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HP G42-303DX Review – Turion II P540 laptop

February 9th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

A best budget laptop with affordable pricing is your search, and then it can be ended now through HP G42-303DX laptop. The computer giant HP once again proved its interest towards budget laptops through this model. This laptop comes at just $400 and powered through AMD Turion II P540 processor.  It is a dual-core processor and clocked at 2.4GHz along with 2MB capacity L2 Cache. This processor consumes less battery power through its TDP rating of 25 watts. This entire special feature at that lowest price tag is definitely an assortment for a buyer. It has every latest feature in it for a buyer and this will include optical drive, 5-in1 card reader, webcam and many more.

AMD Turion II Dual-Core Mobile Processor P540 Details:

HP G42-303DX laptop is arranged with AMD Turion II Dual-Core Mobile Processor P540. This processor is a dual-core developed basing on the similar architecture of desktop Athlon II CPUs. This processor is clocked at 2.4GHz. This processor communicates with the chipset through the high speed differential Hyper Transport Bus.  This processor’s two cores are integrated well with DDR3 memory controller and this is offering perfect performance to the processor. This integration is the major reason to keep the AMD Turion ii P540 special over the other similarly clocked Intel Core 2 processors. The major positive factor with this integration is its lower memory latency which will improve the performance of the processor. Lacking of this kind of integration will demand more Cache memory for a processor. This processor’s Cache memory is just 2 MB of Level 2. There is another important plus with this Turion ii P540. Its TDP rating of 25 Watts allow the laptop to work at low power and in turn result into high battery life for the laptop.

HP G42-303DX Pros:

  • This is an inexpensive notebook and affordable for all.
  • Light in weight.
  • Decent battery backup (4 hours).
  • Optical drive with double-layer support.
  • ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 graphics card.
  • It has one HDMI and VGA ports.

HP G42-303DX Cons:

  • No Bluetooth.
  • No ExpressCard slot.
  • Not suitable for the latest technology games.



HP G42-303DX is powered through AMD Turion II P540 dual-core processor. This processor is clocked at 2.4 GHz. This processor got 2MB capacity L2 Cache. This processor is famous for less power consumption through its TDP rating of 25 watts.

System memory:

This laptop is arranged with 3GB DDR3 RAM and this can be enhanced up to 8GB successfully.

Hard drive:

The hard drive of this laptop is 320GB Serial ATA drive and this hard drive spins at 5400 rpm.


HP G42-303DX  is arranged with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 graphics card. This has 128MB of dedicated memory and this can support 1405 MB of dynamically allocated shared graphics memory. Remember that this shared memory always capable to slow down the system performance while graphically intense games are under progress.


The screen size of this laptop is 14.0-inches with 1366 x 768 pixels resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio. The display type is LED High-definition display along with HD BrightView technology. This can support 720p HD content too.

Optical Drive:

This laptop is arranged with an optical drive of SuperMulti 8X, which read and write CDS and DVDs with double-layer support.


This laptop is arranged with one built-in webcam along with microphone for video chats over the internet.


For networking needs, this laptop got 10/100 Ethernet LAN port and an integrated 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi adapter for wireless connectivity.

Input devices:

This laptop got a 101-key compatible full size keyboard for easy input options. This keyboard is equipped with One Touch Launch keys and action keys too. It has a touch pad with integrated ON/OFF buttons. This touch pad got two way scroll pad support too.


This laptop comes with Genuine Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition, Adobe Reader, Cyberlink Power DVD and some more.

Sizes and Weight:

Width: 13.5-inches.

Depth: 9.0-inches.

Height: 1.4-inches.

Weight: 4.9 lbs.


This laptop is arranged with one 6-cell Lithium-ion battery pack, This battery offers up to 4 hours battery life for the notebook.

Additional Ports:

HP G42-303DX comes with one 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader, three USB 2.0 ports, one HDMI output port, one VGA port, one headphone jack and microphone jack.

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