HP Pavilion g6-2218nr 15.6-Inch Laptop Review

HP Pavilion g6-2218nr 15.6-Inch Laptop

The HP Pavilion g6-2218nr 15.6-Inch Laptop is an affordable machine intended to easily carry out everyday computing tasks without breaking the bank.

Based on an AMD 2.7 GHz A-Series Dual-Core A6-4400M CPU, together with 4 GB of RAM, a 320 GB hard drive and AMD Radeon HD 7520G Discrete-Class graphics using up to 2029MB total graphics memory, this laptop is ideal for day-to-day, general purpose computing.

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It should cope easily with surfing the net, helping the kids with their homework, storing family photos and watching HD video; the 320GB hard drive has plenty of space to spare for pictures, music and movies. It’s not really suitable for playing today’s most demanding games, though, so if you’re looking for a gaming laptop you’ll probably want to look elsewhere.

Bluetooth and 802.11 b/g/n WiFi connectivity are included as standard, so you shouldn’t have any trouble getting connected to the internet. And, once you are online, the built-in HP TrueVision HD Webcam makes video chat a breeze. There’s no need to setup any extra hardware – just sign in to your favourite chat software and you’ll be chatting with your friends and family in minutes.

This machine features a SuperMulti DVD burner for installing software, storing your own data on CD or DVD. It also means you can watch DVDs on the laptop’s 15.6 inch display, or connect an HDTV to the machine’s HDMI port and watch them on a much bigger screen.

Pros :

  • Good budget everyday laptop
  • Large Hard Disk
  • Windows 8

Cons :

  • Underpowered for serious gaming

Other ports include two modern USB 3.0 ports and one legacy USB 2.0 port. The newer ports are much faster than the older version when used with new USB 3.0 equipment, but they’re fully backwards compatible, too. So if you only have USB 2.0 devices, they’ll work just as well in all of this machine’s USB ports.

However, if all you want to do is transfer pictures from your camera to the computer, there’s no need to hook it up to a USB port at all. This machine features a built in card reader, enabling you to transfer pictures from your memory cards in seconds.

Like other laptops in the Pavilion g6 range, this machine includes a dedicated numeric keypad in its keyboard. Although undeniably useful if you key in a lot of numeric data – household accounts, perhaps – it may not be a particularly must-have feature for a machine aimed at routine, day-to-day computing. Then again, it does no harm, and may appeal to some users.

All of these features are packed into a sparkling black case that measures 14.80″ (Width) x 9.61″ (Depth) x 1.20″—1.43″ (Height) and weighs just 5.46 lbs including the 6-cell 47WHr lithium-ion battery. And, with a battery life of up to 3 hours and 15 minutes, you can easily take this laptop around with you to wherever you need it.

Of course, any computer is only as good as its operating system. The Pavilion g6-2218nr ships with Windows 8, the latest version of Microsoft’s world famous software. Long-time Windows users may initially find the new look of Windows 8 a little confusing, but they shouldn’t be put off by it; Windows 8 has many advantages over its predecessors, and it really is worth the minor effort required to get to grips with it.

Overall, this is an excellent budget laptop. It is intended to offer competent performance on day-to-day tasks, and should be easily able to deliver on that promise. It may well struggle with more demanding tasks, particularly modern games, but, in fairness, they are tasks it was never designed to undertake. If you’re in the market for a reasonably well equipped, general purpose laptop for routine computing tasks (especially if those tasks include a lot of numeric data entry), this machine is well worth considering.

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