Pros: Superb performance, screen size
Cons: Battery life, very glossy
Bottomline: Overall, the dv6-2005ax notebook, at this price, is an extremely good desktop replacement. The screen size makes it comfortable to view text and images, while the full fledged keypad is extremely comfortable to use. The only niggle is with the battery backup, but wouldn't matter if this remains on your desk most of the time, plugged in. Go for this machine if you are looking for a comfortable PC for either home or office.
The dv6-2005ax looks exactly the same as the earlier dv6-1161tx notebook from HP. It has the same chassis and body, which is completely glossy. The lid has a wave imprint finish on it with an illuminated HP logo.
The keypad, unlike the dv6 notebook, is not glossy and HP have updated the keyboard with the matte finish. The 15.6 inch screen gave the designers enough space to put in a full keyboard as well as a number pad. Above the keyboard is the volume control touch based slider, the volume mute and Wi-Fi connectivity touch controls.
The dv6-2005ax is powered by AMD's Turion X2 M500 dual core processor clocking at 2.2GHz, 4GB RAM, 230GB hard drive. 15.6 inch screen with HD Ready resolution and ATI's Mobility Radeon HD 4650 graphics which have 1GB DDR3 dedicated graphics memory. On paper, the specs look extremely good.
Our benchmarks did not disappoint and the PC Mark benchmark score of 5533 points means it is a powerhouse. With such a powerful processor, using this notebook will not be slow or irritating. There will be absolutely no freezes even if you open multiple browser windows, media player, a PowerPoint presentation, an antivirus scan in the background, have a download manager downloading files from the net and still have more than enough grunt to open a few more applications.
The Windows Experience Index score of 5.7 is also a testament to the notebook's power and performance capability. The Altec Lansing speakers are good enough to listen to things. But, and this is true with almost all laptops, there will be no bass or thump.