HP Launches Llano-based Pavilion dv6z Quad Edition Laptops
Hewlett-Packard has launched its latest line of Pavilion dv6z Quad Edition laptops, this time with a twist. The Palo Alto-based company has added AMD processor configurations to its Quad Edition laptops for the first time, with previous releases being Intel-exclusive. HP has added five options from AMD's recently released Llano-series of Accelerated Processing Units (APUs). The new APUs range from the low-end A6-3400M running at 1.4GHz, to the high-end A8-3530MX clocked at a higher 1.9GHz. It is worth noting that the stock speeds can be increased to between 2.3 and 2.6GHz on selected cores using AMD Turbo technology. Processors aside, the dv6z Quad Edition laptops feature up to 16GB of memory backed by up to 1TB of 5400RPM storage, and are equipped with either an 1366x768 or 1920x1080 15.6" screen. Additional graphics options include a 512MB or 1GB GDDR5 Radeon video card. Connectivity options include HDMI 1.4, VGA, two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports, along with a webcam and optical drive (DVD or Blu-Ray). As always, 802.11b/g/n wireless and Bluetooth support come as standard. The Quad Edition laptops have a sleek design featuring an island-style keyboard, and will be available in either dark umber or steel gray color schemes. Windows 7 Home Premium is the operating system of choice. The Quad Edition laptops are available now, priced from $650.