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It's no secret that laptops are making a fair attempt at killing off our poor old desktops, and despite being heavily involved in both markets, as the world leader in notebook computing HP has done more than most to bring this about. One of HP's latest soldiers in this battle is the Pavilion dv6750ea, which HP goes so far as to call an Entertainment PC, rather than a notebook. But is it mere cannon-fodder, or another nail in the desktop's coffin?
The Pavilion dv6750ea certainly makes a noticeable effort in terms of looks. In a bid to stand out from the crowd and give its laptops something unique, the Pavilion range is finished in a very distinctive pattern HP calls Imprint. To add an extra ‘personal' touch, this particular iteration sees ‘fingerprint' patterns swirling and coiling around the chassis, and even extends them to your desktop wallpaper.
On the lid this design is set against a glossy black finish, while the inside (at least below the keyboard) is silver with white patterning. Thankfully the screen's bezel is a plain - albeit very shiny - black, somewhat minimizing its distraction value. Overall, while I favour the understated looks of the Samsung R60+, that's a personal preference, and the dv6750ea does look like it costs more - maybe because it actually does.
The only real disadvantage to the mirror-finish lid is that, after a while, it'll be hard to distinguish the imprint design from your own fingerprints. However, this is hardly unique to HP's machines, and is nothing a soft lint-free cloth can't handle. The silver bezel around the black matte keyboard, meanwhile, is more forgiving of grubby mitts, and will only show prints other than HP's at certain angles.
Perhaps the first thing one really notices about the dv6750ea, other than its imprint, is that it's curvy, even extending to rounded keys at the edges of the keyboard. The keyboard and touchpad are both recessed into curved hollows, which actually makes typing more comfortable, as your palms are resting just slightly higher than the keyboard.
The lid has no clips, instead using a resistant hinge to keep it closed. Quite apart from clips being another thing that can break, this system is strong enough to prevent your laptop opening inadvertently and makes it far easier to open when needed.
In terms of design then, the dv6750ea's a winner, although it only comes with a single finish: if you want diversity you might be better off going for the Dell Inspiron 1525. In terms of build quality, however, it isn't the sturdiest. Don't get me wrong, it's by no means flimsy, but road warriors might want to look elsewhere - also because at 3.10kg it's just a tad heavy for its size.