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Heat exhaust is extremely hot by Jerry Jackson The newest inch HP Pavilion dv6z-3100 Notebook from HP promises to deliver great performance at a low price and might be very popular in The HP Pavilion dv6z features the latest AMD dual-core processors, your choice of integrated or discrete graphics, and all the ports and features you need. Keep reading to find out if this notebook is as impressive as it sounds.

Our HP Pavilion dv6 dv6z has the following specifications: The body of the notebook is smooth with rounded edges, making it extremely comfortable in your hand while carrying it around. The screen also sports a latchless design, making it easy HP Pavilion dv6z-3100 Notebook open the notebook with one hand. Pressing firmly onto the back of the screen cover will produce some ripples on the screen … but you must apply significant pressure to cause this. Overall, the design is very attractive, but the glossy plastics are very prone to collecting fingerprints. Build quality is above average with solid plastic used throughout the notebook, which helps reduce flex and protect components.

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The palmrests have good support and only flex under strong pressure from your hands. Under normal activity it feels rock solid.


The bottom of the dv6z is pretty simple with several heat vents located in strategic positions to help keep the laptop cool. The two access panels on the bottom of the notebook make it easy to upgrade RAM, replace the hard disk drive, or access the wireless card. This arrangement makes it simple for the novice user to make upgrades, but more serious users will have to remove the entire base of the chassis in order to access the rest of the motherboard. When HP Pavilion dv6z-3100 Notebook stick with lower resolutions on larger panels pixels become more apparent and screen real estate seems unusually limited. Overall the panel looks good with excellent color saturation and contrast levels thanks in part to the glossy surface.


Screen brightness is fine for viewing in a bright office environment … even at lower brightness settings. Vertical viewing angles are normal, having a narrow viewing sweet spot before color starts to wash out or invert.

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Horizontal viewing angles are much better and staying true HP Pavilion dv6z-3100 Notebook at extreme angles. Keyboard and Touchpad The full-size keyboard with number pad on the dv6z takes advantage of all of the space provided by the wide 16? In previous years the keyboards on inch and inch HP notebooks suffered from at least some flex under typing pressure. Thankfully, the keyboard on the dv6z is remarkably firm and quite comfortable to type on.

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Individual key action is smooth with a light audible click when pressed. HP includes a moderately-sized Synaptics touchpad on the dv6z which feels very responsive with little lag. The entire touchpad surface is made of a high gloss plastic, and can sometimes be hard to use depending on how dry or oily your fingertip happens to be. While the reflective touchpad surface looks cool HP probably would have been better off using the same type HP Pavilion dv6z-3100 Notebook textured touchpad surface used on the HP Pavilion tx and TouchSmart tx2. The touchpad buttons are in a great location and are easy to control with your thumb. The buttons provide mild feedback with a shallow movement that gives an audible click when pressed. Ports and Features Port selection on the dv6z is better than average, and there seems to be a good balance of ports on the left and right sides of the notebook.

Then right side includes the optical drive, two USB ports, spaces for the optional TV tuner and modem, as well as a security lock slot and the power jack.

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The remaining ports include audio jacks for headphones and a microphone on the front of the notebook next to the IR receiver for the remote control. You can also configure the dv6z with your choice of integrated or discrete graphics. The wPrime synthetic benchmark showed the 2. Bottom line, this value-priced AMD processor is perfectly capable of providing all the performance average computer users need. Speakers HP Pavilion dv6z-3100 Notebook performance of the Altec Lansing branded speakers is well above average with strong highs and midrange with adequate bass.

Peak volume levels are very good and capable of filling a small room with sound. Still, headphones or external stereo speakers are ideal for audiophiles. The speakers HP Pavilion dv6z-3100 Notebook mounted above the keyboard and direct sound up and toward the user for a great listening experience. Heat and Noise The Pavilion dv6z does a reasonable job keeping heat under control, but there are still some hot spots to HP Pavilion dv6z-3100 Notebook out for when using this notebook on your lap.

The system HP Pavilion dv6z-3100 Notebook and heatsinks in the notebook do a great job managing heat when the system is under load but the bottom corner near the heat exhaust can get uncomfortably hot … as we discovered when we ran multiple benchmarks back to back. Noise was likewise a mixed blessing on the dv6z. The fan moved a significant amount of hot air and the fan noise was reasonably quiet at idle. However, when the system was under stress the fan became as loud as a quiet hair dryer.

Of course, the manufacturer of the cooling fan in your notebook might be different and the dv6z should produce less heat if you configure it with the integrated graphics card, so your mileage or decibels may vary. However, the limited battery life, limited screen options, and hot spots on the bottom of the notebook prevented it from earning top honors. If you can live with the flaws I just mentioned, then the HP Pavilion dv6z makes an excellent choice for a desktop replacement HP Pavilion dv6z-3100 Notebook. Find support and troubleshooting info including software, drivers, and manuals for your HP Pavilion dv6z CTO Entertainment Notebook PC. Download the latest driver, firmware, and software for your HP Pavilion dv6z CTO Entertainment Notebook is HP's official website to HP Pavilion dv6z-3100 Notebook.

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