HP Pavilion g7-2238nr 17.3-Inch Laptop Review

HP Pavilion g7-2238nr 17.3-Inch Laptop

If you’re in the market for an affordable laptop to take care of your everyday computing needs, the HP Pavilion g7-2238nr 17.3-inch laptop could well be the machine you’re looking for.

Driven by an AMD 2.7 GHz A-Series Dual-Core A6-4400M CPU, and supported by 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive, this machine is perfect for homework assignments, storing family photographs or and surfing the web.

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It’s 17.3 inch screen makes it an ideal replacement for an old desktop computer, yet it weighs just 6.57 lbs, and measures 16.22″ wide x 10.53″ deep x 1.22″—1.45″ high, saving you space and offering some of the latest features all in one easy to handle package.

The machine’s AMD Radeon HD 7520G Discrete-Class graphics are ideal for day-to-day tasks, although they will probably struggle with some of today’s more demanding games – if you’re looking for a dedicated gaming laptop, this is probably not the best machine for you. But, as a reasonably powerful family machine, capable of handling routine tasks with ease, it has a lot to offer.

The HP TrueVison HD webcam means this laptop is video-chat ready right out of the box – just sign in to your favourite chat software and you’re good to go! What better way to keep in touch with distant friends and family than a face to face chat?

A built-in card reader makes it easy to transfer photos from your memory cards in seconds, with no need to find elusive cables before you can connect your camera to the computer, and the SuperMulti DVD burner means you can take advantage of the 17.3 inch screen to watch movies on the go. Or, if you prefer, you can use the laptop’s HDMI port to connect to an HDTV and see your movies and pictures on an even bigger screen!

Pros :

  • Good budget workhorse
  • Potentially useful numeric keypad
  • Windows 8

Cons :

  • Underpowered for serious gaming

The built-in 802.11 b/g/n WiFi makes connecting to the internet a breeze – surf from your couch or kitchen table without worrying about trailing ethernet cables. And, with an expected battery life of over three hours, you can even get away from the power cord for a while if you like.

Two USB 3.0 ports and one older-style USB 2.0 ports mean you shouldn’t be short of ports when it comes to connecting extra devices, either. The USB 3.0 ports are much faster than the older standard, but you can still use them to plug in USB 2.0 devices if you don’t have any USB 3.0 equipment yet.

Unusually for a laptop, this machine also features a 10-key numeric keypad as part of its keyboard, making numeric data entry much easier. If you key in a lot of numbers – perhaps as part of your job, or while managing your household accounts – this feature alone could save you a great deal of time and effort.

As with most new laptops at the time of writing, this model ships with Windows 8, the latest version of Microsoft’s world-leading operating system, ensuring that your computer is ready to take advantage of all that the latest software has to offer.

In summary, the HP Pavilion g7-2238nr 17.3-Inch Laptop is an excellent, affordable laptop for your everyday computing needs. It’s not a top of the range model, by any means, and its graphics in particular will struggle with hard-core gaming, but as a budget day-to-day computer, it is well worth considering.

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