Picking the perfect laptop allows you to complete school or work assignments with ease. You can also use a good laptop for gaming or watching your favorite videos. The HP g7-1310us (17.3-Inch Screen) Laptop offers support for both work and play in one convenient package. The manufacturer says that this laptop has enough storage and memory to replace a desktop model. Integrated features like a webcam and Bluetooth support limits the number of accessories you need to buy. The HP g7-1310us has a few issues, but overall it delivers plenty of power for home use and works well for doing business on the go.
- Responsive and fast, even when running heavy duty programs.
- Large screen size makes watching videos comfortable and enjoyable.
- Bluetooth wireless support helps with integration of a range of devices.
- Energy Star certification ensures you save electricity when charging.
- Heavier than many other 17 inch models at just over 6 pounds.
- Loaded with free trials and limited use programs that take a while to uninstall.
- Soft keyboard makes typing more challenging.
- Touch pad buttons are hard to click and have a delayed response.
Build And Design
This model comes with a charcoal gray case with a gloss finish and the white HP logo imprinted in the corner of the top. The gloss isn’t the high shine finish that shows every fingerprint, but a medium gloss finish that looks smooth without requiring constant wiping. The area surrounding the keyboard and touch pad is a slightly lighter gray with a brush metal finish. HP uses enough support around the edges to keep the screen from flexing if you put a little pressure on the case. This helps prevent damage if a book or purse is accidentally put on top of your laptop.
Display And Speakers
The HP g7-1310us offers a clean and high resolution screen with a diagonal size of 17.3 inches. The widescreen format makes it easy to enjoy your favorite movies in their original resolution. The screen size is perfect for watching high quality video files and high resolution support gives you a chance to watch HD files as well. The LED screen uses the HP exclusive BrightView back lighting system.
The maximum screen resolution supported by this model is a generous 1600×900. The screen is powered by the Intel HD 3000 graphics card. This graphics card is powerful enough for many new PC games currently being released. It has up to 1696MB of memory, reducing the strain on your processor when extensive rendering is needed. Smooth bass and balanced treble comes out of the Altec Lansing speakers built into the case. The audio performance of this laptop is boosted by the inclusion of the SRS Premium Sound software to help you manage equalization settings and optimize a 5.1 stereo speaker setup.
Ports And Features
The Digital Media Card Reader allows you to download files from SD and MM cards. Three USB ports accommodate extra tools and flash drives. The DVD burner also functions as a CD and DVD reader. A 640 GB hard drive offers you over half of a terabyte of storage for your important files. Thousands of your favorite songs will fit without making a big dent into the hard drive space. A wireless card is also integrated with support for 802.11B, G and N. Bluetooth connectivity allows you to use any headset, mouse, keyboard or other device for wireless interaction. 6 GB of RAM comes standard, but there are an additional 2 slots open for upgrades. An HDMI port allows you to connect a HD TV for an even higher quality display of your favorite media.
Keyboard And Touch Pad
The keyboard and touch pad of this laptop pose a few small problems. The keyboard is a low-profile design that has very low key resistance, which disrupts the natural flow of typing for many people. It poses no problem once you acclimate to the unique feel of this keyboard. The touch pad is very sensitive, but can react wildly for users switching from a slower pad. The lack of area-sensitive support also requires you to use two fingers to scroll, but getting the touch pad to register both fingers is challenging.
The quick hard drive and 6 GB of RAM makes the HP g7-1310us responsive and fun to use. The pre-loaded Windows 7 Home Premium is optimized for quick loading, giving you a chance to get to work on your computer within just one or two minutes. The 64-bit system allows for support of the most demanding software available, but can pose a challenge when trying to add certain programs that aren’t compatible. An Intel Core i3-2350M processor runs at 2.3 Ghz and takes full advantage of the RAM.
A 6 cell ion battery gives you between five and seven hours of work in one charge, depending on your settings. The large HD screen takes slightly more power than a smaller laptop. The battery can fully recharge in about 3 hours. The battery should be fine for working or staying entertained on your daily commute or a short road trip.
Heat And Noise
A thick plastic bottom plate and well-insulated fans keep heat and noise to a minimum. Angled feet also help increase air circulation and prevent vibrations from traveling through a desk or table.
Who Is This For?
Students of all ages will find HP G7-1310us perfect for both homework and entertainment. Parents and workers who need an occasional word processing device will also love it. Designers and other workers who need extremely strong processors may find another model more suited for their purposes. Gamers will also need to replace the graphic card if they want this model to remain appropriate for future game releases.
Why Should You Buy It?
The processor and hard drive offer the quickness of a desktop model, but you retain the flexibility of a notebook. The display is also beautiful and makes viewing photos and videos easy. This is a good general use notebook and has good support for expansion.