HP G62 234DX Laptop Review
A few months ago I was looking for a new laptop to replace my Dell laptop which is about 5 years old. I wanted a PC that was mid range, around $500, something that would not be too expensive, yet not become outdated any time soon. After doing weeks of research online and trying out many different models in the stores, I decided on the HP G62-234DX laptop.
It was $499 at Best Buy and came with an Intel Core i3 processor and 4 gigs of memory. At $499 this is a great deal. You will be hard pressed to find a laptop with these stats for under $500 anywhere let alone a brand name computer with a high quality build. This must have been a promotional price because the day after I purchased the laptop, the price jumped up $200 to $699. In this review I will go over the hardware, performance, and usability of this model.
The HP G62-234DX comes in a nice black box with the HP logo. Inside, the materials are pretty minimal. You have the laptop, cables, and some basic instructions. Absent are a full user guide and documents as well as any discs for installed programs. Note that it does not come with a system restore disc, but it gives you instructions on how to create your own by using DVD-R's. The only other contents included are some advertisements for HP and related products.
Taking the laptop out, it appears fairly high quality. Slip the battery in, plug it in, and it is ready to go. The outside has a patterned "biscotti" color which is like a silver gold color. I like that the finish and keys are not glossy like so many other laptops out there these days. The screen however is glossy and shows reflections easily with dark colors. This took some getting used to since I came from a laptop that had a matte screen finish. Also I noticed that although this screen is 15.6 inches, the same size as my last laptop, it is considerably shorter and wider. I don't think this is an advantage given the fact that most web pages and content scroll vertically.
The keys have a boxy look and are arranged with function keys around the outside. The touch pad is integrated with the finish and the mouse buttons are a 1 button rocker style. There are plenty of outputs and inputs around the edges on the left and right sides of the base. So how does this hardware perform?
Setup and Start up
I turned on the HP G62 laptop and followed the on screen instructions. They are pretty basic and easy to follow. I did however run into some problems right off the bat. The setup froze about 10 minutes in and I had to do a ctrl-alt-delete to restart it. Not a good first impression, but after the restart, it was back on track. The performance right away was very slow and delayed. This was very discouraging, but I kept working with it. After taking care of all the basic setups and doing some tweaks to get better performance, the speed of the computer improved significantly. The sound of the fan is very quiet and the model does not get too hot.
Using the HP G62
I found Windows 7 to be fairly easy to use and customize to get the desired settings and performance from this laptop. The keys feel a bit cramped and putting the function buttons around the edges was not a good choice because it is easy to hit them accidentally when you are trying to get a shift or a backspace. The touch pad is nice and responsive. It has a scroll feature and can be turned on and off.
The sound quality is good for a mid range level laptop. The speakers themselves are not great, so you will probably want to use headphones or external speakers for music. For the display, I found the screen to be rather short. It does not display as much of the content as I would want when using programs like web browsers. The resolution can be set to 1366 X 768 but it would be nice to get the content smaller than this setting so more can be displayed.
One of the features I was most pleased with was the integrated web cam. It comes with a program that allows many features such as recording, taking pictures, and adding live effects. It even has surveillance features and automatic zoom and face track features. I spent about an hour just having fun with the different settings.
After using the laptop for about a week, I am satisfied with it but not blown away. The speed is pretty quick for most programs, but there are delays at times. Windows 7 makes it simple to find what you are looking for and get the most out of your computer. A few features need to be explained better both in the software and the hardware. I had to look online to figure out how to do some things.
If you are looking for a mid range laptop and you can find this model for $500, I would recommend it. It has one of the better looking hardware cases and actually looks similar to a Macbook Pro. It is easy to set up, but it will definitely help if you are good with computers and know how to delete pre-loaded programs and trial offers. Also, you will want to customize the settings on the computer in order to get better performance. This has been a review of the HP G62 234DX laptop.
I have been using the hp laptop every day for the past 2 years and it is still running strong. It still seems new. The only issue I have with it right now is the volume change function can be a little buggy when watching flash video such as Youtube. I have my browsers and flash up to date so I think it is an HP driver issue. Other than that, I have been very pleased with this computer.
5 years later and the laptop is still running well! I will probably keep it for a while longer and possibly upgrade when the next Windows comes out. Overall I have been pretty satisfied with the HP G62 laptop.
Lately the fan on the HP G62 has been running too high. I tried cleaning out the dust but the only way to do a good clean is by dissembling the whole computer which is much too difficult. I also looked for other solutions online, but it seems there is not much else that can be done. Overall the laptop is still good but I may have to look for an upgrade soon.
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