HP G60-235DX Laptop Review

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…

Review continued below…

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.

 


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Comment by Allyn
2009-06-14 10:59:13

I am right on the verge of purchasing a new laptop, and this HP G60 laptop is right in my price range. The only concern I have is that Windows Vista will get changed/updgraded soon after I buy the new laptop and I will be stuck with it.
My current machine runs on XP and I love that, but I know that eventually that will be obsolete.
AL

Comment by jfc
2009-06-14 12:43:26

Hi Allyn,

Windows 7 should be out by the end of the year. I’ve done some testing on the beta version on some test systems and it has several advantages over Vista while retaining some of the better Vista features. If you can hold off buying until then, you might want to. However, you’ll probably see a price increase.

I didn’t mention the built-in webcam much in my review because I’m not to big on video but I know you are. The built-in cam seems OK but you can get better add-on web cams for not that much more money.

 
 
Comment by Mary Fellows
2009-06-14 19:38:46

I live in fear of having to deal with Vista - maybe by the end of the year it will all go away! XP works - and more importantly I don’t need a super-computer to run it! It really annoys me how many people fall for the marketing hype of microsoft. My latest computer was a netbook which runs linux - such a good OS just too few MMO aps for it!

Comment by jfc
2009-06-16 14:32:41

Hi Mary,

Vista actually runs very smoothly on the G60-235DX. I’ve been pleased about the performance as compared to what I saw on some laptops when Vista first came out.

The two main keys to getting Vista to run well on most current systems is to get rid of the crapware that they come installed with and to make a few simple setting changes by turning off services most people don’t use anyway.

Comment by Nicholas
2009-06-25 12:10:01

I just bought this laptop at BB and I really like it so far.

I bought it because I’m going off to college soon and will need it there.

I know these things come with a ton of crap pre-installed, and was wondering if you could advise which types of programs I can remove, or certain settings I can change to optimize its performance.

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Comment by jfc
2009-06-25 13:17:57

Hi Nicholas,

The main things I removed were the Norton Anti-Virus/sales pitch program (replacing it with AVG Free) and the HP toolbar program.

I also did some ‘power user’ tweaks that turned off some services I didn’t use. You can find a good list of them here: http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=513758

 
Comment by Claudia
2009-06-25 16:28:28

I like your site, thank you. I am pretty computer-ignorant. How do I remove CRAPWARE from HP G60-235DX…or any other computer?
I think I want to buy one.
I currently am using a piece of junk I’ve hated since new, Toshiba Satellite A105-S4384.
Also, how does one go about removing all components of security/virus software? Registry?
Thank you much.

 
 
Comment by Mary Fellows
2009-07-26 21:02:31

It would be great to see you do review of how to get vista run faster - or the new windows 7 when it comes out!

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Comment by bobjones
2009-06-14 19:50:14

I am typing this on an ancient nc4200 an HP machine. Its a 14″ screen but the keyboard is great for a typist and the machine is light enough to comfortably use on your knee. Its been very robust too as we’ve done months on the road with it. Interestingly HP only service the “business” model machines not their consumer brands - says it all really - I’m not sure which the HP G60-235DX is?

Comment by jfc
2009-06-16 14:25:15

Hi Bob,

The G60 is in their consumer line.

I’ve generally found their service to be good so far as desktops go. This is my sixth HP personal computer but the first laptop I bought from them.

Comment by Bob Jones
2009-07-26 21:07:39

Thanks for your reply - you really need the plugin which notifies when comments are added to a post LOL! I think I will hold off until the dust settles on windows 7 - but I like the look of the HP G60-235DX and definitly like the price point

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Comment by HankSG
2009-06-16 12:09:58

Nice review, but i have a few questions. This is my first laptop that i purchased and I’m very pleased with it. My first question is that you mention that you can upgrade from 3 gigs of ram to 4, and if so would you mind if you explained it? A simple site recommended will work as well. Second, what would you recommend to clean the screen with. Third, is it possible that this laptop can upgrade its graphics card? Preferably Left 4 Dead compatible.
Thanks in advance.

Comment by jfc
2009-06-16 14:21:36

Hi Hank,

As for the memory upgrade this page on the HP site tells you how to do it: Memory Specifications and Upgrading RAM.

For screen cleaning, I use Klear Screen. In general, it’s important to use a non-static, non-ammonia, non-alcohol cleaner for LCD and Plasma screens.

I don’t think you can upgrade the graphics card.

 
 
Comment by Awning Size Guide
2009-06-22 06:00:55

I have had two HP laptops no and i personally think they are a little unreliable. The first of the 2 was just a non-stop ride of problem after problem and my last one decided it was not going to recognise my network card which made internet access at work a real problem.

I will say that HP’s customer service and support are pretty good though. They just replaced my first laptop after i told them i was not happy with the amount of repairs they had to make to it in such a short time after initial purchase.

 
Comment by Sarah Dramen
2009-06-25 14:13:52

My partner is really into HP computers and although his current HP is now KAPUTT, he’s looking into buying a new one. I’ll let him know about this review, but I think he’s made up his mind already. He does love the system performance of the HP Laptops, because he runs complicated drawing software on it.. he therefore needs a high spec and long battery life. I have been impressed with the laptops I’ve seen in the shops recently

 
Comment by Baby Boy Gift
2009-07-01 13:36:08

Hi, I’m buying an HP G60-235 DX Laptop next week and I found out that It comes pre installed with a 60 day trail of Norton anti virus. I would like to use another anti virus software so I looked online and it tells me to use some sort of Norton removal tool. Do I really have to do that? Why can’t I just go to the “add or remove programs” section on the laptop and remove it there???

 
Comment by london hotels
2009-07-02 23:37:51

Hi, Great Review of HP G60-235DX Laptop.

 
Comment by SSD Drives
2009-07-14 23:54:05

You should pop an SSD drive in there and it will really fly. I personally recommend the Intel X25-M drive, it seems to have the best ratings out of all of the SSD drives.

 
2009-07-26 16:54:34

Have to go against you on this one as I am a Macbook fan.

 
2009-07-26 16:54:34

Have to go against you on this one as I am a Macbook fan.

 
Comment by Brian Morrison
2009-07-27 20:01:20

Does anyone know if there is an adapter that would allow the power cord that is attached to my HP G60-235DX laptop swivel? Or maybe a down/side angle piece?

A you know the plastic piece that plugs into the laptop sticks out pretty long. I’m afraid that it my get hit or pressed and break my AC imput.

 
Comment by Free Reminder
2009-08-05 00:25:33

For 600 $ this G60-235DX from HP is not there to attract you with its design or style but it will definitely make an impact with its incredible combination of features and performance in its price range.

 
Comment by it support London
2009-08-17 05:28:27

Yeah I don’t really like HP if I’m honest, the best laptop manufacturer in my opinion is Sony.

 
Comment by Love Graphics
2009-08-21 01:42:17

HP releases some of the best laptops in the world, in my opinion. Sony is nice too, don’t get me wrong. I have a gateway and it has survived a trip around the world, so I gotta mention that gateways are built tough.

 
Comment by Briefcases
2009-09-09 17:47:53

Personally I would barely even consider buying another HP product. In the past every HP product I’ve owned has died after a year of use. They just have not mastered quality control. Then again it has been several years. So perhaps they have smartened up by now.

 
Comment by social phobia
2009-09-09 21:09:49

This looks really useful for me. Your ebay links show this same laptop for very cheap and affordable prices, and I just so happen to be a student.

I think I’ll bookmark this blog. It’s very useful. :)

 
Comment by daniel obrien
2009-10-24 05:09:34

your blog provided me with info beyond any future questioning. however if any one knows how to fix a blurry display on an HP G60 could you please enlighten me. thanks ~ ZAMBOUGE ~

 
2009-12-02 05:06:12

I have been searching a good laptop but quite confused too as i haven’t worked on laptop yet. I am still using dell pcs and they are simply great to operate but now i m going to buy laptop. I have reviewd this HP laptop but honestly my friend has suggested me to buy compaq, but i think this hp g60-235DX seems a good laptop.

 
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