July 2012: Note, this configuration is discontinued, but other configurations of this budget laptop remain available. -- Editor
November 2011: The 15.6-inchHP Pavilion dv6t Select Edition laptop (Discontinued) won't break the bank and provides enough performance horsepower that it can serve as a suitable desktop replacement, experts say. It's a member of HP's dv6 and dv6t family of laptops, which are both diverse and well received.
In addition to a second generation 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5-2430M processor, 8 GB of RAM and a 750 GB hard drive, the HP Pavilion dv6t Select Edition laptop includes a lot of value-adding extras like Beats audio technology, a fingerprint reader and several connectivity options. Reviewers prefer to add a discrete AMD Radeon HD 6490M graphics card, which adds $75 to the cost of the PC. That build meets or exceeds benchmark scores set by laptops with a similar price tag and, thanks to the AMD graphics, can even play mainstream games at a reasonable clip.
PCMag.com achieved a 41.2 frames per second rate in "Crysis," a title that won't even run on many budget laptops. However, the HP Pavilion dv6t Select Edition comes with some bloatware installed, and its battery life, while still more than six hours, is shorter than the battery life of some competitors. If you're not a gamer, the Sony Vaio E15 SVE1511AFXS (Discontinued) might meet your needs. Experts say its more powerful third-generation Core i5 processor, 6 GB of RAM and 750 is plenty of power for most tasks, gaming excluded..
While a number of sources review HP Pavilion dv6 and dv6t laptops, only PCMag.com covers the Select Edition specifically. PC World covers a dv6 configuration that uses the same internal components as the dv6t Select Edition, which makes its feedback useful. HP.com is an outlet for owners of the laptop to voice their opinions.
The HP Pavilion dv6t Select Edition earns a 4-star rating (out of 5) from PCMag.com. Reviewer Brian Westover looks at a version with the optional discrete AMD Radeon HD 6490M graphics card and says the combination of the Intel Core i5 CPU and AMD graphics makes it "a powerful combination when it comes to media creation and playing mid-range 3D games." The Beats audio technology also receives praise. The laptop fails to win an Editors' Choice award, but the current winner, the Dell XPS 15z, costs $300 more.
Review: HP Pavilion dv6t Select Edition, Brian Westover, Oct. 3, 2011
2. PC World
The HP Pavilion dv6 configuration reviewed by Loyd Case shares the same internal components -- including the CPU and AMD GPU -- as the HP Pavilion dv6t Select Edition. Case gives the laptop a 4 (out of 5) star rating. "At $800, this configuration of the dv6 seems to hit a sweet spot," he writes.
Review: HP Pavilion dv6 Review: A Modestly Priced Laptop That Doesn't Disappoint, Loyd Case, July 18, 2011
HP Pavilion dv6t Select Edition users chime in with their opinion of the laptop. Most seem pleased with their purchase.
Review: HP Pavilion dv6t Select Edition Customizable Notebook PC, Contributors to HP.com