Best Buy has the HP G62-234DX Intel Core i3 powered notebook available for the back to school season for $499.99. This HP notebook is a Best Buy Exclusive that comes with Windows 7 Home Premium and Microsoft Office Starter 2010.
The HP G62-234DX features a 2.26GHz Intel Core i3 processor, a 15.6-inch display, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 250GB hard drive, and a multi-format disk drive with LightScribe technology which allows for labels to be printed directly on disks. All of these features come together to form a powerful entertainment notebook that would suit the needs of most college students.
This is a mid-range notebook, due to its low-end, but current Intel processor and integrated Intel graphics. Using the Intel Core i3 processor in cohorts with the 4GB of DDR3 RAM, this notebook can handle most tasks and applications that students would need. It could handle basic functions, such as web browsing, email, streaming movies, and editing photos as well as light video editing. However, modern gaming may not perform well on this HP notebook, due to the integrated graphics processor. Games with high frame rates may appear choppy or pixellated.
Complaints about the HP G62-234DX include a stiff mouse button and a trackpad that is easily bumped while typing. However, these complaints pale in comparison to the many strengths. A common strength is the overall design of the HP G62-234DX. One reviewer stated, “Unlike most laptops, the attractive matte biscotti finish does NOT show every fingerprint on its surface.” Additionally, users noted the exceptional speed and quality, especially when the brand and price are considered.
If you are looking for a notebook that can handle modern gaming and don’t mind spending another $100, the HP Pavilion dv5-2035dx offers similar specs with the substitution of discrete graphics instead of integrated graphics. The ATI Mobility Radeon HD4250 graphics processor could handle modern high frame rate games with more ease than Intel’s HD graphics.
HP G62-234DX From Best Buy Detailed Specs:
|Operating system||Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit|
|Processor / Graphics||2.26GHz Intel Core i3 processor |
|Memory||4 GB DDR3 RAM|
|Hard drive||250 GB HDD 5400 rpm|
|Display / Resolution||15.6″ LED high-definition widescreen with BrightView technology with 1366×768 resolution|
|Removable Storage||Double-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW|
|Input Devices||Full-size keyboard, touchpad with two way scroll pad|
|Power||6-cell battery with up to 5 hours and 15 minutes of battery life|
|Memory card reader||5-in-1|
|Ports||Headphone/speaker/line-out jack, Microphone-in jack, DC-in jack for AC adapter, Ethernet, 3 USB 2.0|
|Dimension||14.7 in x 1.4 in x 9.7 in|
|Warranty||1-Yr Parts and Labor|