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HP G42-230US Review

August 9th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

You can’t ignore hp if your budget is low to medium and looking for a laptop or notebook which can perform home computing, home office computing and in off-time it become your entertainment partner. HP recently unveiled HP G42-230us, which is not for hardcore gamer but the specs it incorporates is able to perform all the general computing task, can watch movies in high definition settings and can play some of modern games in low settings. It comes with affordable price of $549+changes at newegg and $648+ changes at walmart at the time of writing the review.

Specification of HP G42-230us

Processor- HP G42-230us is low to medium budget laptop and it comes with AMD’s entry level dual core processor that is AMD Turion II Dual-Core P520 works at the speed of 2.3 GHz speed with 2MB l2 cache. It is similar to entry level dual core processors of Intel which clocked at more or less 2.0-2.3 GHz

Graphics- Talking about graphics, the new HP G42-230US comes with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 which is onboard graphics and comes with 1917MB total graphics memory. One can play powerful games at low setting and medium resolutions. Also able to decode HD videos. ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 supports Microsoft DirectX 10.

Display- The 14” LED backlit and HP’s own Brightview HD widescreen display comes with 1366*768 mp resolution.

HDD The G42-230us comes with 320GB SATA memory with 7,200 revolution per minutes. It is really noteworthy feature because 7,200 rpm supports gaming more over 5,400.

RAM- 4GB DDR3 memory available in two slots. However, the notebook supports up to 8GB of RAM.

OS – Windows 7 home premium 64bit.

Other features:- the HP G42-230US includes 3 USB 2.0 ports, DVD writer, single VGA and HDMI port, 5-1 one card reader-SD, MMC, MS, XD, MS pro.

Networking for wired connection it comes with 10/100BaseT Ethernet and for wireless networking it supported with 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi

The Silver laptop comes with hp’s Imprint finish which distracts fingerprints and holds a full size keyboard with touchpad. When comes to battery it comes with 6 cell lithium ion battery.

Pros of HP G42-230us

Due to HDMI port you can watch HD content in external monitors.

At affordable price you can play games as well but as mentioned above high end games can be played at low settings only.

HDD comes with 7,200 rpm


No Bluetooth

Final thought

From over all specification we can conclude that HP G42-230us is worth the money. However if HP include Bluetooth to it, it become all purpose budget-priced laptop .When gaming is concerned you can’t play Crysis warhead but can play Call of Duty 4 – Modern Warfare and sim3 in low setting. (depend on other factor as well)

source http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834157296&cm_sp=NotebookDeal-_-34-157-296-_-08082010


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  1. Geoff Fartsquiggles
    September 7th, 2010 at 23:17 | #1

    It seems like the reviewer never even used the laptop and is just reviewing the specifications.

  2. Lee
    September 8th, 2010 at 01:30 | #2

    @Geoff Fartsquiggles
    yes they review only specification at least they did it. I have seen thousands of laptop reviewing site on top page of google, just posted the specification, they even never mention what the laptop can do. Have you read StarredReviews Processor review, they write in simple language.

  3. reviewer
    September 8th, 2010 at 01:46 | #3

    Well if some one ask you what is the difference between i3-350M or AMD athlon P320? Did you go to shop buy a processor and then you will compare. Our editor is a PCB designer of renown company located in MA. Writers are related to semiconductor industry. so he can conclude seeing its specification what a laptop can do or not. May be his articles are not arranged with ornamental words. but in simple English he can make you understand.

  4. Andrew
    September 13th, 2010 at 16:25 | #4


  5. Happy
    September 13th, 2010 at 19:48 | #5

    @Andrew I got mine more then 1 month ago and have had no problem. I just wish they had a longer price match time (14 days) as I paid more for mine.

  6. Bill
    October 3rd, 2010 at 00:20 | #6

    I just brought mine home today. Got it up and running with a wireless internet connection in no time. I’m extremely happy with it. The display is crisp, but the darks do break up a bit at certain viewing angles. It’s a very quiet machine. The HDD is a Seagate–part of the reason it’s so quiet. I would like to have a had a little bigger HDD, but 320 isn’t bad, and a 7200rpm drive is necessary for running Hi-Def video NLEs. I may use this laptop for wedding videos where I can grab a few minutes from my cams and make a quick short to show at the reception on a portable big screen (the latest trend in weddings). So far I haven’t found anything bad to say about this laptop. I paid $500 on closeout at Office Max.

  7. JJ Mclure
    November 3rd, 2010 at 11:57 | #7

    i restored the computer using recovery manager and selected the option “clean windows install” this got rid of all the bloatware.

    then I decided to install windows 7 32 bit because of some programs that were incompatable with win 7 64 bit. it runs like a champ.

  8. November 8th, 2010 at 14:02 | #8

    I have this computer and don’t like it. When I type, the keys seem to not register every fourth keystroke and I have to constantly retype letters. Makes typing extremely frustrating. Also, the left/right button below the mousepad is hard to push because it is one button instead of two. You should be able to gently push each side to work but I have to push a couple pounds of pressure for it also to register. Do not buy. Its one thing for a computer to crash or fail a few months or a year into its service life, but to not even be able to type right out of the box is unacceptable.