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Which HP DV6 Do I Buy?
The HP Envy dv6 series laptops are the current "flagship" mainstream HP laptop, consistently one of the most popular selling models due to its price point and size. Refreshed numerous time through its lifespan, the current 2013 lineup for this laptop series comes with the new Intel Ivy Bridge 3rd Generation processors. Between this model and some of the older dv6 Pavilion models, things can get a bit confusing. But worry not, this buying guide will walk you through some of the differences between the models.
Listed above are our recommended HP laptops. Model numbers ending in “00” mean the PC is customizable laptop where you are able to change components around to fit your particular needs. Most laptops above are from the best place to buy an HP laptop - direct from HP. Every few weeks HP releases new coupon codes usually with solid 20-30% savings. At Dealzon we wade through the different coupon codes and find the best deals on all HP laptops. This way you get the best savings.
On October 24th, 2012 HP switched from their old Pavilion dv6t-7000 model with Windows 7 and started fresh with the current HP Envy dv6t-7200. This newest version was upgraded to a slightly different build and the new Windows 8 operating system. The Envy dv6 can be broken down into four models:
HP dv6tqe Quad Edition
The fastest dv6 laptop available, powered by quad-core Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7 processors. Speed choices range from 2.4Ghz to 2.7Ghz (i7-3630QM, i7-3720QM, and i7-3820QM). There are also decent graphics upgrade options ranging from the Integrated graphics to the powerful (and best for gaming) GeForce GT 650M 2GB. The base configuration of the HP Envy dv6t-7200 starts at $879.99. A good time to buy is when the price drops to the $700-$750 range. The most expensive HP dv6 we list is an upgraded configuration with a 1080p display and GeForce GT 650M 2GB starting at $1,204.99 - a good deal on that configuration is any price under $1,000.
HP dv6t Select
This slightly cheaper model starts out equipped with the dual-core 2nd generation “Sandy Bridge” Core i5-2450M processor - but for only twenty bucks more it can be upgraded to a newer 3rd generation “Ivy Bridge” Core i5-3210M. The dv6t Select starts out at $649.99, which is quite a bit cheaper than it’s big brother, the dv6t Quad Edition. Having said that, this machine has a ton of powerful upgrades and can be customized to a Quad Core i7-3632QM processor, 16GB RAM and GeForce GT 650M graphics. Never the less, 99% of the time it will be cheaper to buy an upgraded dv6t Quad edition than a similarily upgraded dv6t Select - this is because HP almost always releases better coupon codes for the dv6t Quad. If one is looking to buy the dv6t Select they should be looking for a good mid-ranged laptop and not be concerned with heavy upgrades. A good price for the base configuration is $600-$650.
This customizable laptop is only available in the old Pavilion “dv6t-7000” style equipped with Windows 7. It’s a model slowly being phased out with a good deal being under $550.
AMD A-series processor equipped customizable laptop. Processors range from the 2.6GHz dual-core A6-4400M to the 3.2GHz quad-core A10-4600M. A good time to buy the base configuration of this laptop is in the $450-$500 price range.
Gaming with HP Pavilion dv6
But can it run Crysis?
Is gaming feasible on these laptops? The answer is a definite yes, especially if you opt for the dv6tqe Quad Edition model, as they come with the choice of a GeForce GT 630M or the new Kepler-based GT 650M (the old dv6 models had Radeon HD 7490M or 7960M). We particularly recommend these graphics upgrades on any Quad Edition Core i7 CPU running laptop since the i7-3630QM being a good baseline choice in terms of price and performance.
Based on Notebookcheck benchmarks on the GT 630M and GT 650M, you can expect moderate gaming power with the 630M and very decent gaming performance with the high-mid-range GT 650M. Both GPU supports DirectX 11.1 and Shader 5.0. For comparison, the GT 650M will be able to play Mass Effect 3 at Ultra settings anywhere from 35 to 49 FPS, depending on the processor and RAM paired with the GPU. Skyrim can also be very playable at high setting at around 43 FPS.