We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Laptops Reviews
15,670 Reviews

HP Pavilion dv6-6103sa review

£600 inc VAT

Manufacturer: HP

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

If we were awarding prizes for looks alone, the HP Pavilion dv6-6103sa would win hands down.

If we were awarding prizes for looks alone, the HP Pavilion dv6-6103sa would win hands down. It is certainly an eye-catching laptop, the brushed metal design giving the HP a look that wouldn’t be out of place in the living room, study or at work. It’s also a capable and versatile performer, boasting a strong set of specifications.

Powered by AMD’s 1.6GHz A6-3140MX APU, the HP also utlises 6GB of RAM to register a score of 86 in our WorldBench 6 tests. Though comfortably beaten by laptops with Intel Core i3 or i5 processors, the HP isn’t exactly slow and will breeze through everyday tasks. Gamers will be satisfied with the inclusion of dual-graphics cards, both with 512MB of dedicated memory, which helped the HP to the best frame rate scores in FEAR of all the laptops we tested.

The screen does offer deep, rich colours but it also has an incredibly glossy finish, making reflections a problem. The sound quality of the HP is superior to that of any other in the group, with HP’s proprietary Beats Audio technology built in. All in all, it’s a great laptop entertainment-wise.

It’s also very good to work on – the keyboard is well spaced out with no keys touching, the Return, Backspace and Right shift button are all full size, and there is room for a numeric keypad to the side. The touchpad is large and is also backlit, meaning you can see where it is in dark environments, though it is also prone to picking up greasy finger marks.

There’s a generous 1TB of storage space – well in excess of any other laptop in this group test – and backup options are good too, with a multi-format DVD writer and two USB 3.0 ports, so you can take advantage of the faster data transfer times should you have a USB 3.0 compatible external hard drive. The battery life is decent, lasting five-and-a-quarter hours in our tests, and there is a fingerprint reader for additional security.

HP Pavilion dv6-6103sa Expert Verdict »

1.6GHz AMD A6-3410MX APU quad-core
15.6in glossy LED backlit
1366 x 768
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
6GB DDR3-1333MHz
1TB HDD 5400rpm
2 x AMD Radeon HD 6490M 512MB
stereo speakers, 2 x headphone jack, mic input
2 x USB 3.0
2 x USB 2.0
802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1
fingerprint reader, webcam
62Wh, lithium-ion removable 317 minutes battery
378 x 247 x 35mm 2.9kg
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

You can’t argue with the specification of the HP Pavilion dv6-6103sa, though the top-notch components do put it slightly outside of the price range of this group test. That said, it is a worthy inclusion because it blends style with substance and is worth every penny of its £600 price tag. If we’ve one complaint, we’d like to see the keyboard backlit as well as the touchpad to make it more usable in dark rooms.

  • HP Pavilion dv7-6101sa review

    HP Pavilion dv7-6101sa

    The HP Pavilion dv7-6101sa is a big, slow and heavy 17in laptop, available for £700 or less.

  • HP Pavilion dv6-3130sa review

    HP Pavilion dv6-3130sa

    HP's 15.6in-screen Pavilion dv6-3130sa laptop has small proportions and a body weight of just 2.5kg. Chuck in strong multimedia credentials, and you have a laptop that's eminently suitable for entertainment on the move.

  • HP Pavilion dv7-6002sa review

    HP Pavilion dv7-6002sa

    As a stay-at-home 17in entertainment laptop, the HP Pavilion dv7-6002sa is reasonably well featured and has an attractive price.

  • HP Pavilion dv3 review

    HP Pavilion dv3

    The budget-minded HP Pavilion dv3 laptop gets a lot of things right in its design and delivers just the right amount of style - not to mention supplying all the right ports to get your multimedia mobilised.

  • HP Pavilion dv9695ea laptop PC

    HP Pavilion dv9695ea laptop PC

    The HP Pavilion dv9695ea is a fine laptop for both work and play. Its large, widescreen display and speedy processor make it great for both spreadsheets and movies.

IDG UK Sites

Why I think the Apple Watch sucks and you'd be mad to buy it

IDG UK Sites

Swatch launches a colourful smartwatch

IDG UK Sites

New Apple TV 2015 release date rumours: TV streaming service delayed, hand gesture interface being...