Tuesday, November 15, 2011

HP Pavilion g6 Review

This laptop is great for its price. When searching for a new laptop, all the choices were pretty overwhelming. So many options, features, models and brands.. After some googling and asking around, I narrowed down my search to simply a computer with Intel Core i3 at thee cheapest price, with the maximum RAM possible. In the end based on availability and time issues, my best option was the HP g6.

My HP Pavilion g6

Price: $530 (at Best Buy)

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Processor: Intel Core i3 i3-380M / 2.53 GHz
Hard Drive: 500 GB
Display: 15.6" LED Back light
6 Cell Battery

Pros:                                                                                                        Cons:
Great features for a budget laptop                                                       No USB 3.0 port
Sleek silver and black design                                                                Bad Web cam
Very responsive                                                                                      Not so great Battery life

HP g6 keyboard
Keyboard: is pretty spacious. It has little space between the keys which can be difficult for cleaning out dust and those tiny food crumbs. A white light, lights up on the caps lock and the Wi-Fi key(f12) when turned on. As you can see in the photo on the left, the up and down arrow keys are really small. I've been using it for a week, and still mistake the shift key for up.

Trackpad: The g6 touchpad supports multi-touch gestures including pinch to zoom, double-finger scrolling, rotate, three-finger press, etc. You can also lock/ unlock the trackpad by double tapping a depression at the upper-left corner.

HP g6 Trackpad
Body Design: The body is of plastic; good-quality plastic in two tones of black and silver. On the outside, the lid is glossy silver and about a centimetre thick. Personally I like silver as fingerprints and dust aren't obvious. This is coming from somebody who previously had to deal with a black glossy lid which always looked dirty. The lid opens and closes easily and is pretty securely attached. On the inside the keyboard is in tones of black and silver.

HP g6 lid
Weight: I wouldn't call this laptop light. It's about 5.5 pounds. Portable enough for travelling

between home and the office. But since it's battery life isn't that long, you'll most likely be carrying its charger with you as well. So if you're a walker or a constant traveller, I wouldn't recommend this.

Web cam: Not so good. Definitely not recommended for video conferencing at work nor for making YouTube videos. Resolution is too low and adds a white glowing effect to photos.

The HP g6 comes with Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) pre-installed. Its initial setup was complete in ten minutes without any complications. Be prepared for a lot of pre-installed programs by HP like:
  • HP games,
  • HP launch box,
  • HP moviestore ,
  • Bilio,
  • Skype,
  • Evernote, 
  • Norton Anti-Virus Security ( 60 days trial),
  • Microsoft Office 2010 ( Starter Kit - Word & Excel)
  • And a couple of shortcuts to websites like eBay, Lo Jack, etc.
HP Quickweb
This is a feature which wasn't really mentioned in the user manual or any of the rveiews I'd been through. Apprently the HP g6 has a second operating system installed which turns on, at the press of the F5 button when the laptop is powered off. The quickweb is only and completely for the web and skype. It starts up in seconds, directly opening up the browser. You can't really do any thing else, except use a calculator. But it's a really decent feature for when you want to save on time when starting up the computer simply for internet browsing. And since it is less of a load on the processor, the battery life increases from 2hr 30 mins to 3hr 20 mins when the battery is 100% charged.

Battery Life
The average battery life lasts for 2hrs 30 mins. That may seem less as compared to other high-end laptops in the market, but this shouldn't matter for the average user who uses their laptop at home or at the office. One good thing about the battery is that it charges fairly quickly. In over an hour, it's 90% charged.

Although the g6 is a great product, I wouldn't recommend it for purchase. In the same price range you can get the HP Probook 3540s, with aluminium body, HD webcam, USB 3.0 and longer battery life. The specifications are the same, but the hardware is a better run for your money.

>>Go to Gallery to see more photos of the HP Pavilion g6.

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Anonymous said...

Found your review near the top of Google search results--thanks for sharing. It helped redirect my laptop search to an HP Probook.

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Khaleel Pasha said...

I am planning to buy one laptop of hp pavilion g6 family. hp pavilion g6 , please suggest one

Mishka Orakzai said...

@Khaleel Pasha: I have used the HP g6 as my primary laptop at home for the past three years or so, and I can say with confidence that it is an excellent laptop. However its major flaw lies in its battery life. It can barely last for 2 hours, and with time these 2 hours have decreased to just above an hour. So if battery is a concern, then go for a more newer model in the HP Pavilion series or a DELL (they have great battery lives). Hope I was of help and good luck in your search!