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HP Pavilion g6-1a69us 15.6-inch Budget Laptop PC

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HP Pavilion g6-1a69us 15.6-inch Budget Laptop PC

HP Pavilion g6

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The Bottom Line

Apr 1 2011 - HP's new Pavilion g6-1a69us budget laptop offers an average level of features and performance in a budget class laptop with a list price of $630. Thankfully, it can be found for under $600 that makes it one of the more affordable one the market. It doesn't really have any truly standout features beyond the inclusion of LightScribe support for the DVD burner and the availability of some models with a bit more color. Users will still have to content with HP's inclusion of a lot of preloaded software that can slow down boot times and a questionable keyboard layout that merges the media and function keys.
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Pros

  • Affordable
  • Supports Burning Labels to LightScribe Media
  • Available In Several Color Options

Cons

  • Keyboard Layout With Merged Media And Function Keys
  • Lots Of Trialware

Description

  • Intel Core i3-380M Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
  • 500GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner With LightScribe
  • 15.6" WXGA (1366x768) LED Backlit Display With VGA Webcam
  • Intel GMA 4500MHD Integrated Graphics
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
  • Three USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 4-in-1 Card Reader
  • 14.7" x 9.7" x 1.4" @ 5.5 lbs.
  • Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter, Norton Internet Security

Guide Review - HP Pavilion g6-1a69us 15.6-inch Budget Laptop PC

Apr 1 2011 - With the introduction of the 2nd generation Intel processors, HP has decided to update their budget oriented G series laptops to the new Pavailion g series. This has allowed them to move away from the previously affordable AMD processor to the slightly more efficient and powerful Intel Core i3-380M dual core processor for the Pavilion g6-1a69us. This combined with the 4GB of DDR3 memory allows it to tackle just about any programs although it will be slower when dealing with intensive tasks such as video editing compared to slightly more expensive laptops.

Storage features of the HP Pavilion g6-1a69us are fairly typical for a budget classed laptop. It comes with a 500GB hard drive that provides ample storage space for applications, data and media files. It spins at the more traditional 5400rpm rate which means that performance is more modest. A dual layer DVD burner handles all playback and recording of CD and DVD media. One nice aspect to this drive is the support for burning labels directly onto LightScribe compatible media which many budget laptops lacks. A 4-in-1 one card reader handles the most popular forms of flash media storage.

The display on the HP Pavilion g6-1a69us uses a standard 15.6-inch panel that comes with a 1366x768 resolution found in the majority of laptops in this size range. The color and contrast aren't anything special as the panel features a fairly typical level of performance for this price range. This includes the viewing angles that can be problematic for the color shifting and a glossy coating that makes working in certain light difficult. The graphics are handled by the ubiquitous Intel GMA 4500MHD. This is fine for standard web usage or high definition media viewing but lacks any real 3D performance for even casual PC gaming.

For power, the HP Pavilion g6-1a69us uses a standard six cell pack that features a relatively common 47Whr capacity rating. HP claims that this will run up to four and a quarter hours under certain conditions. In DVD playback testing, the system was able to run just over two and a half hours before going into standby mode. This will likely translate to between three and three and a half hours of more typical usage and is average among laptops in this price range and configuration.

The Pavilion g6-1a69us comes in the traditional charcoal black color found in most Windows based laptops. For those seeking a bit more color, HP does offer several other versions of the system that can be purchased in colors including a rose, red, blue and purple if they want to have something a bit different. The keyboard layout remains pretty much the same as the previous G62 which includes the top row doubling as media keys and function keys that can be a bit confusing. They did improve the trackpad however by moving away from the single button bar approach to one that uses a ridge to distinguish left and right.

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