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This laptop is good, no question, it's graphics card may not run all the best, latest games, certainly not, but it managed to ably run Civilization V at medium quality settings, so not really much there to grumble about. However, perhaps I was sold a dodgy one (bear in mind I bought this from PC World in-store) because the laptop was sufficient and I was more than happy with 320GB of HDD. However, within 3 months, the battery started discharging quicker and quicker. It got to a stage where it would discharge from full charge to 0% in around two hours of casual use, only 30 minutes of gaming. Happily, PC World gave me a new battery in order to keep using it, per my insurance cover but I was still moderately displeased.
I do enjoy the screen, which looks glistening provided it is cleaned at regular intervals. Windows 7 is a very good operating system, so at least that covered for most of my tasks. The webcam, whilst nice enough for the price of the laptop, is of no use to me, and I used it only a few times on Skype, where it worked with mixed results.
Back to my G62 then. HP are not industry leaders for reliability, I know, but within a year the whole laptop refused to turn on at all, luckily it was simply trapped dust, so compressed air (which I thoroughly recommend for trapped dust in electronic devices) sorted it out. However, this was not the end of my woes, ad then the charger broke. My insurance cover on the G62 had run out and chargers were around £70. I simply took offense to this and instead decided that a desktop computer was the way forward.
To conclude, I would recommend this laptop, however, be aware, use this laptop wrong or do more than casual tasks and it will not last long, be sure to take care of this laptop!
Six months ago a relative of mine had a store credit which was about to expire so they decided to buy a this hp laptop computer. One of the main requirements was, the computer must be fast, have plenty of memory and be able to run multiple browsers at once without slowing down. This laptop doesn't disappoint in this regard. Six months after purchase it still runs your standard software without a problem and makes good use of the Windows 7 operating system. 3GB is installed on the system which is about adequate. The system could probably perform decently with 2GB installed but 3GB is recommended.
Technically this laptop ticks all the boxes, however there are some major flaws. The keyboard is adequate but uncomfortable. Unfortunately, what really lets it down is the build quality which is sub standard. This is a result of an attempt by HP to reduce costs. The plastic bezel that surrounds the screen just feels very flimsy and cheap, it might as well be made out of card board. The unit also tends to overheat due to poor design. If you leave it on for a day at some point it will just switch off. The laptop is covered with a nice fabric like material, however if only HP spent more on the build quality this could have been a really nice product. At least the packaging looks innovative with a nice non geeky design.
Overall most people will probably be satisfied but it just feels like it was only designed to last a few years ready to be thrown out at some point.
From the perspective that I'm doing this review in a few seconds it is easy to type at but that's not all that the amazing laptop can do!
It has an i3 processor part of Intel's new iSeries and its actually quite fast, it comes loaded with bloat-ware that will slow it down if you don't remove it but that's what's to be expected if it comes with an OEM operating system.
The screen is amazingly sharp and looks the part out an about. It has a built in web camera of a really nice quality and a microphone that's not horribly tinny, the only downside to this machine is... you guessed it battery life.
The computer will run for around 2 hours when its on its battery.
Performance wise the RAM is ample enough to run photoshop with varying degrees of success, overall this is a nice machine to surf the web receive e-mails and run less taxing programs but you have no chance running after effects for example.
The machine also has a fairly tacky feel when you put it under your arm, and if you are a heavy typer you will feel like your mashing the keyboard.
I bought this laptop four months ago in a state of emergency due to the sudden death of my previous laptop. It was a tossup between this one and another that was also as cheap. The salesperson said go for this one because of the faster processor, I took his word for it and he appears to have been right.
I'm pleasantly surprised because I wasn't expecting much. However it is FAST !
Start up takes very little time at all which means I'm more likely to turn it off than just leave it on all day, so hopefully that will extend the life of the computer. I'm using all the same software I was on my old laptop, but from hitting the on button to being ready to start working takes a small fraction of the time that I was used to.
I always have loads of browser tabs open and a handful of documents at the same time and haven't noticed any appreciable slowing down and so far not a single crash\freeze or similar irritation.
I do have an issue with it, albeit a very, very minor one. On the mouse pad I've worn away a patch of the colour in just a few months of use, so far from a seamless meeting of computer casing and mouse pad, I now have an unsightly patch of white gleaming through. I'm personally not that fussed because the last thing I would have bought this computer for is its looks, but those who value aesthetics might have an issue with it.
Other than the above, I'm more than happy with my nice, new, speedy, inexpensive workhorse.
I just picked this laptop to go to university with me and this is one of the best deal that I can find for a laptop with Core i3 processor (2 x 2.13GHz). With a fast processor and 3Gb DDR3 memory it's quite adequate for high system requirement tasks such as Photoshop or gaming, apart from the everyday Microsoft office tasks essential for students. The downside of this laptop is that due to a fast processor, the battery only lasts 2-3 hours; the keyboard is a little squishy; the built-in speakers are not perfect as they start creating noises when it's on high volume/ high frequency sound. Have had no problem with the WLAN adapter, no overheating problem as long as you place it on a good heat-conducting surface. If you want to upgrade the RAM to 4Gb it's easy; the laptop comes with 1x 1Gb 1x 2Gb, so you can just replace the 1Gb one with a new 2Gb one (that you can buy from amazon or eBay or PC world with around £30) by unscrewing the base (the part next to the battery), slide it in and click, you're done! The lowest price I can find is £440 from eBuyer.com
I'd like to start this review by saying I bought this laptop , about 2 weeks ago, (with
that in mind please forgive any bias!).
OK, lets cover firstly the look of the chasis, HP have broken the mould for this one, it seems
more reminiscent of a macbook, in a texture matt (cook , chic) look!
The G62 comes with an intel i3, processor onboard, 3 gig DDR3 ram and 320 gig storage.
None of that actually tells you anything, but I can honestly tell you, as customer, (who only has a pathetic 3g mobile internet stick) this thing is quick.
We're talking 9 open tabs (firefox) without slowdown, this only made possible due to the fact that it comes equipped with the i3, but also has 3 gig of DDR3 RAM, differing from the slower
DDR2 version. From the initial boot up (in under 1 min) you will see dramatic changes, as soon as you open the web browser you literally can be online in seconds.
This is my first experience of Windows 7 and I have to say I again am mightily impressed!
It just works, multiple tabs, windows, lower on system resources, far more stable and secure!
When you back this (far superior ) operating system that is Windows 7, with the i3 chip , 3 gig (DDR3) RAM, 32O gig storage, a high quality webcam, 5in 1 card slots, and HDMI to boot, it starts to be quite a tempting buy!
It's probably fair to say that the first thing that will grab you about the G62 is the bright LED back lit lcd display, and the second thing will be the (quite) startingly boot-up time, it take's to load up, thanks mainly in no small part to the i3 processor.
Another unusal factor when considering buying the G62 is the layout of the keyboard...despite it being a full qwerty keyboard, the keys are slightly offset, almost at a slightly odd angle, this will for many take a slight period of adjustment to get used to.
one pretty cool feature is the use of hot keys , all along the top strip..(just above the numbers on the key board)...this saves users having to find for e.g the wireless menu, they can instead...just press F12
and the button goes from red to blue...telling you your connected!