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HP G61-410SA review

£399 inc VAT

Manufacturer: HP

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Finished in two-tone silver and black, the HP G61-410SA is a smart and very nicely put together budget laptop.

Finished in two-tone silver and black, the HP G61-410SA is a smart and very nicely put together budget laptop.

The HP G61-410SA's keyboard sits above a silky-smooth silver wrist rest incorporating a touchpad which reveals itself only as a shallow seamless depression in its surface. Rather than attempt what can often turn out to be a clumsy ‘multi-touch’ implementation, HP has gone for a traditional single-finger device, with a dedicated scrolling section down the right-hand side.

While many laptops offer an easy system-reinstall system, HP’s is a little more sophisticated, allowing you to restore the whole operating system, just the hardware drivers or just the pre-installed software applications (which include a full suite of Cyberlink software along with the usual trialware). The Recovery Manager application also helps you identify system problems with its computer checkup option.

The HP G61-410SA may be pretty big, but Acer’s Aspire 5740 and the Samsung R530 are fractionally larger. However, HP has most certainly delivered the heaviest laptop. At 2.7kg the extra weight really is quite noticeable.

While the HP G61-410SA comes with a dual-core processor, the 1.9GHz Intel Celeron T3310 is no match for the power of modern silicon found in the Acer or the Samsung. In WorldBench 6, the G61 scored 79 points, the slowest of any of the dual-core Intel-based laptops (although considerably more powerful than the MSI or Toshiba products, which are based on low-voltage single-core processors).

Unfortunately, it’s not exactly power-efficient leaving the HP G61-410SA with only 164 minutes of battery life under MobileMark 2007. This is by far the worst result of the group. Graphics performance is also rather lacklustre thanks to the Intel GMA 4500M integrated GPU.

NEXT: our expert verdict >>

HP G61-410SA Expert Verdict »
HP G61-410SA Scores 8.3 out of 10 based on 168 reviews
1.9GHz Intel Dual-core Celeron T3110
15.6in glossy, 1366x768
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
3GB DDR2-800 RAM
320GB 5400rpm SATA 3Gb/s HDD
Intel GMA 4500M (integrated)
HDMI, VGA
Stereo speakers, headphone jack, mic
3x USB 2.0
DVD±RW (±R DL) with Lightscribe
802.11b/g/n
10/100Mb/s
SD/MS/MSPro/MMC/XD
webcam, modem, Cyberlink DVD Suite, Power DVD, YouCam, MediaShow
45Wh Li-ion, removable
378x252x35.1mm
2733g
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The high build-quality makes the HP G61-410SA a joy to use and with a price of only £399 it’s also a tie with MSI for the lowest-cost option. In terms of raw specification, just about everything about the G61 can be bettered, but you’ll most certainly have to pay for it. By contrast, the only other option at this price from MSI comes with no optical drive and even slower application performance.

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