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I bought this after my previous HP pavilion died, and so far, it has been great. It's fast, the sound quality is great, and it looks good too. Touch wood it doesn't seem to have developed the problems I've had before with Pavilions, which is badly overheating, but hopefully this is something HP have sorted out now.
The laptop has a bigger mouse than previous laptops I've had (and has a much better 'feel' than my DV4), though the keys are quite spaced out, and also there is no embedded number pad. Not an issue for most people, but I'm a language teacher and need the embedded numbers to type accents. There is a row of shortcut keys at the left hand side, and these took some getting used to at first. Even after three months I occasionally find myself opening the calculator instead of pressing control.
Overall it's a great laptop, and I'd definitely recommend it, especially as I got a good price and a discount on it at the time.
I bough this unit as a direct replacement for an Acer 5520G and by gum what a difference..couldnt have made a better choice for sure. Everything about this unit speaks quality and performance. THE GRAPHICS AND HDMI OUTPUT ARE SIMPLY OUTSTANDING. The keys are positive and the touchpad is very responsive. I have 6gb of ram in my unit and can say it uses it very very well - it handles movies music and tv show downloads extremely well with very heavy usage. Sound is average I would say but that was not high on my requirements list and is more than made up for in its overall performance. Battery performs well in most conditions..and will last easily 2 hrs on high performance.
Plenty of connectivity to suit most users needs cant fault the unit at all - anyone thinking of buying this unit will be well served and wont be disappointed.
As a keen video editor I purchased this laptop to replace my ageing desktop PC and for move ability when editing videos and photos out and about. The main things that stood out for me with this machine was its processing power and dedicated the graphics card. All the videos I make are in full HD so it was important to have a decent spec laptop but at a reasonable price.
When I first came to use the laptop for its HD video editing the laptop performed flawlessly. I was half expecting some lag (like on my old Desktop) with the playback of the HD video when editing but found non what so ever. I was very impressed indeed. I then decided to try a couple of games on the system such and once again there was no problems what so ever with running all the settings on high. The processor and graphics card performed very well with the game running smoothly. I don't play many games on the PC but I'm sure this laptop could play most games on the market quite well.
A bonus with this laptop was the HDMI port and when I connected the laptop to my LCD TV the videos really came to life and once again I had no problems with the playback or sound been out of sync.
The laptop itself is very light weight, thin and excellent design. The keyboard is very nice to use when typing and well spaced out. The screen display is excellent and I have no problems watching movies on the laptop with the crystal clear display. The battery life is also pretty good around 3 hours. The only thing that lets it down is the speakers which are poor quality.
With this HP Laptop you also get the finger print recognition. Now when I first saw this feature I thought I wouldn't use it and was very sceptical. But after a very easy setup of your finger print I use it for everything. You can even set the fingerprint to log into web pages, e-mail's etc so you don't have to type in your username and password every time, an excellent security feature.
Overall I am more than happy with the performance and value for money from this laptop it has performed flawlessly. The only bad point about the machine is the poor quality speakers but that's just nit picking.
First off. I got this as a miss price. I was lucky. Looking for a laptop and I just happened to stumble across this. Im happy with my purchase. But Im not sure if I would have been if I had paid full price.
This is a very well equiped laptop. A real all rounder. But the build quality is pathetic. In the three months I have had it. Pieces have fallen off, the chassis has started to warp to an extent that when you type on a flat surface there is a wobble and one of the USB ports has stopped working.
The plastics used are cheap and ill suited, the fascia on the side has joins on the top, for what I can see is no good reason. etc... etc...
Probably the most annoying thing is that the fan is never off. Always on. Always. The laptop also runs hot. Idling at about 50 it can easily climb up to 80 at which temperature the fan is really noticeable.
I dont expect this to last very long. But I was really just looking for something to tide me over. But if you are looking for a laptop, steer clear, at least at full price.
As an avid PC gamer and University student (part time) I purchased this laptop to pass the time when theres a rainy day. What brought my attention to this platform was its impressive sounding processor, its stylish good looks and its small nature.
So, sneakily I purchased this rather pricey laptop whilst my girlfriend was shopping, once the crime is committed there is no turning back I convinced myself.
Like a child at Christmas, with a skip and a hop I plunged the box on the bed and began to open it. I pulled out the laptop and placed the battery pack in easily, then plugged it into the mains. In one massive swoop, I cleared the desk of papers and placed the laptop in the centre, my little trophy!
Expecting the obvious 'whirrr' to indicate it was starting up, I double checked I had actually pressed the 'on' button. There was silence, but the speed of installation was faster than I had ever experienced. Now, to understand the simplicity of the initial setup, my girlfriend whom has no experience with computers whatsoever felt comfortable setting it up whilst I did a few odd jobs around the house. Within 25 minutes or so, it was set up.
Although I have an interest in gaming, one particular game infact, the first thing I checked out was Microsoft Office. Like a squirrel that lost its nuts, I was somewhat miffed! All that money and no free Word? I highly recommend that in this scenario, its good to know other PC users and slip a few beers in to use their family pack of Office.
Gaming! Ok, there was an urge to play a game on this, I had been waiting ages to play it. With no time lag, great speed, clarity and the detail settings all maxed out, it worked brilliantly! But what I didn't know was that the mains power wasn't turned on and within an hour or so running my game on battery, the battery nearly died. This to me is quite a big fault, why create something portable that has to be plugged in to see its full potential?
Once plugged into the mains, I connected the HDMI cable to my 42 inch plasma screen TV. With a wireless mouse, the lights off and chilling on the sofa, this was the most involving gameplay I have ever had. On a downside though, without airflow under the laptop, it overheated significantly. When purchasing this, purchase a laptop fan too.
A few good points stood out when using the laptop, the keyboard was well spaced so there was no 'fat finger' syndrome when typing fast and the screen didn't have any glare at all. The clarity of the screen was also superb. The tools and gizmos which come with this are interesting but not necessary useful to all and the hard drive space has not been dented by my collection of movies and games.