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Bought this in March as had an old pc that was so old it had less than half a gg of ram and could not play any new games like the Sims 3 - absolutely love it - it so so quick and I can plug it into my telly and watch movies on it.
I have always been a HP consumer when it comes to desktop and laptop PC's and printers as I just become a creature of habit once I find a brand that is reliable and I previously owned a similar laptops with more or less the same specifications to this one and unfortunately it broke due to water damage. Considering it was double the price of this particular one - I wasn't in the position to be spending an extortionate amount of money on a laptop especially when I was able to find this newer model at the same speed and amount of storage, seemed like a great deal in my opinion.
I have owned this particular laptop since February this year (2012) and so far there have been no problems whatsoever. I have found that it is fast, reliable and easy to use - as you'd expect. You can find these laptops starting at £300 which varies on what you're looking for. For example if you're wanting 4GB storage you're probably going to be nearer the 300 mark, however if you want more, let's say 6GB you'll be closer too approximately £400 (of course this varies and depends where you decide to buy it from).
I generally use this laptop for watching films both downloaded and on-line streaming, listening to music, storing work and photos and playing games. It has a built in graphics card and works well with on line and CD gaming, ideal for teenagers and young adults as they're available in a variety of colours such as blue, pink, red, purple and green and can be found in most electrical retail stores or on the internet such as PC world and amazon.
I bought it from PC world and it came with 1 years guarantee with HP and gives you a 60-90 day subscription of Norton internet security just to get you started if yoou haven't already bought yourself internet protection, which of course you can choose to renew this for a fee if you wish as it acts as insurance in case anything goes wrong with it. There are also free alternatives out there and cheaper security providers so you are not tied down to having Norton internet security and it is easy to un-install if you wish to use another program (however make the most of a couple of months of free internet and pc security, saves you money and time so make the most of something that's free!)
With my previous HP laptop similar to this particular one I noticed a dramatic difference in weight, this particular model seems to be a lot more manageable in mobility and is not extremely heavy for average users. The keys are also quiet to type with in comparison to a number of laptops out on the market and are encased in a black block type area that gives it a sleek and modern look.
The mouse touch pad also blends in with the colour and design to a degree and can be seen finely by the numerous little bumps on the touch pad area - in short, it doesn't look like your average touch pad and in my personal experience it requires a lot less pressure and has the right amount of sensitivity to control and use it with complete ease. There is also a somewhat larger engraved bump that you can double tap (like double clicking but tapping with your finger on that particular area) and you can de-activate and re-activate your mouse pad if need be - say if you're using an external USB mouse or graphics tablet and do not wish for interference with the touch pad.
The charger is also rather lightweight but isn't that long, my previous laptop came with a 5 metre cable which was perfect for moving around the room with the laptop plugged in, however I have noticed with this one it is nearly half the size, so ideally it is best to find a suitable and reachable area where you can use your laptop comfortably and freely and have ease of access to a power source and not put any strain on the charger or the laptop charger port.
This model is windows 7 specification and has a dual core processor and radeon graphics card suitable for all kinds of gaming and entertainment purposes. There is also a built in webcam, which unfortunately is not of superb quality but does the job and provides a sufficient display of image and video. There is also added software on the computer called cyberlink YouCam for it where you have a range of effects, borders and frames and recording and snap shot options to use. There are also settings shortcuts and a quick upload button to youtube for video bloggers.