I am looking to play games like Skyrim on medium settings and both if these laptops fall at $399 after rebates. I am on a tight budget but if have any suggestions for a laptop 500 and under please advise.
It depends on what games you want to play and with what settings. The dv6 will play nearly any game if you turn the settings down, but many games you'll be able to play on high. The acer will be better for gaming, however, the trinity CPU in the dv6 beats the llano CPU in the acer by about 20% in productivity benchmarks. If I were you, I would probably go with the dv6 because it's newer, arguably a better brand, etc. but that's me. If you won't need to use much productivity software, and you're pretty serious about your games, I would get the acer. It's a difficult process finding adequate laptops under 500, but it's doable. I just got a refurbed Samsung for 430, and it's sweeeet, but not for gamers. Have you tried looking at refurbs?
My cousin just bought an hp-dv6, the exact model specified here, so I took it for a test run and wow that thing is fast! I also installed Skyrim and tested it, and it was very playable on high settings. Plus I really like the aesthetics of the laptop so I will go with it. After all rebates and taxes the laptop came to 500 bucks and Staples is also providing a $15 rebate for the upgrade to Windows 8. Thanks for all the help, I really appreciate it!