by Kevin Giberson
The HP Pavilion dv6000t had me intrigued well before I received this review model from HP. First, upon seeing pictures of the dv6000t, I was left thinking that it really did appear to be an exceptionally attractive machine, with its glossy black lid, subtly highlighted by a just-visible pattern of intermingling wavy lines, and a molded silvery bezel surrounding the black keyboard.
Second, every time I glanced at the Most Popular Laptops column on the left-hand side of thehome page, I saw that the dv6000t was at the top, outperforming the number-two choice by a factor of two or better, and this has been true for some weeks now. Other websites also pay statistical tribute to the commercial success that is the Pavilion dv6000t.
HP Pavilion dv6000t The world of 15.4″ consumer-oriented notebooks is a well-populated world indeed, but in its design and production of the dv6000t, HPhas managed to come up with a popular notebook that has been provoking buyer interest from the moment it was released, and then impressively sustaining this appeal.
HP dv6000t Specs:
- Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T7400 (2.16 GHz/4MB L2 Cache)
- OS: Microsoft Windows XP Professional
- Hard Drive: 100 GB SATA @ 5400RPM
- Screen: 15.4″ WXGA BrightView Widescreen (1280 x 800)
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce Go 7400, 128 MB Dedicated + 128 MB Shared
- RAM: 1GB DDR2 SDRAM @667 MHz (2 x 512MB)
- Optical Drive: Super Multi 8X DVD+/-RW w/Double Layer
- Battery: 6-cell lithium ion
- Wireless: Intel PRO/Wireless 3945 802.11 a/b/g
- Weight: 6.09 lbs.
- Dimensions: 1.0” – 1.69” (H) x 14.05” (W) x 10.12” (D)
- HP Imprint Finish + Microphone + Webcam
- Ports/Slots: 1 IEEE 1394 (FireWire); 3 Universal Serial Bus (USB 2.0); 5-in-1 memory card reader; VGA monitor out port; S-Video out; RJ-45 Ethernet LAN; RJ-11 modem; ExpressCard 54mm; IR receiver; Expansion Port 3; headphone/speaker jack with SPDIF; microphone
My first in-hand view of the dv6000t really just explained the popularity and fuss. Based upon the components, I knew that it would provide top-notch performance, and the high-gloss finish throughout, together with the rounded corners and tapered height, really did make for a very fetching notebook. I was immediately captivated by the seeming absence of anything at all that might be viewed as a deficiency.
Design and Build
To sum up the design (and also to provide a point of reference), my own tastes in notebooks, on a purely visual level, have tended to lean toward Sony, Asus and Apple (though I’d never buy a white or mostly white laptop), but I like the appearance of the dv6000t as much as any from the fore mentioned manufacturers. Judging from the dv6000t’s wide popularity, I’d say other people like the look, as well.
Because of all these favorable impressions I began to look for something wrong with the dv6000t, and turned my attention to build quality. But even there I could find nothing to complain about. Did this notebook seem as solidly built as the old ThinkPad T40 I used to use? No, it didn’t. But the reality is none of the eight or nine consumer and business notebooks I’ve used since the T40 have seemed quite as solid. I normally use a workstation-class notebook, the Dell Precision M65, and while it’s true that the M65 seems somewhat more robust than the dv6000t, the latter notebook is by no means flimsy. There was considerable screen ripple when the LCD lid was pressed very firmly with a finger, indicating some room for lid strengthening, but on the other hand I carried the notebook around with one hand countless times and found no evidence of flex or weakness. In the end, I had only one real issue with this notebook: a higher resolution, such as 1440×900, would have been nice, but only 1280×800 is available. And it did take a fair amount of wiping with a damp, soft cloth to keep the shiny components truly shiny, and free of fingerprints.
A look at the imprint design on the dv6000t
Top view of the HP dv6000t
HP Pavilion dv6000t WXGA screen