It took me a good while too choose this laptop, I wanted the best for my budget, I use my laptop everyday and needed reliability and needed to handle large graphics processing.
First think I noticed about this laptop was the design, almost all the silver areas are covered in a prism pattern with the exeption of the hanges, this looks great and have had a few compliments regarding this.
Start up is good and quick, first thing I did was make a back up disc well 4 DVD discs are actualy needed for this, you are promted to do this every time you start up until you do, just follow the instructions cant be easier, there is a partition on the hard drive with a back up but this wont be any good if the laptop wont actually start, windows 7 64bit is pre-installed.
The processor is an AMD PhenomII N830, this is 2 Ghz triple core, this will tick over at about 25% usage to about 50% of its power when say listening to music whilst surfing the internet, when Im using software that does large amount of processing, say editing large RAW image files it only goes to just above 50%, with no freezing or gliching, this is a good quick processor.
The RAM suplied is 3GB DDR3 but this can be upgraded to 8GB, most of the time my memory sits at 50% so I dont need more, there are downloadable widgets that can be used to keep track of the usage.
The laptop has a 15.6-inch High-Definition LED HP BrightView Widescreen Display this is powered by an ATI mobility Radeon HD 4250 graphics card, it will play movies seamlessly and also can be easily connected to a HD TV, this is done with the use of a HDMI cable so no loss of picture clarity.
The sound like most laptops is good but also like most laptops the speakers are rubbish, these are Altec Lansing speakers small output and crackle when up at only 50%, there is a 3.5 jack socket that I use to connect to my Hi-Fi.
The hard drive is a 320 GB SATA (7200 rpm), so its a good size for most users, there is a small loss as it is partitioned, this partition holds the recovery files.
The media player is a LightScribe SuperMulti DVD±RW with Double Layer Support, LightScribe aloows the user to burn an image onto the DVD disc, special discs are needed for this, havent tested this feature but sounds good, I have played about a thousand DVD's or more and as yet have had no problems, no discs being jammed in or failure to write discs, very good.
The battery is also a good one and will last upto 2 hours depending on usage, the battery is a 6-cell Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery.
The touchpad is the biggest letdown, it looks good as it is the same prism pattern and works well, the problem occurs because of two things, on the left there is a small hole by tapping this twice a small light inside will come on to indicate that the touchpad has been disabled this is good if you want it off say for typing a lot but more often than not it get activated by accident, also turning it back on takes a good few taps more than the two required, the other problem is on the right hand side of the touchpad this is a cool idea and lets you control scroll bars or scroll down pages unfortunately it is a pain as I am always touching it by mistake, causes a few problems.
There are a good amount of ports, 3 USB 2.0 one on the right, 1 HDMI connector on left, 1 VGA port, 1 RJ45 ethernet connector, 1 headphone-out, 1 mic-in, along with these there is a 5in1 card reader this will read SD card, MultiMedia, xD Picture, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, the power suply is plugged into the right hand side.
There is also a built in webcam and microphone, this works great with the likes of skype, both the image and sound quality are superb.
All in all this has been a well built good running laptop, the good points outnumber the bad points greatly, the price is very good for what you get I would recommend this laptop.
I purchased this laptop for myself around 2 years ago after my desktop computer become very outdated - it was 5 years old and was constantly causing me bother with lots of costly trips to the computer hospital!
At first I wasn't too keen on laptops as at the time the cheaper ones didn't tend to have a great spec - and I liked to use mine for gaming... With this in mind I wanted the laptop I bought to be outstanding in performance. My desktop PC had been a box standard Acer computer when I bought that, but I had modified it with more memory and a great graphics card - the new laptop had to have very high expectations!
I saw this when shopping online and I came the HP G62-b13SA on offer through Tesco - I can't remember the exact price I paid but it was around the £350 mark which was relatively cheap for the spec. I was attracted due to the design more than anything else and decided to take a chance even though I had no experiance with HP laptops or computers! Below I will give you the spec so you will have an idea whats in this little machine.
The below spec I have acquired from HP.com:
Microprocessor 2.0 GHz Intel Pentium Processor P6100
Microprocessor Cache Level 3 cache 3 MB
Memory 3 GB DDR3 (1 x 1024 MB + 1 x 2048 MB)
Memory Max Supports up to 4 GB DDR3 memory
Video Graphics Intel HD Graphics
Video Memory up to 1274 MB total available graphics memory
Display 39.6 cm (15.6") diagonal High-Definition LED HP BrightView Display (1366 x 768)
Hard Drive 320 GB SATA Hard Disk Drive 7200 rpm
Multimedia Drive SATA optical drive: LightScribe SuperMulti DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support
Network Card Integrated 10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN
Wireless Connectivity 802.11 b/g/n
Sound Altec Lansing speakers
Keyboard Full size keyboard with One touch launch keys and Action keys
Pointing Device Touch Pad with On/Off button and 2-way Scroll pad support
PC Card Slots 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro or xD Picture cards
External Ports 1 VGA port
1 stereo headphone-out
3 USB 2.0 ports
1 RJ45 ethernet port
Power 65 W AC Power Adapter
6-cell Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery
Built in microphone and webcam
I am not an expert in what to look for on spec, but what I know is my old PC had 4G memory which never failed on the amount of memory eating games I used to play and the laptop had to be similar. As you can see from the above the original memory is 3G but you could update to 4G if you wanted. The internal memory is also 320G which is more than enough for my needs.
Size & Weight
As taken from HP.com:
Dimensions 24.6 cm (L) x 37.4 cm (W) x 3.18 cm (min H) / 3.68 cm (max H)
Weight Starting at 2.20 kg
A huge screen is not something I wanted in particular - I just wanted something quite small and light that I can do my business on and still easily transport around - with this in mind I didn't want a netbook either as they have an awful reputation for being very slow and useless... The screen size on this HP laptop is 15.6" which is perfect for me. Anything larger would of been too big. You can also see by the above measurments the laptop is very light compared to others with a similar spec.
As previously mentioned the first thing that attracted me to the laptop was the design. To be honest initially I wanted a nice bright Dell laptop in pink or purple - although I was soon put off this due to being advsied by others about the poor Spec from Dell. Still with colours in mind I wanted something a bit different from all the standard boring black laptops you see everywhere!
This laptop is silver/grey in colour - its not shiny making it open to getting dirty / damaged easily... the best was I can describe is a quilted design all over it (other than the keypad!) - with wanting to keep dirty handprints (my daughters!) and damage at bay I thought the design was brilliant for our situation!
The keyboard you get is standard although you do not get the numbers down the right hand side of the keyboard like you do on larger laptops. This is not an issue for me as I don't use the right hand number pad (I use this enough in work!) - The keyboard is also black in colour and numbers and letters show in white font.
The power inlet is on the right hand side of the keyboard - you also have one USB slot here and the CD drive which is easily opened by clicking the button.
Down the left hand side you have a HDMI outlet, a further 2 USB slots, a microphone slot, a speaker lot and a lot for your memory cards.
The laptop comes with Windows 7 pre-installed from HP. You don't get any disks for this however so it may be an idea to backup your system so you don't lose everything if something was ever to go wrong. I was also pleased to see the first time I used the laptop it came pre-installed with a number of programmes. These include:
HP Support Assistant
Cyberlink DVD Suite
Cyberlink Power DVD
Windows Live Applications
HP Games Console with hours of free game play
Norton Online Backup (30-day trial)
Being truthful I don't use any of the pre-installed programmes other than the HP own ones - which are great for checked on new updates to keep the laptop up to date. But I suppose they are nice freebies and I would be complaining if there was nothing there!
What do I use it for?
These days it is used for a number of things - me and my daughter do a number of things on the internet and I play big games on it such as Sims 3 with 2 add on games (those who play the Sims will know what a big game it is for taking up room on your computer).
I am pleased to say although I haven't updated yet to 4G I don't think it needs it - even with the large Sims game installed it runs like a dream on this Laptop and has never caused me any problems due to low memory!
The battery sadly doesn't last very long in my opinion... its on charge at least once a day... Although considering how much we use it its not really that bad and now that I have used more laptops I can see they are all the same so I can hardly lose it marks here due to that!
Many people have commented on how the sounds play from this - at top volume its very loud, clear and in no way distorted like sadly a lot of laptops seem to be. I watch plenty of films and listen to a lot of music on my laptop and to me the sound gets top marks for this.
Overall for the price I paid two years ago I believe I got an awesome deal from Tesco. I'm still amazed at how the laptop runs considering the amount of abuse it gets.
In my opinion if you want a cheap and stylist that you want for general everyday use - that can hold itself up whilst you play very large games - this is for you.
To date it has never caused me any real problems where I have had to take it to computer hospital to fix - the first 6 months I had it I didn't run any clean up programmes / delete old files / run any updates and it got very cluttered and slow due to my own fault. However the laptop was easily wiped and put back on due to a backup on a disk.
I would recommend this to everyone!
ok so i was looking for a much faster computer and after doing a little research i decided to see what the G62 could do for me. a few months later i have put the G62 through its paces and have to say that i am pleased with many major issues, but there are a few minor things that require improvement.
The first thing you notice about the G62 is its stunningly unique looks. insted of traditional shiny surfaces that collect dust fast and ultimately lose lusture, the G62 has a textured mat finish that is easy to clean and looks great. the keyboard is sleek and flush with little in the way or curved keys whitch is somthing i appriciate.
Once you have booted up tour computer for the first time you immediately notice the speed and efficency of the i5 processor as it is released. it takes around 7 seconds from button press to login whitch is fast enough for most of us. HP make the effort for an intuitive set up with detailed graphics and ease of use troubleshooting. so i was able to set up without much hassle.
the G62 is a powerfull laptop. boasting the new intel i range of processors it will make short work of most programs. couple this together with its ample 4GB of ram and it can run multiple, memory consuming tasks at once. the 6 hrs of battery life also help with on the go computing.
i found there to be a few design/hardware issuew with my G62. in the beginning my F keys would not function. this was quickly solved by the HP staff and i assume it was an isolated case. however somthing i am sure is not an isolated case is the keyboard itself. there are a set of quick fire keys to bring up often used programs quickly. this is nothing new and they are usually placed above the keyboard. however HP wanted to be different and some bright spark thought it would be good to place these keys down the left hand side next to the keyboard whitch simply does not make sense. i've lost count the many times i would attempt to hit the caps lock key and insted bring up a DVD player. Or try to hit shift and insted open my calculator. again this is solvable as i am not the only one who thinks this is a stupid idea and there are online guides to disabling these keys.
The G62 is a powerful sleek and ultimately good computer. any minor issues i have brought up can be fixed and i am very pleased with how it runs high memory applications such as games. its pouplariaty is well deserved and as far as premium peformance laptops go is up there with the best.