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I bought this HP Laptop in March 2011 after my previous laptop died. In general the laptop has done me well the HDD space on it is plenty for most applications and the RAM allows it to run smoothly most of the time. The in built webcam has been very useful to use along side with skype, pre-download onto the laptop, which does mean that is one less expense. One thing to note is the camera does not appear to be HD unlike the screen which is very noticeable. The HD screen makes watching films programmes on it very enjoyable and clear which is in it's favour. One thing to note, on mine, the protective casing around the screen did crack slightly within the first couple of months just from carrying it around the house and has since split in two in the top left hand corner. I am not sure if this was the way i was carrying it or poor materials but I was very disappointed when it noticed it.
When I went shopping for a laptop I had a smaller budget in mind. However, I was blinded by the technology in this laptop and was easily talked into buying it by the willing salesman! The dual processor and high amount of RAM (sorry - I'm not a tech pro so please be patient if I'm misusing the terminology) means that the laptop runs very smoothly, and start up is quick. I can run multiple applications at the same time without any issues, which is great for me as I'm not the most patient.
When I tried the demo laptop in store I loved the feel of the mousepad and how it seamlessly blends into the rest of the laptop. However, using it can take some getting used to and if you accidentally tap the top left corner of the mousepad twice you will lock it. Tap it twice again in the same spot to unlock it if this happens.
The battery life is the only major negative to this laptop in my opinion, when it's not plugged in it only lasts about two hours. Not a major issue for me as I rarely take it out and about but if you're looking for a laptop for travel use I would definitely NOT recommend this one. It also heats up quite a bit which probably doesn't help the battery life.
It was very easy to set the laptop up for the first time and, almost a year on, I haven't had any faults with it. I would say I'm quite a heavy user (about 4+ hours per day).
I brought this laptop about six months ago now - was a bit wary of it as have had bad experiences with HP laptops in the past, but it was certainly paid for itself.
Whilst it may be that the G62 has a broader screen than some other laptops, it continues to allow the resolution to give a high quality that lets HD video look spectacular. The processing speed enables fast responses, however it can get bogged down if you have too many windows open at once.
At the minute, I have few problems with the reliability of this laptop - it tells you well in advance when your battery will run out. Though the windows update software upon closing can become a pain if you have 20 updates when you want to go to sleep.
Ease of Use:
It's a good portable model, with the size of your normal laptop, but the compact nature that makes it ideal for those who want to transport it around. One problem, though, the touch pad - personally, I use a wireless mouse - because the pad can be a bit temperamental causing the onscreen mouse to dart around the screen if something else is touching it. However, that said, it is also very sensitive so you can use it with the lightest touch. The lack of the number pad on the keys, as in other laptop models, can take a while to get used to, but that is the same with any new model.
For me, installation was a tricky business. It prompted a backup disc to be produced of the core processing - suggesting DVD-R discs to be used, I willingly brought a pack of about 25, only to later find that some people have found that most brands do not work with it.
It charges quickly, and unlike other batteries, it actually lasts. It gives you sufficient warning of when it is going to cut out - with a premature warning, followed by the more immediate one coming up right in the middle of the screen.
The sound can come across quite 'tinny' if at full volume, which is a shame as the majority of this model is faultless. It has a range of different connection portals for HDMI, projectors, internet, USB, microphone, headphones, memory cards - allowing an easy connection on the move. The CD tray is well hidden in the side of the laptop which I have found can be a slight problem when you're in the dark trying to find out where it is.
The CyberLink YouCam that accompanies the built-in webcam is a fun little problems with nice quirks and gadgets to entertain any little children - the webcam itself is relatively good quality, with different settings such as a hat that actually stays in line with your head!