HP Pavilion dv6t Quad Edition series

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15" (diagonal) high-end laptop in dark umber or steel gray metal- finish design. Powered by Intel latest 2nd Generation quad-core processors and leading-edge discrete graphics. Includes Beats superior audio, USB 3.0, fingerprint reader, HP Coolsense technology. Optional HD 1080p display 
  • Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • 2nd generation Intel(R) Quad Core(TM) i7-2630QM (2.0 GHz, 6MB L3 Cache) w/Turbo Boost up to 2.9 GHz
  • 1GB GDDR5 Radeon(TM) HD 6490M Graphics [HDMI, VGA]
  • FREE Upgrade to 6GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
  • FREE Upgrade to 750GB 5400RPM Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
  • FREE Upgrade to Blu-ray player & SuperMulti DVD burner
  • Up to 5.5 hours of battery life (6 cell)+++
  • Beats(TM) audio for superior sound and two speakers that tilt

User's Review:

A warning for the current dv6t/dv7t models
As you may or may not have heard elsewhere, the current laptop models (61xx series) have a problem that prospective buyers should be aware of. Specifically, the graphics devices in this machine don't function as they should.
Allow me to elaborate: these graphics devices have a system called "Switchable Graphics" that, ideally, would dynamically switch from one device to another depending on the application you are running. However, this system is broken; some applications refuse to listen to the settings that you selected and run on the wrong graphics device, causing performance slowdowns or even crashes.
Another thing: none of the graphics devices (including the6770m) support OpenGL, a graphics library used in many applications and games including many Adobe products such as Photoshop. If you intend to use this laptop for professional uses then I strongly advise you to check whether or not your applications use OpenGL.
None of these things were a problem with the previous series (60xx series), but HP decided to test out its "prototype" system on a retail consumer product - an action I fail to call anything lower than outrageous.
I urge all prospective buyers to hold their wallet for now and wait until HP releases a fix (or an official acknowledgement at the very least). As for me, I will return my laptop within this week since my 21 day return window is about to expire.

Great features but neutered performance
While this seems like an amazing laptop, it uses AMD's dynamic graphics switching technology which doesn't support OpenGL. Yes, people need this: almost all graphics programs use OpenGL. If you ever want to use Adobe's programs (Photoshop for instance) this will not accelerate it. If all you want to do is game, this might not be a problem as most modern games are Direct3D (but a lot of old / indie games won't work - this is a laptop that can't run minecraft).