HP G72-a10SA review

It's huge, it's cheap, but is HP's low-end 17-inch laptop any good?

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Benchmarks
3DMark03 3244
3DMark06 1231
Battery Life 2hrs 45m

Bad points first – you're not getting much out of this in terms of 3D performance. It's one of the worst machines on the market right now for 3D gaming, especially if you want to push it to the full resolution of the panel. The Intel HD Graphics can't handle much pushing, and there's not much RAM to go round.

Double your investment and get a Dell XPS 17 – which also sports an active-shutter system for actual 3D images – if you want gaming on the move, because this simply isn't the platform for that.

And now the real picture – the HP G72 is absolutely adequate for everything (bar gaming) that you might possibly want to do with it. Honestly. Cast aside the slightly clumsy keyboard or all-too-sensitive continent-spanning touch pad, because these are things you'll learn to work around.

Ignore the fact that it pushes pixels with all the enthusiasm of a six year old pushing a piece of broccoli around his plate. Like we said, the market is flat, performance has levelled off, and if you want a PC and don't want to spend much money, this isn't going to leave you wishing you'd spent more.

It's absolutely great for movies. Playing 720p video using VLC was neat and glitch-free, looking great on the HP BrightView screen, and the machine coped well playing the same files back via the built-in HDMI output.

We should take a moment to compliment HP on the screen. Where its rivals are chucking out sub-standard panels with no good viewing angle, the 17.3-inch example in this machine is crisp, deep, and great to look at from almost every angle. It's the sort of screen that we'd advocate steering towards if you were stuck between a number of laptops at this price point.

Even the memory does the trick – 2GB RAM doesn't sound like a lot up against the competition, but it's actually perfectly adequate. Windows 7 Home Premium is obviously very kind on the memory, as we had no issues even with 10-15 tabs open in Firefox 4.

Don't get the idea that this is a performance machine, though. It's not. If you're used to a high-end Core 2 Chip and 6GB RAM, this might feel a little sluggish at times. But lower your expectations a single iota and this is everything you need.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity250 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD Graphics
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyG72-a00
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor ModelP6000
ColourBiscotti
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameHP
Processor Speed1.86 GHz
Processor TypePentium
Screen Size43.9 cm (17.3")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1600 x 900
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)3 kg
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 762 MB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyBrightView
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Height37.4 mm
Width412 mm
Depth269 mm
Screen ModeWSXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesG72-a00
ManufacturerHewlett-Packard
Product ModelG72-a10SA
Product NameG72-a10SA Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberWY989EA#ABU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing Information

For desk-based performance in a stylish, sleek mobile design, look no further than the HP G72 Notebook. Powerful processors, great features, and HP quality combine to give you everything you need for everyday computing - and at a great price.

Maximum Memory4 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • G72-a10SA Notebook
  • Lithium-Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Limited Warranty1 Year