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A brilliant bargain!
HP Pavilion Dm1-4125ea Entertainment
Member Name: boiledpotato
HP Pavilion Dm1-4125ea Entertainment
Advantages: fast, reliable, good battery, light, good performance, amazing sound
Disadvantages: quite small
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.
Summary: A fantastic laptop, especially for the price.
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