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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The HP G72-a10SA is a 17.3-inch machine which steps nicely onto the bottom rung of the laptop ladder, comparing favourably in price to many 15-inch models but offering a much higher quality screen.

It's not a powerhouse performer, far from it, but it's adequate for most everyday computing uses and plays back high definition video just fine.

We liked

This really is a very well presented machine. HP's case is tough, it's classy looking, and it's well laid out. You would be forgiven for thinking this was a much more expensive machine at first look.

The screen, while it's not super high res at 1600 x 900, is brilliant – the viewing angle is way in excess of that exhibited by most laptops at this price. The difference between 15-inch and the 17.3-inch on offer here is striking too.

We should also mention the price. We like the price. A lot. £350 is an amazing deal for a machine this solid and with a screen this large.

We disliked

OK, complaining that a cheap laptop is underpowered is a bit like complaining that ice cream is cold, but we're going to do it anyway. While its performance is perfectly adequate for most everyday tasks, you're not going to get much out of the G72 if you start to push it.

Complaining that a laptop with a huge screen weighs as much as Jupiter is just as futile, but here we are. It's heavy.

The rest of our issues are little niggles more than anything. The trackpad is irritating, not necessarily because it's so large, but because it's camouflaged against the prism pattern of the case. If it was a different colour or texture, it might be a bit easier to avoid when typing. And the keyboard layout isn't excellent either.

Final verdict

Despite its lack of power, despite its sometimes quirky design, we found ourselves falling for the G72 beyond all reason.

It's a very nice little package, and one we'd be proud to own for the price. We wouldn't actually tell anyone it was so cheap, of course. No. A screen this big and defined belongs in a much more expensive machine.

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
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyG72-a00
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor ModelP6000
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
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