I recently purchased a HP G60-235DX Laptop computer and I decided that I would review it today. I needed a laptop to take on vacation recently and as a backup computer. I considered a small netbook but decided to move up to a full size laptop when I found this HP laptop on sale recently at Best Buy. Here are my thoughts on this laptop so far…
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As always, let’s start off by taking a look at the stats for the HP G60-235DX. This laptop, that comes with Windows Vista installed, features a Intel Pentium Dual-Core mobile processor T4200 operating at 2.0GHz on a 800MHz bus with 1MB L2 cache. 3GB DDR2 memory is installed but this can be expanded to 4GB. There’s a 320GB SATA hard drive that operates at 5400rpm and a Lightscribe compatible multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive. The 16″ LCD is a 16:9 ratio with a 1366×768 resolution powered by an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M. The keyboard includes a numeric pad. Network and Internet connectivity is provided by a 10/100Base-T RJ-45 connector, built-in 802.11b/g wireless and a 56kb modem port. Rounding things out are 3 USB 2.0 ports, a 5-in-1 media card reader, an HDMI port, a web cam and Altec Lansing speakers.
There were two things that sold me on the HP G60-235DX laptop, other than the price, and that was the keyboard comfort and size and the performance. I’ve been disappointed with some business laptops I’ve used in the past, mostly IBM/Lenovo ThinkPads, because the keyboard was uncomfortable and the performance was substandard as compared to desktops. I have to say that performance-wise, this laptop performs on a comparable level with my desktops. Plus, having ample hard drive space was a must for me so that I could load up my web design and programming tools.
On the keyboard, the numeric pad, while smaller than normal, helps since it reduces the function key shuffle that you have to do on some slightly smaller laptops. The ergonomics of the keyboard were good too. While I’m a touch typist, I didn’t feel cramped or lacking sufficient tactile feedback from the keys. I don’t know how durable this keyboard would be for long term use though. The mouse touch pad I didn’t use much, I hate those things, so I substituted in a regular generic wireless optical mouse.
As for the graphics on the HP G60-235DX, I don’t play any heavy duty games but it did well for watching videos on Hulu and YouTube and played web based flash games and some older games well. The screen is a bit short so you’ll have to scroll many web pages or other documents but you’ll probably get used to this. This didn’t bother me when doing web development on it. The screen may need a little adjusting to find the right comfort level for your eyes, I needed to do this. Also keep in mind that when the laptop is running on battery power it will dim the screen slightly to save power.
Speaking of power, the HP G60-235DX will run a little over 2 hours on its battery pack from a full charge. According to what I understand this is somewhat better than average for laptops in this price range.
I think the overall look and form factor of the HP G60-235DX is good. I like the black and silver look it sports. One thing to keep in mind if you look for a case is that it is slightly wider than its 15.4″ screen cousins. You’ll need to be able to accommodate about 16 inches by 11 inches by 3 inches for the computer. At a little over 6 pounds, 7 with the power supply, its not super light but not super heavy either.
What I didn’t like about the HP G60-235DX laptop? As usual, it came with the typical pre-installed crapware that I had to remove. I would have liked to have seen 4 rather than 3 USB ports but given that USB hubs can be had for under $10 this isn’t a biggie. Probably the biggest thing missing is the built-in 802.11n wireless support. Adding this in means using up one of the three USB ports plus the expense of an adapter. Longer battery life would be nice but everybody wants that in a laptop.
The big thing about the HP G60-235DX laptop is the great price/feature ratio. If you catch one on sale it’s quite a powerhouse for the price. You should be able to find a new one in the $400-$450 price range if you wait for the right sale and rebate combo or catch a good deal online on eBay or elsewhere. Make sure you get the G60 version with the Intel, not the AMD, processor. On other laptops in the same price range I tried out that had the AMD I found them not to perform as well.
If you have any questions about the HP G60-235DX Laptop, please feel free to ask.