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HP G62-a45SA review

A powerfully performing budget laptop with great features and a speedy hard drive

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Good performance
  • Decent build quality
  • Lightscribe DVD player

Against

  • Limited storage
  • Mixed usability

HP is one of the world's top laptop manufacturers and impressed us recently with its Intel Core i3-powered ProBook 6440b. The G62-a45SA is its latest Core i3 machine and its rather unexciting design is made up for by a strong set of features.

The plastic chassis has a similar brushed aluminium finish to the Acer in this group and is mostly solid, with only a little flex around the optical drive. It's a rather bland design, but doesn't suffer from fingerprints or dust coating the surface.

Weighing in at 2.6kg this laptop can be carried around if needed, although it's a little heavier than the other machines here.

Battery life is much better than the Toshiba Satellite Pro C650-197, with 278 minutes of power on offer from a single charge.

Mixed usability

Usability is rather mixed. The keyboard is responsive, although feels a bit cheap compared to the solid Acer Aspire 5741-333G32Mn and Packard Bell EasyNote NM86 boards.

There is no dedicated numeric keypad, unlike the Acer, but a row of shortcut buttons along the left side allows easy access to internet software.While we found ourselves hitting these buttons by accident at first, we quickly got used to the layout.

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Some users may dislike the touchpad, however, which is completely flat and undefined.

An Intel Core i3 processor provides ample performance for office tasks. The Core i3 350M chip includes integrated graphics, which all four laptops here use for image rendering and, while there's not enough power for running complex multimedia applications or playing the latest games, watching high-definition (HD) movies and basic photo and video editing is fine.

Storage is limited, with just 250GB available - less than the Acer and Toshiba - although the HP hard drive runs at a faster speed for fast access to your data.

The DVD drive features LightScribe technology, which allows you to burn monochrome labels directly on to CDs and DVDs – an unexpected inclusion at this price.

High-speed wireless networking is made possible by 802.11n Wi-Fi, but fixed network connections are slower than the Acer and Packard Bell.

HDMI and VGA connections are also in place, letting you output to an external display and a 5-in-1 memory card reader lets you instantly access holiday snaps and other media.

Overall the G62-a45SA is a good machine that offers strong Intel Core i3 performance at a reasonable price. Features such as LightScribe support and the fast hard drive are a welcome bonus, but the keyboard and touchpad may put off some users.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity250 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerATI
Graphics Controller ModelMobility Radeon HD 4250
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyG62-a00
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli3-350M
ColourSilver
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameHP
Processor Speed2.26 GHz
Processor TypeCore i3
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory3 GB
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, WEEE, EPEAT Silver, REACH
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM55 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Labeling TechnologyLightScribe
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1.49 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyBrightView
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Height36.8 mm
Width374 mm
Depth246 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesG62-a00
ManufacturerHewlett-Packard
Product ModelG62-a45SA
Product NameG62-a45SA Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberXC222EA#ABU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing Information

Express yourself, do more, and have more fun - with worry-free computing at an affordable price. The HP G62 Notebook PC gives you the perfect balance of technology and style, with all the functionality you need.

Maximum Memory4 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • G62-a45SA Notebook
  • Lithium-Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Limited Warranty1 Year