HP Pavilion HDX16 Quanta UT6 REV E3A Schematic Circuit Diagram

HP Pavilion HDX16 Quanta UT6 REV E3A Schematic Circuit Diagram

HP Pavilion HDX16 Motherboard

HP Pavilion HDX16 Notebook Review

With the HDX16, HP promises "chic design and high-end entertainment." When you open the laptop, all of the high-gloss and chrome surfaces dazzle you. Both the shiny 16-inch display with full HD quality and the touchpad, which could have served as a makeup mirror, play equal roles. The laptop leaves little to be desired when it comes to entertainment, with a wide range of connectors and good hardware components (Core 2 Duo CPU, 9600M GT graphics).

HP's multimedia specialists are now available in two sizes. On the one side, there's the 16-inch 16:9 laptop, and more recently, the Pavilion HDX18, which is a step forward with its massive 18.4" WUXGA display and full HD 1920x1080 resolution. The Intel quad-core CPU should, above all, give ample performance reserves, as it has four cores in total, allowing for several concurrent programs and quick completion of waiting tasks.


HP has clearly gone to lengths to make the HDX16's casing eye-catching. Components are often painted in a gleaming chrome finish, with everything else receiving a high-gloss clear coat. The underside of the laptop is the only exception, which isn't visible in usual use. It's impossible to say whether the HDX16 is a great eye-catcher as long as it's kept clean and the apparent dust particles are removed regularly.

The case's design is similar to that of HP's current Pavilion dv6 series. Both series merely follow various notions through the display. Unlike the dv6, which has a traditional display with shiny surfaces and a high-gloss shell, the HDX16's display uses an "Edge-to-Edge" design, similar to the current Macbooks or Dell's Studio XPS laptops. You should have no objections from an optical standpoint, as long as you can live with the reflective display. End-to-end lacquered patterns decorate the surfaces, which blend in seamlessly with the laptop's general design and are in no way distracting or invasive.

HP Pavilion HDX16 Case
HP Pavilion HDX16 Case
The case's technical workmanship is generally good, although some elements have not been worked as cleanly as they should have been. In our test sample, we detected an overlaying component junction on the right edge behind the optical drive.

The chassis's stability is also generally satisfactory. While there are some modest deformations as a result of selective pressure exposure, the deformations are on the whole inconsequential. The display lid's pressure resistance is also exceptional. When playing with the laptop, we noticed a couple of creaks, which is understandable given that the chassis' surfaces are entirely comprised of plastic components.

Following the lead of Apple's MacBooks, HP uses a big hinge to link the base unit and the display, which takes up nearly the whole backside of the laptop. This has an impact on how the ports are eventually positioned. The folding mechanism's resistance is well-controlled, allowing one-handed modification of the opening angle. There is a tiny bobbing of the display, to be sure.


The HP Pavilion HDX16 establishes itself as a multimedia laptop, among other things, thanks to the variety of interfaces available. A VGA port, a docking cable connection, LAN, HDMI, SATA/USB, a second USB port, FireWire, and an ExpressCard slot are all found on the right-hand side, which is bordered by chromed plastic. The card reader and audio jacks are located on the laptop's leading-edge, as is customary.

Two more USB ports, an antenna connector, a Kensington lock, and the power supply, as well as an optical drive, are all found on the right side edge. In the model that was tested, a Hitachi Blu-Ray drive was used. The placement of the possible connections is suitable for both left-handed and right-handed users. Although left-handed persons have more options, these are ports that are eventually occupied for lengthy periods of time, such as LAN or video output, which are both located in a very back area.

The QuickDock 2.0 docking interface includes six additional USB ports, microphone and headphone connectors, as well as a S/PDIF interface, VGA port, and network port. Most of the ports are consolidated onto one jack for roughly 90.- Euro, which dramatically reduces the need to detach several distinct devices from the laptop.

HP Pavilion HDX16 Connectivity
HP Pavilion HDX16 Connectivity

HP includes connection technologies such as the Intel WLAN module (WiFi Link 5100) and Realtek gigabit Ethernet as standard. In order to control the Pavilion HDX16 with the proper remote, Bluetooth, and an infrared interface are included in the standard setup.

There's also an integrated webcam in the display border, as well as a fingerprint reader in the right rear section, where the wrist rests. The embedded DVB-T TV tuner is only visible from the outside thanks to the mini-antenna interface, which also turns the laptop into a mobile television. The basic manufacturer's warranty, which is only good for 12 months, is pretty inadequate. The "Pick-up & Return" service can cover the equipment for up to three years for a fee of roughly 130.- Euro.


HP has also created something unique for the display, at least in terms of its name. The 16-inch glare display is called "Dual Channel LVDS FHD AG-Display Infinity BrightView." Technically, a panel with double lamp illumination in full HD quality is hidden beneath the term. LVDS stands for "Low Voltage Differential Signaling" and refers to an LCD display interface standard.
HP Pavilion HDX16 Notebook Display
HP Pavilion HDX16 Notebook Display

The panel fared mediocrely in our brightness test with the Gossen Mavo Monitor. The greatest brightness measured in the middle measurement area averaged 192 cd/m2. The first point of contention for the display is the significant brightness loss from the edges inwards (up to 141 cd/m2), which reduces the panel's illumination to a paltry 74 percent. This is first undetectable due to the preset relatively dark HP background graphics. The brightness degradation is easily visible with bright backgrounds around white.

The HP Pavilion HDX16 can expect a good maximum contrast ratio thanks to its low black values of only 0.42 cd/m2. With a contrast ratio of 457:1, the Panel should hold its own against competing for multimedia laptops.

When utilized inside under well-controlled light circumstances, the display in "edge-to-edge" style is aesthetically beautiful and produces a "sharp" picture. Light sources behind the user have a negative impact on the display. As a result of the strong reflections, functioning with the gadget is difficult on the eyes. As a result, when the HDX16 is utilized outdoors, the same is true. Due to excessive reflections and the panel's low brightness, reasonable outside use of the laptop is difficult.

The reflective display also determines the viewing angles that are feasible. Both the horizontal and vertical fields of vision deviate from ideal perpendicular viewing angles, causing distracting reflections even before noticeable alterations to the image manifest.

Input Devices

When it came to input devices, the design certainly took precedence. The keyboard, for example, has a silver covering that feels incredibly shiny and almost gluey. Nothing about the layout or the keys available in the HDX16 is bothersome. There's even enough for a second number pad in the enclosure, which thankfully doesn't reduce the size of the normal keyboard. The arrow keys, which are barely half the size of the numeric keys, are a solitary flaw in the keyboard's design. There is an extremely unpleasant hand posture, especially when used frequently, such as steering in a racing game. Only the option of reverting to the number pad's optional cursor keys is available.

A medium to somewhat longer stroke and a particularly powerful pressure point characterizes the keys' feel. It's also noteworthy that the keyboard may bend slightly yet obviously, resulting in an elastic typing sense when typing. The mild typing sounds, on the other hand, were especially appealing, even when the keys were pressed more forcefully.
HP Pavilion HDX16 Touch Pad
HP Pavilion HDX16 TouchPad

The touchpad, like the matching buttons, is covered in a chrome coating. The resulting mirror appearance is rather nice, but it adds nothing to practical use. As a result, unattractive fingerprints accumulate quickly, and the keys' slickness can only be regarded in a favorable manner by individuals with dust-free fingertips. Both of the adjacent buttons are really comfortable to use, however, they are primarily responsible for a large keystroke.

HP equips the HDX16 with a number of extra buttons, which are displayed in the form of white, LED-backlit touch-sensitive zones above the keyboard, as do practically all of the Pavilion models. They are also quite pleasant to use and respond effectively, despite the learning curve when it comes to utilizing the volume control as well as the personalization option for treble and bass.


Of course, a multimedia pro with the stage name HDX needs reliable gear. HP hasn't used particularly fascinating components in the Intel P8700 CPU and Nvidia Geforce 9600M GT, but it has provided a reasonable framework for a multimedia laptop all the same.

When it comes to the CPU, the Penryn range chip uses 45-nanometre technology. The processor, as a member of the P-series, has a TDP of just 25 Watt, compared to the Txxxx variants, which have a TDP of 35 Watt. Further benchmark statistics, such as 2.53 GHz clock speeds, a 1066 MHz front-side bus, and a 3MB L2 cache, attest to the CPU's high-performance reserves. The chip is relatively affordable, costing only $236, and is only slightly more expensive than Intel's slower Pxxxx series representative.

The Nvidia Geforce 9600M GT graphics card is almost obsolete at the moment, but the GT 120M and GT 130M, Nvidia's next-generation graphics cards for middle-class multimedia laptops, are still in the works.

In any event, the 9600M GT chip remains a representation of laptop graphics cards' upper-middle class. HP has saved on one issue, or rather, stuffed a stumbling block into the device. It has to do with the visual memory configuration of the employed graphics card, which comes with 512MB of memory as usual but only supports DDR2 memory. In the 3D Mark 2006 comparison, laptops with faster GDDR3 graphics RAM modules can outperform the HDX16 in terms of performance.

The HDX16 can only compete on the bottom end of the performance-oriented middle-class laptop market with comparable hardware. In the PC Mark 2005 benchmark comparison, it doesn't appear to be significantly different. On the lower edge, you'll also see the HP HDX16. When it comes to the hard drive, which is a large 500GB Western Digital (WDC WD500BEVT) drive, HP hasn't included any obvious flaws. The HDTune benchmark test verifies the storage device's appropriate transfer speeds, as well as a fast access time of 17.0 milliseconds. With a total of 4096MB of RAM, the RAM configuration is also excellent. The two DDR2 PC2-6400 modules are fully functional thanks to the 64-Bit Windows Vista Home Premium operating system.

Gaming Performance

The HDX16 is well-equipped for computer games, even if only at medium to low detail levels, thanks to the 9600M GT graphics card, although in a "trimmed-down" version, and the powerful P8700 CPU. The results of various recent games' practical tests are shown below.

World of Warcraft
Even though World of Warcraft (WoW) has been around for several years, it still has millions of users. In a test run through the woodlands of Northshire Valley, the HDX16 averaged 82.56 FPS at medium graphic detail (1024x768, everything on/medium). It should also contain large stores for mass murder. High resolution (1280x1024) was only possible at a sluggish 19.86 frames per second.

When playing the demo version at the lowest possible settings, the terrifying shooter ran well at an average of 82.12 frames per second. Increasing the graphics settings to 1024x768 pixels and medium details reduced performance to 38.48 FPS, which is still playable but leaves few resources for complicated graphical effects, which can result in apparent juddering in this instance. High graphic details are not recommended (1280x1024), since the average frame rate in the test dropped to 19.35 FPS, and juddering became visible.

Call of Duty 4
In terms of performance, the classic shooter Call of Duty 4 had a similar scenario. While a strong average of 123.3 FPS was achieved at minimal graphics settings, performance drops to only 40.2 FPS at medium details (1024x768, everything on, no AA). Setting anti-aliasing to 2x reduces the frame rate to 18.2 FPS and takes the game's frame rate below the minimum required for seamless gameplay.

Battery Life

The HP Pavilion comes with a 6-cell Lithium-ion battery with a 55 Wh capacity. The HDX16 lasts just 152 minutes in the maximum battery life test (BatteryEater Readers) (min. display brightness, WLAN off, energy saving profile). Under load (BE-Classic test), the laptop lasted only 63 minutes, during which time it hung on without being near a power outlet (max. display brightness, WLAN on, high-performance profile).

Further tests in WLAN operation (102 minutes) and DVD playing (76 minutes) yielded similarly dismal results. As a result, mobile use of the system is possible but severely limited. HP has acknowledged this issue and, as a result, offers a larger 12-cell battery as an alternative, which does add roughly $135 to the price. It's worth noting that the laptop's battery protrudes from the underside, causing the gadget to slant. This expansion is highly suggested for laptops that will be used on the go.


"Chic design and high-end entertainment" — HP's advertising pitch doesn't offer much. The HP HDX16 transforms into a mobile multimedia workstation thanks to its Blu-Ray drive, full HD display, DVB-T TV tuner, and excellent sound system. When it comes to the basic configuration's mobility, it's true that it's a bit of a pain. In this regard, the battery life of only 2 hours is insufficient. Fortunately, a bigger battery is also available for the laptop.

The design is enlivened by heavy use of chrome surfaces, which not only look good but are also susceptible to apparent grime. In the end, the gloss lacquered keys and the touchpad with a reflecting coating, in our opinion, have gone too far. The display also features a reflective covering that runs the entire length of it. Unfortunately, the panel's brightness and illumination aren't particularly good, limiting the HDX16's use to indoors.

We have also expressed our displeasure with the hardware's performance capabilities. Although the device's test data appears good, the individual benchmarks fall short of our expectations. Furthermore, the temperatures in the case were, in our opinion, excessively high. The HDX16 is the "hothead" of its class, with temperatures on the underside of the case reaching 57 °C. Thankfully, the device's system noise is kept to a minimum.

A slew of barely lukewarm measurements from the display, emissions, and battery life contributed to the overall score of 80 percent. Although there are currently laptops available for around 1300.- Euro that is clearly faster in terms of speed, the HDX16 can easily justify the price thanks to the comprehensive multimedia package on offer.

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