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HP Pavilion dv6-3230us Entertainment Laptop (Silver)

by HP
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

Product Description

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.

From the Manufacturer

Get easy access to secure websites using the HP Pavilion dv6-3230us Entertainment Notebook PC with integrated fingerprint reader. Plus, sync your laptop with your smartphone and other digital devices using integrated Bluetooth®. You can also stream music, photos and videos wirelessly from this dv6 laptop to an HD TV using Intel® WiDi.

Entertainment. Enjoy music in premium audio, edit photos and high-definition videos, plus play games using the mid-size HP Pavilion dv6-3230us Entertainment Notebook PC. Work in multiple applications at the same time and easily navigate this laptop PC using the large HP ClickPad and island-style keyboard.


Intel Corei3 Logo
Intel® Core i3-370M Processor
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Windows 7 Home Premium Logo
Operating System
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
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15.6" diagonal High-Definition HP BrightView LED Display (1366 x 768)
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Memory (RAM)
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Hard Drive
500GB (5400RPM) SATA with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
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Weight & Dimensions (w x d x h)
5.53 lbs; 14.88" x 9.65" x 1.21"/1.37"
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Battery Life
Up to 5.25 hours
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Wireless LAN 802.11b/g/n WLAN & Bluetooth® with WiDi
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Optical Drive
LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support
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Video Graphics
Intel HD Graphics with up to 1696MB total graphics memory
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Brushed aluminum finish with the stream design in argento
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YESFingerprint Reader
Manage passwords easily using your fingerprint

YESLightScribe Technology
Burn labels directly onto CDs and DVDs

YESBuilt-in Webcam
Video chat live using your HP Pavilion dv6-3230us Entertainment Notebook PC

YES5-in-1 Digital Media Reader
Transfer photos from a digital camera to your laptop PC without using cables

Save time with wireless synching and printing

Fingerprint Reader

Fingerprint Reader


HP SimplePass Identity Protection
Keep passwords and important data safe
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HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
Help prevent data loss due to bumps or short drops
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HP Fences
Find files and apps fast, plus reduce the clutter of icons on your desktop
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HP MediaSmart
Create, share and enjoy multimedia entertainment in one stop
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HP MediaSmart Software

Exclusive HP Software

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

The Best Entertainment Experience On Your PC

Windows 7 Home Premium makes it easy to create a home network and share all of your favorite photos, videos, and music. You can even watch, pause, and rewind TV or record it to watch whenever and wherever you want. For the best entertainment experience, choose a PC with Windows 7.

Windows 7
Peek behind open windows to get a quick look at your desktop (see larger image).

Windows 7: Your PC Simplified

Simplifies everyday tasks, works the way you want, and makes new things possible.

  • Improved desktop navigation features like Snap, Peek, and Shake, make it easier to manage all of your open windows.
  • Creating a home network has never been easier. You can even share files and printers with all the PCs with Windows 7 on the network.
  • Find virtually anything on your PC--from documents to songs to email--just by typing a word or two with Windows Search.
  • Designed to make your PC sleep and resume quicker.
  • Watch, pause, rewind and record TV with Windows Media Center to watch whenever and where ever you want*.
Windows Live

Create, Connect and Share with Windows Live

Windows 7 and Windows Live bring it all together for free. Get the free set of programs that make it simple to create and share amazing photos and movies, organize mail, and stay connected with your closest friends.

  • Get 25 GB of free online storage with Windows Live SkyDrive.
  • Sync files on your PCs automatically with Windows Live Mesh.
  • Share photos during video chats with Windows Live**
  • Easily edit photos and combine the best parts of multiple photos into one perfect photo with Photo Fuse.

Windows Live is available for free at

Complete your PC Experience with Microsoft Office 2010

  • Microsoft Office Starter 2010 includes reduced functionality versions of Microsoft Word and Excel with advertising. (Note that PowerPoint or Outlook are not included.)
  • Purchase Office 2010 today and get the most out of your new PC.

* Additional hardware may be required. Not available in all countries. (See for more information.)
** Requires a compatible microphone, speakers or headset, webcam, and broadband connection.


HP Slim Travel Power Adapter
Keep this compact adapter in your laptop bag so you’re always ready to power up on the go. Plug it directly into the wall outlet or use the included power cord to connect from up to 3 feet away.

HP 2.4GHz Wireless Optical Mobile Mouse - Gray
Click and scroll from farther away using this mouse with one AA battery. You can also program two of the buttons to open applications, control volume, zoom and more.

HP 2.4GHz Wireless Laser Comfort Mouse
Scroll up, down, left and right using the 4-way tilt wheel on this mouse. With programmable buttons, go back and forward at the touch of a finger.

HP Webcam HD-3110 - 720P Autofocus Widescreen Webcam with TrueVision
Look sharp in video chats, even in low-light conditions, using this webcam with HD resolution. With built-in face tracking, quick launch buttons and special effects, keeping in touch with your friends and family is simple and fun.

HP Notebook Sleeve (16" Titanium)
Carry your laptop safely using this sleeve with the HP Prism pattern. The durable neoprene exterior and padded interior help protect your laptop from bumps and bruises.


Product Information

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Screen Size15.6 inches
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Max Screen Resolution1336 x 768 pixels
Processor2.4 GHz Intel Core i3
Hard Drive500 GB SATA
Graphics CoprocessorIntel HD Graphics
Chipset BrandIntel
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 4
Average Battery Life (in hours) 5.25 hours
Brand NameHP
Item model numberDV6-3230US
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 7;
Item Weight5.5 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H9.65 x 14.88 x 1.37 inches
Color Silver
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count2
Computer Memory TypeSODIMM
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed5400 RPM
Optical Drive Typedvd_plus_minus_rw, dvd_ram
Audio-out Ports (#)1
Battery Typelithium_ion
Power SourceAC
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #27,483 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight8.2 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.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First AvailableJanuary 9, 2011
Warranty & Support Return Policy: You may return any new computer purchased from that is "dead on arrival," arrives in damaged condition, or is still in unopened boxes, for a full refund within 30 days of purchase. reserves the right to test "dead on arrival" returns and impose a customer fee equal to 15 percent of the product sales price if the customer misrepresents the condition of the product. Any returned computer that is damaged through customer misuse, is missing parts, or is in unsellableRead more condition due to customer tampering will result in the customer being charged a higher restocking fee based on the condition of the product. will not accept returns of any desktop or notebook computer more than 30 days after you receive the shipment. New, used, and refurbished products purchased from Marketplace vendors are subject to the returns policy of the individual vendor.

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Customer Reviews

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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Reluctant Reviewer on June 8, 2011
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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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By DJ E.f.x. on February 6, 2011
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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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ian Calhoun on June 5, 2011
***** 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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