructed with a metallic toned black plastic exterior. Take a good look at the shell art since it is something that may not appeal to everyone but my mother-in-law definitely appreciated having something a little more individual than the usual dull grey exterior. Despite the glossy exterior we haven’t noticed much in the way of finger prints or any scratches despite the helping hands of our kids who love to “help” grandma with her computer.

    The specs for this model are aimed at someone focused on web browsing and office type applications who wants superb battery life:

    CPU – The Core 2 duo is the best performing notebook CPU on the market and the T6500 included with this computer is a mid-range Core2 Duo (2.1 GHZ w/2MB cache). It can handle two threads which means you can have the virus scanner running while you surf the web with no noticeable slowdown. It’s not the highest performing CPU out there today but it’s far above what you need for non-gaming tasks and it has a enough performance head-room to keep your computer from becoming outdated anytime soon.

    RAM – The 4GB of RAM is combined with a 64bit OS to which should provided more than enough memory for pretty much any application you can think of outside of extremely high end gaming.

    HDD – 320GB plenty is far more space than you need now but again, I like the future proofing. Some people may not like that it is 5400 RPM vs. 7200 RPM but the performance difference for home users is nearly zero and the reliability of 5400 RPM drives makes me prefer them in notebooks which are hard on hard disks (because they move around while in use notebook HDDs suffer far more failures than desktop drives)

    Graphics – While I am a fan of Intel CPUs their graphics performance has lagged the competition. The good news is that the integrated Intel 4500MHD graphics controller in this model is a step up from previous Intel offerings and all most home users will need. I still wouldn’t recommend you try and run graphics hungry 3-D games on it but it’s fine for playing videos, surfing the web, doing light gaming, and running office applications.

    Display – I like this 15.6″ display though I got my mother-in-law the 16″ version of the DV6. While a little smaller than what I settled on it is far superior to the 14-15″ screens you usually see in this price range.

    Sound – Surprisingly good sound for a notebook. The speakers are well positioned and deliver a good range. I’ve heard better but it was on a $3K notebook.

    Battery – For years the retail notebook market has been plagued with cheap six cell and even four cell batteries that could barely deliver 90 minutes of real computing use. To see HP bundle a 12 cell Li-Ion battery in with this notebook is hopefully a sign the industry is recognizing that notebook users want good battery life. With a 12 cell battery you can realistically plan to go all day without plugging in. This does add slightly to the weight but few users will notice. You will be hard pressed to find another laptop in this price range with a batter this good. Most will have a 6 cell.

    I don’t have any serious “cons” for this computer. The “Touch Media Controls” for things like the volume (as opposed to buttons you push) are a little odd at first but we got used to them quickly and hey, they look cool when they light up.

    To wrap it all up: a good computer for home users who don’t plan on running high-end games and who looking for something with above average build quality and really good battery life.

  2. Chita on September 14, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Note: I was going to buy this laptop from Amazon but I saw the same model at Office Depot for $650.

    CPU – The T6500 is great for General usage. It’s okay for gaming and HD playback too.

    RAM – 4GB makes multitasking a breeze

    Hard Drive – The main partition is 285GB with a 12.5GB recovery partition. 285GBs is a nice size to work with too it’ll take long, long time to fill that up.

    Graphics – The 4500MHD is okay for light gaming like Counter-Strike. It also does HD playback fine.

    Sound – This laptop has great speakers. They don’t get too loud but that’s fine. The quality of the sound is great.

    Battery – Will last a good long while and is better than most laptops. Most laptops have 6 cell batteries, this one has a 12 cell. Also the battery sticks out from the bottom. Some people may not like it but it is also a good thing because heat won’t get stuck under the laptop.

    Heat – This laptop will get warm from extended use. It gets slightly uncomfortable to type on because of it. It’s not really that bad though.

    Keyboard – This laptop is easy to type on. I can type really fast on it. It is a full keyboard with a numpad so most of your keys are there.
    The Home, End, Pgup, PGdown, keys are above the trackpad and delete is above the backspace.

    Trackpad – The trackpad may seem a little hard to move on at first but after a while it becomes smooth. You can also turn it on and off with a button conveniently placed above it if you want to use a mouse. It also has a scroll bar.

    Other Thoughts – This laptop has 2 head phone hacks. Both are in the front. I’d prefer one in the front then one in the side or back for speakers.

    HP Logo on the cover lights up when the laptop is on. This annoys me when I leave my laptop on overnight and I have to put something over the light to cover it because it’s kinda bright.

    The remote it comes with is kind of small and it can be difficult to push the buttons but it still is a nice addition so I don’t have to get up and pause, skip, etc. on the keyboard.

    NOTE: This laptop only has the touch volume controls and a touch wifi button. There is no Play, Pause, Stop, etc. touch buttons on this model. That was kind of a disappointment because I have to press Fn+F12 if I want to change songs.

    Overall this a great laptop and I am pleased with my purchase

  3. Anonymous on September 14, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    I purchased this for my college bound daughter. I had it up and running for her in under 20 minutes – that includes the time it took me to get the wireless internet. This laptop has a very artsy cover that will make any student look extra cool.

    Great Things about this laptop for your student:

    Size: It’s light enough to carry around but still sturdy. I suggest a targus messanger bag. [...]

    Battery: 12 cell battery will keep you going most of the day. It does stick out the back some, so your laptop is not as skinny as it would be with a smaller battery.

    Power/Speed: This laptop is fast. I was impressed with how fast it would start up and run all the applications. There’s lots of ram and the graphics are awesome.

    Software: There is a 2 month trial version of Windows Office for students. If you want to keep it, all you have to do is enter your serial number (can be purchased online), there’s no long install.

    DVD : No need to have a TV too, watch your DVDs on this laptop! Even has a tiny remote control.

    Huge Hard Drive: 320 gigs. You could use it for years without deleting anything.

    User Input: The keyboard is great. It is a full keyboard and the keys only require a light touch. You can input a lot of information quickly. The trackpad is a little annoying, but I prefer a mouse. My daughter likes it.

    Overall, this is a great buy. My daughter loves hers and it meets the requirements of all the colleges in this area.

  4. Christopher Rydell on May 18, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Thumbs up

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