After having a large chunky Toshiba laptop which continuously crashed, had a horrible battery and was very slow this HP Laptop was a great success. I wanted something small so that I could bring it to lectures with me, which meant it needed to fit in my backpack, but also have plenty of memory to last me the day, but also for personal use such as watching movies and playing online games, this was a fantastic choice and has lived up to all my expectations.
The battery is fantastic and really does last 7 hours, and in some cases more. Going to University in Stirling, Scotland but coming from Northern Ireland I can spent up to 8 hours travelling home on the bus and boat and even if it isn't fully charged my laptop can last the whole way home and a bit more without needing to be charged, granted this was only for small usage and not being connected to a network, but still with playing games such as Minecraft and listening to music.
The Laptop does run games like Minecraft very smoothly and I rarely (if ever) run into any lag or any sort of problems while playing, it is quick to boot up and can also be doing other things, such as downloading, in the background. Also the same with streaming movies or TV shows. The sound is also perfect, I don't have to hook it up to any speakers as the maximum volume is more than enough for personal use and even when having friends over to play music.
It is small and compact so not perfect for watching movies with friends on, but that is to be expected from a Laptop which is just slightly bigger than a Netbook, but I can use the HDMI port to hook it up to my Television with no problem at all.
Over time the hinges for my screen have started to wear so the screen can be slightly wobbly at times, but all I need to do is tighten them and the problem is solved so that is not a huge a issue. The only complaint I could have is that to use the F1-F12 buttons you first need to hit 'fn' as their default useage is thinks like 'brightness' and 'volume control'. Also the grain on the mousepad can sometimes become a bit irritable on my fingers as I am using it.
I bought this laptop back in January for £299. I've had quite a few laptops in my time but this has already proved itself as the most reliable and useful.
Starting with the basics, it's very light and easy to carry around. When it's on you can hardly hear the fan running at all (I actually often check to make sure it's working!). The battery life is fantastic, I use it for many hours every day and I can still get 5-6 hours of power on a full charge.
The non-reflective screen means you can see no matter what light you're in, and as a person who suffers with migraines it doesn't strain my eyes too much. The keyboard is similar to a Mac, in that there aren't any crevices for dust and crumbs to fall in, and it's a very soft keyboard, which allows for touch-typing at high speeds.
This is the first time I've had Windows 7, and I've gotten used to it very quickly. It never crashes, runs smoothly and is so much easier to navigate than Vista or XP. It's got neat little tricks that help you organize and find your files quickly and efficiently. This laptop comes with Office, and while it didn't come with the activation key I've found you just click 'ok' when the warning pops up and you can still use it.
Of course, one of the main features of this laptop is the Beats Audio feature. It's not the reason I bought it, but I've been astonished by the performance. There's a little bit of software that runs in the background, and that's what activates the audio. If you play some music, and turn the Beats feature on and off, you can really hear the difference. Gone are the tinny sounds laptops used to suffer with, and instead it gives a sound that is deep and bassy, and can be very loud. The software itself takes no memory at all to run, so half the time you forget it's there.
In terms of performance, this computer is good for the price and the size. I mostly run internet browsers and watch videos, but it can cope with a lot at once. I've done some gaming, even experimentally installed Diablo 3 (a very new and tech-demanding game) and it coped very well. The 4GB of ram allows you to run different things at once with hardly any lagging at all.
I've also used it for editing videos and pictures - it's happy running the newest versions of Adobe software. Depending on the level of editing you'e doing, however, it's worth either getting an external screen or the slightly bigger one, as small screens make it difficult to see what you're doing.
The wireless connection is fantastic - the second you boot up you're connected to your network, and it's so reliable to the point where if my connection drops I immediately know it's the router's problem, rather than the laptop.
All in all a great piece of kit for the price - I highly recommend! It's never had a single problem since I've used it, and I hardly ever turn it off so it's had a lot of heavy use.