HP DV6-6156 or Sony VAIO VPCEJ?

HP DV6-6156 or Sony VAIO VPCEJ?
Hey guys I was wondering which laptop I should get as I’m off to University in about 2 weeks and want to pick the best that I can because I will be using it for about 4 years; maybe even more.

I do occasionally play some games but to be honest it’s not really important. I do Video Editing on Vegas Pro 10 so yeah there’s a hint. I also watch a lot of movies and will most likely hook my laptop up to a HD TV via a HDMI cable.

As you will see below, the HP has the better Graphics Card with a smaller screen size, although I have heard bad reviews on the display. It also has the advantage of the Beats audio. On the other hand, the Sony has a bigger screen size and a blu-ray player.

Here are the specs for both:

HP Pavilion dv6-6156ea 15.6" Laptop (Price = £699.99)

Processor Intel® Core™ i5-2410M
- Clock speed: 2.3GHz
- 3MB L3 Cache
Operating System Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
RAM 6GB DDR3
Graphics card AMD Radeon HD 6490M
Screen type High-Definition LED HP BrightView Infinity Display
Screen resolution 1366 x 768
Screen size 15.6"
Hard drive 750 GB SATA Hard Disk Drive 5400 rpm
Optical disk drive SuperMulti DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support
Memory card reader Multi-Format Digital Media Card Reader
USB 2 x USB 2.0 and 2 x USB 3.0
Modem/Ethernet Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes
Video interface 1 x HDMI; 1 x VGA
Audio interface 2 x headphone-out and 1 x microphone-in
Sound Beats sound system with quad-speakers
Integrated Digital Microphone
Webcam TruVision experience 1.3 MP
Battery Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) 6-cell battery, 7.5 hours battery life
Additional features Fingerprint reader

SONY VAIO VPCEJ1Z1E/W 17" Laptop (Price = £749.99)

Processor Intel® Core™ i5-2410M Processor with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
- 2.3 GHz
- 5 GT/s DMI
- 3 MB Cache
- Dual Core
Operating System Windows® 7 Home Premium 64 bit
RAM 6 GB
Graphics card NVIDIA® GeForce® 410M GPU
Screen type WXGA++ (1600 x 900) Wide (16:9)
Screen resolution 1600 x 900 pixels
Screen size 17.3 inch
Hard drive 640 GB, 5400 rpm
Optical disk drive Opitcal Drive Read Speed – CD 24x, CD-R 24x, CD-RW 24x, DVD 8x, DVD-R DL 6x, DVD-R 8x, DVD-RW 6x, DVD+R DL 6x, DVD+R 8x, DVD+RW 6x, DVD-RAM 5x, BD-ROM 4x, BD-R 4x, BD-R DL 2.2x, BD-RE 4x, BD-RE DL 2.2x

Optical Drive Write Speed -CD-R 16x, CD-RW 10x, DVD-R DL 4x, DVD-R 8x, DVD-RW 4x, DVD+R DL 4x, DVD+R 8x, DVD+RW 4x, DVD-RAM 5x
Memory card reader Yes
USB 4 x USB 2.0 (Type A Connector)
Modem/Ethernet Yes
WiFi WiFi IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth Bluetooth® standard Ver. 3.0 + HS
Video interface HDMI Output
VGA Output
Mini D-Sub 15 pin x1
Audio interface Microphone Jack
Stereo, Mini Jack x1
Headphone Jack
Stereo, Mini Jack x1
TV output HDMI Output
VGA Output
Sound Yes
Webcam Effective Pixels 640 x 480
Image Sensor (Mega Pixels) 0.3
Battery Lithium ion

All opinions will be greatly appreciated :)

Comments

  1. needs / use
    - mainly university stuff
    - Video Editing
    - watching movies (on a bigger screen via HDMI)
    - occasionally play some games

    common features
    HP DV6-6156 and Sony VAIO VPCEJ
    - CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-2410M
    - OS: Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    - RAM: 6 GB DDR3
    - WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n
    - Video interface: 1x HDMI, 1x VGA (D-Sub 15 pin)
    - Audio: Integrated Microphone and 1x Microphone Jack
    - Memory card reader: Yes
    - Battery: Lithium-Ion

    HP Pavilion dv6-6156ea
    Price = £699.99

    Graphics card: AMD Radeon HD 6490M
    Screen type: 1366 x 768, HP LED Display (15.6")
    Hard drive: 750 GB, 5400 rpm (bigger)
    Optical disk drive: DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support (no BlueRay)
    USB ports: 2x USB 2.0 + 2x USB 3.0 (better)
    Ethernet: Integrated 10/100/1000 LAN (better)
    Bluetooth: Yes (probably less current version)
    Audio: 2x headphone-out
    Sound Beats sound system with quad-speakers
    Webcam: 1.3 MP (higher resolution)
    battery life: 7.5 hours
    Fingerprint reader

    SONY VAIO VPCEJ1Z1E/W
    Price = £749.99

    Graphics card: NVIDIA® GeForce® 410M GPU
    Screen type: 1600 x 900, Sony 16:9 wide display (17.3") (bigger)
    Hard drive: 640 GB, 5400 rpm (smaller)
    Optical disk drive: DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support that also reads:
    DVD-RAM 5x, BD-ROM 4x, BD-R 4x, BD-R DL 2.2x, BD-RE 4x, BD-RE DL 2.2x
    (better)
    USB ports: 4x USB 2.0 (slower, no USB 3.0)
    Ethernet: Yes, probably Integrated 10/100 LAN (probably slower)
    Bluetooth: Bluetooth® Ver. 3.0 + HS (better)
    Audio: 1x headphone-out (stereo)
    Webcam: 0.3 MP (640 x 480 Image Sensor)

    HP Pavilion dv6-6156ea
    + more powerful graphics card
    + more portable: smaller display, long battery life
    + bigger hard drive
    + better sound (possibly through HDMI too)
    + better webcam
    + fingerprint reader
    - no BlueRay reader (option: external writer via USB3.0)

    SONY VAIO VPCEJ1Z1E/W
    + bigger screen
    + BlueRay reader
    - less powerfull graphics card
    - less sound interfaces
    - low resolution webcam (option: better cam via USB)
    - no USB 3.0
    - no fingerprint reader

    Get the HP,
    so you can take your workstation to the library or other places more easily
    and even play some older games …

    You can get a standalone BR player for your big screen when you need one.

  2. Probably HP, the Sony laptop is more of a cinema/gaming PC

  3. Go for Sony Vaio. They are best as compared to HP due to their durability and great battery life. Here is the best price for the laptop:

    http://www.amazon.com/Sony-VAIO-VPCEJ1AFX-17-3-Notebook/dp/B0057FE2V6/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1316200307&sr=1-2&tag=ardafm-20

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