HP intros entry-level notebook, the stylish G Series

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.

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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
  • Price:
    • Php37,990 ““ Core i3 with DOS
    • Php41,990 ““ Core i3 with Windows 7 Home Basic
    • Php45,990 ““ Core i5 with Windows 7 Home Premium
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  • Matt0-kun

    Woot.. I’m confused whats the difference between G62 and G42 series they look 100% same!

    • genesis

      i really love this notebook i just bought it yesterday and it is very nice….

  • tee

    nice! but is charcoal textured imprint available for the G42 in phi? where can i buy this? i want one. 🙂

  • kiamoyLover

    Just bought this 2 weeks ago. I’m really happy with my first notebook 🙂

    • nice congrats! looks really good eh?

      • miso


  • Zero

    i bought this for SG$799. equivalent to just Php25,000. Core i3, includes genuine Windows7 Home Premium. 😀

    • nice that’s a very good deal! HP pa.

  • Programmer

    bumili ako last year(feb.2010) nito. after 1 yr, nag-blue screen(blue screen of death) na lang while browsing internet websites. I tried to re-image my laptop. kya lang hindi na nagbboot. I tried also to test the ram to other laptops and ok nmn hindi sira. motherboard pala ang nasira dahil lang dun sa blue screen. bakit yata ang bilis masira ng mga hp laptops?? hmmm

    • Programmer

      ***last year(feb. 2011)

      • Jeffrey_jar

        Ang akin 1yr and 4mns nah.. Battery lang ang na sira..

      • kua baka pwd mong ibenta sakin ung panel ehhehe cra kc saakin nabasg eh

    • Jeffrey_jar

      Wala diba tong bluetooth paano ko to lagyan..??
      pls help me…ahw

    • Jane

      I just got one yesterday,20k but not genuine windows 7

  • xtiane04

    i’m an architecture student.. kinaya nman ng G42 ko yung demands/wants ng course koh for almost 3 years. as of now battery plng dn my problem. yun nga lng i thnk 3 years of service is good enough.. kailangan ko na rn bumili ng bago kasi d na kakayanin pag mbigat na yung mga gnagawa na arch’l stuff.. but all in all.. i love this laptop.. never let me down..=)

  • botskie

    meron ako nito May 2011 ko pa nabili, nagkaroon ng issue after 1 month of use, nag blue screen lagi, kapag nag browse ako sa internet using a D-LINK 3.75G HSDPA USB broadband modem. so pina check ko agad sa frend ko, sabi nya try nya restore yung laptop, ayun ok na ulit’ na ayos. nagagamit ko na rin yung USB broadband modem ko dito sa laptop ko, until now ok na ok at wala ng bad issues.

    bat kaya ganun biglang nag blue screen noon ?