HP Pavilion g6-2210us 15.6-Inch Laptop Review

HP Pavilion g6-2210us 15.6-Inch Laptop

The HP Pavilion g6-2210us 15.6-Inch Laptop is a relatively new addition to HP’s venerable Pavilion series.

Featuring an AMD Dual-Core A4-4300M CPU running at 2.5 GHz, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 640 GB 5400 RPM Hard Drive and AMD’s Radeon HD 7420G graphics, this machine should make an ideal entry level purchase for someone with relatively undemanding computing needs.

Email, surfing the web, word processing, video chat and other day-to-day productivity applications should be well within its capabilities. Its 640GB Hard Drive, while not enormous by today’s standards, will be able to store a lot of pictures, videos and music – more than enough to satisfy the needs of light or occasional users of entertainment on the move.

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However, if you’re looking for a laptop to play the latest and greatest games, you’re probably going to want to look elsewhere. The Radeon HD 7420G graphics built in to this model will handle Solitaire and similar games with ease, but the more demanding effects of today’s cutting edge games are, quite simply, beyond its capabilities.

Wireless connectivity is catered for by on-board 802.11b/g/n, and two out of the three provided USB ports support the new USB 3.0 standard, with the remaining port being of the older USB 2.0 type. USB 3.0 devices aren’t all that common yet, but you can rest assured that, should you need to, this laptop can handle them – and, in the meantime, they will work with all your USB 2.0 devices, too.

Pros :

  • Large Hard Disk
  • Windows 8

Cons :

  • Underpowered for serious gaming

Battery life, at a claimed 3 hours and 15 minutes on a full charge, isn’t wonderful, but nor is it spectacularly bad for a machine in this class – it’s adequate for taking the machine around the house and checking your email in bed, but don’t expect to do any prolonged work away from the an electricity supply.

The machine is supplied with Windows 8, the latest version of Microsoft’s ubiquitous Windows operating system. Anyone who’s used a computer in the past 15 years or so is almost certain to have encountered Windows in one form or another, and they could reasonably expect to have a fair idea of how to use this – or any other – machine running Windows. However, Microsoft has made a number of changes in the latests version of its software that may leave seasoned users of earlier editions feeling a little lost at first glance.

The changes are not really difficult to master, and other, less visually apparent improvements to the way Windows works make it worth the effort to learn the ways of Windows 8 – just don’t be surprised to find that things look a little different to what you may be used to.

Overall, this should be a capable entry-level laptop, able to handle day-to-day chores with ease but poorly suited to the more heavyweight demands of state of the art games, for example.

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