Under $400, HP 15-g013dx is a 15.6 laptop that’s packed with useful features and lots of processing power for multitasking. It runs on 2.0-2.4GHz AMD Quad core A8-6410 APU, has 4GB of RAM, 750GB hard drive and AMD Radeon HD R5 graphics. It can do pretty much everything that we need in our day to day computing. However, if you are an avid gamer then HP 15-g013dx is not for you. It can run Sims4 though, but if you want to run Watch Dogs or Thief you will be disappointed. Basically it is the newer version of HP 15-g012dx and is suitable for students and home users alike. Even small business users can also use this laptop if they just want to run office applications. The laptop comes with all necessary ports and connectivity features but lacks Bluetooth connectivity. It has VGA webcam rather than HD webcam which we expect from a similar priced laptop. On the other hand, HP 15-g012dx comes with HD webcam. HP 15-g013dx comes with DVD burner as optical drive. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP 15-g013dx
Specifications and Performance of HP 15-g013dx
As told earlier, HP 15-g013dx comes with AMD A8-6410 quad core APU which means the processor and graphics are fused together. It has 2MB of L2 cache. The accelerated processor supports working with Microsoft office, running HD videos on screen as well as on external displays, encoding and decoding media files and online video communication. It supports entry level photo and video editing and casual gaming as well, but it is not a dedicated gaming laptop. If you are looking for a gaming laptop at affordable price, you can take a look at Acer Aspire V3-572G-587W which comes with Intel Core i5-4210U 1.7 GHz Processor (3MB Cache), 8 GB DDR3L SDRAM, 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive, NVIDIA GeForce 840M graphics with 2GB dedicated video memory and 7 hours of battery life.
HP 15-g013dx laptop will hardly support working with professional designing software like AutoCAD/Revit Solidworks, 3Ds Max and large video editing but for everyday use it offers enough power.
HP 15-g013dx comes with 4GB memory and memory is not user expandable. It comes with 750GB hard drive which operates with 5400 rpm speed. It doesn’t come with SSD or hybrid drive, which can boost performance. The laptop runs on Windows 8.1 operating system. This is not a touch screen laptop.
The 15.6-inch diagonal HD BrightView WLED-backlit display offers resolution of 1366 X 768, which is quite common among budget laptops, and comes with average viewing angle as the display panel is non-IPS panel.
Beside HDMI port, it comes with 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, Ethernet port, SD card reader and combo audio jack. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and much congested 1×1 b/g/n Wi-fi solution. However, you hardly get dual band Wi-fi at this price. The listed price of the laptop is $350 (at Bestbuy)
3-cell 31WHr 2.8Ah lithium-ion polymer battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup.
Pros of HP 15-g013dx
Inexpensive laptop for home user and student
750 GB hard drive
Cons of HP 15-g013dx
No Gigabit Ethernet
If you are looking for a decent laptop for home and home office, HP 15-g013dx could be a good choice. However, it comes with VGA webcam. If you want HD webcam you can consider HP 15-g012dx which comes with similar spec.