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NOT a real HP-issued battery, but works just fine
on December 15, 2013
If you're looking for an authentic HP battery, you should order directly from HP but you should also note that they run ~$120 the last time I checked. Do the math and gauge whether it's worth it against the life cycle of your laptop. The photo shown looks exactly like the original HP battery that came with my laptop but that's not what arrived in the mail.
Judging from other reviews, it seems it's a luck of the draw what you're going to get. Sounds like some work, some don't, some have the markings of the real thing, some don't--mine didn't (ie, it didn't have a manufacture date). The text on the inner side of the battery is similar to my original one but the size of the writing is much smaller on the one I ordered. Don't forget: it's not just HP that has the ability to go and get stuff printed onto a battery, anyone can do that.
On the other hand, I have not had any issues with the battery I ordered back in the fall. I don't use it too much as it sounds like there is a limited number of charges one can get from it (the one that came with my laptop brand new lasted three years and I used it ALL the time) but performance-wise, it's been fine to date. It seems to last a little over two hours and doesn't take an unusual amount of time to recharge. I have noticed a few hiccups in my laptop performance since using the new battery but it could have to do with the age of my computer--in other words, I doubt it's from the battery itself.
If you are not looking to spend too much on a replacement battery and aren't fussy about having "the real thing", then I would recommend getting one of these. For the low price, it's does what it's supposed to do. The reason I gave the item only 3 stars is that it's claimed to be an "HP original" which could really mean anything if you want to get into semantics, but in fact it's not "100% REAL HP".