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Review HP Pavilion dv6-6110eg (Llano) Notebook

Sebastian Jentsch (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 07/15/2011

Low-cost Crossfire. After AMD processors were almost non-existent in our tests for a long time, we now looked at the brand new Llano APU A6. There are even two graphic cores doing their job on the platform. Crossfire and turbo for everyone?

HP Pavilion dv6-6110eg LZ546EA: Can the Fusion APU, Llano, compete with the Intel Cores?
HP Pavilion dv6-6110eg LZ546EA: Can the Fusion APU, Llano, compete with the Intel Cores?

AMD based platforms have clearly lost market shares in mobile systems in past years. A small success could be registered in netbooks with APU concept. They were suddenly stronger than the Atom competition and supplied almost the same battery life (e.g., see Toshiba NB550D).

With the Llano generation, the manufacturer has expanded the APU concept of a main processor with incorporated graphics to bigger systems. The codename Llano covers Accelerated Processing Units that are a blend of Northbridge, a dual or quad core and a dedicated graphics. See our report: Llano APUs officially launched.

The Pavilion dv6-6110eg bids all keywords that find an open ear in Media Markt (German consumer electronics chain) fliers: dual graphics, quad core, turbo, Crossfire and long battery life. This bundle is available for less than 600 euros. A tempting bargain? We'll check the capabilities of this new platform for multimedia fans and gamers. Can AMD hold a candle to the Intel Cores? All answers in this comprehensive review.

Case

You'll notice that you're holding a haptically and visually classy notebook when you pick up the dv6-6110eg. The brushed aluminum lid's and wrist-rest's surface has a metallic cool feel. The screen's bezel and the screen itself aren't the only high-gloss areas. The keys are in a high-gloss grid. The hinge has an extremely firm grip on the lid and is mounted tightly on the base unit.

The base unit equals that of the sister model, dv6-6008eg (Intel) and thus also has the same weaknesses. We could twist the chassis (to an extent), whereby it especially creaks and groans above and beneath the DVD drive. The keyboard is completely different, though. The entire key bed fits tight unlike the dv6-6008eg that clatters. Even the uncoated, brushed silver aluminum surface makes a superior impression thanks to a fingerprint-free zone.

The maintenance cover that leads to the HDD, RAM, WLAN module and DVD drive can be removed without screws. The battery eject slider has to be pushed forcefully in the opposite direction. The cover lifts a bit and can then be pushed away. Unfortunately, we couldn't push the slider back into the center position after the first opening. Result: the cover didn't completely catch anymore and the battery can't be removed. It's a nice idea, but not "worst case user" proof.

Hinge: tight and secure positioning
Hinge: tight and secure positioning
Surfaces: polished aluminum, metallic, high-end
Surfaces: polished aluminum, metallic, high-end
Maintenance cover: problems with relocking
Maintenance cover: problems with relocking

Connectivity

The user only finds limits when an old, external eSATA hard disk or an ExpressCard34 TV card is supposed to be connected. USB 3.0 (2x) is present for other external memories. The user can connect the external flat screen to the HDMI or to the analog VGA port.

We find the interfaces positioning very unfavorable to a part. USB, 3 audios, Ethernet and HDMI are easily accessed in the front left but, in particular, the unwieldy HDMI cable could take up a lot of room. It looks better on the left: Both USB ports and the power cable are in the far rear. Thus, these cables can be quickly led around the back.

Front: Card reader, 2 of 4 speakers
Front: Card reader, 2 of 4 speakers
Left: VGA, HDMI, Ethernet, 2 USB 3.0s, 2 line outs, microphone
Left: VGA, HDMI, Ethernet, 2 USB 3.0s, 2 line outs, microphone
Rear: No interfaces
Rear: No interfaces
Right: DVD burner, 2 USBs, Kensington, AC
Right: DVD burner, 2 USBs, Kensington, AC

Communication

The fastest draft n WLAN standard is just as available as a Realtek network card with Gigabit Ethernet. A Bluetooth module is not installed.

Supplies

Recovery data carriers are no longer trendy at HP's. DVDs are only included among the business devices. The Recovery Manager is available for creating recovery data media and backup images. Other tools, such as the Power Manager sets energy profiles or CoolSense influences fan management (see emissions).

Warranty

HP offers a 24 month manufacturer's warranty with collect and return service for the dv6. A fee-based warranty upgrade to 3 years pick-up & return is available in stores for 99 euros.

CoolSense: Fan management
CoolSense: Fan management
Recovery Manager
Recovery Manager
Various recovery media
Various recovery media

Input Devices

Keyboard

The keys have a clear pressure point and a medium key drop. The use of the arrow keys is convenient because right/left are almost as big as the letter keys. The entire surface has a tight fit, even above the optical drive. The absolutely even keys lack accuracy (no conic cavity), but the typing feel is basically good.

Touchpad

The mouse replacement is a Synaptics multi-touchpad (Synaptics V7.5). The pad has a light sensor (marked). The touch surface is disabled when we cover it with a hand while we're typing and the illuminated bezel turns off. This is supposed to prevent unintentional inputs.

The pad's comparatively smooth surface is submerged into the aluminum wrist-rest. The keys' click noise loudness varies depending on the click position. The medium key drop, together with a clear pressure point, supplies the user with a good feedback and allows fast use.

Keyboard
Keyboard
Number pad
Number pad
Touchpad
Touchpad

Display

The matt LED screen (model: SAMSUNG 156AT05-H07) has a resolution of 1366x768 pixels (16:9). The WXGA resolution is standard for 13, 14 and 15 inch devices. The measured black value is 1.28 cd/m2, which results in a poor contrast of 180:1. Black has a gray sheen and colors lose their brilliance. It's not the same screen as used in the dv6-6008eg (CMO), but the quality is similarly poor.

The color spectrum (important for professional DTPs, CAD, picture editors) is remote from the Adobe RGB (t) reference. The same applies to sRGB (t). We show the Full HD screen from Fujitsu's NH751 (t), which almost covers sRGB, beside it for comparison.

ICC Pavilion dv6-6110eg vs. AdobeRGB (t)
ICC Pavilion dv6-6110eg vs. AdobeRGB (t)
ICC Pavilion dv6-6110eg vs. sRGB (t)
ICC Pavilion dv6-6110eg vs. sRGB (t)
ICC Pavilion dv6-6110eg vs. Fujitsu NH751 FHD (t)
ICC Pavilion dv6-6110eg vs. Fujitsu NH751 FHD (t)
222
cd/m²
218
cd/m²
217
cd/m²
217
cd/m²
230
cd/m²
227
cd/m²
219
cd/m²
247
cd/m²
238
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
Gossen Mavo-Monitor
Maximum: 247 cd/m²
Average: 226.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 174 cd/m²
Black: 1.28 cd/m²
Contrast: 180:1

Apparently, HP has heard the complaints about the weak brightness of many consumer laptops. The background LEDs shine brighter than in many other devices of the low-cost price range and achieve an average of 226 cd/m2. Even the distribution of brightness, is very good with 88%. This isn't crucial for indoor use. 150 cd/m2 are sufficient here. But is the brightness also enough for sunlight?

The glare type display isn't anti-reflective. This causes annoying reflections. The maximum brightness of 247 cd/m2 is absolutely sufficient indoors, but it causes the desktop to stay quite dark outdoors. Our pictures were made in cloudy conditions.

Overcast, view from the right
Overcast, view from the right
Overcast, view from the side, reflections
Overcast, view from the side, reflections
Overcast, view from the left
Overcast, view from the left
Overcast, view from the front
Overcast, view from the front

The display's vertical viewing angles of 15 degrees are very narrow, but typical for the majority of consumer laptops. We can sooner deviate to the left or right, but only up to roughly 45 degrees. Beyond that, the screen dims clearly and colors fade. Ghosting can get extremely annoying in pictures or movies. The Lifebook NH751, for example, proves that a better job can be done here.

Viewing angles: HP Pavilion dv6-6110eg
Viewing angles: HP Pavilion dv6-6110eg

Performance

Four computing cores work under the umbrella of the Fusion APU A series, A6-3410MX (1.6-2.3 GHz) and a HD 6520G incorporated in the APU in the Pavilion dv6-6110eg. A dedicated HD 6750M is connected to this. The processing cores can now also overclock at AMD (Turbo Core 2.0). An APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) is a main processor with an incorporated graphics unit. Consequently, CPU, GPU and video as well as other hardware accelerators are united on one die, like in the Intel Core processors. For details, see AMD: Llano APUs officially launched an the CPU's spec page.

Up to date, we have only gotten to know APU based devices in netbooks, subnotebooks and performance weak office notebooks, e.g. Lenovo G575, ThinkPad X120E, Vaio YB1  (E350) or Aspire One 522, Eee PC 1015B, Toshiba NB550D (C50). The A series at hand was launched in June 2011 and also includes desktop processors. There is also a fast rotating, 7200 rpm hard disk from Hitachi and a six gigabyte RAM (1 x 2 GB, 1 x 4 GB) installed.

System info CPUZ CPU
System info CPUZ Cache
System info CPUZ Mainboard
System info CPUZ RAM
System info CPUZ RAM
System info GPUZ HD 6520M (IGP)
System info GPUZ HD 6750M (dedicated)
PC Latency Checker Idle rare latencies
DPC Latency Checker WLAN off/on latencies
 
System information: HP Pavilion dv6-6110eg

CPU Performance

The Cinebench R11.5 CPU test (multi core) supplies 2.0 points, which makes the quad core A6 equal to an Intel Core i3-2310M or an i3-350M. An i5, e.g. 2410M (2.3 GHz, Turbo Boost) is considerably faster with 2.6 points. A Phenom N930 (quad core), however, achieves 2.3 points. At least the weak performance of the initial APU model, E-350, have been left far behind.

The CPU's turbo rate is 2.3 GHz (TDP: 45 watts) according to the A6-3410MX APU's spec sheet. Unlike Intel, the CPU turbo doesn't work alone. It includes the GPU. Thus, the four processor cores can be clocked higher during low GPU load. However, AMD's Llano doesn't support a short overclocking while exceeding the TDP, like Intel's. Turbo is determined by the four cores' load, whereas there is only one setting (on/off). The clock rate only fluctuated between 1.6 and 1.7 GHz times four in our tests – no matter if we ran single or multi thread benchmarks (see screenshots).

AMD Vision Control Center GPU assignment
AMD Vision Control Center GPU assignment
Limiting the CPU clock
Limiting the CPU clock
Crossfire enable/disable
Crossfire enable/disable
PowerPlay enable/disable
PowerPlay enable/disable
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
2200 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
7198 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
3870 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
1685
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
3503
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
5545
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
20.21 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.03 Points
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PCMark 7 total scores
PCMark 7 total scores

System Performance

PCMark Vantage determined a score of 4962 points. The latest Core i3 (Samsung 200B5B-S01DE, 2310M, 4874) and equally weak i5 system (Asus X53E-SX082V, 2410M, HD 3000, 4887) are also within this range. Our Fusion dv6 can however only keep up with the i5 because the fast 7200 rpm HDD ensures a high HDD sub score (4341). The gaming sub score of 4560 isn't particularly high (e.g. Samsung RF511, GT 540M: 5496).

Our test system managed 1675 points in the new PCMark 7. This time, the i3 competition has a slight advantage: Vostro 3350 (1751), Asus U30SD (1772), ProBook 4530s (1921). The A8-3500, with HD 6620G, tested by anantech reached 1690 points.

5.9
Windows 7 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
6.7
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
7.2
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
6.4
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
6.4
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
5.9
PC Mark
PCMark Vantage4962 points
PCMark 71675 points
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GPU Performance

An advantage over the Intel Core, with HD Graphics 3000, could develop because of the Crossfire option, where the HD 6520G and the HD 6750M (should) work together, and with the integrated HD 6520G's higher performance. In practical use, the HD 6755G2 (GPU combination's name) generates mixed results in the synthetic benchmarks. 3DMark Vantage (P/E) finishes its runs reproducibly with blue screens. A run with the above results was first successful in the HD 6520G's energy saving mode (but with enabled Crossfire).

3DMark06 finished with 7287 points (7380 without Crossfire). This is on a par with the HD 6550M and Geforce GT 525M. The popular Geforce GT 540 achieves an average of 8200 points. The HD 6770 in the Intel based sister model, dv6-6008eg, even achieves 10762 points in this benchmark. The HD 6750M accomplished a proud 9381 points as a solo GPU in the Apple MacBook Pro 15 Early 2011 (i7-2720QM). But this isn't comparable due to the strong 2720QM.

3DMark 11 finishes with P1511/G1529 points (P1200/G1100 without Crossfire). These scores are slightly above the mentioned Apple MacBook Pro (HD 6750M): P1319/G1159). The performance without Crossfire appears identical to that of the MacBook. The Crossfire's increased performance, which we however could only record in 3DMark 11, brings a 20 to 30% higher performance.

Every application can explicitly be assigned to the energy saving (HD 6520G) graphics or the strong (HD 6750M) graphics in AMD's Vision Engine Control Center. The above benchmarks were determined in high performance settings. We receive following results when only the HD 6520G is specified:

  • 3DMark06@HD 6520G: 4.815 points (Crossfire)
  • Heaven 2.1@HD 6520G: 7.3fps/184 points (versus 19/473)
3D Mark
3DMark 0312732 points
3DMark 058810 points
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
7380 points
3DMark Vantage1065 points
3DMark 111511 points
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HDD Performance

The 500 GB HDD from the manufacturer, Hitachi, works fast, as we would expect from a 7200 rpm HDD. It reads with 84 MB/s in sequential read (HDTune). Crystal Disk Mark, as the second test, records 91 MB/s. In view of the latest trend toward SSD memories, the HDD is a system bottleneck, though. Even when we pick out a weaker system in terms of processor, such as the Samsung 900X3A (i5-2537M, 1.4 GHz), 23 thousand points in the HDD sub score (4341 here) let PCMark Vantage skyrocket to a total score of 8657 points.

Hitachi HTS725050A9A364, 500GB 7200 rpm
Hitachi HTS725050A9A364, 500GB 7200 rpm
HDTune: 84 MB/s read
HDTune: 84 MB/s read
CDM: 91 MB/s read
CDM: 91 MB/s read
Hitachi Travelstar 7K500 HTS725050A9A364
Transfer Rate Minimum: 51.6 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 109.9 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 83.7 MB/s
Access Time: 21.3 ms
Burst Rate: 136.5 MB/s
CPU Usage: 1 %

Gaming Performance

Wie wir testen - Leistung

Risen: Only smoothly playable in low details
Risen: Only smoothly playable in low details

The Radeon HD 6755G2 Dual Graphics, as the combination of HD 6520G and HD 6750M is called, performs more bad than good in the gaming tests. The tests are severely interrupted by a few blue screen crashes and the Crossfire option partly proves to be a bottleneck. The reason: Crossfire doesn't work with DirectX 9, but exactly this is usually the graphics default of most games in medium and low details. Thus AMD is in a dilemma here: Crossfire could improve the performance, but this feature is rarely used because the base performance is too low. Be that as it may, the gaming tests were generally executed with this option because Crossfire is the default setting. We disabled the option when the game crashed and the non-Crossfire fps were recorded in the database.

Risen: A bit older, but nevertheless still a challenge for hardware. We don't have any luck here. Only 23 fps are possible even in medium settings. Too bad, because a GT 540M accomplishes 33 fps in medium with just a Core i3-2310M.

Risen
 ResolutionSettingsValue
 1366x768all on/high, 4xAF16.6 fps
 1024x768all on/med, 2xAF23.4 fps

Battlefield: Bad Company 2: The latest shooter is the only game that runs perfectly in high details. It is on a par with a Geforce GT 550M, but 10% below a HD 6750M (Apple MacBook Pro 15 Early 2011, i7-2720QM). Only 32 fps are possible with a GT 540M (34 here).

Battlefield Bad Company: smoothly playable in
Battlefield Bad Company: smoothly playable in
high and medium details
high and medium details
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
 ResolutionSettingsValue
 1920x1080high, HBAO on, 4xAA, 8xAF18.8 fps
 1366x768high, HBAO on, 1xAA, 4xAF35.4 fps
 1366x768medium, HBAO off, 1xAA, 1xAF48.2 fps
 1024x768low, HBAO off, 1xAA, 1xAF63.6 fps

StarCraft 2: The result for real time strategy fans is modest. It even lags behind a HD 6470M or the old HD 5650 with only 29 fps in medium details. A HD 6750M would have to supply about 40 fps here.

StarCraft 2
 ResolutionSettingsValue
 1920x1080ultra15.2 fps
 1360x768high20.1 fps
 1360x768medium28.6 fps
 1024x768low74.1 fps

Mafia 2: The shooter can save itself with 31 fps (high), but only without the Crossfire option. There are crashes with Crossfire, and the built-in benchmark finishes with 28/34 fps (high/medium).

Mafia 2
 ResolutionSettingsValue
 1920x1080high, 0xAA, 16xAF13.4 fps
 1360x768high, 0xAA, 16xAF30.7 fps
 1024x768medium, 0xAA, 8xAF37.6 fps
 800x600low, 0xAA, 0xAF45 fps

Call of Duty: Black Ops. The shooter delights many notebook gamers because it already runs smoothly on weak hardware, such as i3-390M + GT 540M (Akoya P6630; 36 fps), in high details. However, our APU system is only on a par with a HD 6470M and, with 25 fps, is even a bit weaker than the Vostro 3350 (i5-2410M, 29 fps). Thus, the HD 6750M lags significantly behind the expectations (57 fps in high, Apple MacBook Pro 15 Early 2011 (i7-2720QM).

Call of Duty: Black Ops
 ResolutionSettingsValue
 1360x768high, 2xAA, 4xAF25.2 fps
 1024x768medium, 0xAA, 0xAF29.1 fps

Verdict: Gaming

The gaming results vary strongly, which could be due to the weak CPU or Crossfire support / not support. Mafia II delivers 3 fps less, Battlefield refused to work with Crossfire (crashes), but then runs very strongly. Call of Duty: Black Ops didn't deliver more than 30 fps and stuttered intensely, although it has low requirements. We didn't notice micro stutters like Computerbase recorded in the gaming tests of the desktop Llano APU with enabled Crossfire option (visually & in the frame rates).

These results are unsatisfactory for gamers especially since there haven't been this many graphic crashes on a midrange notebook for a long time. It's simply no longer standard to be agonized by crashing games nowadays. AMD has to make improvements here fast (likely via drivers) so that willing gamers won't sit frustrated in front of a blue screen. By the way, the Catalyst driver was the most recent one.

low med.high ultra
World of Warcraft (2005) 103.365.620.4fps
Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark (2005) 72.7fps
Call of Juarez Benchmark (2006) 35.8fps
World in Conflict - Benchmark (2007) 85333014fps
Crysis - GPU Benchmark (2007) 65.852.237.811.3fps
Crysis - CPU Benchmark (2007) 72.446.231.210.2fps
Supreme Commander - FA Bench (2007) 22.921.119.512.3fps
Trackmania Nations Forever (2008) 97.930.314.2fps
Racedriver: GRID (2008) 60.541.829fps
GTA IV - Grand Theft Auto (2008) 44.227.118.1fps
F.E.A.R. 2 (2009) 70.649.132.216.8fps
Resident Evil 5 (2009) 50.639.931.4fps
Risen (2009) 23.416.6fps
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (2010) 63.648.235.418.8fps
Metro 2033 (2010) 49.129.919.67.1fps
StarCraft 2 (2010) 74.128.620.115.2fps
Mafia 2 (2010) 4537.630.713.4fps
Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010) 29.125.2fps
Crysis 2 (2011) 46.831.8248.9fps
Dirt 3 (2011) 51.835.231.813.7fps

Emissions

CoolSense fan tool
CoolSense fan tool

System Noise

The fan turns up to 37.7 dB (A) during games and in the 3D benchmarks (15 centimeters in front of the case's edge). It's a lot calmer in office mode. You only have to tolerate 32 to 34 dB (A) when the dv6 is rarely put under load. The fan runs constantly and is never disabled. We measure 43.4 dB (A) in a stress test (Furmark & Prime95 at the same time). This rarely achieved rate isn't annoying though because it runs constantly.

Fan and CPU throttling via CoolSense

The loudness can be reduced with the tool, CoolSense. However, only with performance losses. Thus, a "quiet mode" can be selected, which decreases the fans rotation speed. This reduces the Cinebench R11.5 CPU score to 1.86 points (rather than 2.0). The "cool mode", which also cuts back the computer performance but lets the fan run permanently, decreases the score to 1.86 (instead of 2.0). Games and benchmarks were executed in the "performance optimized mode" (default).

Noise Level

Idle 32.3 / 32.8 / 33.9 dB(A)
HDD 33.1 dB(A)
DVD 35.8 / dB(A)
Load 37.7 / 43.4 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The waste heat on the case's top is always low. We don't reach more than 29 degrees after a stress test. The maximum rate on the work surface is only 34 degrees. The base plate shows higher temperatures with 42 degrees, but only on one spot. The surrounding areas are a lot cooler, which pushes the average down to only 31 degrees.

The Vision Control Center offers energy saving fans the possibility to limit the clock rate towards the top (0.8-1.6 GHz) or determine a clock range, e.g. 1.2 – 1.6 GHz.

HWinfo reports a maximum processor temperature of 74 degrees (estimated rate)
HWinfo reports a maximum processor temperature of 74 degrees (estimated rate)
According to Furmark, both GPU cores equally have 74 degrees
According to Furmark, both GPU cores equally have 74 degrees
Vision Control Center: setting the clock rate manually to 800 MHz
Vision Control Center: setting the clock rate manually to 800 MHz
Vision Control Center: setting the clock rate manually to 1600MHz
Vision Control Center: setting the clock rate manually to 1600MHz
Max. Load
 30.1 °C34.2 °C28 °C 
 30.6 °C32.6 °C27.3 °C 
 28.8 °C28.9 °C25.5 °C 
Maximum: 34.2 °C
Average: 29.6 °C
24.3 °C37 °C42.3 °C
24.6 °C35.1 °C30.9 °C
24.7 °C30.8 °C27.6 °C
Maximum: 42.3 °C
Average: 30.8 °C
Power Supply (max.)  41.8 °C | Room Temperature 20.8 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

Both speakers are located above the keyboard (midranges, basses) and the other two are at the front underneath the wrist-rest (trebles). The result is a balanced sound. Trebles and midranges sound balanced in music. Trebles are emitted from the front speakers. Low pitches, e.g. vocals, are radiated from the upper speakers. Even classical music can be rendered well due to the differentiation. This is a novelty among laptop speakers in this price range. The subwoofers above the keyboard partly supply bass, but they could be stronger. If you want to watch a movie or listen to music with second person, you can connect two headphones to the dv6.

Battery Life

The long idle battery life (lowest load) lets us assume a low power consumption. The measurements confirm this, not only in idle. The lowest power consumption in idle ranges from 11 to 17 watts. We measured the lowest and the highest power requirement in idle for this (without battery charging).

But we can't perturb the Fusion system even in the stress test (Prime95, Furmark): 69.4 watts. This is strange, because almost just as much energy is consumed when only 3DMark06 (65 watts) or Furmark (54 watts, Crossfire) is calculating, Checking the CPU clock rate, we find out that Prime95 or Cinebench R11.5 let the CPU clock with 1.7 GHz. The clock rate sinks to 1.6 GHz when graphics load is added. This is intentional. Llano gives the GPU power budget priority over the CPU (HTC Hardware Thermal Control). HTC ensures downclocking when the CPU threatens to exceed its P state (and consequently the platform's TDP).

Cinebench R11.5 CPU Solo: 1.7 GHz
Cinebench R11.5 CPU + Furmark: 1.6 GHz
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL + Furmark
SuperPi Solo: 1.9 GHz

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.8 / 0.2 Watt
Idle 11.3 / 14.5 / 17.1 Watt
Load 65.1 / 69.4 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 960

The 6 cell lithium ion battery with a capacity of 55 Wh provides surprisingly long battery runtimes. The dv6 lasts for 4:38 hours in surfing via WLAN. If you want to watch a DVD movie on the go, you'll have more than 3:12 hours time. Undemanding users can boost the runtime up to 6:09 hours in idle (BatteryEater Reader's Test). The bulky, 120 watt power adapter needs two hours for a complete recharge.

In comparison: The stronger Intel model, dv6-6008eg with HD 6770, manages 4:20 hours in the WLAN test and 5:51 hours in idle with the same battery capacity.

DVD playback: 192 min
DVD playback: 192 min
Idle: 369 min
Idle: 369 min
Load: 82 min
Load: 82 min
WLAN surfing: 278 min
WLAN surfing: 278 min
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
6h 9min
WiFi Surfing
4h 38min
DVD
3h 12min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 22min

Verdict

HP Pavilion dv6-6110eg LZ546EA: Good multimedia entry with shortcomings in newer games
HP Pavilion dv6-6110eg LZ546EA: Good multimedia entry with shortcomings in newer games

We were happy to finally hold an APU based notebook with a higher performance than the netbooks and office devices released to date (E350, C50) in our hands. There's not much to complain about in terms of application performance. It's more than enough for office use (Core i3 level). HP gives it a fast 7200 rpm hard disk and the sluggishness of the E350 systems is eliminated due to the quad core CPU. The overall performance doesn't come close to Core i5 systems. However, Core i3 with the 2010 architecture come within reach.

There is a torrent of negative points in gaming performance. Crossfire rarely supplied the hoped for performance increase. A few games crashed repeatedly and most of them were a lot slower than expected from a Radeon HD 6750. AMD needs to upgrade the drivers here in order to at least ensure stability.

The remarkably qualitative and everyday suitable case with its four speakers and tightly pulled hinges is positive. The cover on the bottom should be moved with care so that its locking slider doesn't jam. The system's waste air is low even during load and the fan's noise can be kept low with CoolSense when required. The input devices, a drawback of the sister model dv6-6008eg, is fitted tightly and provide a work suitable feedback.

The battery life of three to 4:30 hours is in harmony with a low power consumption and doesn't need to hide from the Intel competition. The Pavilion dv6-6110eg is not suitable for performance enthusiasts and gamers. But definitely for everyone who appreciates high-end looks, battery life and ergonomics.

In Review: HP Pavilion dv6-6110eg
In Review:  HP Pavilion dv6-6110eg

Specifications

HP Pavilion dv6-6110eg

:: Processor
AMD A6-3410MX 1.6 GHz
:: Mainboard
AMD RS880M
:: Memory
6144 MB, 1 x 2GB, 1 x 4GB
:: Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon HD 6755G2 - 1024 MB, Core: 600 MHz, Memory: 800 MHz, Dual GPU HD 6750M + HD 6520G (IGP), 8.832.0.0
:: Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, SAMSUNG 156AT05-H07, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
Hitachi Travelstar 7K500 HTS725050A9A364, 500 GB 7200 rpm
:: Soundcard
HD Audio
:: Connections
2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 2 headphone outs, 1 microphone in, Card Reader: SD, MMC, 1 Fingerprint Reader,
:: Networking
Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Ralink RT5390 802.11 b/g/n WiFi Adapter (b g n )
:: Optical drive
HP CDDVDW TS-L633J
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 35.2 x 378 x 246.8
:: Weight
2.668 kg Power Supply: 0.63 kg
:: Battery
55 Wh Lithium-Ion, 6 cells, 10.8V
:: Price
599 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: 1280x800, Cyberlink DVD Suite, Cyberlink YouCam, CoolSense, ProtectSmart, Recovery Manager, 24 Months Warranty

 

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HP's Pavilion dv6 series is available in a small array with many configurations.
HP's Pavilion dv6 series is available in a small array with many configurations.
HP has solved the maintenance cover's lock interestingly.
HP has solved the maintenance cover's lock interestingly.
Pushing the battery slider to the left releases the base plate (no screws).
Pushing the battery slider to the left releases the base plate (no screws).
Regrettably, the mechanism is prone for imprecise execution: We couldn't close the lid properly anymore and the battery's removal was blocked.
Regrettably, the mechanism is prone for imprecise execution: We couldn't close the lid properly anymore and the battery's removal was blocked.
The RAM and WLAN module are beneath the base plate.
The RAM and WLAN module are beneath the base plate.
The battery has a capacity of 55 watt hours which is enough for 4:38 hours (WLAN test).
The battery has a capacity of 55 watt hours which is enough for 4:38 hours (WLAN test).
The bulky and heavy 120 watt power adapter isn't immoderate for the form factor.
The bulky and heavy 120 watt power adapter isn't immoderate for the form factor.
The highest power consumption during load is 65 watts. 54 watts have to be added for battery charging, though.
The highest power consumption during load is 65 watts. 54 watts have to be added for battery charging, though.
HP Pavilion dv6-6110eg: Strong sound with four speakers
HP Pavilion dv6-6110eg: Strong sound with four speakers
HP Pavilion dv6-6110eg: Illuminated manufacturer's logo
HP Pavilion dv6-6110eg: Illuminated manufacturer's logo
HP Pavilion dv6-6110eg: Dual Graphics promises gaming performance, but can't really supply that.
HP Pavilion dv6-6110eg: Dual Graphics promises gaming performance, but can't really supply that.
USB 3.0 is installed twice, but there's no Bluetooth or ExpressCard.
USB 3.0 is installed twice, but there's no Bluetooth or ExpressCard.
The dv6 is equipped with the usual multimedia ports.
The dv6 is equipped with the usual multimedia ports.
as well as the framed mouse pad (can be disabled).
as well as the framed mouse pad (can be disabled).
The dv6-6110eg LZ546EA steps out of line
The dv6-6110eg LZ546EA steps out of line
because it is equipped with a new AMD Llano APU.
because it is equipped with a new AMD Llano APU.
Beneath the high-end and stable aluminum cover,
Beneath the high-end and stable aluminum cover,
a quad core A6-3410MX APU works together with a Radeon HD 6755G2 Dual Graphics.
a quad core A6-3410MX APU works together with a Radeon HD 6755G2 Dual Graphics.
Typical multimedia, the HD screen isn't anti-reflective.
Typical multimedia, the HD screen isn't anti-reflective.
The 15.6 inch case has a good lid and base unit stiffness.
The 15.6 inch case has a good lid and base unit stiffness.
The hinges are pulled very tight and there's no teetering.
The hinges are pulled very tight and there's no teetering.
Four speakers supply a balanced sound.
Four speakers supply a balanced sound.
The subwoofers are above the keys, beneath this bar.
The subwoofers are above the keys, beneath this bar.
The entertainment factor is highlighted by the illuminated logo,
The entertainment factor is highlighted by the illuminated logo,
HP Pavilion dv6-6110eg: The keyboard isn't as spongy as the dv6-6008eg's.
HP Pavilion dv6-6110eg: The keyboard isn't as spongy as the dv6-6008eg's.

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Pro

+High-end, hard aluminum finish
+Four loudspeakers
+Gaming suitability
+Fast hard disk
+Good application performance
+Long battery runtimes
+Low power consumption
+Very cool case
 

Cons

-Poor contrasts, viewing angles
-Crashes in games, benchmarks
-Little gaming performance
-Cover on bottom can jam

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What we like

Qualitative and cool aluminum work surfaces and firm hinges.

What we'd like to see

The gaming performance of a HD 6750 and Crossfire that work.

What surprises us

Blue screen crashes in a few games and the 3D benchmarks.

The competition

Toshiba Satellite L755D-122 & HP ProBook 4535s: A6 series without dedicated GPU; Acer Aspire 5742G & ASUS K52JR & ASUS X53SV & Packard Bell EasyNote TK85: GT 540M starting at 575 euros; Acer Aspire 5750G: GT 520M; Fujitsu Lifebook AH530: HD 6530; ASUS X53SJ: GT 520M; Dell Vostro 3550 Plus: HD 6630M

Rating

HP Pavilion dv6-6110eg
07/08/2011 v2
Sebastian Jentsch

Chassis
80%
Keyboard
82%
Pointing Device
84%
Connectivity
67%
Weight
78%
Battery
83%
Display
68%
Games Performance
70%
Application Performance
88%
Temperature
90%
Noise
84%
Add Points
80%
Average
80%
79%
Multimedia *
Weighted Average

> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Archive of our own reviews > Review HP Pavilion dv6-6110eg (Llano) Notebook
Author: Sebastian Jentsch, 2011-07-15 (Update: 2013-06- 6)