The HP Pavilion G6-2168SA Notebook is a laptop aimed at everyday use. It is particularly popular with families and students who want a reliable, hardworking laptop they can simply get on with things and at a very affordable price.
At £500 this is great value. However, do not even begin to think that this is a price point that compromises on quality. This is a laptop that comes with a fast processor, loads of RAM and oodles of memory. Let’s look at those for a moment;
- Processor: Intel Core i3 dual core
- Processor Speed: 2.3GHz
- RAM Memory: 6GB
- Hard Drive: SATA 1000GB
For those of you already part way through your research, you’ll no doubt be impressed with those specifications. For those of you just starting out, let’s break those key features down.
Intel Core i3 Dual Core Processor – The new Intel Core i3 processors are dual-core but yet are faster than the AMD A8 which has four cores. The i3 CPU is essential to the HP G6-2168SA performing well and helping you to work fast.
Processor Speed 2.3GHz – Think of the processor speed as the brain speed of your PC. If you think slowly the answers and responses you give will be slow. But if you are up to date and fast, everything will be processed and output much faster. So, at 2.3GHz, you’ll have plenty of speed for everyday tasks.
RAM 6GB – RAM (pronounced ramm) is an acronym for random access memory and is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly; that is, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computers. Laptops generally have between 1GB and 8GB of RAM so at 6GB, the HP G6-2168SA has plenty of oomph.
Hard Drive SATA 1000GB – The hard drive is where your computer stores data. Laptops and Notebooks these days carry a lot more memory than they previously did. Common capacities range from 64GB to 1000GB, or 1TB (terabyte). So at 1000GB, the HP G6-2168SA is once again at the top of the range.
So as you can see, you get one of the latest processors which is both efficient and a fast, plenty of processing power and probably more memory than you’ll ever need. But before you decide we’re right, take a quick look at two alternatives, one cheaper and one more expensive.
The Toshiba C850 is priced at just £299 which makes it £200 cheaper than the HP G6. However, it has 2GB compared to the HP’s 6GB, 320GB of memory vs 1000GB and a processing speed just two-thirds that of the HP at just 1.6GHz. Ah, I hear you cry, that’s not fair, it’s a cheaper laptop and perhaps you’d expect it to have a lower specification?
Fair enough, let’s take a look at the Asus UX32A which retails at £799, which is £300 more than the HP. So, does the significantly higher price mean better spec? Er, in a word, no. The Asus offers 4GB of RAM compared to the HP’s 6GB, half the memory capacity at just 500GB and quite a disappointing 1.7GHz clock-speed against the HP 2.3GHz.
The HP G6-2168SA is an easy-to-use laptop which has a simple yet clear design. It’s fast processing capability is more than adequate for everyday use and when combined with the Dolby Advanced Audio and Altec Lansing speakers, it speaks volumes, lierally. This makes watching videos, listening to music and chatting to friends and family via the integrated HP webcam, so easy and straightforward to use. You’ll also love the faster file transfers when you get down to work with the very latest USB 3.0.
CPU and Memory
- Intel Core i3 dual core 2350M processor
- 2.3GHz processor speed
- 3MB L3 cache
- 6GB DDR3 RAM memory (supports upto 8GB)
- 1000GB SATA hard drive (5400 rpm)
- Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
- 2 DIMM Memory Slots
Display & Graphics
- 15.6 inch display
- High definition display
- Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels
- BrightView LED Backlit
- DVD optical drives
- 8x DVD+RW/DVD-RW with double layer support
- Intel HD Graphics 3000
- Secure Digital (SD), Multi-Media Card (MMC) compatible
- 3 USB ports; 1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0
- 1 Ethernet port
- 1 HDMI port
- Wi-Fi enabled, 802.11b/g/n
- Built-in webcam
- Integrated digital microphone (VGA)
- Altec Lansing Speakers – Dolby Advanced Audio sound system
- 6-cell Li-Ion battery, upto 6 hours battery life
- Size 37.6 x 24.4 x 3.63 cm
- Weight 2.48kg
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