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A few years ago, I'd bought myself an Acer laptop as I was in my final few years of high school and in need of a proper working laptop with lots of memory capacity to do excessive amounts of work on and handle a lot of use. Sadly I was disappointed. Within a few months of having the laptop it was completely run down, so I booked it in for repair and had it back in around a months time. The first few weeks were fine, but then again, after a few more I started having problems and the laptop AGAIN failed to work. So Comet, the company I'd bought the particular laptop from, offered me an exchange for a new brand of laptop to replace my very terrible first purchase.
So I wondered about the shop looking at what was on offer. I'm very picky and like the mouse pad in a certain location and the laptop to look a certain way. For example, had the mouse pad been black and contrasted the rest of the grey exterior on the opening door of the laptop, I don't think I would have wanted to choose it. This may seem like a bit of a ridiculous method when choosing a laptop, but so long as it had enough memory capacity I was hooked.
I chose an HP G61-401SA model because the sleek look was in line with what my personal tastes are and keep the laptop looking modern and lightweight. As well as this it has a 15.6" Brightview high definition screen, with resolution of 1366 x 768, which was perfect for excessive use and I've never had any problems with it. It came with a built in webcam and Youcam programme installed which saved me the bother and money of having to buy that on top of the price of the laptop (it had cost around the £400mark whereas my Acer laptop was cheaper so I'd made up the difference). 4GB of memory capacity is more than enough and even after 2 years of use I still have more than half of that as free space. The laptop runs smoothly, has regular updates, is efficient and makes little sound. Two years of considerate usage and its still working smoothly is well worth the money in my book. Plus, it was wireless and having spent years using a telephone cord to connect to my modem, it was a relief to finally have the option to use it anywhere at home whenever I wanted.
This is definitely something I would recommend to anyone as there are so many positives and it is so efficient.
I have had this computer for almost a year and a half now and it has been great. I have had various laptops in the past and none of them have been as reliable and sturdy. The laptop itself is well-made and even after dropping it numerous times it is still fighting to live another day in more than just an injured animal way. It's memory is still tiptop and its processing speed has not depreciated in any noticeable way whereas my last few computers all started to get worse after the first birthday mark!
As well as this, HP are great and having broken one of the keys, they had my whole keyboard replaced and sent back to me within 5 days which is pretty impressive.
It is just the right size, in my opinion, as it is big enough to not have you hitting 4 different keys at a time and the screen is perfect for watching movies or BBC Iplayer and the like which I do A LOT. So if you enjoy watching movies etc on laptops then this is highly recommended! On the other hand it is not too big to carry around in a lightweight laptop bag and this is very important as I have to travel on the trains with it all the time.
If your looking for a very reasonably priced, and reliable laptop then this comes highly recommended from me as it ticks all the boxes to combat my thick fingers and clumsy personality and I'm sure there are many out there like me with these traits looking for a laptop just like this...
I've had this very laptop for just over a year now; I have had no problems with the memory or speed of this laptop during this time at all. The screen brightness is ideal and can be easily adjustable via keyboard shortcuts, along with volume.
The laptop seems to get incredible hot on the underside after a few hours of solid use, but this is expected and thankfully it has never got as bad as to cause the laptop to shutdown, it would seem like my leg would sooner catch fire.
My laptop came with windows 7 included, but i'm certain you can get other OS's running on it.
The graphics card is from Intel Celeron, for better of for worse this cannot be changed easily and will only improve when an update is released (not likely) due to this I would not suggest you buy this laptop with the intention of playing the more up to date graphically intense games. Otherwise flash is standard.
Three usb ports and more impressively a HD port made plugging other devices into this laptop easy and efficient.
One of my keys came off the keyboard recently and trying to find a replacement was near impossible for this laptop, this may be a difficult model to find other replacements for as well.