Review of HP Pavilion dv6-2150us

Having been disappointed by the performance of my new netbook after importing all my Libronix 3 data into Logos 4, I decided to bite the bullet and buy a new primary laptop. (My previous primary laptop was a bit slugish with Logos 4, plus it could not play many of the newer games I wanted to get…)

I wanted to get a system that had a good video card with dedicated memory, Bluetooth, a 64-bit multi-core processor, an extended battery, and support for at least 8 gig of RAM. I generally prefer the major name brands for my primary systems, but could not find what I wanted at a price I was willing to pay. I ended up compromising by getting a standard battery and a shared memory graphics card and picking the HP Pavilion dv6-2150us. (Click on the link for specs and details on Amazon)

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At the time I bought it, they were running $770 at Micro Center, but I picked up a open box unit for a $70 discount. In addition, I got a $50 rebate from HP about 45 days later. I have been very satified. I don’t think I have blue screened even once. This is probably more to do with using Windows 7 Home Premium 64 than the hardware.

Logos 4 works great! Very impressed! As for the rest of my configuration, I use AVAST for my anti-virus, Zone Alarm for my firewall, MS Office 2007 for my productivity work, and Liberkey for most everything else. (Liberkey collects the best in freeware in a portable format designed for a USB key, but I install it directly on the hard drive as it does a great job keeping all its apps up to date. Portable Apps is another tool that does simular stuff, but its focus is on open source software, and it only just started updating its apps automatically.)

I am able to average about 3 hours on the battery. I have a overall Windows experience index of 4.2. I feel safe in saying you need at least 4.0 if you have to be happy with Logos 4. The experience details went like this:

  • Processor: 6.2
  • Memory: 5.9
  • Graphics: 4.2
  • Gaming Graphics: 4.8
  • Hard Drive: 5.9
  • Probably the best thiing about the new system is it takes very little time to boot (