HP 15-g070nr Review

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March 9, 2015
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Let’s see, is there something special about HP 15-g070nr… Yep, it’s a refurbished item! You’ll get much lower price in exchange for wear and tear risk. But refurbs can certainly have their uses, especially if you’re short on money and looking for value. So let’s see if this HP gives a good bang for your buck.

Performance

The processor in HP 15-g070nr is AMD E1-6010 APU (Accelerated Processing Unit). The core amount is two, clock speed low 1.4GHz and there is no turbo boost available. In trusted CPU Mark benchmarks it gets less than 900 points – while average Core i3s get 3000 and more. This E1-6010 is one of the slowest processors, good only for very lightweight tasks like web browsing and text editing. That’s not to say it’s bad CPU, but don’t use it for any advanced programs or gaming.

RAM situation is better, with 4GB DDR3L SDRAM installed. There’s one memory slots on the motherboard and it’s obviously already occupied. So it’s unclear if you can add more more memory, perhaps you could swap the current RAM module for a bigger one if you wanted.

The hard drive size is 500GB as expected for such a cheap machine. In my opinion it’s more than enough for a starter laptop like this. For example, if we assume a photo size of 5MB, you can theoretically store 100,000 images on the drive. That’s quite a many vacation snapshots indeed.

The operating system is Windows 8.1 (64-bit).

Graphics and screen

The screen in this cheap notebooks is almost always poor. I wouldn’t expect miracles from this 15.6″ non touch display either. It also has the 1366×768 resolution which is curse for many, but I can perfectly understand that for so low price.

HP 15-g070nr has an integrated graphics engine (hence the name Accelerated Processing Unit). It’s called Radeon R2 and it’s a very slow one. The Radeon can be compared to the oldest Intel HD graphics units from 2012 and 2013. In the computer world that’s a long time. The vast majority of 2014 and 2015 games would lag too much to be playable. But for older or otherwise lightweight titles you should give a shot, Minecraft, CS:Go and World of Warcraft to name a few.

Connections

HP 15-g070nr has three USB ports, the standard for a 15.6″ laptop. One of those is USB 3.0. An obligatory HDMI output is also there, so if you don’t find the laptop’s screen pleasant to look at you can plug the HP to an external monitor.

Bare minimum networking is available, with a 10/100Mbps RJ-45 port and a single-band WiFi adapter. Bluetooth is not supported.

Many people have asked if this notebook comes with an optical drive. The answer is a simple no. If you want to use discs, you must get an external DVD drive that connects to the laptop’s USB port. You can also switch to memory cards, since every notebook has a reader for them (this HP works with SD cards).

A basic VGA webcam is installed. Not a great quality since it’s not even HD, but occasional video chatting should be alright with it.

What other things to keep in mind?

HP 15-g070nr has a decent portability. At least it doesn’t weight that much, only 4.83 pounds which is a bit less than these 15.6 inchers usually do. That said, the running time can’t be more than three hours with the included 3-cell battery.

Needless to say, the keyboard is not backlit. On the right hand side there’s a numeric pad, a nice thing to have for fast number key hitting.

It looks like also this model comes with a lot of bloatware. If you can’t stand that, go to Control Panel and uninstall the unnecessary programs.

Summing it up

HP 15-g070nr is a true starter laptop. It has a sluggish processor and average amount of RAM and hard drive space. The CPU will quickly become bottleneck if you try to run heavier software (think of Photoshop etc), and the graphics engine will keep only friends of old games happy. So this notebook has a lot of limitations, but if you’re using the HP only for very basic things, getting it might be worth your money.


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