Firstly I must tell you that the entire set is not flashy and new. Its three months old now, and was kept as a backup article if we didn’t get anything to test. Nevertheless, it is still a review-worthy machine as I shall explain in this review.
Noticeably though, with 37.4 x 24.5 x 3.63 cm dimensions and 2.55 kg weight this isn’t a light-weight boy. But a light-weight toy was not what I had in mind anyways. Nevertheless, the curved edges with the glossy plastic do provide an excellent feel, and the weight goes un-noticed during casual office-trips.
Down below you get your standard keyboard (keys have flat tops and wider bottoms), with no numeric keypad (No, thank you!!!), and a ‘TouchPad’ supporting Multi-Touch gestures with On/Off button. Oh and did I mention those pesky non-aligned stickers?
On to the left you do get your external display (VGA) port, ETHERNET port, HDMI port, two USB 2.0 ports, an SD.MMC slot, and your traditional headphone and microphone jack.
The right remains bare however, with just the DVD-RW drive (‘SuperMulti’ DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support), power port and an additional USB 2.0 port. Two ‘Altec Lansing’ speakers are present below the track pad. More on that later.
So far the specs look good. But we certainly were impressed by our dedicated graphics card. We get 1GB from the AMD Radeon HD 6470M unit. Do note that this not a high end graphics processor. Nevertheless, we do have the courtesy of 2.65 GB of available ‘Video Memory’, which is quite impressive. We also get DirectX 11 compatibility, so almost all games that are in the market now and later on should work fine on our g6.
We did install games like ‘Batman-Arkham City’, ‘Pro Evolution Soccer 2012’, ‘Hitman-Blood Money’, ‘Godfather 2’, ‘Call of Duty-Modern Warfare’, ‘Ashes Cricket 2009’, ‘Splinter Cell-Double Agent (and) Chaos Theory’ and ‘NFS-Shift 2 Unleashed’. All work exceptionally well.
Bluetooth system with Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) is also standard and offers impressive connections at good speeds (Varies according to router and strength).
Our Webcam is next on the review list. We weren’t particularly happy with its pictures, and it was just not worth posting. The g6 is no video-conferencing laptop. Yes, it is good for the occasional Skype, and you may get some good ‘Facebook’ pictures out of it. Just in case you wondered, the camera does have some neat tricks to perp up your photos, and it also sports auto-focus and face detection. Still, not the best in the market.
We are not putting up any shots using the camera. Forgive us on that.
Now, if you remember HP’s of the olden days. And by old I mean 2004-2005’s not 1990’s. They used to boast off some impressive sound systems. And as usual we get an ‘Altec Lansing’ system with the g6. The speaker in question is great (not awesome) but is good enough to fill a standard sized room without much problems. Audio quality is decent too, but don’t expect it to match up with the ‘Beats’ audio that come with newer HP’s.
Now, we would have gone into the benchmarking test next. But I think there’s something you really need to know. Over the course of months the g6 has given me over three ‘Blue Screen of Deaths’. That’s not necessarily an asset one can showcase, but just keep in mind that, at times that ‘Call of Duty’ copy may push the 4GB RAM off its limits. But be careful, and you’ll be fine.
Overall, the G6 is a good buy if you were planning to get a decent and, budget laptop. This one should easily tick your boxes, for its 15.6 inch LED screen, excellent browsing skills, processing capabilities and well-laid out specs. But don’t expect super-high-end gaming and editing. It still is a fighter and apparently, a bargain at Omani Riyals 245 or US$650.