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Based on the technical details; this notebook does not provide the best graphics performance since it is only powered by Intel HD Graphics Dynamic Video Memory Technology 5.0 instead of either dedicated Ati or Nvidia card. Intel's graphics card cannot compete with those two. Although its video memory is 1696 MB, but since it is not a kind of dedicated one, consequently it will steal 1696 MB of the video memory from RAM. Thus, 4gb ram is not fully functioned at its peak performance since the consuming burden of video memory. I know this is a kind of vendor tactics to reduce the price and energy consuming for home use, nevertheless it is not so appropriate for contemporary consumers nowadays, because most people desire the graphics performance satisfaction even though for home use which only ATI and Nvidia can provide. Furthermore, I recommend the vendor to change the graphics card to Ati Radeon 5650 1GB dedicated GDDR 5. It is better for home use rather than this Intel.
I bought this laptop for my youngest brother who is 14. He has always wanted his own laptop as all members of my family have our own PC or laptop. I thought that this could double as his Christmas and birthday present.
I have bought products from HP before and I have found that there service is exceptional. They do not have long queue times on the phone and their technical assistance is also very good. For me it is very important that the after sales support for high end goods such as a computer is good because the product is expensive and I am not a very technical person. I had £140 of love to shop vouchers and the only place I could use them to get the laptop was at comet. I really hate the service at comet as they are absolutely terrible but I still got the laptop from comet because I has the vouchers.
This is a mid range laptop and at £549 before Christmas (after Christmas £70 off, I was gutted!). The price was a major factor in buying the laptop because I did not need a top of the range laptop but at the same time I would like it to last at least 5 years so it had to be an up to date model. This seemed to tick all of the boxes.
It has a big bright 17.3 LED screen and as such makes is seem like a replacement desktop. The screen is sensitive in that if it is slammed to if the laptop drops from even a small distance then it will crack. When I say it will crack I mean inside of the physical screen there are liquid tubes that will crack resulting in the screen splitting colours so it is basically broken. This is why it would be the worst laptop for me. I have a sony vaio which I have had for 3 years and it has fallen many times from the sofa, my bed and the table but it is still working and the screen is in perfect condition. The screen is bright and sharp. I find that I don't have problems cleaning it as by sony vaio tends to get static and attracts dust after cleaning. The screen and the keyboard exterior are a silver colour with a rigid texture rather than a smooth texture.
The keyboard is a standard QWERTY keyboard. They keys are black with white ink and although it is not a backlight keyboard like some of the newer laptops it does the job. It is not essential for it to light up as the light is always on if the laptop is being used at night (its not good for your eyesight to have the lights off when using the computer).
It has a DVD RW which isn't used because we don't copy things onto CD as we have an external hard drive, ipods and USB keys. The battery lasts on average 3 hours which isn't great but is comparable to other laptops. The mouse is textured but this is due to HP's casing used and it is easy to use.
It has a Intel Core i3-350M 2.26GHz processor. I don't know if this is the latest or not but it is fast. It has a 4GB RAM and a 500MD hard disk which is really good for gaming and watching HD movies as they are larger in file size. The screen is HD and as such HD movies can be watched and this was an essential for me as my brother watches a lot of movies on the computer. It has an integrated web camera that most new laptops come with. I found the web cam to be much better than the separate HP web cam that we bought as the resolution of the image is much better. The connectivity of the laptop is good as it has WLAN, VGA, HDMI, 3 USB ports, 5-in-1 card reader and Bluetooth. The power adapter is rather large and I was expecting it to be a little less bulkier but it is only slightly smaller than my VAIO adapter.
The laptop itself weighs 3KG and so is not really portable and as the screen is LED I would not recommend that the laptop be used as a portable device as I think it is quite fragile and sensitive to wear and tear. This was more of a desktop replacement laptop rather than a portable laptop and so the weight in my opinion is not a problem.
The service by HP was brilliant as they replaced the laptop straight away when I had a problem with the screen and so I am glad that I spent my money with them. This is a middle range laptop with good specs but it is not for those that are careless (ie me) or those that want a high performance portable laptop. This is a great as a replacement desktop and it is value for money considering all the features. It is a HD laptop and for under £500 (now) that is a real barging.