HP Pavilion dv6-2105ea review

A stylish, high-powered media centre, but its flawed usability disappoints

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Our Verdict

The HP Pavilion dv6-2105ea is a good home entertainment laptop, its performance is stunning and its power and features make it easy to like. If you plan to use this machine at home then it should definitely be a consideration but bear in mind its slightly flawed keyboard

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Powerful
  • Core i5
  • Widescreen
  • Image quality
  • LightScribe capable DVD rewriter
  • Build quality
  • Excellent software package included

Against

  • User interface
  • Not very portable

HP is the world's most successful laptop brand and provides a range of consumer and corporate machines at varying price points. Its Pavilion dv6- 2105ea is designed for home entertainment use.

Performance is stunning, thanks to Intel's cutting-edge Core i5 processor technology. As much as doubling the power of some of its rivals, this is by far one of the most powerful laptops you can buy at this price.

This level of power is continued on the graphics side. While the dedicated Nvidia graphics card is bettered by the Packard Bell EasyNote LJ75's ATi chip, there is ample power on offer for basic home entertainment use, including photo and video editing, and even regular mid-level gaming.

Multimedia usability

The 15.6-inch Super-TFT screen adds to the multimedia usability, thanks to its widescreen aspect ratio. This extra width is ideal for watching movies and viewing multiple windows side by side. Image quality is strong, with impressive brightness, colour and contrast on offer.

While there is no Blu-ray drive in place, the integrated DVD rewriter lets you enjoy and create standard DVDs and CDs. The drive also includes LightScribe functionality for cleanly and stylishly labelling your music and video discs.

Unfortunately, where the HP is slightly flawed is its user interface. While the keyboard is wide and features a dedicated numeric keypad, the spacebar is not nearly responsive enough, requiring a very hard tap to successfully register. This makes touch typing almost impossible.

HP pavilion dv6 2105ea

Build quality is far more pleasing, with resilient plastics used throughout. The patterned finish may not suit all tastes, but adds a subtle style.

All panels are firmly fixed, with no noticeable flex, making for a very tough overall finish. Weighing 2.8kg, this is not a machine that you'll want to carry on a regular basis.

The 227-minute battery life is impressive for such a powerful machine, however, so you can easily work around the home or on short journeys when required.

A nice touch is the excellent software package. Market-leading tools for internet security, CD/DVD playback and creation and basic office use are included, so you can get straight to work with this laptop without buying extra software.

Despite its slightly flawed keyboard, the power and features of the Pavilion dv6-2105ea make it easy to like. If you mainly plan to use your laptop for home entertainment, then it's well worth a look, but be sure to keep the keyboard in mind if you plan to do a lot of typing.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce G 105M
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
FireWire/i.LINKYes
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
eSATA/USB ComboYes
Product FamilyPavilion dv6-2100
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli5-430M
ColourEspresso
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameHP
Processor Speed2.26 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory3 GB
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM55 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Labeling TechnologyLightScribe
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 512 MB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyBrightView
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Height42 mm
Width378.5 mm
Depth258 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Seriesdv6-2100
ManufacturerHewlett-Packard
Product Modeldv6-2105ea
Product NamePavilion dv6-2105ea Entertainment Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LinePavilion
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVY131EA#ABU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing Information

Pavilion dv6-2105ea VY131EA Entertainment Notebook with a choice of striking HP Imprint finishes, this 15.6" notebook is your mobile entertainment partner. Enjoy sophisticated elegance and the power to multitask and get the most out of your multimedia content.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Pavilion dv6-2105ea Entertainment Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Recovery CD/DVD
  • HP Mobile Remote Control
  • Limited Warranty1 Year