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Review HP G62 Notebook

  • Fast, stylish, with good battery life, 15.6 inches, low cost, is that right? Let's see what the leader in the production of laptops has presented to us.

    HP G62 specifications:

    Installed operating system: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)

    CPU: Intel Core i3-330M processor (2.13 GHz, 3MB L3 cache)

    Chipset:Intel HM55

    RAM:4 GB DDR3 (2 x 2048 MB), 2 user accessible memory slots

    HDD:SATA 500 GB (7200 rpm)

    Optical drive:LightScribe SuperMulti DVD ± R / RW with DL support

    Display size (diagonal):39.6 cm (15.6 ") HP BrightView

    Screen resolution: 1366 x 768

    Video card:integrated Intel GMA HD

    Webcam:VGA Webcam with built-in microphone

    LAN card:10 / 100BASE-T Ethernet LAN

    Wireless technologies:802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth

    Battery:Lithium-ion battery, 6 cells

    Dimensions (W x D x H):22.8cm (L) x 34.2cm (W) x 3.15cm / 3.65cm

    Weight:2.2 kg

    Design

    Taking over the design from more expensive models HP, G62 has a matte surface and a dark gray body color, both inside and outside. Its textured design reminds us of Envy 13although in that case a smoother metal surface of the top cover is used. But in G62 the entire body consists of cheaper plastic, dotted all over with an original pattern. The matched plastic color and thoughtful design of the case make the laptop look more expensive than it really is.

    Against a textured surface HP G62 only a small power button stands out, and there are also small slots above the keyboard that hide the speakers under the bottom Altec lansing... Generally HP looks a bit like laptops Apple's MacBook, if only the multimedia panel and volume control above the keys were added.

    One of the things that pleases the most about design G62, is its light weight. It weighs only 2.45 kilograms with dimensions of 373 x 246 x 35 millimeters, it will be easy to carry from room to room. At similar prices Gateway NV5934u weighs 2.55 kg, and Toshiba Satellite L505 at the same time it weighs even more than 2.72 kg.

    Keyboard and touchpad

    Keys G62 they are adjacent to each other, there is no gap between them, they are made from above in a matte finish, which makes them pleasant to work with while touching. They managed to print 83 words per minute, with ten-finger typing and a zero error rate (not bad considering the high score of 88 words per minute), while we also felt that we felt that HP could have positioned the keys even more efficiently. Also, there is no numeric keypad, although many other 15-inch laptops are already becoming the standard. Given the wasted space near the keyboard, the lack of a numeric keypad can be viewed as a missed opportunity. In general, the keyboard is made with high quality, so we will not make strong complaints on it.

    Touchpad in HP G62 not much different on the laptop surface, its borders are outlined by a function key and a notch in the stroke at the bottom of the keyboard. It is a pleasure to use the touch panel, its dimensions are large, 2.3x3.5 centimeters, it is smooth, with a low coefficient of friction. Unfortunately, HP made a mistake in the touchpad layout with a single hard mouse button rather than two soft keys. We had to apply a lot of pressure every time we wanted to press the button, but I hope that it will be more malleable over time and the usability will come with time.

    Working temperature

    After starting the video Hulu in full screen mode for 15 minutes, we recorded a temperature of 87 degrees Fahrenheit for the touchpad, 96 degrees in the center of the keyboard, 102 degrees on the bottom of the laptop, and an alarming 110 degrees near the warm air outlet. It's cooler than most other budget laptops we've tested recently in other tests though. We estimate this temperature with an average ball, taking into account the cost G62.

    Ports and webcam

    Notebook G62 has three ports USB 2.0, HDMI and VGA outputs, Ethernet and modem connectors, headphone and microphone ports, 5-in-1 media card reader and lock slot Kensington lock... Some 15-inch laptops offer four USB port, so we had no complaints about the ports.

    Our photo and video data taken from VGA the webcam turned out to be well lit and had pretty good vibrant colors, although a lot of detail was lost due to the relatively low resolution (some webcams are 1.3 or even 2 megapixels). Software shouldn't pass you by CyberLink YouCamwhich has fun filters and 2D effects, easily overlay video and photo effects.

    Display and sound

    While watching a clip Saturday night live on the HuluThe 15.6-inch display with a resolution of 1366x768 pixels looked bright. However, the sides of the display are glossy and the viewing angles are limited. On the street, this is noticeable quite well, so it becomes problematic to work in a very bright light.

    This laptop is equipped with Altec lansing speakers directly above the keyboard. The volume of sound is impressive for listening to music in a not very large and noisy room. These speakers easily outperform cheap desktop speakers in terms of sound clarity and clarity. In games, sounds were also transmitted well, acoustics in HP G62, I think, will delight many.

    Performance

    G62 uses Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) 2.13 GHz Intel Core i3-330 processors and 4 GB DDR3 random access memory. This is actually typical of a car of this size and price. Indeed, if $ 599 is worth Gateway NV5934u and $ 587 MSI A6200which are direct competitors and have almost the same configuration. Although, HP G62 has a faster 500GB hard drive, the spindle speed of which is the maximum possible 7200 rpm, which surpasses the surrounding models in performance, from boot time to file transfer. For example, G62 dialed 5306 in PCMark Vantage, with preinstalled operating system Windows 7 Home Premium, while NV5934u and MSI A6200which have the same processor, memory, but slower hard drives, with 5400 rpm, scored 4720 and 4191 respectively.

    Meanwhile, G62 starts in 56 seconds, which is quite good for a system based on Windows 7, while NV5934u spends one and a half minutes on it, and A6200 1 minute 20 seconds. Finally, when it comes to transferring mixed file data, 4.97GB in size, G62 did it in 2:40 minutes, at a speed of 31.8 Mbps, while NV5934u was transmitting at a significantly slow speed of 13.1 Mbps, A6200 completed tests at 23.2 Mbps.

    If your typical work day is about surfing the web, writing blogs, updating your pages, checking emails and sending emails, or browsing photo albums with friends, you will appreciate G62, due to the fact that its performance and speed will be enough for this. When it comes to more computationally intensive, G62 managed to transcode 114MB MPEG-4 file to format AVI within 1:07. Although Gateway NV5934u did it a little faster, which was 1:04 during the test, the rest lose in time, MSI A6200 (1:08), and accordingly 1:14 y L505-ES5018.

    Graphics

    HP G62 has an integrated graphics adapter Intel GMA HDwhich is fairly standard for a laptop that costs around $ 600. In terms of performance in graphics applications, it is inferior to its competitors. For example, in 3DMark06focused on testing performance in games, G62 scored 1377 points. Gateway NV5934u, which has the same graphics card, processor and RAM, scored 1736 points. Taking a look at budget models with weak video cards (many of which have discrete video cards from Nvidia) the test score is 3359 points in 3DMark06.

    In real game testing, near the laptop G62 frame rate was 42 frames per second, in the game world Warcraft with a resolution of 1024x768 (the frequency decreased by 7 frames per second with a resolution of 1366x768 pixels). Meanwhile, in Far cry 2, an even more difficult game, it slipped to 9 frames per second, even at a resolution of 1024x768. MSI A6200 shows the best results in the world Warcraft has 52 frames per second.

    Battery life and Wi-Fi

    6 cell battery G62 lasted 4:03 hours during testing, namely working on the Internet with a browser Firefoxuntil the battery is dead. This is more than the average of the competition (approx. 3:40 hrs), as well as any other laptop of comparable price and size we've tested recently. Dell Inspiron 14 and MSI A6200 came close to this figure, respectively, the battery life of 3:54 and 3:52 hours, but some laptops, such as the 15-inch Toshiba Satellite L205-ES5018may not even last three hours. After complete depletion of the battery G62 in 1:11 hours it charged up to 80 percent, and it took 1:59 hours to fully charge.

    Wireless model 802.11b / g / n Atheros Wi-Fi provides a maximum bandwidth of 45.8 Mbps over a distance of 4.48 meters. While this is certainly not the best result, other laptops have better transfer speeds. Toshiba L505-ES5018 and Gateway NV5934u have bandwidth with our access points of 50 Mbps and 53 Mbps.

    Configuration

    Series G62 from HP appeared quite recently, all possible configurations can be viewed on the official website. There, the starting price is $499.99 dollars, depending on the power of the processor, the presence of a discrete video card, RAM, hard disk, the price can vary significantly.

    We have 2.13 GHz Intel Core i3 processor in our test laptop, this processor shows good performance, which is quite enough for combination with integrated video. Generally, HP offers in its laptops series G62 more modifications with processors Core i3, i5 and Core i7... We also have on board 4 GB of standard RAM DDR3expandable to 8GB, 500GB hard drives and 7200rpm spindle speed.

    Although our configuration is poor in terms of the graphics card and has an integrated graphics chip Intel GMA HD, but there are models from which you can get more gaming performance, they are endowed with a discrete card ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5430 with 512 MB of dedicated video memory (this option will add more $100 to the cost). You can also find a model with Blu-ray ROM read-only drive Blu-ray discs, but do not burn them (this is still $150).

    Software and warranty

    G62 comes with a typical range of software and trial versions of software including trial version Microsoft Office 2007 for home and study (including PowerPoint 2007), and a trial Norton Internet Security... You will also receive a set of software CyberLink, including DVD Suite, MediaShow, PowerDVD 8, Youcam, Power2Go, as well as PowerDirector.

    HP G62 comes with a 1 year warranty, including 24/7 toll-free support.

    conclusions

    Thanks to smart design, high performance and long battery life, HP G62 the best laptop in its price segment. Although Gateway NV5934u more productive, and MSI A6200 has a more comfortable keyboard, the price of our laptop and the software package is unbeatable. It is worth noting here in G62 matte plastic with a textured pattern Prism, which makes the laptop not easily soiled.

    Pros:

    + Excellent performance

    + Attractive matt surface

    + Relatively long battery life

    + Good Altec Lansing speakers

    + Fast hard drive

    Minuses:

    - Hard pressing of the mouse button

    - Heating under load

    - Poor graphics performance

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