HP Pavilion dv6-3050us Review

HP Pavilion dv6-3050us laptop is perfect with its combination of a quad core CPU and Radeon 56xx series GPU. HP Pavilion dv6-3050us laptop has the best combination of aesthetic design, build quality, and components. It will be hard to find another laptop at a low price with these components and a 15.6″ screen – others are 17″ which can be bulky to carry around. The 1366×768 screen is good for tasks such as videos and gaming, but it might not be enough for those used to and require higher resolutions. The only negatives about this laptop are the lack of a firewire port (for the video folks) and an ExpressCard slot, and weak sound. Also, a couple things that aren’t listed in the product description is that the HP logo on the lid lights up when turned on and an integrated Radeon 4250.

The Graphics of HP Pavilion dv6-3050us laptop
I recommend staying away from laptops by Toshiba, Sony, and Panasonic to prospective buyers that plan on playing games and considering similarly spec’d laptops. AMD offered to release Catalyst drivers for Mobility Radeons several months ago and these companies chose to opt out. This means that if there’s a problem with the laptop’s graphics driver e.g. game glitches, you will have to wait/hope that these companies release updated drivers instead of downloading ones released regularly by AMD.

As far as the Radeon 5650, it’s been great thus far. I’ve been running Battlefield: Bad Company 2 smoothly at 1080p on an external monitor with settings on high, and AA and AF off. HP Pavilion dv6-3050us laptop will easily play most games out for the PC today and many games coming out. For the programmers out there interested in OpenCL, the 5650 is compatible and only requires downloading the Stream SDK from AMD.

The Processor of HP Pavilion dv6-3050us
AMD mobile CPUs have gotten a bad reputation for running hot. It’s my opinion that it’s just laptop manufacturers choosing to pair cheap parts and poor cooling solutions with AMD CPUs because they’re “cheap” processors. In fact, the areas that get hottest on the HP Pavilion dv6-3050us are the left palm rest where the hard drive resides underneath and the vent on the left side where the laptop fan shunts the heat produced by the CPU and GPU under full load. Rest assured that the dv6 will run as cool as laptops with the Core i processors.

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