Hp Notebook G71Jun 01
HP notebook G71 is actually a series of 17” computers. These are regarded as desktop replacements and they are suitable for managing everything you need on an all-in one notebook computer. Due to the large size, it is hard to carry these systems and they are not regarded as being portable. The G71 series has several models, but configurable and with the same screen sizes. We shall take one of them, HP notebook G71-340US and see what you can expect from it and it is worth buying.
Ratings from users and editors are good, meaning not outstanding and not mediocre either. The 17.3” display is bright and the system is actually quite light for a desktop replacement. The battery life is decent, just in case you want to wander around the house without wires behind you. But make sure you have a cleaning cloth at all times; as the lid is a fingerprint magnet. There is no Blu-ray and no multimedia controls and the integrated graphics don’t offer excellent graphics performance. Also, HP is known for packing systems with too much bloatware, leaving users with a hard job, removing all unnecessary software. Overall, if you need a basic everyday computer, and you don’t expect gaming or multimedia handling, then this system will suit you like a glove.
When it comes to design there is not much to say, as there is a simple black glossy lid. As it weighs 6.7 pounds you might think of it as portable, but considering it is wide, it is not a system that you can lug around the entire day. Once you open the lid, you will face the 17.3” display with a native resolution of 1600×900, backlit HD with 16:9 aspect ratio. Images and videos will look sharp, even though they are not available in 1080p high definition. Colors really seem to pop and you can handle to watch a movie with a friend, as the viewing angles are satisfying.
Performance is given by Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 processor and 4GB memory. Integrated graphics are Intel GMA 4500M. As for the range of ports, this HP notebook has HDMI and VGA, three USB ports, Ethernet and modem jacks and a multi-format card reader. You can buy the computer at less than $800, so it is quite a good deal for a desktop replacement, even though it does not handle multimedia or gaming for that matter.
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