HP Pavilion DV6-3050TX Laptop

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HP Pavilion laptops are very popular amongst multimedia and home users, be it entry-level, mainstream or high-end, there’s something for everyone. But again, the truth is that they are slightly more expensive than most ‘non-traditional’ laptop makers. However, this time around, perhaps owing to the stiff competition, HP has something that offers very good value for money, while maintaining HP’s style factor, their Pavilion DV-6 series. Today we have with us a high-end laptop, the DV6-3050TX, in the price of a mainstream laptop, check it out!

Design
A laptop with a metallic exterior usually looks pretty slick and solid at the same time, and this trend seems to have taken off well especially in desktop replacements. HP has taken this a step further with its DV6 3050TX. Usually, the metallic sheets on laptops have a rather plain brushed aluminum finish or a glossy surface. This one has a brushed matte finish, but what’s special is the lazer etching. Starting on the metallic sheet on the lid, the etching is quite prominent even on the wrist rest, which adds to the aesthetics. So in terms of looks, this one gets five on five.

Even quality-wise, there’s nothing to complain about, in fact, thanks to the use of metal, and the superb finishing, the DV6 looks and feels stunningly robust. The only areas where plastic is used, is the screen frame and the base of the unit, and of course the touchpad. Speaking of which, the large touch pad has a matte finish with buttons underneath the plastic sheet, so there are no physical buttons, which sometimes can be a bane, because even the buttons area is touch-sensitive.

As far as the ergonomics is concerned, the keyboard is full-sized with well-spaced keys and you’ll even find a vertical column of hotkeys for Windows Live Mail, calculator, printer, browser, and to access the HP quick launch bar. There aren’t any physical hot keys or shortcuts, but it’s the simplicity that enhances the aesthetics, and besides, the function keys double up as media player buttons and volume controls, so that’s sorted.

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Features
Leaving the design and aesthetics aside, the hardware is obviously the highlight of this machine. It has a quad-core CPU, the Intel Core i7 Q720, clocked at 1.6 GHz and with 6MB L3 cache. Then there’s 4 GB DDR3 RAM and the graphics is courtesy an ATI Radeon HD 5650. With so much muscle, this laptop easily handles demanding applications and even games at medium resolutions. Also, with a 640 GB hard drive, there’s ample room to store HD movies, music and games. For a multimedia machine, it has everything you’ll need, VGA, HDMI, eSATA/USB combo, 3 USB ports, a PC card slot and a Kensington lock slot. The 15.6 inch screen has a native resolution of 1366 x 768 (common to most laptops), but in a sub-65K price bracket, so we’re not complaining.

The looks of the machine are clearly of a classy multimedia laptop, but the hardware, features and performance totally confirm the fact. An add-on is the finger print sensor for secure access control, if you want it for office use or for travel. Finally, the laptop comes preloaded with Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) and other features include the HP TrueVision webcam, good Altec Lansing Speakers, a DVD-writer (Lightscribe-capable) and, standard connectivity options, Wi-Fi N, Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth. So all-in-all, we’d say that at Rs 63,000, it’s a powerful multimedia laptop, that’s definitely worth buying.

Performance
We’ll cut to the chase here, what does one expect from a laptop powered by a quad-core Core i7 CPU (eight threads), a good GPU and ample RAM together handling demanding multimedia? That’s right, you expect excellent performance, and thankfully, HP DV6 3050TX lived up to our expectation.

In addition to our standard CPU and GPU benchmarks, we ran the game benchmarks too. In Crysis Warhead, we got around 38 fps and 72 fps on medium and low settings and native resolution, which is pretty good for a multimedia laptop at this price. In the Gamers mode (high settings), it gave us merely 19 fps, but remember it’s a multimedia laptop to a gaming machine, so that isn’t a downside at all. Less demanding games like Batman Arkham Asylum and Left 4 Dead are a breeze with around 40 fps even on high settings.

Now, any powerful multimedia laptop heats up considerably after prolonged usage and this one has the same issue, but it’s isn’t that bad. You can use it on your lap, but again, would you really play Crysis on the laptop while it’s on your lap? In any case, heating is not much of an issue with this laptop, it’ll only irritate someone sitting very close to the vent, if you can live with that!

Personal Take
Usually there’s one such factor in a laptop that compels you to choose it, be it performance, aesthetics, affordability, build quality or portability. However, the HP DV6 3050TX is an all rounder at a great price. In terms of features and value for money, the one laptop that comes closest to this one is the Lenovo Y560. However, the Y560 is a lot cheaper (Rs 10,000 lesser), and has a mainstream Corei 5 CPU. Then again, the 3050TX is even better in terms of performance and looks. The long and short of it is, that if you’re looking for an excellent multimedia laptop in the 60K price bracket, get the 3050TX.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 378 x 30 x 245
  • Weight: 2.45 kg
  • Chipset: Intel HM 55
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-Q720, 1.6 GHz, 6 MB L3 cache
  • RAM: 4 GB DDR3
  • Graphics: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
  • Network: Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi N and Bluetooth
  • HDD: 640 GB
  • Optical Drive: DVD Writer (Lightscribe)
  • Screen: 15.6-inch glossy (1366x768)
  • Price: Rs 63,000

Published Date: Sep 29, 2010 04:31 pm | Updated Date: Sep 29, 2010 04:31 pm