September 19, 2012
- Stylish design
- Good audio quality
- Solid performance for budget price
- Poor display viewing angles
- Below average battery life
The HP Pavilion g6t-2000 is a fantastic budget laptop that offers good performance, a flashy design and good sounding audio. The battery life is sub par, however, and the graphics performance could definitely be better. For the sub-$500 price tag, it is still a great buy.
The HP Pavilion g6t has always been a budget laptop and this late 2012 refresh brings a speedier, albeit second-generation, Intel Core i3 CPU. It also has a wider keyboard with numeric keypad and upgraded Dolby audio.
HP designed the g6t with the average user in mind. It comes in many different colors to suit the preference of almost anyone. The four choices include blue, purple, red and white and are available for an additional $25. The lid does smudge quite a bit though with fingerprints, but that's only cosmetic.
It measures 14.8 x 9.6 x 1.4-inches (wdh) and weighs 5.2-pounds, which is both smaller and lighter than other similar laptops. This a definite plus for college- and high school-aged buyers.
The 15.6-inch HP BrightView LED display has a native resolution of 1366 x 768-pixels, which is the standard for this size. The screen to start with has a very glossy finish, which threw back a ton of reflections. Overall the display provided good quality, but the viewing angles could definitely be better.
HP includes a full-size keyboard on the g6t-2000 alongside a full numeric keypad, which is an update from the previous model. The keys are matte black and provide a good contrast from the rest of the glossy keyboard deck. To make room for the numeric keypad, HP had to move the regular keyboard quite a bit to the left, which makes it very off-center and can be awkward to type on at times. While not horrible, it took some getting used to.
The trackpad was wide enough but could have been slightly taller. The pad surface is slightly recessed into the deck and has a bumpy texture. There are two discrete buttons for left and right clicking.
HP improved the audio by adding Dolby Advanced Audio speakers and we definitely noticed. Sound from the speaker bar above the keyboard filled a small room and provided ample bass levels.
For ports, the HP Pavilion g6t-2000 includes two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, HDMI-out, VGA-out, Ethernet, the usual audio ports and an SD card reader. It's definitely surprising to see USB 3.0 let alone two of them on a sub-$500 computer. There is also a tray-loading DVD+/-RW optical drive.
HP upgraded the internals to a second-generation Intel Core i3-2370M (2.4GHz), 4GB of RAM, a 500GB 5400RPM hard drive and Intel integrated 3000HD graphics. Unfortunately, the CPU is not the latest third-generation variety, which would have provided even more power. But for a budget laptop, we understand the omission. The same goes for the integrated graphics, which forgo the latest Intel 4000 update.
A PCMark 7 benchmark returned a score of 1,922, which is a respectable score for the specifications it has. While below the category average, the budget performance come with a budget price. Real-world use, however, provided a solid experience with no slow-downs while multitasking or watching streaming HD video.
Battery life with the HP Pavilion g6t-2000 topped out at about 4.5-hours, which is about an hour below the category average.
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