Things are set to get a whole lot tougher for Apple this year, as there are a number of notebooks coming to the market that hopes to make them look over their shoulder. Two such laptops are the HP Pavilion dv6 and dv7 Quad Edition series, and will go head to head with the new MacBook Pro 2011.
We know it is easy to say that a new laptop will have to compete with the Pro, but the three will make use of the Core i7 quad-core, well all but one of the Pro models. The dv6 and dv7 are almost identical, all apart from one being a 15.4-inch and the other being a 17-inch. Prices start from $999.99 and $1099.99 respectively.
Some of the mains specs are as follows: 2GHz to 2.3 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.4 GHz, 4 to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and a choice of standard or SSD storage. What really makes these two laptops shine is the 1GB HD 6570 GDDR5 graphics, as well as a slight change in the case design.
The MacBook Pro is very similar in specs, however, two of the models offers a more powerful GPU, the AMD Radeon HD 6750M. You have to remember that there will be a premium price to pay for those though.
Choosing between these notebooks will come down to one thing, how much you are willing to pay for the Apple name? Having said that, once you have configured your HP Pavilion dv6 or dv7, there will not be a huge difference in the price — maybe just a few hundred dollars.