HP dv6z Artist Edition packs AMD Turion, Corel apps, garish case

HP have announced their latest mainstream notebook, the HP dv6z Artist Edition, and as you can see it's not exactly adopted a retiring color scheme.  As the name might suggest, HP pack the dv6z with media creation software, including Magix Music Maker 14, Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2, Painter Sketch Pad and VideoStudio X2, all running on one of a choice of AMD Turion processors.


Video demos of the HP dv6z Artist Edition after the cut

The display is either 15.6 or 16-inches, depending on model, and there are ATI discrete graphics cards to be had too.  The optical drive is a DVD burner as standard, but a Blu-ray drive is optional.  Standard battery is a 12-cell pack, though HP haven't revealed what sort of runtime can be expected.

Pricing for the HP dv6z Artist Edition starts at $949.99 when it goes on sale on Wednesday June 10th.  That gets you the notebook plus a custom-sleeve, mouse and universal notebook stand.  Alternatively, there's a slightly more sober version, the HP dv6t, which drops the graphics and art software bundle plus shaves the price down to $649.

HP Artist Edition:






Press Release:

HP Inspires Creativity with Artist Edition 2 Notebook PC

Palo Alto, Calif., June 9, 2009 — HP today launched the HP Pavilion dv6z Artist Edition 2 notebook PC with a stunning design inspired by the sea and sky in Okinawa, Japan, that earned first place in the 2008 HP MTV "Engine Room" Notebook Design Contest.

Inside and out, the Artist Edition notebook was designed by the youth, for the youth. Combining a bright, colorful design from 27 year old Hisako Sakihama, a unique software collection and the HP Pavilion dv6z notebook, the Artist Edition 2 offers new levels of innovation to inspire creativity from the classroom to the coffee shop.

Full versions of Creative Software

The new Artist Edition notebook features advanced-yet-intuitive-software applications for exploring new levels of creativity and fun with pictures, music and video:

Magix Music Maker 14 lets users easily create stunning songs and soundtracks within minutes simply by selecting the preloaded sound elements and dragging them to the workplace.

Corel® Paint Shop Pro®Photo X2 makes it easy to enhance and fine-tune photos, whether users are looking for a quick fix or the depth and control of pro-level features.

Corel® Painter™ Sketch Pad lets consumers create digital art, reproduce the look of traditional media and embellish designs.

Corel® VideoStudio®X2 gives users the power to easily create fantastic-looking videos, perfect for sharing on popular sites.

The Artist Edition notebook brings together a rich set of options including Blu-Ray optical drive (1), AMD Turion™ Processors and powerful graphics from ATI. A 15.6- or 16-inch diagonal BrightView widescreen display delivers high-definition video, photos, movies and music, making it an ideal alternative to a desktop PC or TV in a dorm room or while on the go. The integrated webcam and microphone make it easy to stay connected to friends and loved ones.(2)

Unique Experience and Accessories

A themed desktop with the winning design brings originality to the user interface

A customized HP dock with activity-based icons makes it quick and easy to access tools and other helpful resources

The Artist Edition is offered with optional accessories including a custom-fit sleeve, comfort mouse, 12-cell battery and a Universal Notebook Stand

Pricing and Availability

The HP Pavilion dv6z Artist Edition 2 notebook is available in the U.S. starting June 10 at www.hpdirect.com with a starting price of $949.99.(3)

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"Here's a PC built from the ground up for students. It's packed with compelling music, design and video software and adorned inside and out with the original art by our global contest winner."

-David Roman, vice president, Marketing Communications, Personal Systems Group, HP

(1) As Blu-Ray is a new format containing new technologies, certain disc, digital connection, compatibility and/or performance issues may arise, and do not constitute defects in the product. Flawless playback on all systems is not guaranteed. In order for some Blu-ray titles to play, they may require a DVI or HDMI digital connection and your display may require HDCP support. This Blu-ray drive does not support writing to ultra-high speed CDRW media (16X to 32X advertised performance). HD-DVD movies cannot be played on this Notebook PC.

(2) Internet access is required and sold separately

(3) Estimated U.S. street prices. Actual prices may vary.

AMD, AMD Turion and ATI are trademarks or registered trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions. CorelPainter Sketch Pad, CorelPaint Shop Pro Photo X2 and Corel VideoStudioX2are trademarks or registered trademarks of Corel Corporation and/or its subsidiaries in Canada, the United States and/or other countries. Magix Music Maker is a registered trademark of Magix AG.