HP Pavilion g7-2270us 17.3-Inch Laptop Review

HP Pavilion g7-2270us 17.3-Inch Laptop Review

The HP Pavilion g7-2270us 17.3-Inch Laptop (Black) is a machine designed with day-to-day computing in mind. It should be easily capable of handling the tasks that most people use their computers for – email, homework assignments, updating social status, movies and music etc.  – without costing a fortune.

HP describes this machine as a “desktop alternative” notebook PC, and, on reflection, that’s probably not unreasonable. Certainly, its 17.3″ diagonal HD+ BrightView LED-backlit, 1600 x 900 display offers quite a bit more screen real estate than many of its competitors, which may well contribute to a “big machine” feel compared to the more usual 15″ laptop display.

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Also playing a part in the “big machine” impression created by this laptop is the full-sized keyboard, with 10 key numeric keypad. More usually found on desktop or high-end laptop keyboard, the numeric keypad makes data entry faster, easier and more accurate. Staying ease of use, the machine’s touchpad pointing device support multi-touch gestures, making it ideal for use with the new touch-friendly features of Windows 8, and also offers an on / off switch, too.

Naturally, the machine’s case is also a little bigger (16.22″W x 10.53″D x 1.22″—1.45″H) to accommodate the larger screen, and, at 6.57 lbs, it weighs just a little more than smaller laptops, too. Unless you are looking for an ultra-potable model, however, these dimensions shouldn’t have much impact upon your choice of laptop  – the g7-2270us is still small and light enough to carry with ease, and is far smaller than the equivalent desktop! With a battery life of up to 3 hours and 45 minutes, there’s no reason to be banished to your study ever again – take your computer with you, and enjoy a desktop-like experience from the comfort of your sofa!

Inside that sparkling black, HP Imprint finish case, the machine is built around a third generation Intel Core i3-3110M Processor. This is a dual core CPU designed primarily for use in small to medium sized laptops, and is a sensible choice for use in this class of  machine. It features Intel’s Hyperthreading technology, allowing each core to handle up to two threads simultaneously for improved performance, but doesn’t support Turbo Boost. The processor’s speed is therefore locked at 2.4GHz, instead of being automatically adjusted for increased efficiency, although, in truth, the absence of Turbo Boost is unlikely to make very much difference for the tasks that this machine is intended to fulfil.

Pros :

  • Good Workhorse For Everyday Tasks
  • Large Display, Full Sized Keyboard
  • 6GB DDR3 RAM
  • Large 750GB Hard Disk
  • Windows 8

Cons :

  • Underpowered For Serious Gaming

The processor is supported by 6GB of DDR3 RAM, which should be more than enough to allow the pre-installed copy of Windows 8 to show off its new features and multi-task your favourite applications. Permanent storage of documents, pictures, music and video, not to mention the software that you install on the machine, is provided by a 750GB hard drive, protected by HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection technology.

In terms of storage capacity, 750GB is more than adequate for most purposes. It is certainly more generous than the hard drives found in many competing laptops, and enormous compared to the relatively small Solid State Drives used in many higher priced models, although, of course, SSDs are much, much faster than conventional hard drives. In general, they are also less prone to damage from the many drops and knocks that beset laptops on a daily basis than a standard hard drive. However, HP’s ProtectSmart  technology helps to protect your hard drive from just that kind of problem, by moving the read/write heads to a safe position as soon as sudden movement is detected.

The display is driven by Intel HD graphics 4000 with up to 1664MB total graphics memory. Day-to-day tasks are well within its capabilities, as are HD video and casual gaming, but, despite being compatible with DirectX 11.1, HD Graphics 4000 will struggle with today’s more demanding games.

For those times when even the built-in 17.3 inch display isn’t big enough – such as watching your favourite movies, for example – the machine has an HDMI port, making it easy to connect to an external monitor or HDTV. There is also a legacy VGA port, for connecting to older monitors and projectors.

Other wired peripherals, such as printers or memory sticks, can be connected via the machine’s two high speed USB 3.0 ports, or the single standard USB 2.0 port. Wireless peripherals can be connected via Bluetooth, while wireless networking is provided by the built-in 802.11 b/g/n WiFi. For more conventional, wired, networking the machine offers a standard Ethernet port. A SuperMulti DVD burner for installing software, backing up your data and playing movies and a multi-format digital media card reader, together with a built-in HD webcam round off the machine’s features.

Overall, HP Pavilion g7-2270us 17.3-Inch Laptop is a good choice if you’re looking for a machine to handle everyday tasks, with the convenience you would usually expect from a desktop. The large display and full size keyboard make for a comfortable user experience, while the multi-touch touchpad is designed to work well with the latest touch-friendly features in Windows 8. This isn’t a gaming machine, by any means, but as an inexpensive workhorse for routine tasks like email, homework, managing your family budget, updating your social status and video chat it has a lot to offer.

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