HP Pavilion 17-g119dx 17.3″ Laptop with Intel Core i5, 4GB Memory, 1TB Hard Drive (Silver)

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Besides a big 17.3-inch display, the HP Pavilion 17-g119dx laptop offers good computing performance and a plenty of data storage space at a low price. As opposed to Full HD 1920×1080 laptops, the 17-g119dx sports lower 1600×900-pixel display resolution, which is a standard one for inexpensive 17.3-inchers.

Under the hood, this 6.2-pound desktop replacement notebook with 1.1″ thin profile and silver-colored plastic chassis packs the old 4th Generation Intel Core i5-4210U dual-core processor with Intel HD 4400 integrated graphics, 4GB of system memory, and a 1-Terabyte hard drive. The 4th Gen i5 chip isn’t as power efficient as newer 5th or 6th Gen counterparts and its graphics is also somewhat slower. But, overall computing performance doesn’t lag a lot behind the newer versions of the chip. The i5-4210U can handle the daily tasks effortlessly. It can also serve for more demanding tasks like media production, but these remain the domain of much faster quad-core i7 CPUs. Besides spacious but slow 1TB HDD at 5,400 rpm, another potential performance bottleneck of the system is its 4GB RAM size. It’s quite enough if you don’t run many programs and browser tabs at the same time, but any heavier multitasking will slow down the system. Unfortunately, upgrading RAM of HP’s 17-g119dx isn’t an easy task, since the memory slots aren’t easily accessible due to a lack of a removable dedicated upgrade cover on the bottom of the chassis.

In other aspects, the laptop is very well equipped. It has a spacious keyboard with numeric pad but no backlight, a multi-touch trackpad with integrated buttons for click actions, stereo speakers enhanced by Bang & Olufsen, a 720p web camera, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Ethernet LAN, HDMI video out, two USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 port, a media card reader, and a combo audio jack.

The battery has a medium-class capacity of 41 WHr. Given the big screen requires a lot of power, you can expect a great battery life on this model. It will probably last around 4 hours on a single charge.

The laptop runs the latest Windows 10 OS version.

At the time of this writing, the HP Pavilion 17-g119dx costs $499.99, but it will be offered with a $100 discount during Black Friday 2015 sales at Best Buy.

HP Pavilion 17-g119dx

Specifications of the HP Pavilion 17-g119dx

Here are the specs of the HP Pavilion 17-g119dx with descriptions of its features. For comparison against other laptops, you can use the "Compare Specs" button.

Brand HP
Screen Size 17.3-inch

The 17.3" laptop screen size is a large one in comparison to screens of the most laptops.
Screen Resolution 1600x900 pixels HD+

This screen resolution is commonly found on the budget-class 17.3" laptops. It doesn't enable image sharpness and space on the screen of Full HD or higher resolutions.
Touchscreen No

This laptop doesn't support touchscreen input.
Other Display Specs TN type

Displays based on the old TN technology lack wide viewing angles you can find on IPS screens. The colors may look washed out or inverted at certain viewing angles.
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-4210U 4th Gen dual-core 1.7-2.7GHz 3MB cache (User Benchmark CPU score: 35)
Graphics (GPU) Intel HD 4400 integrated graphics
System Memory (RAM) Size 4GB RAM

4GB is a small RAM size for computing in 2022. For smooth operation of a laptop during everyday tasks, at least 8GB is recommended.
Data Storage 1000GB (1TB) HDD

1TB is an excellent storage capacity, but HDD is a slow type of storage.
DVD Optical Drive DVD writer
Keyboard & Input Non-backlit keyboard with dedicated number pad

The keyboard has a separate numeric pad on the right side of the keyboard, but it has no keyboard backlight.

Touchpad with click buttons built into the surface

The left and right click buttons are built into the surface of the touchpad, as opposed to separate physical buttons.
Speakers & Audio Stereo speakers

As usual, the device features a pair of built-in stereo speakers.

Combo microphone and headphones audio jack

This laptop has the ordinary 3.5mm combo audio jack that supports both headphone output and microphone input simultaneously.
Camera Front-facing web camera

Laptops usually feature a frontal webcam located on the display bezel. This laptop is no exception.
Wi-Fi Wireless 802.11N

802.11N is an old Wi-Fi standard, precursor of the 802.11AC and the latest 802.11AX with improved data transfer speeds and connectivity. 802.11N is rarely used in modern laptops.
Ethernet Network Port Yes

This laptop has an Ethernet LAN port for wired internet and networking connectivity.
Bluetooth No

This laptop has no built-in Bluetooth module.
Mobile broadband (4G LTE) No
USB Ports 2 x USB 3.0 + 1 x USB 2.0

A total of three full-size Type A USB ports.
Video Output Ports 1 x HDMI

HDMI is a widely used digital video output port. You can find HDMI-in ports on most computer monitors and TVs.
Media Card Reader SD card reader

The laptop has a slot for full-size SD memory cards, used in many digital cameras. You can also use microSD cards with a card adapter.
Battery 4-cell 41WHr 2.8Ah lithium-ion
Weight 6.2 pounds
Height 1.1"
Width 16.5"
Depth 11.3"
Windows Version Windows 10 Home

Windows 10 Home is aimed at the regular home and office computer users. Only select business users need the Professional edition. Windows 10 Home users are eligible for a free upgrade to the latest Windows 11 Home.
Warranty 1-year

A typical laptop warranty length.

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User Reviews and Q&A on the HP Pavilion 17-g119dx

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Current rating: 3 out of 5 stars
  1. Maria M Patino

    La Bateria se disminuye dia por dia

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  2. Laptop buyer

    Is this a good laptop?

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    • Danijel Z

      It’s a good budget-class laptop with solid performance for $399. What I don’t like is that RAM size of 4GB isn’t great and you can’t upgrade it easily. But, if you’re an average user who doesn’t run too many programs simultaneously, even 4GB will be fine. Of course, having a sharper Full HD screen and IPS technology for wide viewing angles would be a great thing, but these features are reserved for much pricier models. Overall, for $399, the 17-g119dx probably offers the best value when it comes to the big-screen 17.3″ notebooks.

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    • 3 out of 5

      Dawn G

      What do you think is better, this laptop or the Toshiba satellite c55-c5380? I did not care too much about how big the screen is n the Toshiba has double the ram. Thank you for your advice in advance.

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    • Danijel Z

      If you plan to run many programs simultaneously or do web browsing with lots of tabs opened, Toshiba is a safer choice. You can read this article about typical RAM use by different programs:

      http://laptoping.com/laptop-pc-ram-size-and-performance-explained.html

      Additional problem with the HP 17-g119dx is that its RAM is really hard to upgrade and may void your warranty. Also, the HP will probably have a shorter battery life than the Toshiba, since it has a smaller 41WHr battery versus 45WHr, while having a more power-hungry display.

      On the positive side, the HP has not only bigger screen, but also better 1600×900 resolution – an important improvement if you watch movies or run programs side-by-side.

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