Our HP Pavilion g6-1A69US test unit has the following configuration:
- 15.6-inch glossy 720p display (1366×768 resolution)
- Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
- Intel Core i3-380M dual-core processor (2.53GHz, 3MB cache, 35W TDP)
- Intel HM55 chipset
- Integrated Intel HD graphics
- 4GB DDR3-1066 RAM (2x 2GB; supports up to 8GB – 2x 4GB)
- 500GB 7200RPM Seagate hard drive (ST9500325AS)
- 802.11n wireless network adapter (Atheros AR9285)
- No internal Bluetooth
- Integrated webcam
- Built-in tray-load DVD burner (hp DVDRAM GT31L)
- One-year limited warranty
- 6-cell Li-ion battery (10.8V, 4200mAh)
- Weight: 5.5 lbs.
- Dimensions: 14.72 x 9.65 x 1.20~1.42 inches.
- MSRP: $499.99
The specifications are quite basic though slightly above the bare minimum being sold today. This notebook as configured is perfectly adequate for college students and home users who want to browse the Internet and use an office productivity suite. It’s not suitable for playing modern 3D games like Call of Duty, and, due to the low-resolution screen would not be optimal for Photoshop or intense multitasking.
Performance and Benchmarks
Our readers should note that the Core i3-380M used in the $499 version of the g6 is an older first-generation Core i-series processor; it has since been replaced by the second-gen i3-2310M and i3-2330M processors. The newer processors are faster but more importantly better on power consumption, which would have been nice. HP likely got a good deal on the older processors. Additionally I?m disappointed to see the Seagate 7200.4 series hard drive installed; it is ancient by computing standards (slowing down overall system performance) and made too many clicking noises.
wPrime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance):
PCMark Vantage measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):
PCMark 7 is a newer benchmark which measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):
3DMark06 measures overall graphics performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):