HP has been relegating the entry-level market for their laptops to the Compaq brand over the past few years. However, consumers are clamoring for an entry-level laptop carrying the premium HP brand. The result? The HP G42 series of notebooks which combines performance, looks and most of all, value.
The HP G42 only comes in a 14-inch display. Right off the bat you can see how elegant it looks with the matte HP Imprint finish that is anti-fingerprint. According to HP, the color they have for the G42 is Biscotti. Sounds yummy.
The HPG42 is powered by Intel Core series of mobile processor, Core i3 and Core i5. It is coupled with an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 Graphics and ALTEC Lansing audio speakers for an above average multimedia experience.
What’s nice about the HPG42 aside from its looks is the big flushed touchpad that feels really responsive. The single rocker for the click buttons surprisingly has nice feedback. They don’t have the typical chiclet style keyboard which is so overused already. But instead, they use what they call a pocket-style keyboard and it feels nice while typing.
They also alternated the F1-F12 keys with the functional buttons. Instead of holding Fn and a Function key to adjust brightness or volume, you just click those button directly. The Fn key is used to invoking the F1-F12 keys.
The HPG42 is a really nicely-designed notebook that gives you the feel of a premium device with a premium brand at an affordable price point.
HP G42 Specs:
- Processor and OS
- Intel Core i5-460M Processor (2.53 GHz) ““ Windows 7 Home Premium
- Intel Core i3-370M Processor (2.40 GHz) ““ Windows 7 Home Basic
- Intel Core i3-370M Processor (2.40 GHz) ““ DOS
- 14″ HD HP BrightView LED Display
- 2GB DDR3 System Memory (up to 4GB)
- 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 Graphics
- 500GB HDD
- SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW
- 1.3mp webcam
- 6-cell battery (up to 5.5 hours)
- 2.2 kilos
- Php37,990 ““ Core i3 with DOS
- Php41,990 ““ Core i3 with Windows 7 Home Basic
- Php45,990 ““ Core i5 with Windows 7 Home Premium