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HP G72-130sa Laptop (intel core i3, 17.3" 1600x900, ATI 5430) @ ebuyer
HP G72-130sa Laptop (intel core i3, 17.3" 1600x900, ATI 5430) @ ebuyer

HP G72-130sa Laptop (intel core i3, 17.3" 1600x900, ATI 5430) @ ebuyer

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I was looking for a laptop with a reasonable spec, but most had integraded Intel graphics cards and lower resoltuion screens. This one features an ATI mobility Radeon 5430 card with 512MB dedicated memory and the display supports a resolution of 1600x900. The harddrive is 7200rpm rather than 5200.

Processor

* Intel® Core™ i3 Processor i3-330M 2.13 GHz,
* Level 2 cache 3 MB
* Intel® HM55

Memory

* 3GB DDR3
* Configuration: 1 x 1024 MB + 1 x 2048 MB
* Maximum RAM 8GB
* 2 x soDIMM slot

Hard Drive

* 320GB, 7200 rpm SATA
* up to 12 GB partition for system recovery

Optical Drive

* SATA optical drive: LightScribe SuperMulti DVD±RW with Double Layer Support

Software

* Operating System: Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
* Microsoft® Works and Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2007 60-Day Trial Version
* Microsoft® Internet Explorer
* Windows® Live Messenger,
* Adobe® Reader,
* Adobe® Flash Player
* HP Setup,
* HP Advisor,
* HP Support Assistant,
* Cyberlink DVD Suite,
* Cyberlink Power DVD,
* Cyberlink YouCam,
* Cyberlink MediaShow,
* Windows Media Center,
* Windows Live™ Applications,
* Norton Online Backup (30-day trial)

Display

* 17.3” Diagonal HD+ High-Definition LED HP BrightView Widescreen Display
* Display Resolution: 1600 x 900

Graphics

* ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5430 Graphics,
* Up to 1754 MB total graphics memory with 512 MB dedicated DDR3

Audio

* Altec Lansing speakers

Input Devices

* Full size keyboard with integrated numeric keypad
* Touch Pad with On/Off button and dedicated vertical Scroll Up/Down pad

Networking

* Integrated 10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN
* 802.11 b/g/n;
* Bluetooth® wireless networking

Power Supply

* 90 W AC Power Adapter
* 6-cell Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery

Dimensions

* Width 412 mm
* Depth 269 mm
* Height 32.4 / 37.4 mm
* Weight 2.68kg

Interfaces

* 3 x USB 2.0,
* 1 x HDMI connector,
* 1 x VGA port,
* 1 x RJ45 ethernet connector,
* 1 x headphone-out,
* 1 x mic-in

Expansion

* 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro or xD Picture cards

Warranty / Miscellaneous

* 1 Year Manufacturer warranty
* Webcam with Integrated Microphone; VGA

14 Comments

may want to consider this one


Good alternative if you dont want a 17" screen

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Nad_84

may want to consider this oneGood alternative if you dont want a 17" … may want to consider this oneGood alternative if you dont want a 17" screen



Yes, that is a reasonable deal, thought I specifically wanted a higher screen resolution, the Medion linked to here has a resolution of 1366 x 768.

Cheers

there is this acer comet.co.uk/sho…ion
with 250gb HDD but bit better graphics and bluray drive for 549 at comet (think ther is a 6% code about too)
sort of considering it myself atm but hard to know if any good in the flesh.
Edited by: "brilly" 23rd Sep 2010

The HD 5430 graphics will struggle with some more demanding games even at lowest settings; but it's a big step up from the onchip graphics and has a low-power consumption so is well worth having.

It's a pity this doesn't have a full HD screen, larger HHD, more memory or better GPU - but it seems a reasonable deal for those needing more screen space; so HOT from me.

brilly

there is this … there is this acerhttp://www.comet.co.uk/shopcomet/product/630594/ACER-AS7741G-BR/tab/specification#specwith 250gb HDD but bit better graphics and bluray drive for 549 at comet (think ther is a 6% code about too)sort of considering it myself atm but hard to know if any good in the flesh.



That looks good deal also - the HDD is I think only 5400rpm; but with it's Blu-ray and the faster graphics it's a great price. I hadn't realised there were so many 17" lappys in this price / spec range.
Edited by: "wombat6025" 23rd Sep 2010

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brilly

there is this acer … there is this acer http://www.comet.co.uk/shopcomet/product/630594/ACER-AS7741G-BR/tab/specification#specwith 250gb HDD but bit better graphics and bluray drive for 549 at comet (think ther is a 6% code about too)sort of considering it myself atm but hard to know if any good in the flesh.



I too looked at the Acer, but was warned off them due to build/component quality. A friend at work ordered an HP latop which was delivered yesterday, same screen as this one and it was very good. A really well built laptop.

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wombat6025

The HD 5430 graphics will struggle with some more demanding games even at … The HD 5430 graphics will struggle with some more demanding games even at lowest settings; but it's a big step up from the onchip graphics and has a low-power consumption so is well worth having.It's a pity this doesn't have a full HD screen, larger HHD, more memory or better GPU - but it seems a reasonable deal for those needing more screen space; so HOT from me.



I'd love a full HD gaming laptop
This spec suits me price range and my requirements, I'm sure I won't have any problems running 3D accelerated desktop environments in Ubuntu/Windows 7. That said, I will try and see how Team Fortress 2 runs (_;)

arduino

I too looked at the Acer, but was warned off them due to build/component … I too looked at the Acer, but was warned off them due to build/component quality. A friend at work ordered an HP latop which was delivered yesterday, same screen as this one and it was very good. A really well built laptop.


Yeah i was wary of that too but HP dont seem to get much rating now either it seems smidgenpc.com/201…le/

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brilly

Yeah i was wary of that too but HP dont seem to get much rating now … Yeah i was wary of that too but HP dont seem to get much rating now either it seems http://smidgenpc.com/2010/05/07/laptop-reliability-ratings-which-laptop-is-really-most-reliable/



Good point, thought I can only go by my own experience. My previous laptop was HP and lasted about 5 years of my abuse. I've never heard of this blog or SquareTrade, though it seems their methods have been questioned in the past.

Edited by: "arduino" 23rd Sep 2010

HP laptops are the worst built all around, even worse than Acers. Of course different people will have different experiences but on the whole - HP Laptops = Junk.

Banned

wombat6025

The HD 5430 graphics will struggle with some more demanding games even at … The HD 5430 graphics will struggle with some more demanding games even at lowest settings; but it's a big step up from the onchip graphics and has a low-power consumption so is well worth having.It's a pity this doesn't have a full HD screen, larger HHD, more memory or better GPU - but it seems a reasonable deal for those needing more screen space; so HOT from me.


Why would you mention gaming?
This is clearly not a gaming laptop.

Banned

Gabriel959

HP laptops are the worst built all around, even worse than Acers. Of … HP laptops are the worst built all around, even worse than Acers. Of course different people will have different experiences but on the whole - HP Laptops = Junk.


Other than some DOA extended batteries, all the elitebooks I've ordered and built for my previous employer were really solid relaible machines.

Villa

Why would you mention gaming?


I mentioned gaming because almost invariably someone will ask "can I play x game on this"; I didn't intend to make a big thing of it - and did highlight that the GPU was fairly capable and a big improvement over the intel GMA.

Villa

This is clearly not a gaming laptop.



It has a decent keyboard, touchpad, screen, processor and GPU - how do you 'clearly' know that games can't be played on this laptop?

Incidentally if by "gaming laptop" you mean a beast that can play all the latest games at highest settings I don't think there is such a thing; maybe "gamming fan-assisted-cooling-tray-top" would be more realistic (_;)

Villa

Other than some DOA extended batteries, all the elitebooks I've ordered … Other than some DOA extended batteries, all the elitebooks I've ordered and built for my previous employer were really solid relaible machines.



My employer is currently replacing our 3-4 year-old Dell laptops with new HP laptops - the project has been delayed considerably due to the numbers of failures on the new laptops.

Despite that I was still happy to consider HP when replacing my personal laptop a few months back.. - but I'd probably have gone for an extended warranty.

arduino

...I've never heard of this blog or SquareTrade, though it seems their … ...I've never heard of this blog or SquareTrade, though it seems their methods have been questioned in the past.



I'm glad I 'clicked' through on the link you provided as it shows Square Trade in a very good light - spammers pretend to be Square Trade presumably because it gives their spams "authority" and the 'questioning' was Microsoft squealling after Square Trade published xbox 360 failure rates due to the "ring of death" - it's quite tellling that Microsoft didn't provide any data to refute the figures.

Edited by: "wombat6025" 23rd Sep 2010

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So far no problems at all, uninstalled windows 7, everything works perfectly with ubuntu 10.10
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