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HP Pavilion dv6-3230us Entertainment Laptop (Silver)

by HP
3.9 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews

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  • Intel Core i3 Processor 2.4GHz
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM
  • 500GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
  • 15.6-Inch Screen, Intel HD Graphics
  • Windows 7 Home Premium, 5.25 hours Battery Life
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Product Description

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Keep your data safe and your entertainment in sync. Manage your passwords and log in to secure websites using the integrated fingerprint reader on the HP Pavilion dv6-3230us Entertainment Notebook PC. Sync this notebook to other digital devices, like your smartphone or desktop PC, using integrated Bluetooth. Plus, browse the Web from any room and on the go using built-in Wi-Fi. This sleek and stylish HP laptop also has a durable brushed aluminum finish with the stream design in argento. The HP Pavilion dv6-3230us Entertainment Notebook PC is pretty impressive on the inside, too. Watch DVDs on the 15.6-inch diagonal High-Definition LED display and stream content wirelessly from the display to an HDTV using a WiDi adapter (sold separately). Video chat in low-light environments using the integrated HP webcam and burn custom labels onto CDs and DVDs using LightScribe Technology. Plus, enjoy music with Dolby Advanced Audio and transfer photos from a memory card directly to your HP laptop using the digital media reader. Store thousands of files on the large hard drive and count on great performance with a powerful Intel processor.

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Screen Size 15.6 inches
Screen Resolution 1366 x 768
Max Screen Resolution 1336 x 768 pixels
Processor 2.4 GHz Intel Core i3
Hard Drive 500 GB SATA
Graphics Coprocessor Intel HD Graphics
Chipset Brand Intel
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 4
Average Battery Life (in hours) 5.25 hours
Brand Name HP
Series Pavilion
Item model number DV6-3230US
Hardware Platform PC
Operating System Windows 7;
Item Weight 5.5 pounds
Product Dimensions 9.7 x 14.9 x 1.4 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 9.65 x 14.88 x 1.37 inches
Color Silver
Processor Brand Intel
Processor Count 2
Computer Memory Type SODIMM
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed 5400 RPM
Optical Drive Type dvd_plus_minus_rw, dvd_ram
Audio-out Ports (#) 1
Battery Type lithium_ion
Power Source AC

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3.9 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #29,060 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
#6,338 in Computers & Accessories > Laptops
Shipping Weight 8.2 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First Available January 9, 2011

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By Mrs.Somtiny on February 6, 2011
This is truly an amazing machine. A huge step up from my old 1.6ghz single-core laptop. The computer is extremely fast and the fingerprint reader is far beyond what I expected. You can 'enroll' your fingerprints (any fingers you want, you can even do all of them) and then set certain fingers to open certain programs. Up to 3 on each finger.
The webcam is very good as well. I was surprised how well it works in low light situations. You can see perfectly!
The only thing I dislike about the computer is the mouse. But you're gonna hear that from the majority of people with a dv6 or similar model. (I bought an external mouse to fix the issue). It's hard to press down when you are trying to drag something. But when you are just browsing the internet then it is fine because I just tap it. I like how it has a mouse lock. You tap twice the small circle in the upper left hand corner and it's locked. Do the same to unlock it.
Also, what I didn't like at first, but now I don't mind, is the keyboard. It has an extra set of keys on the left hand side making it kind of confusing to know where your fingers are. At first I was thinking about returning it but then I got used to it. The keys feel great, well at least to me.
In my opinion you should check out this laptop in store first to see if you like the mouse and keyboard and such.

Overall, this is a great machine (besides the mouse of course). If you think you can look past that flaw then this would be a great product for you at a great price!

BTW- I didn't buy from Amazon (It was $699 at the time). I'm not sure how great Amazon is with computer products. I bought it from office max for $549 on 2/4/11. But they're most likely sold out by now. If you want a cheaper price than amazon, which I recommend, go to or office depot. Which are both $599.
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Hope you have better luck with HP than I have. I just bought an HP dv6. Upon setting it up, I noticed that the wireless dropped frequently and the notebook would then be unable to find the network. It took me a week or so to realize the problem was the brand new home theater notebook. I called HP and spent the first two hours of the call following instructions from their "award winning" help desk. Near the end of that part of the call, the rep took over my machine and attempted a bios update. It failed, and the machine will no longer even boot. He then routed my call to a "warranty rep" (or something like that) who came on the line a half hour later. He said HP would arrange to have the machine repaired, as they had determined it was a defective motherboard. I told him I wanted the machine replaced, as it was brand new and defective out of the box. Repairing it and sending it back to me would have me in the position of paying full price for a refurbished machine. He felt there would be a means that HP would leave me satisfied and said I would be contacted the next day. The next day I was contacted and told there was no way they would replace my machine, though they acknowledged it was defective out of the box and that their representative had "bricked" it.
HP quality control is poor. They appear to have reached a corporate decision to send out defective machines and then repair them under warranty. This allows them to sell what would ultimately be "refurbs" as full price machines. They would have to repair them anyway, but this way they capture a higher price. I am not an HP basher. Of the half dozen laptops in my home, three are HP products. I am running four HP printers. HP until now had been my preferred brand.
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I tried a similar model of the aluminum dv6 but had problems with media applications with the AMD Phenomenon chip. This intel core i3 runs like a whistle. Very clean, fast loading device. It runs very cool, even while the battery is charging. LOVE IT!
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***** I received this as a birthday present and was technically my first laptop. This review is about the key things you should note about the computer. This is my first review. *****


The screen on the HP Pavilion dv6 can get VERY bright. It can also get very DARK if you are in a position where there is a lot of light coming in the room. I also admire that the laptop has the option of customizing the amount of energy the computer gives off. There are also brightness control keys on the F2 and F3 keys which are very helpful. The reason I gave the screen an 8 out of 10 was mainly because of the glossy screen, which can be very annoying sometimes. However, the glossy screen allows more vibrant colors to be showed on the 15.6" display.

The Intel Core i3 processor is a very nice processor to me but the exact opposite for others. People have said that i3 is sort of slower than other processors like Intel Core i5 or i7. If you're a basic web surfer and you use about only half of the computer's hard drive, like me, you might disagree with this. The i3 processor is perfect for me who, like many others, watch YouTube videos and communicate with different people over the Internet. When you have more demanding applications like the Adobe Creative Suite you should invest in an Intel Core i5 or i7 Extreme processor instead of i3. For my needs, i3 gets the job done perfectly, if annoying every once in a while.

A hard drive of 500GB and a RAM of 4GB is actually a lot of memory if you think about it. I have so far used about half of the computer's hard drive and it seems perfectly normal; it still acts like it's brand new.
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