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HP Pavilion G6-1381SA
Member Name: lights84
HP Pavilion G6-1381SA
Date: 26/01/13, updated on 27/01/13 (117 review reads)
Advantages: Decent price, long battery life, compact and lightweight
Disadvantages: May be issues with keys, definite issue with insecure battery
I chose this laptop as my Christmas present from my husband as my old Dell was starting to reheat too easily and was becoming unreliable. I use my laptop for my work as I work from home. I chose this laptop in the local Currys store and it cost £245 at a sale price and extra for insurance which was something like £25 a month for 3 year insurance, which I don't think is a lot as they had other models there that cost more money but did not suit my needs as well.
One reason I really liked the HP laptop more than the others that were on display in the store was because it is compact and lightweight but also friendly-looking, which may sound silly to you but when you spend hours staring at a screen you don't want sharp edges, heavy clunking and an annoying keyboard under your hands. I tried the laptop out, the sales assistant let me type a few things on it, and I was sold. The only downside is that it has no CD playing facility, which doesn't matter to me because all my music is on iTunes now, but it may matter to other people. You can't watch videos from DVD on this laptop, although since it has such a small screen I'm guessing few people would buy it for that purpose. Having said that though, the screen is very clear, crisp even, so in some ways watching a film on this laptop's screen beats watching one on an older laptop's larger screen, eg my old Dell.
I love that this laptop is so small and not at all heavy, which means I can easily take it into different rooms in the house and also out with me in a case when I need to work elsewhere. It loads up really quickly, within a few minutes, and the battery lasts for about 4 hours when fully charged so I rarely have to worry about taking the charger with me when I leave the room/house. Also, a single click on the battery icon on the desktop tells me how much time I have remaining and also lets me change the way the screen etc is lit in order to save power if I'm almost out of charge.
The laptop surface is smooth and easy to use and I like how all the letters are slightly curved. The laptop came with a mouse that inserts via USB port but I have never needed to use it as I prefer the touch-pad on the laptop and the two buttons below it for selecting things on-screen. It has 4 USB ports in total which is really useful for me when I need to transfer work to memory sticks or back them up to my external hard drive. I have had a fault however with the keys recently in that the shift keys on both ends stopped working one day, which means that I have to use Caps Lock to capitalise words. I have yet to get this fixed as it will mean posting off my laptop for at least a week, and I do use it every day for work. This is really inconvenient to me. The other issue I will bring up is the battery, which can easily fall out of the bottom of the laptop. I am by no means rough with my laptop but a couple of times I have moved it and the battery has fallen out of the bottom which results in lost work etc. This is a design flaw as the battery slots back in easily but is clearly not so secure that a knock won't make it fall out again.
The desktop is very easy to set up although it only comes with a basic software package which means that proper versions of Microsoft Word and Excel have to be bought separately. Windows 7 is easy enough to use, and although I don't like all the changes I see no point in grumbling since we have to get used to the new versions whether we like them or not.
The laptop has an inbuilt webcam above the screen which gives a good, high quality image. I found it a bit creepy at first- to have it always facing me, I mean, and always on- but I have used it many times now and it is easy to use and saves fiddling with old-style web cams as you can just tilt the screen to get a better view of yourself to whoever you are video-chatting with. The image is always clear and I can't fault it at all. The microphone also picks up sound extremely well and I have not had any problem with sound quality.
This laptop does not have a loud fan, in fact the fan seems very quiet and efficient, as my laptop has yet to heat up noticeably and I have been using it for well over a year now, every day and often for extended periods of time. The laptop still works well after over a year of frequent use, everything loads quickly and as it should, and nothing is difficult to use. My only issues with it are the keys and the insecure battery which is why I'm not giving it 5 stars. Despite those problems, I would still buy this laptop again, as I have found it so easy to use and it has not really let me down at alll. (..Yet. Touch wood!!)
Summary: Despite a few problems, I would still buy this laptop again.
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