Expert Review of HP 630 (2nd Gen Core i3/2GB/500GB/DOS/15.6") Notebook
HP is known for adding verstaility to its product range, be it laptop or printers or any other gadget. From high-end fully equipped machines to low-cost daily use laptops, HP has done it successfully. Belonging to budget series, HP designed HP 630 (2nd Gen Core i3/2GB/500GB/DOS/15.6") Notebook that is equipped with good hardware and is priced well. HP has made sure that all models in its 630 series can be extensively configured. You therefore get the freedom of adding configurations either online or from the company’s homepage. If you desire a cheap working laptop then it is an ideal choice that can be used for home use as well as office use.
HP 630 (2nd Gen Core i3/2GB/500GB/DOS/15.6") Notebook flaunts a very basic design with more curves than the 620 series laptops from HP. It has a smooth plastic case that can easily attract fingerprint and scratches. However, You won't notice any low quality hardware parts on this machine despite its low price. Overall, the casing is good with pleasant looking exterior and durable build. Furthermore, the dimensions of 375.9mm X 246.8mm X 31.7mm make it look sleek and trendy while also offering you good portability.
HP 630 (2nd Gen Core i3/2GB/500GB/DOS/15.6") Notebook is able to deliver a decent performance with Intel core i3 second generation processor equipped with Intel HM65 Express Chipset having a clock speed of 2.10Ghz. The processor gets adequate support from the 2GB RAM. Furthermore, DOS comes as the operating platform for the machine, providing you the facility to install OS of your choice. Satisfactory storage solution is offered by the 500GB Hard Disc Drive. The keyboard on the machine offers a decent typing experience though there is a little flex across the whole keyboard. The strokes are comfortable and the layout is well-structured. The rough and matte design of the keys offer an overall pleasant typing experience. The Touchpad provides a good control and is easy to use too. The top-edge of the screen houses the webcam that can be used for Skype calls. HP has fitted this machine with six cell Lithium Ion battery that can give you a battery back up of up to three hours.
To upgrade the graphical performance, HP 630 (2nd Gen Core i3/2GB/500GB/DOS/15.6") Notebook packs Intel HD Graphics 3000 chip that is, however, not meant for hard-core gaming but you still you can try your hands at mid-level games and have your share of fun. Action filled games put the system under a lot of pressure and the overall performance gets effected.
HP 630 (2nd Gen Core i3/2GB/500GB/DOS/15.6") Notebook is blessed with enough ports that are well-placed as well. There are three USB 2.0 ports, VGA port, HDMI port and RJ45 LAN. The combination of ports is justified looking at the low price of the machine. You get all the ports on the left and the right side for your maximum convenience. While RJ45 LAN offers you wired internet use, the wireless internet can be availed with 802.11 b/g/n Wireless LAN. HP has also thrown in Bluetooth v3.0 for wireless transfer of data, obviously within short distances.
Screen and Sound
Like all the laptops in the 630 series, HP 630 (2nd Gen Core i3/2GB/500GB/DOS/15.6") Notebook too has a matte display. This prevents reflections and lets you do your work minus any distractions. With screen size equal to 15.6-inch and resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels, you get a very nice overview of the workspace. Better colors are delivered with the LED Backlight that also positively affects the power consumption. You get an average brightness on the display that is sufficient for indoor use. But you might encounter some problems while using the device outdoors due to its poor brightness. The picture quality also suffers when the viewing angles are changed from straight to sideways. The sound volume on HP 630 (2nd Gen Core i3/2GB/500GB/DOS/15.6") Notebook is enough to fill a small room with music. Because of the total absence of bass, the sound quality is not great but you get an acceptable mid-tones and treble.
HP 630 (2nd Gen Core i3/2GB/500GB/DOS/15.6") Notebook is a perfect buy for small businessman and students due to its competitive price. Many other models from the same company like HP 2000-2128TU Notebook Laptop offer the same specs at similar price. Samsung NP300E5X-A0BIN Notebook Laptop also fits the bill as a low-priced but performance oriented Notebook.
HP 630 (2nd Gen Core i3/2GB/500GB/DOS/15.6") Notebook has a good Trackpad and a decent display. The internal components also promise to offer satisfactory performance to users who do not want to use this laptop for gaming purpose.
The keyboard does not have the number pad and flexes while typing. This will come as a major disappointment who have to use the keyboard extensively for work purposes. HP 630 (2nd Gen Core i3/2GB/500GB/DOS/15.6") Notebook also draws flak for the poor brightness of the display.