Hands On with HP’s Spring Refresh: New Pavilions, EliteBooks, Ultrabooks and More

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HP Pavilion dv4, dv6 and dv7

These guys are the bread and butter of HP’s notebook sales, and the new updates do a reasonable job of keeping these affordable PCs competitive. HP likes to come up with a design theme when they re-engineer their product lineups. The last ENVYs were inspired by speed, rocketships, and stylish Art Deco products – think Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. The new Pavilion dv line was “influenced by kinetic energy”, and showcase the same tapered look of the m6, above. 

HP Pavilion dv4 HP Pavilion dv4

Given how many customers like to listen to music on these notebooks, HP moved the speakers in the new models. Instead of sitting in front and directing beats right at your torso, the new speakers sit on the top of the machine, in a bar directly below the display. That way, regardless of whether your notebook is on your lap or on your table, you’ll still be able to hear what’s going on.


The dv6 and dv7 have a couple of premium features that the dv4 lacks, such as the m6’s soft touch material at the hinge, a metallized finish, HP’s SimplePass fingerprint scanner/password utility, CoolSense and ProtectSmart, as well as an HP HD webcam.

The dv4 will be sold in midnight black, black licorice, linen white and carmine red finishes, while the dv6 and dv7 are currently slated to get just midnight black. All three models will be available on June 20th for $549.99, $579.99 and $799.99, respectively.

Some models will be upgradeable to discrete NVIDIA GPUs.

HP Pavilion g6 and g7

The Pavilion g Series take some of the features of the mainstream dv notebooks and repackage them into something a little more affordable. If you’re looking for something a bit easier on the pocketbook, then the new g Series might be just what you need.

HP Pavilion g6 HP Pavilion g6

At pricepoints like this, it’s hard to differentiate your product without cutting corners – so I was pleasantly surprised to see just how nice the new g6 and g7 looked and felt. These are perfect notebooks to get your high school or college student – affordable and colorful, and good enough to handle most computer tasks.

HP Pavilion g7 HP Pavilion g7

The materials are all plastic here, but the general design follows the same beveled edges as the more expensive models. The bowl-shaped keyboard cutout isn’t new on HP notebooks, but it’s an additional design flair, like the chrome-ringed speakers, that keeps the g line from feeling cheap. These machines will be available in a whopping five different colors – ruby red, linen white, sparkling black, winter blue and bright purple. The linen white looks especially nice, considering the price.

Speaking of the price, the g6 and g7 will start shipping on July 25th, starting at $479.99 and $549.99, repectively.

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