Hewlett-Packard has made available the new 15.6-inch Pavilion notebook series, the HP Pavilion dv6z Quad Edition.
HP’s Quad Edition Pavilions were always powered by Intel CPUs and this is the first time the company launches a QE with AMD processor options, or more precisely the latest generation of AMD Fusion “Llano” Accelerated Processing Units.
Customers have five APU choices, ranging from the entry A6-3400M at 1.4GHz to A8-3530MX top-line part at 1.9GHz. These are only stock clock speeds which can be increased on some cores to 2.3 and 2.6GHz respectively via AMD’s Turbo technology.
Besides the CPU speed, graphics processing on these APUs is of a great importance, since all have brand-new “discrete-class” integrated GPUs. The dv6z Quad is configurable with additional unnamed Radeon real discrete video cards with 512MB or 1GB of GDDR5 video memory.
Other features of the notebook are a 1366×768 glossy or full HD anti-glare screens, up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB hard disk capacity with Win 7 Home Premium pre-loaded, optional Blu-ray (with currently offered free upgrade from DVD burner), Beats-branded speakers, webcam and mic, HDMI 1.4 and VGA ports, and a pair of USB 3.0 ports besides two 2.0 USBs.
The design looks identical to Intel-based 15.6″ Pavilions and consists of dark umber or steel gray metallic finish and a chiclet-styled keyboard.
HP’s Pavilion dv6z Quad Edition series starts at $650 at the HP online store and is significantly cheaper than its Intel-powered dv6t Quad counterpart which has a base price of $1,000.