HP Pavilion G4 review: HP Pavilion G4

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HP Pavilion g4-1215dx Average watts per hour
Off (60 percent) 0.73
Sleep (10 percent) 0.78
Idle (25 percent) 7.58
Load (5 percent) 33.37
Raw kWh 35.74
Annual energy cost $4.06

Annual power consumption cost

The HP Pavilion g4-1215dx has a six-cell battery that ran for 3 hours and 31 minutes in our video playback battery-drain test. That's mediocre for a laptop, but fair for a budget machine, provided you're ready to recharge throughout the day when necessary. A more power-efficient system, such as HP's 11-inch Pavilion dm1z, lasts for about 5 hours and 19 minutes in the same test.

HP includes a standard one-year warranty on parts and labor with the HP Pavilion g4-1215dx. HP's Web site is reasonably well-organized and it's easy to locate documentation on particular laptop models, and the 24-7 support phone number as well.

Sure, you could find a $499 laptop with better performance out there, but it'll be nearly impossible to beat the $379 HP Pavilion g4-1215dx for sheer value this holiday season. Its AMD processor is a step below what you'd find in the average Intel Core i3 laptop, but this is a computer that can handle basic needs and then some, in a solid, neat package, all for less than an entry-level iPad and about $80 more than the average Netbook.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
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Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
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Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
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Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
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System configurations
HP Pavilion g4-1215dx
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 1.9GHz AMD Dual-Core A4-3300M APU; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6480G; 320GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Toshiba Satellite P745D-S4240
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 1.4GHz AMD Quad-Core A6-3400M APU; 6GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6520G; 640GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

Gateway NV55S05u
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 1.5GHz AMD Quad-Core A8-3500M APU; 6GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 512MB AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6620G; 640GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

Samsung Series 3 NP300U1A
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 1.3GHz Intel Core i3-2357M; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated) Intel HD 3000; 320GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Asus U31SD-A1
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.1GHz Intel Core i3-2310M; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce 520M / 64MB(Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 640GB Western Digital 5,400rpm

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Where to Buy

MSRP: $379.99

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  • Weight 4.7 lbs
  • Installed Size 4 GB
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