If you are looking to buy a machine for everyday use that includes word processing, using Photoshop, browsing on the internet, the HP 15-g013dx might just be for you. The cost of this computer system is below $400. The great thing about it is it has a lot of storage room, much more than most computers these days. The Dell Inspiron 5000, for example only comes equipped with 500 GB. This is a review for the HP 15g-013dx notebook.
For those who prefer to use a traditional mouse or track pad the lack of a touch screen will be seen as a plus. For me, a touch screen, doesn’t appeal to me. Usually when I use one, I can’t hit the areas on the screen that coincide with the action I want as the areas I want to push are much too small for my fingers. And I’m not someone with large fingers.
It’s not great for hardcore gaming, however. It uses a Radeon R5 card to render games which only gets about 20 frames per second at the most. That’s with the settings set at the lowest they will go. If you set them at the highest settings, the system will be overwhelmed and make for sluggish performance, because of the lack of power. Using this system for gaming, especially the newer games with more sophisticated graphics, will most likely make for a very lagging play. This is probably the worst part about the HP 15-g013dx, assuming you plan on using this for gaming. According to an amazon reviewer, the HP 15-G012DX did a much better job at handling tough games*. This notebook better suited for editing video or photos and casual gaming. With the amount of storage space in this system it’s almost too bad it’s not a desktop, because I personally prefer desk tops for gaming. You could ditch the Radeon R5 in favor of something much better to handle these types of heavy duty games. In desktop computers, you have the option of swapping out your graphics cards, video cards, whatever you want. In laptops, you don’t have this luxury.
This machine doesn’t have a number lock or a caps lock indicator light, which will make it difficult to determine whether or not it’s been turned on or not, unless of course you push a button to find out.
Specs for the HP 15-g013dx:
- 4GB RAM700 GB hard drive
- Screen size: 15.6 inches
- Screen resolution: 1366 x 768
- Operating System: Windows 8.1
- Weight: 4.8 pounds
- USB ports- 2 2.0 ports & 1 3.0 port
- 1 SD card slot.
- Does not come with a touch screen
- Small price tag
- HDMI port
- Light weight, only 4.83 pounds
- No number lock or caps lock indicator lights
- Not great for hardcore gaming
- Bluetooth is not supported
- Internal speakers aren’t very good
- The keyboard does not light up
The HP 15-g013dx has an SD card slot so you do not have to buy an external device to use your SD card memory. This will come in handy for people who either don’t like flash drives or have things, like photos or videos from a camera, stored on their SD cards and would like to work on them.
This machine will give you a great performance for the price tag, under $400. This has been my review of the HP 15-g013dx. Thank you for reading.