At January's CES show in Las Vegas, leading PC maker HP had a suspiciously thin collection of laptops, headlined by the 11-inch HP Pavilion dm1. But, we asked, where were the new designs and features we expect from HP at least every year or so?
It turns out HP still had a few tricks up its sleeve, and today the company is announcing a redesigned Pavilion dv line with new looks and new features, most notably in the updated Pavilion dv6 and dv7 models.
Depending on one's tolerance for marketing banter, it may be of interest to know that this redesign is part of HP's internal MUSE program, which is described as a design philosophy involving "materials, usability, sensory appeal, and experience."
The new Pavilion dv6 and dv7 come in a dark umber metal finish, and look a bit more like the high-end Envy laptops than before. They also add the Beats Audio software from the Envy line, coupled with new quad speakers, and the larger dv7 also has a subwoofer on the bottom panel.
HP's CoolSense technology makes an appearance--that's an app for manually controlling the system's fans that has been slowly making its way into more and more HP laptops (although we're still not sure what the optimal setting for this are, the options are basically "cooler" or "quieter," with no explanation of why you'd want one over the other). … Read more