-Model: G7Z-2100 CTO
-Bought From/Price: HP.com $678
-OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
-GPU: ATI 7660G + 7670M
-Resolution: 1600 by 900
-RAM: 4GB as purchased 8GB upgraded
-Usage: General usage Mild Gaming
-Real World Battery Life (in your estimation):With Extended battery 3 to 4 Hours general usage 1 to 2 gaming.
-Your Rating (out of 10): 8.5
The HP G series Laptops are HP’s budget laptops, compared to the DV series they are lacking in the extras the DV’s have. The DVs generally have brushed aluminum finishes, Fingerprint readers, and beats audio. If these things are important to you then move on, if you're looking for computer, and don't care about these things, then the G7z is probably something worth looking at.
It’s a pretty snazzy looking finish with the HP logo bottom right hand corner. It will shows the fingerprints, pretty easily. The inside of the computer is pretty nice, also it has a speaker bar, above the keyboard which I think makes a better listening experience. It has a full size keyboard with a number pad.
The HP experience:
Right off the bat, you notice the Bloatware. Just after you get the windows 7 configuration done, HP’s logo.exe program runs, while The HP setup Program loads (and it took a while). I have been working with computer for a long time, Yes I know I did not set up Norton Antivirus, I know my computer could get a virus. For the average user, or the computer clueless this process might be good.
The laptop comes with Dolby advanced sound, which is integrated audio with an decent set of audio drivers, and audio Control panel. The audio is made by IDT, the software control panel is nice. What makes it for me is built in equalizer, and it displays each channel's level when sound is being played. It also has, noise canceling, using the built in microphone for a better listening experience, something that Beatz Audio brags about.
The AMD A10-4600M is the the Top end AMD mobile processor. It is equipped with, a 7660G, video card. Like all AMD processors there are more powerful Intel processors, but the A10 can hold its own, especially when you factor in the 7660G. When Gaming you want to balance the processor with graphics, with graphics being more important. The A10 Just does something Intel can’t, and that is Crossfire with the ATI 7670M. I think in this price point you probably won’t find a notebook that performs like this one. It won’t Perform like a top of the line Gaming notebook, but it will get the job done. Benchmarks below, overall for a Sub $700 notebook it plays games pretty well. You should Expect to play games and Medium-High settings. Batman Arkham City played would play well on Medium quality with 2X AA, where Just cause 2 in benchmarks got Playable FPS at High textures and 2X AA with Medium Shadow Detail. Whereas Dexues EX Human Revolution got on default settings got an average FPS 36.56 with a min of 25 and a max of 61, at full settings it got 18.37 average, and a max of 32, Fraps posted a minimum of 0 which I think was an error.
Great performance for class, Good Audio and software to go with it.
Laptop can run hot, the video 7670M runs about 80C while under load.
Lacks some of the extras higher end models have. Performance in games is acceptable maybe even good, but not great. If you're not on a budget and want to game, pass this laptop up for one that has more muscle.
Batman Arkham City
Full Supported settings
Very High Texture, High Tessellation, FXAA Medium, No motion blur, No ambient Occlusion
Very High Texture, Normal Tessellation, FXAA Medium, No motion blur, No ambient Occlusion
High Texture, Normal Tessellation, FXAA Low, No motion blur, No ambient Occlusion
Just Cause 2
Texture High, Shadows High, AA 4X, Anisotropic Filtering 16 , Water Detail Very High, Object Detail Very High.
Average FPS: 19.57
Texture High, Shadows Medium, AA 2X, Anisotropic Filtering 8 , Water Detail Very High, Object Detail Very High.
Average FPS 24.25
Review Disclaimer This is a CTO laptop so this review is based off of the following configuration.
• sparkling black
• Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
• AMD Quad-Core A10-4600M Accelerated Processor (3.2GHz/2.3GHz, 4MB L2 Cache)
• 1GB AMD Radeon(TM) HD 7670M Discrete-Class Graphics
• FREE Upgrade to 4GB DDR3 System Memory (1Dimm)
• FREE Upgrade to 500GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
• Microsoft(R) Office Starter: reduced-functionality Word/Excel(R) only, No PowerPoint(R)/Outlook(R)
• No additional security software
• 17.3-inch diagonal HD BrightView LED-backlit Display (1600 x 900)
• SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support
• HP Webcam with Integrated Digital Microphone