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85 of 89 people found the following review helpful
This HP laptop is a budget option for everyday users and students. Many will be satisfied with it at the right price, but it's not the right choice for everyone. It's not going to satisfy those who want a laptop for gaming or blazing fast transfers at 3.0 USB speeds when used with their WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 with Auto and Cloud Backup - Black (WDBMWV0020BBK-NESN) or similar USB 3.0 device.

There are a lot of laptop choices at this price point from HP, Lenovo, Asus, Acer, Toshiba and Dell. What sets this one apart? Not much.

Despite this, if you can get one for three hundred or less, it's a good choice. I picked one up for that price and my daughter (a high school student), is really enjoying it. I find it's quicker than the Lenovo my husband has which has essentially the same specs. The fit and finish are very good for a budget laptop.

PROS:

+ 3rd Generation Intel Core i3-3110M 2.4 GHz (3 MB Cache); quick and responsive, the 3MB cache makes the difference.
+ 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM; adequate for Windows 8, and it can be expanded to 8GB, which is easy to do from the back of the laptop and is fairly inexpensive.
+ DVD burner; for those who still like to use them, you can also watch your favorite DVD movies with this drive.
+ HDMI port
+ VGA port
+ Wireless capabilities; b/g/n
+ 500GB drive
+ 4.5 Hr battery life with 6-cell battery
+ 5.4 pounds; under 6 at this price point is good in my book.
+ Pretty 'winter blue' color on case.
+ Glossy finish looks nice.
+ Full-size keyboard feels good to the touch.
+ HD webcam works well in low light conditions.
+ FREE 60 Day Norton Antivirus included.
+ FREE 25GB Box dot net storage for life.
+ 1 yr Limited Warranty, with cheap options to extend warranties on Amazon.

CONS:

- No DVI port
- No USB 3.0 ports (has three older 2.0 USB ports)
- No Bluetooth (you can buy an inexpensive adapter Kinivo BTD-400 Bluetooth 4.0 USB adapter - For Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Vista, but it will take up one of the USB ports.
- 1366×768 pixels resolution; fairly low, but adequate for everyday web browsing and similar.
- Intel HD Graphics 4000; integrated, not separate graphics card, again speaks to the overall visuals. Just not ideal for photo editing and HD video viewing.
- 5400 RPM hard drive; slower than a 7200RPM drive would be and thus, the processor and 3MB cache aren't as effective as they could be with this drive.
- Glossy finish picks up fingerprints.
- No number pad on the keyboard.
- No touchscreen.

This laptop has Windows 8 which is the bane of many people's existence. It doesn't have a touchscreen or USB 3.0 ports, which is what many people are looking for these days at this price point. It lacks a speedy hard drive to make perfect use of its Core i3 processor, and its graphics are not great for photo editing, gaming or viewing HD movies and videos.

But it is a solid workhorse that will serve students and everyday users of email and the web, fairly well as the right price. I keep mentioning the 'right price' as I feel its list price is high for what it is, considering other options on the market.

There are a lot of 15" laptops that you can get with Bluetooth, USB 3.0, better graphics and faster, larger hard drives and more memory, for five hundred. My suggestion is to wait for the price of this one to drop, or spend a bit more money to get all the bells and whistles.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2014
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Bought this for my parents and tho windows 8 took some getting used to, its a great all rounder. only drawback is that it doesnt have built in bluetooth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2014
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The "energy-saving" wi-fi adapter (the Qulacomm Atheros AR 9485) in this model is a disaster: chronically weak signal, dropped connections, very slow, does not automatically reconnect, etc. I eventually tried a USB wi-fi antenna, which improved things somewhat. but it still performs worse than any other computer I own (including my nine-year-old Dell). And why should I have to buy an inconvenient third-party dongle just to use wi-fi on a brand new HP laptop? Google "atheros 9485" and you'll see that this adapter is an underpowered, unreliable piece of garbage. I like other things about this computer but the constant wi-fi hassles really make me regret this purchase. There are much better options out there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2014
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I love it, I love it, I love it. Just what I asked Santa for lol. Thanks for being so prompt with the delivery with all the ice storms you still got it here to me in pretty good time. I have had more fun playing around on it every single day. I highly recommend it to anyone. Love the you cam, its great. Took pictures of my Grandson and had so much fun. The DVD player works like a charm as well. I hightly recommend this computer to everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2014
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is a excellent product with a good performance, line HP is the ideal laptop for every members in a home
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2014
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I like the screen resolution and the configuration.. only thing I can report is the mouse pad and keyboard quality is not that great that I can able to feed the plastic sense...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2013
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This is a great computer. Just what we were looking for. Love the color of the outside, it's blue! Awesome!
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on May 29, 2014
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The laptop meets most of my daily requirements of surfing and some basic work. However, from an entertainment perspective, the sound quality is very very low. I need additional speakers/headphones all the time. Also it is surprisingly quite heavy for a laptop.
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on May 27, 2014
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I loved this computer so much it is fast has a lot of updated features ,very light and pretty much affordable.
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on May 26, 2014
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This computer is amazing, if you're worry about the memory you just have to add 4GB ram and it will work perfectly, I'm not hard gamer but for sure you can play games like The simis 3 with all expansions, The Wolf amoung us, Risen, etc. If you're looking a pc for student I'd recommend you buy a cheaper pc. this computer is amazing how faster it's I;m glad I bought it
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