Hands on: HP Pavilion m6 review

A powerful entertainment notebook

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Product features

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

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  • Beats Audio
  • Optical drive
  • Connectivity


  • No SSD
  • Poor mouse buttons

A highly portable, Intel-powered laptop – isn't that an Ultrabook? Well not in the case of the Pavilion m6.

It's a 15.6-inch notebook that loses out from conforming with Intel's Ultrabook spec by virtue of various factors – not least the fact it has a standard large capacity hard drive rather than an SSD.

HP Pavilion m6

It's a powerful thing, with a whopping 8GB of memory and a next-generation Intel Core processor.

Up against the also new HP Envy Ultrabook, the m6 doesn't look a whole lot different - meaning you get a really thin and powerful notebook for a perfectly reasonable outlay. You also get a numeric keypad as well as a fingerprint reader for added security.

HP Pavilion m6

As you'd expect from an HP mainstream entertainment laptop, it features Beats Audio and can come with beefed-up discrete graphics should you choose that option. Eight hours of battery life is promised, though we're really not sure you'd actually get that in practice looking at the spec sheet.

HP Pavilion m6

As you can see, it's got a full array of ports including HDMI, Ethernet and four USBs. There's also an optical drive - although, as you can see we were looking at what is probably a very early sample which had an ill-fitting drive faceplate.

HP Pavilion m6

We really like HP's recent keyboards and the keys on the m6 gave us little reason to change from that view. However, we really weren't a fan of the mouse buttons - the press seemed far too deep - it needed a decent press as opposed to the quick click that many laptop mouse buttons have.

HP Pavilion m6

Design-wise, it has a brushed aluminium shell and certainly looks rather smart. HP says it reflects a refresh of the company's notebook design philosophy called Mosaic which, it says "includes rich colours, premium materials and purposeful shapes".

HP Pavilion m6

HP Pavilion m6

The HP Pavilion m6 release date is June with a starting price of €649 (about £520 or £840).

HP Pavilion m6

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity1 TB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ModelRadeon HD 7670M
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated
Finger Print ReaderYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyPavilion m6-1000
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli5-3210M
ColourMidnight Black Metallic
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameHP
Processor Speed2.50 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory8 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.40 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, EPEAT Silver, REACH
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM77 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyBrightView
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Height26.5 mm
Width379.5 mm
Depth250.7 mm
Screen ModeHD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Seriesm6-1000
Product Modelm6-1055sa
Product NamePavilion m6-1055sa Entertainment Notebook PC
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LinePavilion
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberB6J19EA#ABU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing Information

Mobile solutions for your digital life. HP Pavilion notebooks help you discover, create and enjoy multimedia experiences at work and play

  • Mobile solutions for your digital life. HP Pavilion notebooks help you discover, create and enjoy multimedia experiences at work and play
Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Pavilion m6-1055sa Entertainment Notebook PC
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Limited Warranty1 Year