I am a university student studying a design course and this is a replacement laptop i got after having one stolen. So far i am extremely impressed with this laptop.
Being a design student i need to use software that is quite taxing on a computer and uses alot of resources, this laptop can run 3d software such as alias but it can be a bit slow due to the graphics card not being sufficient but considering some people on my course spend thousands on computers i think for a £400 laptop its good that it runs it at all. as for photoshop, it doesn't bat an eyelid. it started to get a bit slow when i was using lots of layers so i bought some extra memory for £30 and fitted it myself.
for someone who isnt good with computers it is easy to use.
one of the only problems i do have with it is that the fan gets quite loud after it has been switched on for a while, also the battery life depleats quite quickly but i just keep it plugged in.
The touch pad is very sensitive so it is really nice to use. once or twice it has switched itself off and a red light has come on for no reason so im not sure why that is. but over all for the money this is a brilliant laptop. i have had less problems with this laptop than my girlfriend has had with her macbook pro.
i would say that if you are on a design course and you have the money go for something with a better graphics card and processor but on a budget its brilliant
After looking around a number of computer/electronic shops, I came across this laptop with a good sale price. I needed a laptop quite low-budget, but able to handle a lot of data and react quite quickly (I'm pretty inpatient with slow computers). The reason I bought the laptop is that I am going to uni in September, and taking my whole current desktop computer isn't very practical.
I currently have around 2500 songs on my itunes, which unfortunately is quite ambitious for a memory span of a laptop, or so I thought. In reality it seems, the music would fit onto the memory, but I have had past experiences which makes my past laptops slow down. So alongside my laptop I bought an external hard drive (extremely recommended!)
Other criteria I wanted was a SD memory card reader to exchange photos from my camera quickly. Overall, this laptop is perfect for me, it runs fast and quick, and its extremely suitable for me to store all my work. It has good entertainment purposes, as well as it having a webcam which makes it easy to talk to my long-distance friends on Skype.
The only small problem I have come across so far is that the touchpad is quite unusual, which might not suit everyone. It has a 'doubleclick' sensor on the top left hand corner which can get quite annoying because its easy to accidentally switch on/off. Saying this though, I haven't come across any other problems. As a student I highly recommend this laptop!
When it came to buying a laptop I spent quite a long time looking around and comparing specs. I was looking for a laptop for general everyday use which would surf the web, run office applications and hold a decent amount of songs and photos in the hard drive. It also needed to be wireless to connect to the BT home hub from different parts of the house. The laptop which I chose was the HP G56 106 which cost £349 from John Lewis in December 2010; I chose to shop there because they offer a two year guarantee as standard on laptops as opposed to having to buy the second years warranty from other stores.
The laptop has a 15 inch screen and its memory specs are a 3GB memory and 250GB hard drive. The laptop weighs 3.7Kg and is wireless enabled and has a built in webcam and claims to have a battery life of up to 6 hours. In reality, when the screen is at its brightest setting then it goes around 3 hours between charges. It takes around 6 hours to charge fully from empty. It is a fairly heavy machine so not the most portable laptop out there.
The 15.6 inch screen is crystal clear and displays colours really well. There are 10 different brightness settings and because of this it copes with glare from the sun really well and because you can turn the brightness down it doesn't cause too much eye strain.
The keyboard has nice soft touch keys which are really quiet in use. The keyboard is around the same size as a standard keyboard you would use with a desktop so it is easy to make the transition between the two. The buttons on the touchpad are quite stiff to press down; the trackpad itself is responsive and can be locked by tapping it twice in a corner which allows you to clean it. The track pad also has a scroll function on it which can get annoying if you hit it by accident but overall is a good addition.
The laptop takes a minute or two to start up which seems about average but is certainly quicker than my elderly desktop! In terms of performance the laptop performs really well. The wireless connection works perfectly and is a good speed connection and there is no problem streaming videos to the laptop. I have used Photoshop on the computer which is an extremely resource hungry application and it also works well and the fact there is plenty of storage space on the hard drive (with 2 slots to upgrade later if required) is ideal. The processer works nice and quickly allowing you to have several applications open at once and switch between them all. I have played a couple of games (mainly hidden object type games) which run perfectly but I don't know how good a serious gamer would find it, for everyday PC gaming though it is more than adequate. The fan seems quite small and the laptop gets hot so it needs to be raised off the table whilst in use, having said that it has not cut out at all because of overheating.
The laptop has windows 7 installed as the operating system. This is a huge step up from XP as it has many more features like windows preview, a friendly customisable interface and is generally sleeker and faster. In terms of software there is a Microsoft Office starter pack installed which allows you to use Word and Excel for free in return for watching the inbuilt adverts. This could be handy if you just want to type out a couple of documents but as the programmes have reduced functionality more advanced users will want to buy the full package.
The only downsides to the laptop are that the speakers are fairly tinny but that seems to be that case with most laptops and there are 3 additional USB ports to plug speakers in if you wanted to. The webcam is also really poor quality; it is extremely grainy both on video and stills. It is not a feature I would use but my daughter has tried it a couple of times and gave up because of how poor it is, to be honest I don't want her using a webcam anyway but if you are someone who likes video chat then you would really need to buy another cam.
The HP G56 106 is an ideal laptop for home use as a replacement for a desktop. It performs really well with everyday tasks such as word processing, surfing the web wirelessly and using Photoshop. The only drawbacks are the poor webcam and poor quality speakers but I think that is pretty much the norm in a laptop in the same price range. It has served us well for several months with no problems and so we are happy with it.
I have recently purchased the hewlett-packard G56 laptop. There is an excellent HP help menu which guides you through how to use and customise your laptop in simple, easy to understand and follow, instructions. The instructions are set out in such a way that makes them interesting and exciting to make you want to learn more and understand fully how to use the laptop in its full capacity. My previous laptop did not have a webcam and i was unsure about how I would get to grips with this, however the webcam application was pretty basic and after a couple of minutes i could navagate around this with ease. The applications that are on the laptop are set out in an easy to access layout. There is a childrens application wizard which has a number of learning games and child friendly internet access that parents can set so that the children to not have access to any unsuitable information. The only negative point would be that the battrey life is quite short so i would not recommend this laptop to someone that is constanly on the move.
I bought this laptop after my old one gave up the ghost. I didn't have a lot of money to spend on one and as I basically only use it for email and internet, it didn't need to be too technical. This laptop completely fits the bill. I paid £320 it it delivered from HP direct. It's got ample memory and is fast to load... Perfect apart from a couple of things. The 1st annoying bit of it is that the mouse pad is very stiff and difficult to use. I gave up with it and now use a mouse instead. The onther little irritance is that there is a column of short cut keys down the left hand side which i keep catching when I hit the caps lock key etc which brings a wprint window up. After a few weeks of using it I'm getting more used to it though and am managing to avoid doing this so often. I suppose every keyboard has a slightly different layout. All in all though a nice laptop at a nice price. Would recommend to anyone looking for a good basic machine.
I've waited a couple of months before writing this review. The laptop was new to the market at the end of 2010 and so I found it difficult to find reviews back then. I use my laptop for surfing the net, image manipulation, frequent skype calls, lots of writing and some video stuff. In basic it's a wide screen, pretty boring looking machine, it's matt black all over and they actually managed to only put 2 stickers on the work area!
On paper the specification was great, and all the components seem to have worked efficiently so far. It's pre-installed with Windows 7, weather that is a bonus or not is debatable but I'm happy with it and the system copes well with the memory demand. Most of the rest of the pre-installation is HP own brand or the standard trial kind of stuff.
The Screen is clear and very smooth, which shows fingerprints easily but cleans well as it will take a little pressure. The default is actually quite bright, and so the contrast is constantly turned down on my machine, quite the opposite to many other laptops. There is not a huge amount of wasted space around the screen either, though the height seems quite small if you are used to a more standard 6:8 ratio screen.
The small camera is fixed above the screen centrally and the mic is besides it. This positioning of the mic seems logical but with the fixed bar speaker at the top of the keyboard feedback is easily generated. The speaker and the camera are both of good quality for the price bracket. The camera can cope with various lights which is often where they fail. It copes well with my constant use of skype. The camera comes with pre-installed software which is ok, nothing to write home about.
The keyboard is a good size, it has the flat grooved keys that generally go with the sleek unfussy look of the whole computer. It's got a line of special feature keys along the left side, this is irritating at first if you are used to the control key being the corner anchor, and you end up loading the calculator constantly, that said they are generally useful and avoid the mess triple function keys. The special feature keys along the top are mostly media based ones, but also have wireless, contrast and some others. The only function keys are left as the function keys - the feature keys are also the function keys. Again irritating if you use the function keys for games and you lose the F5 reload with one button, but oddly you don't miss them that much. The mouse pad I find frustrating, I just find it's responsiveness difficult to maintain, whether I've turned on click hold or not especially.
I've not had any problems installing, working with peripherals, actually nothing major at all. It's sturdy, I've not had to be careful with it and it's still quite unscratched. For the price I consider it a great buy and I'm hoping it has a good few years in it yet!
Now, the main things I look for when buying a new computer is: 1: price and 2: memory. This laptop really was the best of both costing £399 in PC world with a hard drive of 500GB. This is more than enough space for my music and school work. I have only recently bought this computer, last week infact and it really is worth every penny I paid. HP have always been a reliable source for printer, but I have never considered them a good laptop brand, that is before I bought one.
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The laptop is black with lsome light up buttons to help with the function of the laptop. The main button I have found useful is the wireless key. It is under f12 with an image of a wireless tower above it, showing wether your wireless is working or not. It will flash white when you are connected, red when signal is low and not at all if you are not connecte. Like most laptops this one has a touch function mouse keypad. It is touch pad enabling you to move your cursor around the screen without having to use a USB mouse. There are two buttons which function as the left and right click on a mouse, or you can just double click on the touch pad and it works the same as left click. One thing I find useful about this laptop is the keyboard. It is really handy and is just easy to navigate around. The layout is normal and is in standard English with the function keys surrounding it. I like the shortcut keys that are supplied on the keyboard, for example the calculator button takes you straight to the calculator without having to go on the main menu to select it from all programs. This is a very helpful tool for me as I am a student studying mathematics and it is very easy to use.
The screen is 15" LCD and is very clear with a graphics layout of 64 bit. This is a relatively new and popular screen resolution which enables the images on the screen to appear clear with a good balace of contrast and brightness. The homepage of the laptop has a clear and easily accessible layout which enables you to navigate around the screen with full confidence that you know what you are doing.
The toolbar at the bottom has a few shortcuts that pop up with notifications from your anitvirus and MSN etc. The laptop comes with a 60 Norton antivirus subscription and a 2011 microsoft word starter pack. I really found this useful as it saves a lot of money and time having to buy and install products.
The internet connection for this laptop is excellent. It automatically connects you to your preffered wireless network or cable network that you have installed. Although the wirless network range is not very high the computer does sustain good levels of communication and is very easy to work your way round the settings with this computer. I do find some of the settings for this computer a little confusing, but that is probably because I don't know much about laptops in general.
The memory of this product I feel is excellent. It has a hard drive of 500GB which I feel is more than enough but will probably be used up by programs that I will install in the future. The RAM memory in this computer is 3GB which is also very good and I like having lots of memory available as the more programs you download to your computer the smaller the memory gets, slowing the computer down more.
The computer has a 0.3MP webcam which, to be quite honest isn't amazing but it is a camera which has the capability to record videos and take photographs while being able to use it on MSN conversations and online web chats. I do like the webcam on this computer because it is powered by CyberLink YouCam which is installed on all HP computer as a webcam program. I think this is very useful because it enables you to change the resolutions of the images you are taking and vary the levels of effects that you add while being able to change the pictures by adding emticons to them, making it more actively fun!
The laptop has a recording microphone which is really good at picking up sounds clearly. I tested it out the other day and was really surprised by the quality of the recording, it also enables you to upload that recording straight to any social netorking site you wish to. There really hasn't been any faults with the product so far and I hope that there won't be any in the future.
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The laptop has three USB sockets that you can add removable disks to ( phones, cameras and printers etc.)
The battery life for the laptop lasts for around 6 hours which I felt was really good when you take it out. I do find that the screens brightness changes when it is not plugged in and this is a little annoying although when you plug it in the brigthness is really high. I like that the battery in the corner of the screen lights up when it is charging and that it tells you when the battery is full. The charger is very compact with a little velcro belt that ties it up for easy access of mobility.
I love my latop with a passion and will continue to love it until it is no more. I have only recently had this product and I do think of it as a little piece of my heart as I use it so much. I really recommend it to anyone who loves computers as I am beginning to think of mine as an obsession. They are available from most good PC retailers incuding PC world, Curry's and Argos. If you type in HP G56 into Google there will be lots more information if I have not covered evrything. Thank you for reading this review Really I just love it!
I brought this laptop shortly after my old laptop broke and would have cost more to fix then it was actually worth.. I was drawn to it because it looked very sleek and stylish and heard that HP laptops were reliable.
Firstly this was one of the most easiest laptops to set up ive had so far and was up and running in no time, it's on windows 7 home premium and the features on it are great. The keyboard is nice and easy to use and has useful buttons such as the play/pause rewind etc and quick acess buttons to the internet, calculator, printing and email. I found this very nice as its so easy to get a internet page up or to pause a film instantly whenever i like. Also it has a built in web cam which is so much better then the ones you plug in I feel as you dont have to fiddle around with the camera to get it in the right position. Its a pretty fast computer and has plenty of space to store your pictures and films etc. The only downfall of this laptop is that when you first start it up it can be a bit slow but apart from that it is an ideal laptop to work with and would recommend anyone to this product to anyone thinking of buying it.