December 28, 2011
- Affordable price
- Comfortable keyboard
- Solid performance
- Limited display viewing angles
- Lacks USB 3.0
The HP Pavilion G6-1C77NR is a solid 15-inch laptop that offers good performance, a budget price and decent specifications. It also has a very comfortable, well-designed keyboard. While the display does have rather narrow viewing angles, most users should find everything else about this HP laptop to be satisfactory.
The HP Pavilion G6-1C77NR measures 14.7 x 9.7 x 1.4-inches (wdh) and weighs about 5.2-pounds, so it's definitely on the portable end of the scale. The chassis is all-plastic with smooth corners and a shiny finish. It does feel sturdy despite being all-plastic, but some users may not like it. We did like that the finish resists fingerprints, which is always a good thing. For an additional $25, you can get both the lid and deck in either blue, pewter or purple.
The full-size keyboard is recessed into the keyboard deck and has a traditional layout without any mis-shaped keys. It also provides a good amount of feedback with no noticeable flex, so the typing experience is both accurate and comfortable. The touchpad, however, has some room for improvement. It is centered on the body instead of under the keyboard, so moving from the pad to the keyboard was a little awkward at first. The touchpad's surface is composed of small raised-dots which help to give the pad some "feel". There is also a dimple in the upper-left corner to toggle the touchpad on and off when tapped twice.
HP includes a 15.6-inch LED-backlit display on the G6-1C77NR laptop with a native resolution of 1366 x 768-pixels. We found the screen to have good brightness levels but rather limited viewing angles.
It was a little disappointing to not find a USB 3.0 port on this model, which means the laptop will be slightly outdated in the near future when USB 3.0 peripherals begin to take hold of the market. You do, however, get three USB 2.0 ports, HDMI-out, VGA-out, Ethernet, the usual audio ports and an SD memory card reader. There is also a SuperMulti DVD burner optical disc drive and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity.
Our HP Pavilion G6 model had the following configuration: an Intel Core i3-370M CPU (2.4GHz), 4GB of RAM, a 640GB 5400RPM hard drive and integrated Intel HD graphics. This configuration isn't the fastest out there by any means, but it's in line with other similar budget 15-inch laptops available today.
Performance tests also agree with that statement and put this system right on par with most other budget 15-inch notebooks. You won't get outstanding performance, but for the average user, it will offer the required performance. We experienced no issues while multitasking or watching streaming HD videos from the Internet. Graphics performance is well-hindered by the integrated graphics, so don't expect to play any 3D games.
Battery life is decent at around 4:45 hours, which is right smack in the middle of the category average of between 4:30 and 5:00 hours for the 15-inch category.