The HP G72-C55DX is one of the best bang-for-the-buck laptops you can buy. The HP G72-C55DX sports a huge 17.3" LED (1600 x 900) backlit display and the latest Intel Pentium P6100 processor. You don't break the bank with this laptop since the HP G72-C55DX is available on sale at Best Buy for $449.99! My family and I were looking for a laptop to purchase for my mother-in-law as a gift for Christmas and this laptop certainly fit the bill. We wanted to get her a large screen since she is older and smaller screens strain her eyes. But most 17" screen laptops I came across were $700 or more. I headed to Best Buy in Norwalk, but I literally just missed the last one being sold, with a woman exchanging another laptop for this model. I then had to drive 35 minutes to Hartsdale, New York to another Best Buy location to pick one up. But it was well worth it!
Check out the specs of G72-C55DX model:
|Microprocessor||2.00GHz Intel Pentium Processor P6100|
|Microprocessor Cache||3MB L3 Cache|
|Memory||4GB DDR3 System Memory (2 DIMM)|
|Video Graphics||Intel HD Graphics|
|Video Memory||Up to 1696MB|
|Hard Drive||500GB (5400RPM)|
|Multimedia Drive||SuperMulti 8X DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support|
|Display||17.3” diagonal High Definition+ HP BrightView LED Display (1600 x 900)|
|Network Card||Integrated 10/100 Ethernet LAN|
|Keyboard||Full-size keyboard with integrated numeric keypad|
|Pointing Device||Touch Pad with integrated On/Off button and 2-way scroll pad support|
|PC Card Slots|
|Dimensions||16.22" (L) x 10.59" (D) x 1.27" (min H)/1.47" (max H)|
|What's In The Box||HP Webcam with integrated microphone|
|Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit|
|Security and Support:|
|Symantec Norton Internet Security 2011 60-day Trial
HP Support Assistant; HP Power Manager
HP Recovery Manager
HP Setup Manager
|HP Movie Store powered by RoxioNow; HP Music Store by Rhapsody
Blio e-Reader ; New York Times e-Reader (15b); HP Barnes and Noble e-Reader
CyberLink Power DVD; CyberLInk DVD Suite; CyberLink YouCam BE; CyberLink MediaShow 5
Snapfish Picture Mover
HP Games Powered by WildTangent
|Productivity and Finance:|
|Microsoft Office 2010 preloaded (purchase of a Product Key required to activate a full Office 2010 suite) (34)
Windows Live Mail; Windows Live Messenger; Windows Live Photo Gallery; Windows Live Writer; Windows Live Movie Maker; Windows Live Mesh
HP G72-C55DX laptop is powered by Intel Pentium P6100 dual-core processor (2.0GHz) which offers pretty good performance. It has 3 MB L3 smart cache, shared dynamically by each core. In fact, the Intel P6100 has 3 levels of cache:
L1 cache: 64 KB (code) / 64 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB): 512 KB
L3 cache (KB): 3072 KB
Many competing laptops, especially with AMD processors only sport 2 levels of cache. Also, this Intel chip has an integrated on-chip graphics processor (GPU), whereas its counterpart the Athlon II dual-core does not. This means that a laptop using the AMD chip will need a discrete graphics card, which will draw additional power. The Intel Pentium P6100 processor scored better than AMD Athlon II P340 in top benchmark rankings.
So tempted to rip open the box and play with this bad boy a little! My mother-in-law is just going to have my configure it anyway, so might as well have it all setup so it's ready for use on Christmas, right?
The Intel Pentium P6100 processor is connected to the integrated Intel HD graphics via QPI (quick path interlink), so it improves speed dramatically and cuts down on power usage. The integrated HD graphics can decode AVC/H.264, MPEG-2 and VC-1 and supports Blu-Ray with hardware acceleration. Up to 1696MB memory is allocated to graphics. Don't expect good 3D gaming performance though with this video card. But my mother-in-law doesn't play video games any way.
The HP G72-C55DX laptop comes with 4GB memory, which is more than enough, but can be upgraded memory up to 8GB memory. The hard drive is 500GB and 5400RPM and not 7200RPM like I would prefer, but the performance loss is negligible as long as she doesn't start paging to disk.
Other nice features included in HP G72-C55DX laptop:
- 3 USB 2.0 ports
- Double-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW for burning CD/DVD
- Built-in webcam and microphone
- 5-in-1 digital media reader that supports Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO and xD-Picture Card formats.
- Integrated Ethernet LAN that support 10/100Mbit/s data transfer rate, RJ connector as interface
- IEEE 802.11 b, g and latest N version for wireless
- HDMI output
Pros of HP G72-C55DX
- Big display
- HDMI output
- Good processor
- Decent battery life
Cons of HP G72-C55DX
- Integrated graphics means low performance 3D gaming
- 5400RPM hard drive is slower than 7200RPM drives
It sports Windows Home Premium 7 64-bit, which is good. Ultimate would be better, but she doesn't really need that. The battery pack integrated in HP G72-C55DX offers up to 5 hours of battery life. Amazingly, even with the large screen, the machine weighs only 6.6lbs and is amazingly thin too - only 1.47" at its thickest. At $449.99 you won't find many laptops less expensive than the HP G72-C55DX especially with such a large screen. I've seen smaller 10.1" netbooks with slower Atom processors that cost more than this laptop! Definitely a good buy. Might have to go back and buy one for myself!