Life is suite
The 92-key keyboard is pleasant to use with shallow action on the keys, and you can switch on a glowing keyboard backlight when playing around in the dark. A set of dedicated keys down the left give you one-tap access to your e-mail program, your web browser, HP MediaSmart, the current program's Print dialogue window, and a calculator.
HP MediaSmart Suite pops up big friendly icons for accessing media files and devices
If the latter seems incongruous next to the others, you'll find the way it self-launches in 100 separate windows even more bizarre. Leave the calculator key well alone, I say.
The large trackpad in front of the keyboard supports a small variety of multi-touch gestures but don't expect more than a flip and a scroll. You can tap anywhere on the trackpad to make a selection or double-tap to launch. To do anything more complex, such as click and drag, you will need to press down on the denoted left- and right-click areas and drag another finger across the main area of the trackpad.
The notebook, as tested, is currently supplied in a metal finish only.
To the right of the trackpad is a built-in, swipe-action fingerprint reader, a device not found on the other Pavilion dv6 models. You can record any or all of your fingerprints on either hand and use them for additional PC security. For example, you could protect your Windows account with an impossibly complex passphrase that you'll never have to type in because you can log in with a simple swish of your finger.
Log in to your Windows user account with a swipe of a finger instead of a password
I'm no security expert but the fingerprint reader appeared to work a treat. I tried lots of silly ways of trying to circumvent the system but couldn't fool it. Nor did it ever misread my fingers, even when they got er... a little greasy in the gentle warmth of the summer.
Next page: Pointing the finger
"Everyone would secretly prefer a notebook over a desktop computer"
That's everyone except me, then.
whole bunch of them
The HP web site appears to have a whole bunch of these so perhaps it is possible to buy one without the fingerprint gadget. I can't make head nor sense of all the model numbers and processor types. Life is too short for all these arcane non-sequential type numbers.
the 3085 and 3065 appear to have identical specs but are fifty quid different in price. What is this, bait and switch?
"I confidently predict that in a few years we'll look back at this fad with some embarrassment."
Ah but HP have thought about this already! Their laptops are purposely built not to last a day longer than the current transient fad.
Must say its a lot of money for a laptop that seems to have no *useful* advantage over the competition. Fingerprint reader on a home laptop, in particular when it seems so easy to bypass? WTF? At that price point, going for Apple to avoid Joe Average's typical issues with Windows' security makes sense.
Just got myself a Novatech Xplora E16 which offers a decent 15.6" screen, and NO OPERATING SYSTEM as choice, for about a tenner over 1/3 of the HP's cost!
OK, the AMD dual core CPU is not fantastically powerful, and battery life is distinctly average, but if you want a good screen size and plan of using Linux, it is a great choice!
Tux, as my new laptop loves him/her.
I'll take textures over fingerprint grease loving high gloss any day.
God I hate high gloss.