Product Type: Hewlett-Packard laptops
Newest Review: ... it in any room of the house, I was very proud of it! The RRP at the time for this laptop was around £300. This lappy ran on Windows ... more
Our first laptop, 5 years old and still going strong.
HP Compaq Business Notebook 6720s
Member Name: madeindevon
HP Compaq Business Notebook 6720s
Advantages: All round great laptop
Disadvantages: Battery and charger have needed replacing over the years - Triggs broom!
Around five years ago I was shopping around, and discovered a popular deal at Carphone Warehouse, where I could renew my AOL broadband contract and get a free laptop chucked in! I actually thought the offer was too good to be true, but to be fair, although I could have shopped around and got a better broadband deal elsewhere, I had been with AOL for quite a long time and was not inclined to change providers, and the thought of a brand new, shiny laptop was a big pull to me (As was the £50 Quidco payout at the time too I recall!)
This laptop is a very nice looking laptop - a black plastic keyboard that is firm to touch, I like it.. a nice clear screen and a metallic silver lid/case. It looks and feels nice, and when it was brand new I would have happily displayed it in any room of the house, I was very proud of it!
The RRP at the time for this laptop was around £300.
This lappy ran on Windows Vista, which was very new out at the time, the nice thing about Vista I thought was that it didn't seem to different to XP, so it really was a case of, open it up and get started..
It was installed with 2MB Ram, which was more than fast enough at the time, downloads always felt quick, uploading photos and files onto it was easy.
I am not the most techy of people, but I know the way around my computers, I know what I want them to do and I know when things go wrong.. this machine seemed really good to me (and to my husband who decided that he wanted to keep it for himself.... hmmmm, many a silent battle went on about that I can tell you!!)
I like to surf the internet, check my emails, I like to enter competitions - which can slow the computer down, but in fairness to this machine it coped pretty well. I use moneysavingexpert's competition section, which is an open forum - and regulary would have 6 or 7 pages open at any given time, again - on the whole the lappy coped very well.
The charger needed replacing after about 18 months, which is a shame, as they are exceptionally expensive to buy, unless you buy an aftermarket one from Ebay or similar - that said the aftermarket ones are only £4 or £5 so although they only last a couple months, you don't really object to paying out for one.
After five years we realised that you couldn't use the laptop unless it was charging and plugged into the mains, the battery had given up on life - the cost of a new battery was near £45 so at that point when the charger also needed replacing again, along with the fact that it looked like I had picked up a virus/trojan from somewhere, we packed the lappy up and put it in the back of the cupbaord.. I found a new mobile phone/laptop deal from carphone warehouse and we said thank you to the original lappy for its sterling service.
Or so we thought! original lappy would just not accept being put in a cupboard - Nobody puts Original in the corner!" and I searched ebay and happily found that I could get a brand new aftermarket battery and charger for under £25 - that along with a Windows XP disc hanging around has got original back in action once more - pretty much as good as new!!
In conclusion, had I paid for this at the time, it would have been money well spent... a great lappy
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Summary: A great laptop, still going strong
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