Review HP Envy dv6-7202eg Notebook

Sascha Mölck (translated by Vinay Pradhan), 12/04/2012

Display Surprise. Full HD display, Blu-ray burner, 1 TB HDD, 16 GB RAM, quad-core CPU - HP packs the top model of the new Envy dv6 series to the limit. So does the great hardware add up to a great notebook? Find out in the following review.

HP Envy DV6

For the original German review, see here.

The Envy dv6-7202eg is currently the most expensive model (1,200 Euros/~$1571) of a series of new 15.6-inch notebooks in our test parcours. The laptop runs on a quad-core Intel Core i7-3630QM CPU with 16 GB of RAM. Switchable graphics are included: either the Intel HD Graphics 4000 IGP or the Nvidia GeForce GT 630M GPU provides graphics output. The storage device is a 1 TB hard disk and the icing on the cake is a Blu-ray burner.

We will use the Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 (Intel Core i7-3610QM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 660M) and the Asus N56VZ-S4044V (Intel Core i7-3610QM, Nvidia GeForce GT 650M) for comparison so as to give the reader a better understanding of our test model.

Case

Hewlett Packard brings a very attractive model to the market: the Envy dv6. HP has named the color of the laptop: Midnight Black Aluminum. The back of the display cover and the top of the base unit are made of matte aluminum, and the bottom of the laptop is made of matte synthetic material. Sadly, HP did not stick to matte surfaces: the display and the keyboard borders are glossy. A silver-gray synthetic material border around the display and base unit provides a nice contrast to the black of the notebook. The competitors, Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 and Asus N56VZ-S4044V, will not be left behind in terms of looks - in fact, they are partially composed of metal components.

The case of the Envy dv6 is very sturdy and only deforms slightly under pressure. The base of the laptop can be bent a little if the user grabs the front edges and presses. The display cover is quite resistant, and the stiff hinges hold the screen securely in place. It is not possible to open the laptop with one hand.

Attractive - HP Envy dv6.
Attractive - HP Envy dv6.
The display cover is made of aluminum.
The display cover is made of aluminum.
A maintenance flap is provided.
A maintenance flap is provided.

Connectivity

The connectivity of our test model is similar to that of the Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 and the Asus N56VZ-S4044V. The attentive buyer will notice that the HP model does not use the typical blue USB 3.0 ports. Still, the Envy dv6 is equipped with three USB 3.0 interfaces.

Left: VGA, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet LAN, 2x USB 3.0, microphone and headphone jack
Left: VGA, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet LAN, 2x USB 3.0, microphone and headphone jack
Right side: Kensington lock, Power outlet, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, Blu-ray combo drive
Right side: Kensington lock, Power outlet, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, Blu-ray combo drive
The front houses the card reader (SD, MMC, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro).
The front houses the card reader (SD, MMC, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro).

Communication

The Gigabit Ethernet chip of the Envy dv6 originates from Realtek (RTL8168/8111). HP has picked an Intel module for WLAN: the Centrino Wireless-N 2230. This module supports the 802.11 b/g/n WLAN standards. In addition, it also offers Intel's Wireless Display technology, which allows the user to create a connection between the laptop and a certified screen (for example, a home TV) via WLAN. Screens without integrated WLAN modules will require an adapter to use this technology. The required Intel software will be found preinstalled on the dv6.

The Intel module also includes Bluetooth standard 4.0. HP has installed an HD webcam in the display border for VoIP fans and Skype is preinstalled.

Security

A Kensington Lock is included for the security of the model. Furthermore, HP has seen fit to equip the notebook with a fingerprint reader. The reader, paired with HP's SimplePass software, can be used to access the system, or even Internet services.

Accessories

HP demands nearly 1,200 Euros (~$1571) for the Envy dv6-7202eg. This is quite a high price, and that makes it all the more disappointing that the buyer receives few accessories. A few thin manuals are included in the package. We expected at least a DVD of drivers or a Windows 8 installation DVD.

OS and Recovery

HP delivers the Envy dv6 with preinstalled Windows 8 (64-bit). The Recovery partition can be used to reset the notebook to factory settings. Caution: all files and settings created/configured by the user will be deleted. The HP recovery system is easy-to-use: the user has to press F11 at boot to bring it up. Users, who want to swap out the hard disk, should first create an image of the Windows 8 installation. This will permit him/her to easily restore the system on the new hard drive. The necessary software (HP Recovery Manager) is preinstalled on the laptop.

Maintenance

A maintenance flap can be found at the bottom of the HP Envy dv6. This flap covers the hard drive, RAM, WLAN module and BIOS battery of the notebook. Unfortunately, it is not possible to access the fan via this flap. The Envy dv6 uses two RAM slots. Our test model is equipped with 16 GB RAM (2 x 8 GB modules). The laptop cannot support any more RAM. The hard disk can be easily and quickly swapped out for a Solid State Disk.

Warranty

A maintenance flap can be found at the bottom of the HP Envy dv6. This flap covers the hard drive, RAM, WLAN module and BIOS battery of the notebook. Unfortunately, it is not possible to access the fan via this flap. The Envy dv6 uses two RAM slots. Our test model is equipped with 16 GB RAM (2 x 8 GB modules). The laptop cannot support any more RAM. The hard disk can be easily and quickly swapped out for a Solid State Disk.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The HP Envy dv6 uses a chiclet keyboard. The main keys measure 14 x 14 mm (~0.55 x 0.55 inches) and are made of matte black synthetic material. They look very reliable and high-quality. The keys have medium stroke distance and comfortable resistance. The pressure point is clearly noticeable and the keyboard is securely installed in the case. It does not give way under pressure. However, HP was a bit careless in the middle of the keyboard: in this area, the device can be bent inwards slightly and the keyboard does not sit flush at the bottom edge. Although these are small workmanship errors, the buyer cannot tolerate them at a price of 1,200 Euros (~$1571). Overall, we felt that the keyboard is quite good. Nice extra: the wireless module, mute and Caps Lock key each includes a clear LED, which lights up when they are active. Keyboard backlight is also included.

Touchpad

The Synaptics touchpad of the Envy dv6 is placed in a depression. A silver metal border separates it visually and by feel from the rest of the case. The touchpad measures 9.8 x 4.7 cm (~3.86 x 1.85 inches). The smooth surface allows the finger to slide without issues. At the top left edge of the touchpad, we have a switch, which allows the user to turn the touchpad on/off. A small LED shows the status of the touchpad. The device is capable of recognizing multi-touch gestures like zooming with two fingers. The individual gestures can be configured (turned on/off) in the settings menu. Not all functions are on by default; for example, the scroll function is deactivated. The two mouse keys of the touchpad are easy-to-use and have medium stroke distance. The pressure point is tangible.

It appears as if there are some issues between the touchpad and some programs and Windows 8. When certain programs are started (like HWinfo or Hardware Monitor), the touchpad just turns off and cannot be turned back on. This did not occur at each start of the aforementioned programs, but when it did, the issue could only be corrected by restarting the laptop. We circumvented this issue by connecting an external mouse every time the touchpad crashed.

The keyboard is backlit.
The keyboard is backlit.
This small LED shows if the touchpad is on/off.
This small LED shows if the touchpad is on/off.

Display

Hewlett Packard uses a matte 15.6-inch display in the Envy dv6-7202eg. The native resolution is 1920x1080 pixels (Full HD). Other models of the Envy dv6 series are only equipped with an HD panel (1366x768 pixels). The Asus N56VZ-S4044V is also equipped with a Full HD panel. The Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 we previously tested used an HD display. However, the laptop was available with a Full HD display as well. The average brightness of the panel of our test model is 257.6 cd/m² - a good number. However, this cannot measure up to the display of the Asus notebook (298.8 cd/m²), but it can beat the Lenovo display (231.4 cd/m²).

248
cd/m²
267
cd/m²
255
cd/m²
256
cd/m²
279
cd/m²
250
cd/m²
255
cd/m²
260
cd/m²
248
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 279 cd/m²
Average: 257.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 279 cd/m²
Black: 0.52 cd/m²
Contrast: 537:1
HP Envy dv6 vs. sRGB
HP Envy dv6 vs. sRGB
HP Envy dv6 vs. AdobeRGB
HP Envy dv6 vs. AdobeRGB

The display offers good contrast. Our subjective impressions were confirmed by the measurements: the black value of the panel is 0.52 cd/m² and the contrast is 537:1. These values are in good regions. The displays of the Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 (0.46 cd/m², 535:1) and Asus N56VZ-S4044V (0.59 cd/m², 514:1) are similarly good, and prove to even be slightly better. Sadly, the screen cannot cover the sRGB or AdobeRGB color spectrum.

On battery, the brightness of the display does not change, which is promising for outdoor use. The matte display surface and good contrast ensure good outdoor suitability.

The viewing angle stability of the Envy dv6-7202eg is impressive; regardless how the display is turned or looked at; the picture retains its colors to a good extent. The brightness can drop slightly. The displays of the Asus N56VZ and the IdeaPad Y580 can not keep up with the panel of our test model.

The Envy dv6 outdoors.
The Envy dv6 outdoors.
Viewing angles of the HP Envy dv6-7202eg
Viewing angles of the HP Envy dv6-7202eg

Performance

The Envy dv6 series is made up of powerful multimedia notebooks. The performance of the laptops is sufficient for everyday tasks like VoIP, surfing the web, video playback, text editing, etc. Thanks to the good display and potent hardware, our test model can also be used for video editing. The GeForce GT 630M allows the user to enjoy modern games at medium and sometimes high settings.

Currently, the Envy dv6 series includes three models. We are testing the top model of the three, but all three are equipped with the same CPU and GPU. The difference between the models emerges in the RAM quantity, hard disk capacity, the optical drive and the display. The two cheaper models use an HD panel (1366x768 pixels). Thus, the price of the cheapest model is 800 Euros (~$1047).

Systeminfo CPUZ CPU
Systeminfo CPUZ Cache
Systeminfo CPUZ Mainboard
Systeminfo CPUZ RAM
Systeminfo CPUZ RAM SPD
Systeminfo GPUZ
Systeminfo GPUZ
Systeminfo HWInfo
System information - HP Envy dv6-7202eg

Processor

Hewlett Packard installs an Intel Core i7-3630QM in the Envy dv6. This is a quad-core CPU from the Intel Ivy Bridge generationThe CPU operates at a clock speed of 2.4 GHz. Thanks to Turbo; the processor can boost the speed of all four cores up to 3.2 GHz. A single-core can be boosted to 3.4 GHz whereas two cores will reach 3.3 GHz.

The CPU finishes the Cinebench tests by running at max speed for most of the time. The single thread tests are performed at 3.2 GHz by all four cores and sometimes at 3.3 GHz by two cores. The multithread tests are completed mainly by all cores operating at 3.2 GHz. Every now and then, the cores slow down to 2.9 to 3.1 GHz. Overall, the Envy dv6 performs at the level of the other two competitors in the CPU tests. In the GL tests, the Asus N56VZ-S4044V (Intel Core i7-3610QMNvidia GeForce GT 650M) and the Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 (Intel Core i7-3610QMNvidia GeForce GTX 660M) can outperform the HP notebook thanks to their stronger GPUs.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4654
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
18102
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6271
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
5861 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
21531 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
6158 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
6.26 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
28.81 fps
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Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Envy dv6-7202eg
GeForce GT 630M, 3630QM, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
28.81 fps ∼26%
Sony SV-S1511X9E/B
GeForce GT 640M LE, 3612QM, Samsung MZPR128HACD-000SO
31.94 fps ∼29% +11%
Dell XPS 15 (L521X)
GeForce GT 640M, 3612QM, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVT + SSD-Cache
37.89 fps ∼35% +32%
Asus N56VZ-S4044V
GeForce GT 650M, 3610QM, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
43.1 fps ∼39% +50%
MSI GE60-i789W7H
GeForce GT 650M, 3610QM, WDC Scorpio Blue WD7500BPVT-22HXZT3
43.83 fps ∼40% +52%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y580-20994BU
GeForce GTX 660M, 3610QM, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
43.98 fps ∼40% +53%
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Envy dv6-7202eg
GeForce GT 630M, 3630QM, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
6.26 Points ∼36%
Sony SV-S1511X9E/B
GeForce GT 640M LE, 3612QM, Samsung MZPR128HACD-000SO
5.19 Points ∼29% -17%
Dell XPS 15 (L521X)
GeForce GT 640M, 3612QM, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVT + SSD-Cache
5.59 Points ∼32% -11%
MSI GE60-i789W7H
GeForce GT 650M, 3610QM, WDC Scorpio Blue WD7500BPVT-22HXZT3
6 Points ∼34% -4%
Asus N56VZ-S4044V
GeForce GT 650M, 3610QM, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
6.2 Points ∼35% -1%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y580-20994BU
GeForce GTX 660M, 3610QM, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
6.24 Points ∼35% 0%

System Performance

The Envy dv6 is fast. Windows 8 boots quickly and the results of the PC Mark 7 benchmark lie neck and neck with the Asus N56VZ-S4044V and the Lenovo IdeaPad Y580. This is to be expected as all three models have similar processors and the same hard disk.

5.9
Windows 8 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
7.8
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
8.1
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
5.9
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
6.4
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
5.9
PC Mark
PCMark 72541 points
Help
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
HP Envy dv6-7202eg
GeForce GT 630M, 3630QM, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
2541 Points ∼38%
MSI GE60-i789W7H
GeForce GT 650M, 3610QM, WDC Scorpio Blue WD7500BPVT-22HXZT3
2532 Points ∼38% 0%
Asus N56VZ-S4044V
GeForce GT 650M, 3610QM, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
2505 Points ∼38% -1%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y580-20994BU
GeForce GTX 660M, 3610QM, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
2646 Points ∼40% +4%
Dell XPS 15 (L521X)
GeForce GT 640M, 3612QM, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVT + SSD-Cache
4009 Points ∼61% +58%
Sony SV-S1511X9E/B
GeForce GT 640M LE, 3612QM, Samsung MZPR128HACD-000SO
4037 Points ∼61% +59%

Storage Device

HD Tune
HD Tune
CrystalDiskMark
CrystalDiskMark

No user should complain about a lack of storage space in the Envy dv6-7202eg. This laptop is equipped with a hard disk from the Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 series. The hard disk has a capacity of 1000 GB/1 TB. The drive operates at 5,400 rpm (rotations per minute). The speeds are good for a 5,400 rpm hard disk. CrystalDiskMark measures a read speed of 104.1 MB/s and HD Tune reports an average transfer speed of 79.4 MB/s. It would be reasonable to expect a Solid State Disk with a capacity of 256 GB in a notebook of this price. This would have accelerated the system further and distanced the model from the competition.

The hard disk is protected by the HP ProtectSmart software and a fall sensor, which will secure the read/write heads in case the drive is dropped, thus preventing damage to the data layer of the hard disk.

Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
Transfer Rate Minimum: 6.2 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 109.3 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 79.4 MB/s
Access Time: 17.4 ms
Burst Rate: 103.4 MB/s
CPU Usage: 1.6 %

Graphics Card

Two GPUs find a home in the Envy dv6: the Intel HD Graphics 4000 IGP and the Nvidia GeForce GT 630M GPU. Depending on the task, the laptop picks the appropriate GPU; while running demanding games, the Nvidia GPU kicks in, whereas the Intel IGP is used to increase battery life. In essence, both GPUs can be used for any task. Which GPU is used when, is decided by the GPU profiles, or Nvidia Optimus. The profiles are delivered with the Nvidia driver. They are regularly updated and can be configured to suit the user's needs.

The Nvidia GeForce GT 630M GPU is a middle-class notebook graphics card which supports DirectX 11. It works at 175 to 797.3 MHz and has 2 GB memory. The Intel HD Graphics 4000 IGP is also DirectX 11-ready. It runs at 350 to 1,100 MHz.

The results of the 3DMark benchmark lie at the expected level. The HP Envy dv6 simply cannot keep up with the Asus N56VZ-S4044V (Intel Core i7-3610QM, Nvidia GeForce GT 650M) or the Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 (Intel Core i7-3610QM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 660M), as their GPUs are more powerful.

3D Mark
3DMark 0323373 points
3DMark 0516709 points
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
9548 points
3DMark Vantage5567 points
3DMark 111278 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
HP Envy dv6-7202eg
GeForce GT 630M, 3630QM, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
1278 Points ∼10%
Sony SV-S1511X9E/B
GeForce GT 640M LE, 3612QM, Samsung MZPR128HACD-000SO
1404 Points ∼11% +10%
Dell XPS 15 (L521X)
GeForce GT 640M, 3612QM, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVT + SSD-Cache
1948 Points ∼15% +52%
MSI GE60-i789W7H
GeForce GT 650M, 3610QM, WDC Scorpio Blue WD7500BPVT-22HXZT3
2215 Points ∼17% +73%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y580-20994BU
GeForce GTX 660M, 3610QM, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
2307 Points ∼18% +81%
Asus N56VZ-S4044V
GeForce GT 650M, 3610QM, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
2363 Points ∼18% +85%
3DMark Vantage - 1280x1024 P Result no PhysX (sort by value)
HP Envy dv6-7202eg
GeForce GT 630M, 3630QM, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
5567 Points ∼14%
Sony SV-S1511X9E/B
GeForce GT 640M LE, 3612QM, Samsung MZPR128HACD-000SO
5827 Points ∼15% +5%
Dell XPS 15 (L521X)
GeForce GT 640M, 3612QM, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVT + SSD-Cache
7425 Points ∼19% +33%
MSI GE60-i789W7H
GeForce GT 650M, 3610QM, WDC Scorpio Blue WD7500BPVT-22HXZT3
9761 Points ∼25% +75%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y580-20994BU
GeForce GTX 660M, 3610QM, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
10148 Points ∼26% +82%
3DMark 06 - 1280x1024 Standard AA:0x AF:0x (sort by value)
HP Envy dv6-7202eg
GeForce GT 630M, 3630QM, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
9548 Points ∼32%
Sony SV-S1511X9E/B
GeForce GT 640M LE, 3612QM, Samsung MZPR128HACD-000SO
8858 Points ∼30% -7%
Dell XPS 15 (L521X)
GeForce GT 640M, 3612QM, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVT + SSD-Cache
10272 Points ∼34% +8%
Asus N56VZ-S4044V
GeForce GT 650M, 3610QM, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
13392 Points ∼45% +40%
MSI GE60-i789W7H
GeForce GT 650M, 3610QM, WDC Scorpio Blue WD7500BPVT-22HXZT3
14314 Points ∼48% +50%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y580-20994BU
GeForce GTX 660M, 3610QM, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
15144 Points ∼51% +59%

Gaming Performance

Thanks to the Nvidia GeForce GT 630 GPU, the user can indulge in games at medium/high settings. Most games will run fluidly at medium settings and resolution. The same is true for high settings and a lower resolution of 1366x768 pixels. A few demanding games, like Battlefield 3, can push the Envy dv6 to its limits.

low med.high ultra
StarCraft 2 (2010) 252.6557.6636.2220.23fps
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) 46.8233.823.8813.46fps
Mass Effect 3 (2012) 58.9542.5725.63fps
F1 2012 (2012) 83766122fps

Emissions

Noise Emissions

While idle, the Envy dv6 is primarily quiet. We measure noise emissions between 33.5 to 35.2 dB(A). If the Blu-ray drive is used, the emissions rise to 37.4 dB(A). 
At full load (stress test - Prime95 and FurMark run simultaneously), the noise emission rises to a distracting 42.7 dB(A). The HP model is still loud at medium load (3D Mark 06 running) and emits 42.5 dB(A). The Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 has similar noise levels as the Envy dv6. The Asus N56VZ-S4044V is better than both as it is much quieter.

Noise Level

Idle 33.6 / 33.8 / 35.2 dB(A)
DVD 37.4 / dB(A)
Load 42.5 / 42.7 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The Envy dv6 in stress test.
The Envy dv6 in stress test.

If the user just looked at the temperatures on the surface while the laptop is idle, s/he would never realize the powerful hardware underneath. The HP Envy dv6 remains very cool and barely passes the 30 °C (~86.0 °F) mark. We measured temperatures between 24.7 and 30.1 °C (~76.5 and 86.2 °F). 
At full load (stress test - Prime 95 and FurMark), the temperatures rise to 26 - 61.7 °C (~78.8 – 143.1 °F). Both the Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 and the Asus N56VZ-S4044V perform better and remain below the levels of the HP model. The hand-rest regions can heat up moderately at load: 35.7 °C (~96.3 °F). Thus, even in this extreme situation, the laptop is comfortable to use.

Our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least an hour) runs with Turbo CPU and the laptop connected to a power socket. The clock speeds of the individual cores fluctuate between 2.8 and 3.1 GHz. In the following minutes, the core speeds drop to 2.4 GHz, and stay at this level for about 4-5 minutes. The GPU continues to run at full speed (797.3 MHz). The CPU temperature lies at 96 (~204.8 °F). On battery, the CPU can run the stress test with speeds between 1.2 and 2.4 GHz. The GPU runs at 699.5 MHz but occasionally throttles down to 175 MHz. 

Max. Load
 54.2 °C52.8 °C31 °C 
 58.2 °C49.9 °C26.3 °C 
 35.7 °C33.9 °C26.6 °C 
Maximum: 58.2 °C
Average: 41 °C
30.5 °C60.1 °C61.7 °C
26 °C50 °C57.7 °C
26.2 °C33.1 °C37 °C
Maximum: 61.7 °C
Average: 42.5 °C
Power Supply (max.)  52.5 °C | Room Temperature 22.2 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

Hewlett Packard packs four speakers and a subwoofer in this 15.6-inch model. The speakers are placed above the keyboard and the subwoofer can be found at the bottom of the laptop. The "Beats Audio" caption promises high-quality sound output, and the user will not be disappointed with this audio system. The Envy dv6 emanates loud, well-balanced sound. Thanks to the subwoofer, the output includes tangible bass. Overall, HP offers a good audio system, which most notebooks cannot even dream of. However, this Beats audio system is composed of notebook speakers and as such even external speakers, which cost a mere 30 Euros (~$39), should offer better sound quality.

Battery Life

Power Consumption

While idle, the power consumption of the notebook is 9.8 to 15.8 W. These are good values for a laptop with a quad-core CPU and GeForce GPU. At full load (Prime95 and FurMark), the consumption of the Envy dv6 rises sharply to 82.1 W. At medium load (3D Mark 06 running), the laptop is more conservative and requires roughly 80.2 Watts. There is room for higher power consumption, as HP provides a 120 W power adapter. In most cases, the Asus N56VZ-S4044V requires more power than our test model. Only at medium load, are both notebooks at the same level.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.1 / 0.7 Watt
Idle 9.8 / 14.4 / 15.8 Watt
Load 80.2 / 82.1 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

While idle, the Envy dv6 has a run time of 7:24 hours (Asus: 6:03 h, Lenovo: 8:02 h). We use the Battery Eater Reader’s test to measure the idle run time. This test will put the brightness to minimum, activate the "Power Saver" Windows profile and switch off all wireless modules. A full battery charge of our test model is depleted after 1:25 hours at full load. The Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 lasts 9 minutes longer and the Asus N56VZ-S4044V quits after 1:57 hours. We used the Battery Eater Classic test to measure the minimum run time. This test sets the brightness to max, activates the "High Performance" Windows profile and turns on all wireless modules.

The WLAN test reflects the run time a user can expect in everyday use. The HP model lasts 4:17 hours (Asus: 3:14 h, Lenovo: 4:26 h). This test runs an automatic script which loads websites every 40 seconds. The "Power Saver" Windows profile is active and the brightness is set to roughly 150 cd/m². Finally, we run a DVD/Blu-ray test to check how the dv6 performs when playing DVDs/Blu-rays. The test model lasts 3:20 and 3:17 hours respectively. The run times of the competitors (Asus: 3:03 h, Lenovo: 3:31 h) in the DVD test are quite close.

Overall, the Envy dv6 can offer good run times for a notebook with a quad-core CPU and a GeForce GPU. The run times of the three notebooks are not directly comparable as they use batteries with different capacities (HP: 62 Wh, Asus: 56 Wh, Lenovo: 68 Wh).

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
7h 24min
WiFi Surfing
4h 17min
DVD
3h 20min
Blu-ray
3h 17min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 25min

Verdict

HP Envy dv6-7202eg
HP Envy dv6-7202eg

Buyers of the HP Envy dv6-7202eg receive a powerful multimedia notebook packed to the brim with modern technology. This laptop can complete any task with ease and look good while doing it. We especially like the high contrast Full HD display with great viewing angle stability and matte surface. The packet will set you back around 1,199 Euros (~$1570) - a high price, but there are alternatives. The other available Envy dv6 models work with the same CPU and GPU but have to cut corners in other areas. The cons of this notebook would be the high noise emissions, which kick in at medium load, and high heat emissions at load.

The Asus N56VZ-S4044V and the Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 are two competitors the buyer can consider, but these two models focus more on games. Their GPUs offer higher frame rates in games than the GPU of the Envy dv6.

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In Review: HP Envy dv6-7202eg
In Review: HP Envy dv6-7202eg

Specifications

HP Envy dv6-7202eg

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel HM77 (Panther Point)
:: Memory
16384 MB, DDR3
:: Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M - 2048 MB, Core: 175-797,3 MHz, Memory: 900 MHz, ForceWare 306.97, Optimus
:: Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, IPS, glossy: no
:: Harddisk
Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024, 1000 GB 5400 rpm
:: Soundcard
Intel Panther Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
:: Connections
1 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Headphone, Microphone jack, Card Reader: SD, MMC, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, 1 Fingerprint Reader,
:: Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230 (b g n ), 4.0 Bluetooth
:: Optical drive
HP BD-RE BT20N
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 31 x 378 x 247
:: Weight
2.46 kg Power Supply: 0.475 kg
:: Battery
62 Wh Lithium-Ion
:: Price
1199 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: Ja, Speakers: 4 speakers + subwoofer, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Norton Internet Security (60 day trial), Cyberlink Media Suite 10, Cyberlink YouCam, Microsoft Office 2010 Starter, Skype, 24 Months Warranty

 

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A full numeric block is provided.
A full numeric block is provided.
...and has a capacity of 62 Wh.
...and has a capacity of 62 Wh.
The power adapter weighs 475 grams...
The power adapter weighs 475 grams...
...and offers a max supply of 120 W.
...and offers a max supply of 120 W.
The keys have a medium stroke distance.
The keys have a medium stroke distance.
The recovery system offers many other functions besides the recovery of the system.
The recovery system offers many other functions besides the recovery of the system.
The subwoofer is placed on the bottom of the notebook.
The subwoofer is placed on the bottom of the notebook.
A lit HP logo can be found on the display cover.
A lit HP logo can be found on the display cover.
The screen can not be opened any further.
The screen can not be opened any further.
The battery weighs 330 grams...
The battery weighs 330 grams...
Good: two WLAN antennas are installed.
Good: two WLAN antennas are installed.
Blu-ray burner is on-board.
Blu-ray burner is on-board.
According to the Nero Info tool, the burner can read and write any type of Blu-Ray disc, DVD or CD.
According to the Nero Info tool, the burner can read and write any type of Blu-Ray disc, DVD or CD.
The system access can be secured using the fingerprint reader.
The system access can be secured using the fingerprint reader.
Keyboard backlight only has one level.
Keyboard backlight only has one level.
The hinges hold the screen firmly in position.
The hinges hold the screen firmly in position.
A maintenance flap is on the bottom.
A maintenance flap is on the bottom.
The Envy dv6 has two RAM slots.
The Envy dv6 has two RAM slots.
The hard disk can be quickly swapped out.
The hard disk can be quickly swapped out.
Use outdoors.
Use outdoors.

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Pro

+Very good display
+16 GB RAM
+Lots of storage space
+Blu-ray burner
+Good program performance
+Good keyboard
 

Cons

-Gets very hot at load
-Expensive
-No OS or driver DVD included

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What we like

The great display, the nice case and the good program performance.

What we miss

Lower heat emissions at load.

What surprises us

Neither Lenovo nor Asus offer such a good display (strong contrast, great viewing angle stability, etc) for their notebooks.

The competition

Lenovo IdeaPad Y580, Asus N56VZ-S4044V, MSI GE60-i789W7H, Asus N56VM, Sony SV-S1511X9E/B, Dell XPS 15 (L521X), Asus K55VM-SX064V

Rating

HP Envy dv6-7202eg
11/19/2012 v3
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
85%
Keyboard
85%
Pointing Device
80%
Connectivity
67%
Weight
81%
Battery
84%
Display
87%
Games Performance
82%
Application Performance
90%
Temperature
62%
Noise
76%
Add Points
85%
Average
80%
81%
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Weighted Average

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Author: Sascha Mölck, 2012-12- 4 (Update: 2013-06- 6)