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HP Pavilion g4-1117nr

Specifications

HP Pavilion g4-1117nrNotebook: HP Pavilion g4-1117nr (Pavilion g4 Series)
Processor: Intel Core i3 370M
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics
Display: 14.0 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 2.1kg
Price: 600 euro

Reviews for the HP Pavilion g4-1117nr

HP Pavilion g4t
Source: PC Mag English
Inside, this mobile rig can handle 8GB of DDR3 RAM. Not to mention that its WiFi-ready with an 802.11 b/g/n network adapter, and is Bluetooth compatible. For the audiophiles, this HP laptop comes with SRS surround sound through Altec-Lansing speakers. And while the Pavilion g4t uses integrated graphics, courtesy of Intel's 2nd Generation Core processors, it has 1GB of video memory to back them up. All of these features come available through 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/18/2011

Comment

Series:

The HP Pavilion g4 has a simple low-profile design with a semi-professional exterior. Its back and the keyboard tray are covered in glossy plastic. It actually looks nice and standard but is a fingerprint magnet. The screen and the deck have black frame which makes it look bigger than it actually is. The interior design isn’t all that bad for the selling price but that stays there because it’s as boring as the laptops that were made three years back. It weighs and measures pretty much the same as most of the midrange 14-inch laptops out there. We can’t say it is perfect for carrying around but it isn’t impossible despite it not being a ultrabook.

Although the HP Pavillion g4 isn’t equipped with a chiclet style keyboard, its keys are semi-raised. Typing with this keyboard is surprisingly comfortable and it doesn’t make much sound as well. The volume and media keys don’t require the Fn button to be pressed simultaneously. This is a welcoming function and we like it. The multitouch touchpad shares the same material as the palm rest but is textured in a grid just like it is in many of HP’s laptops. The buttons beneath on the other hand are well built and feels intact.

It is hard to judge a display for a laptop in this category but we have to say that it falls slightly below average. The glossy panel reflects an unbearable amount of light when used outdoors. Probably the best part about this laptop is its connectivity. It is equipped with all necessary ports unlike most laptops these days. This combined with its low selling price, sort of makes it a perfect choice for a budget user but the problem is the Pavillion g4 feels cheap when used. Although they’ve tried to disguise its cheapness properly, when using, it manages to show off its real price. The fan makes a heavy blowing sound when it gets hot and heat isn’t channelled out properly. It also lacks the performance that is needed for a 14-inch laptop. The 1.9 GHz AMD Dual-Core A4-3300M processor definitely can’t match the performance of the Intel i3 processor. Apart from that, the short battery life and small hard drive size just kills that little media functionality that it could offer with its great Altec lancing speakers.

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics: Onboard graphics card that is built in the new Arrandale CPUs (Core i3 / i5 / i7 Dual Cores). Depending on the model and Turbo Boost, the GMA HD is clocked between 166 and 766 MHz.

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


370M: The Core i3-370M is a fast clocked Core i3. The TurboBoost, AES, VTd, and Trusted Execution functions are deactivated in the i3-series. Therefore, it always clocks with max. 2.4 GHz (of course Speedstep is included). Thanks to Hyperthreading, 4 threads can be processed simultaneously. An integrated graphics card (GMA HD) and a DDR3 memory controller are also included in the package.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


14.0": 14 inch display size is a mixture between the small formats of subnotebooks and the 15 inch standard display. The reason why so many people like displays with medium size is, that this size is not exhausting for the eyes, does not need too much energy and the laptops can be kept quite compact.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


2.1 kg: These sub-notebooks weight less than the average of all notebooks, but represent a heavier class of weight among the sub-notebooks. 13 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.


HP: The Hewlett-Packard Company, founded 1935, commonly referred to as HP, is a technology corporation headquartered in California, United States. HP specializes in developing and manufacturing computing, storage, and networking hardware, software and services. Major product lines include personal computing devices, enterprise servers, related storage devices, as well as a diverse range of printers and other imaging products. Other product lines, including electronic test equipment and systems, medical electronic equipment, solid state components and instrumentation for chemical analysis. HP posted US $91.7 billion in annual revenue in 2006, making it the world's largest technology vendor in terms of sales. In 2007 the revenue was $104 billion, making HP the first IT company in history to report revenues exceeding $100 billion. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2011-06- 8 (Update: 2012-05-26)