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Specs are great, but the display and keyboard are awful
, 24 July 2010
This review is from: HP G62-105SA Laptop PC (15.6-inch LED Widescreen Display, Windows 7 Home Premium, Intel Core i3 Processor i3-330M, 3 GB RAM, 320 GB HDD, 802.11 b/g/n, Intel HD Graphics) (Electronics)
I bought this as a replacement for an old Toshiba laptop that I'd had for 2 and a half years. I'm used to budget laptops and average specs, and I thought this one would be one of the better ones, but there are some HUGE problems with it that I wanted to warn potential buyers about.
i3 processor - multitasks and runs big programs fast.
fast hard drive - never mentioned in reviews, but this is something that really boosts the performance of this laptop.
build quality - despite what you may have read about hp, the build quality seems very solid. I reckon this is the kind of laptop that will as a few years, although having said that, one of the four 'nubs' on the bottom came off after only a few days (easy to glue back on).
great design - has a pattern over the lid and the inside which is quite stylish I think. Also takes some design cues from macbooks with some nice lines, not as ugly and clunky-looking as your normal laptop.
speakers - they're not that bad, but the bass levels are almost non existent. If you listen to a lot of music on your computer then you will notice this, sometimes it's like listening to song mixes with the bass completely removed. This is something I'm sure you can correct with settings though, as the speakers are apparently of a good make.
awful keyboard - the keys feel like they've already been worn out, squishy, almost no click. Imagine typing on your tv remote. Personally I like a solid, responsive keyboard, but some people might prefer the softness I suppose.
display - I've tried on all settings for three days now, and the colours, contrast, and black levels on the screen are always horrendous. The display is incapable of showing black, all you can get is a very dark grey (and only then by sacrificing a lot of colour and definition). I've tried everything - drivers, third party software, etc, but it is impossible to get a semi decent picture out of the screen. It's obvious this is the area they cut corners on to give you such good specs. It doesn't help that the screen is also as sensitive to light as a mirror, if you move your head only slightly, or have any light at all in your room, you will see reflections and glare. If you never want to work with images, have never owned a computer with a decent screen, or are willing to try and get used to it for the specs, then go for it, but if you care at all about image quality and colours, then avoid this laptop as the screen ruins the whole experience of using it. I highly recommend you check the screen in person before considering a purchase.
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