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I bought this product because I was heading off to uni and needed a laptop for my studies. After searching around for the best laptop at under £500 I decided on this.
To start with setup is very easy and took around 10 minutes to complete and was very easy to connect to both the Uni and home wireledd network. The laptop itself is very stylish and sleek, but does show finger prints fairly easy.
So far I haven't experienced any problems and the system runs quite fast even with high some rather high powered games running and the graphics card supports most current games.
The only problems I have encountered is a very small, but annoying problem where features such as battery life, volume and internet connection dissapear randomly off the tool bar. Sometimes all of these will be displayed, but occasionly one or two will not appear on startup and cannot be found anywhere. The only other downside is the battery life, which is a bit short, lasting around two hours. That is not majorly short but can be annoying at times.
Overall apart from a few minor niggles this laptop is very good value for money and will be useful for most regular computer users on a budget.
I have owned this laptop and so far I have never had any problems with it. Immediate impressions: It looks modern and neat, has a nice keyboard which is a decent size, and the keypad is easy to use. (better than apple laptops in my opinion, where I have found the mouse/keypad buttons hard to press).
Reliability wise, I have never had any problems, and my laptop has never had to be repaired (touch wood it wont have to be!).
Battery life usually lasts around 2 hours, but this does depend on what I am doing. If I am on webcam or playing games for example, battery life may go down quicker. On that note, the built in webcam is great. Sometimes can be a bit blurry when using skype, but usually is good enough to have a decent webcam conversation.
Obviously gaming on laptops is not always ideal, and my laptop only came with a basic graphics card, so gaming has not always been the best due to lag, but it is not terrible, so I wouldn't be put off, although I would recommend a gaming laptop if thats what you want to use a laptop for.
Generally, I have found this laptop very ideal, for what I need. I basically use it for social networking, study and for using skype, so it is a simple laptop which suits perfectly for my simple needs!
The laptop is generally easy to use, although I have to admit I have found problems with print screening, as the prt screen button does not seem to work, so I have to use this snipping tool feature on my laptop for things like that.
On the whole, I would recommend this laptop.
I finally succumbed to buying a new computer in May last year after my desktop PC gave up the ghost. And although it was a pain at the time, i'm so glad it did.
I bought the HP G60 laptop and i'm now wondering why I didnt do it sooner! Its so much easier to have have a laptop hidden in a drawer and have it so easily accessible when I need to use it!
Onto the actual laptop itself, well as I say i've had it for around 9 months now, running Windows Vista. While not massively popular I do think its an improvement on Windows XP, if only for the speed of startup and ease of file management.
The laptop is designed very well and is aesthetically very pleasing on the eye. The casing is a beautiful smooth and shiny plastic in silver around the keyboard, and a shiny black finish on the cover. The keyboard is a standard laptop keyboard, nothing special there. The touchpad mouse is integrated into the plastice around the keyboard and is ver responsive and accurate. It also comes with a scrollpad within the touchpad. Wireless connectivity is built in, it would have been nice and probably not that much more expensive to have a bluetooth adaptor included for mobile phone connection, but that can be easily rectified by buying a bluetooth dongle (ebay - around £10 these days).
It comes with a CD/DVD Rewriter (Dual Layer) which is very simple to use, and a "Lightscribe" enabled drive. This is an HP owned invention which comes only on HP drives where you can use special lightscribe disks to burn your DVD on, and then you turn them over and the same disk drive burns an image onto the top of your DVD! Its not professional quality by any means but it is a nice touch.
Other useful features are the 3 USB ports, a built in modem port, the standard ethernet connector for wired networking, and an HDMI socket for high definition connections. It also comes with standard microphone and headset jacks, and a serial connector for external monitors.
Another useful little port is the memory card slot, which is compatible with 4 different types of memory card: SD,XD,MM/Pro,MMC.
Its battery life is good, you can get a good 3 hours if you're on the most efficient power settings. Screen display is excellent and sharp, and above the screen is a built in webcam with LED light to ensure the cam can see you even in poor surrounding light.
Standard specs includ 3GB RAM which is more than enough for Vista Home Premium, and a 160GB hard drive which is pretty standard for this spec of laptop. If you need more than that, you can pick up external hard drives of up to a terrabyte for well under £100 these days!
Overall, I'm very pleased with my purchase. It cost around £399 new 9 months ago, and although I could probably get the same spec cheaper from Acer or Dell etc, I've seen too many of the cheaper brands break down by this point to go there again. So far so good with this one!