Edit: I traded a dv6t for the dv7t with 1080 screen. I like it very much all around. While there was something I wasn't liking about the dv6t's feel, that has changed. The extra space on the palm rest area feels plush and no longer skimpy/crowded. I am surprised at such a difference. The screen is great. The mouse button is silly loud, but they all are now. Sound is great. I thought the 17 would be too large, but it's really nice to have and doesn't seem large. I don't carry around much. The numpad is quite spongey,flexy around the mid and left side of it. It is definately usable, however i very often have to reenter numbers (2 weeks owner). Not sure if I will become accustomed or not. from before>>>>>>
I have the dv6t, new. I think the standard screen is decent and with very acceptable viewing angles. Don't worry if that's all you can budget. I thought it was good actually untill last night when I went to Office Depot and even Walmart and compared it with all the other entry level laptops there (all they have) and found that the dv6t was the worst. (edit: bear in mind I did not tweak the screen settings which I found out about later. I think now that it would equalize. ) It's a little less bright, and the colors are definately less saturated by 10 to 15% I'd guestimate. It was no contest. The dv6-xxxx models had a better screen. (the amd entertainment models) All of them seemed about the same. Even the Lenovo z570 was better. That one has poor screen reviews, however I found it to be equal to all the others and that with matte screen. What I don't like are the very loud click of the dv6t mousepad buttons, and the sharp edges around the periphery of the hand rest. The click is really anoying and I feel like I'm operating a $3 china voltmeter or other ubercheap device when I press the buttons. Each button makes at least 3 different "click-clack" sounds depending on where you depress it. Also, because the palmest is aluminum, the plastic underbody comes up actually past the flat plane of the palmrest by about 1mm or less. It varies from unit to unit. The result is a somewhat sharp plastic cutting edge constantly scraping your right palm. Mine is actually kind of rashed and sensitive from it. If you use it on the edge of a high desk with your hands hanging down it may be an issue. If your arms are level it should not be a problem. They did this because it's harder to bend the aluminum palmrest to wrap downwards than to just mold the plastic to come up. Additionally, the leading edge of the palmrest is edgy-sharp which I don't like. Not really a huge issue, but with the above mentioned issues, it's taking away from the experience to the extent that I'm looking towards returning it even though I do not see any great alternatives with the same great features at a great price. If I do keep it, I'm going to actually take a file and level and round down the plastic that is at the leading edge of the palmrest. After first placing a piece of duct tape temporarily along the aluminum palmrest to protect it.. The undercolor of the plastic will show through, but that's going to be worth it for me. And I hope it will not effect the warranty. I am somewhat picky about this kind of stuff, and it may not bother many people.
Edited by nextari - 10/20/11 at 10:06am