HP g6-1013sa AMD Phenom II P960 Quad Core

HP g6-1013sa is a budget laptop which provides strong performance due to the presence of AMD Phenom II P960 quad core processor at its heart. The external appearance is striking with two-toned styling and rounded corner. Though the cover is made up of plastic but it is sturdy and doesn’t appear to be cheap. The 15.6” display size gives user comfortable viewing experience. Let us look closely at the stuff HP g6-1013sa is made of.

Under the stylish Sonoma Red cover, HP g6-1013sa consists of AMD Phenom II P960 quad core processor, each core operating with 1.8GHz frequency, and 2MB of L2 cache. AMD Phenom II P960 is definitely a powerful processor but, according to some benchmarks, performance wise it is almost equivalent to core i3-2310M Sandy Bridge processor,  which is also a dual core processor with 3 MB of L3 cache. Quad core processor has its own benefits, especially where processor power is needed. For example, if your work needs lots of video encoding/decoding, changing DVD formats etc., quad core processor would be a better option. Some of the modern games need more than two cores. If you are a graphics designing enthusiast, you can run Photoshop creative suit, Dreamweaver like applications smoothly on this laptop. You can use it for CAD related works as well, but not much for 3D stuff, as the graphics is integrated. Bottomline is, for extensive multitasking, quad core is better.

When it comes to graphics, HP g6-1013sa quad core laptop comes with Integrated ATI Radeon HD 4250 graphics which is capable of decoding HD videos flawlessly. Also, it features Microsoft DirectX 10 and you can play 3D games at low details and resolution. You can expect to play starcraft 2, left 4 dead, half life 2 etc. HP g6-1013sa laptop comes with HDMI interface, so one can directly connect HDTV or monitor with the laptop.

Available memory with HP g6-1013sa laptop is 4GB, which is decent for regular usage. . However, more memory is better if you want to work with CAD softwares. The hard drive provides 500GB storage capacity and runs at 5,400 rpm. HP g6-1013sa comes with Windows 7 home premium operating system.

The laptop comes with midsize (15.6”) display and screen features LED backlit HD widescreen with resolution of 1366*768. 720p HD content can be displayed on HP g6-1013sa.

HP g6-1013sa offers impressive connectivity options with 3 USB 2.0 port, one HDMI and VGA port each. For wireless network connectivity it provides both wi-fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth support. For wired connectivity HP g6-1013sa comes with Fast Ethernet support  with RJ 45 connector. It also provides Multi-Format Digital Media Card Reader.

To support audio the laptop is integrated by Altec lansing speakers and to support video chat there is VGA  webcam.

6 cell lithium ion battery pack provides up to 5 hrs of battery life.

Pros of  HP g6-1013sa

Inexpensive laptop with Quad core processor


500 GB HDD

Bluetooth support

The bad

No express card slot.

Final thoughts

One can’t expect very high performance from HP g6 1013sa laptop, though it contains a quad core processor, as it has Integrated Graphics which depends solely on system memory.  Considering its price £400 approx , HP g6 1013sa laptop is a good choice for business, home, home office and for school work.







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