A few people wrote that it was good value for money. Cnet.com said on CNET.com “If you're going to make a budget laptop, you'd better get your price right”. Cnet.com also mentioned “A $379 price that makes this easily one of the most wallet-friendly 14-inchers we've come across”. Techmagnifier.com mentioned “HP brand has recently launched new brand laptop HP Pavilion g4-1215x with attractive features as well as cost effective” yet they scored the product 2 stars.
A few HP G4 owners wrote in their reviews that the product was a bargain for the price. Expert review site Cnet.com wrote in their review of the HP G4 five years ago “The extremely aggressively priced HP Pavilion g4-1215dx is a worthwhile laptop pick for those who want a basic, cheap computer” . Also five years ago expert website Pcworld.com_techhive.com mentioned “If you were thinking of going undersize just because netbooks are cheap, take a look at the HP Pavilion G4 (model 1215dx) instead” although they only gave this laptop a rating of 3 stars.
HP Has Good Notebook PC Reviews
Medium processor core notebook PCs manufactured by HP have good reviews on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all laptops (not just medium processor core notebook PCs) and found that HP also has good reviews across its entire range.
Some people considered that it was well made. Laptopmag.com wrote “The HP Chromebook 11 G4 delivers a solid keyboard and good sound for a low price.” in their review however they only scored the product 60 out of 100.
A number of HP G4 reviewers who purchased it concluded that it was a good design. Five years ago Computershopper.com said “The $349 Pavilion g4-1215dx delivers an outstanding mix of design and performance for the money”. Expert review site Techmagnifier.com said “The g4 series has made change in design and overall feature, so it will work good compared to previous G series” in their review of this laptop.
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Good Product Quality
A number of HP G4 owners who bought the product concluded that it was good quality. Laptopmag.com said in December last year “A satisfying keyboard and solid build quality help distinguish it from the pack”. Laptopmag.com also wrote “Solid audio quality”.
Easy to Use
One HP G4 owner said in their reviews that the product was comfortable and easy to hold. Laptopmag.com mentioned “Comfortable keyboard” in their review of the HP G4.
Good Technical Features
One HP G4 owner who reviewed it considered that it had good features.
One HP G4 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that it had good technical guidance.
64-Bit Processor Operating Mode
This portable PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many laptops of a similar type and age to it.
Quite Big Total Storage Capacity
The HP G4 has one of the bigger total storage capacity (1,000 gigabyte) amongst laptops of this age. The average total storage capacity of laptops that came out around the same time as the G4 is 550GB.
We compared all the other 1TB total storage capacity notebook PCs to this notebook PC and we think because of it's better review score, the Satellite L50-C[pl_2940571_price], and the Satellite S50-B[pl_2756222_price] both from Toshiba or the HP Pavilion 15[plb_2584084_price] is also worth considering.
Laptops with a bigger total storage capacity that might be worth considering include the Satellite L50-C[pl_3016157_price] (1TB), or the Satellite L50-C[pl_2940572_price] (2TB) both from Toshiba or the Acer Aspire E5-571[plb_2943472_price] (2TB) which is also higher rated.
1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed
The HP G4 supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than the 133MHz processor memory clock speed supported by most portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to it. This HP portable PC also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds. Across all medium processor core notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the G4 the worst memory clock speeds supported by processor is 133MHz and the best is 1,866MHz.
Has a Front Camera
Like most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the G4, the HP G4 has a front camera.
It may also be worth considering one of the alternative notebook PCs with a front camera currently available including because of it's better review score, the Asus S200E[plb_1537972_price], the HP Pavilion 15-ab040sa[plb_2897982_price], or the DELL Latitude 3540[plb_2887515_price].
Fairly Big Hard Drive Capacity
The HP G4 has a quite big hard drive capacity (1,000 gigabyte) compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable age and type to the G4. The hard drive capacity of medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the G4 range from 5GB to 2TB, and the average hard drive capacity is 690GB.
802.11n WiFi Standard
This notebook PC has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most commonly found WiFi standard on notebook PCs that were released more than a year ago.
L3 Processor Cache
This laptop has a L3 processor cache, which is the most commonly found processor cache on medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to it.
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Only Two SATA III Connectors
Most medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the G4 have between two and three SATA III connectors, including the HP G4 which has two SATA III connectors.
Only Ten PCI Express Lanes (max)
Most portable PCs that have been around for more than a year have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max), including the HP G4 which has ten PCI Express lanes (max).
Only One USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Most portable PCs of this age and spec have between one and four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports, including the HP G4 which has one USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port.
Only Two SATA Connectors
The HP G4 is a two SATA connector portable PC.
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Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
The average on-board graphics adapter base frequency of laptops of a comparable spec and age to the G4 is 290MHz, and the on-board graphics adapter base frequencies range from 100MHz to 650MHz. The HP G4 has a fairly slow on-board graphics adapter base frequency (only 200 megahertz) compared to most of the other comparable spec laptops that were released one year ago.
Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard
The HP G4 does not have a full-size keyboard, unlike most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the G4 which have a full-size keyboard.
It is worth also looking at alternative portable PCs which also have a full-size keyboard including the Asus S200E[plb_1537972_price], the Lenovo G50-45[plb_2886858_price], or the HP Pavilion 15-ab040sa[plb_2897982_price] which also has a higher rating.
Only HDD Storage Medium
This portable PC has an HDD storage medium, which is typical of many similar spec portable PCs that have been available for a comparable time to it. HDD is a traditional storage drive which stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are slower than other forms of storage such as solid state drives (SSD) and flash drives.
We compared all the other laptops that have an HDD storage media to this portable PC and we think the Asus S200E[plb_1537972_price], the Acer Extensa EX2508[plb_2927460_price], and the HP Probook 470 G2[plb_2925949_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.
With a processor clock speed of only 1.7 gigahertz, the HP G4 has a quite slow processor clock speed compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched more than a year ago. The average processor clock speed of medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to the G4 is 2.2GHz.
We compared all the other 1.7GHz processor clock speed laptops to this notebook PC and we think because of it's better review score, the BU201LA[pl_2875941_price], and the F552LAV[pl_2522405_price] both from Asus or the Lenovo G50-70[plb_2707942_price] is also worth considering.
If you would prefer a notebook PC with a faster processor clock speed then you might want to consider the X240[pl_2939879_price] (1.9GHz), the G50-80[pl_3258707_price] (1.9GHz), or the G50-70[pl_3089734_price] (1.9GHz) all from Lenovo which also has a higher rating.
Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution
This notebook PC has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is typical of many laptops of a similar spec and age to it.
Very Small Internal Memory
The internal memory of similar spec laptops that have been around for around the same time as the G4 range from 2GB to 16GB, and the average internal memory is 6.3GB. With an internal memory of only 4 gigabytes, the HP G4 has one of the smaller internal memory amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age.
We compared all the other 4GB internal memory notebook PCs to this laptop and we think because of it's better review score, the Asus S200E[plb_1537972_price], the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon[plb_2749119_price], and the DELL Latitude 3540[plb_2887513_price] is also worth considering.
If you are looking for a bigger internal memory then you might want to consider the 17-g161us[pl_2997241_price] (6GB and higher rated), or the Pavilion 14-ab166us[pl_3010778_price] (6GB and higher rated) both from HP or the Asus X555LA[plb_2998975_price] (6GB and higher rated).
Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen
Most notebook PCs of this age and type do not have a touch sensitive screen. The HP G4 is no exception to this as it too does not have a touch sensitive screen.
It is worth considering other notebook PCs which also have a touch sensitive screen including the Latitude 15 5000[pl_2804843_price], or the Latitude 12 7000[pl_2867641_price] both from DELL or the Asus S200E[plb_1537972_price].
Only One USB 3.0 Port
The HP G4 is a one USB 3.0 port portable PC. Most of the other laptops that came out more than a year ago have between one and four USB 3.0 ports.
Only 4 Bluetooth Version
This portable PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is the most commonly supported Bluetooth version on comparable spec portable PCs that are a similar age to it.
4 Other reasons to consider the HP G4
Released Over a Year Ago
This notebook PC has been on the market for over a year.
Average Screen Size
The HP G4 has a pretty standard screen size (15.6 inches) compared to most of the other portable PCs that were launched around the same time as the G4.
We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 15.6" laptops currently available including the Probook 450 G2[pl_2941770_price], or the 15[pl_2744324_price] both from HP or the DELL Latitude 15 E5550[plb_2885644_price] which has better reviews.
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