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Excellent Desktop Replacment. Not very mobile.
on April 1, 2006
I have owned this laptop for almost a year and a half.
I needed a desktop replacement for my small home office and it has been wonderful for that.
This machine gets quite hot if held on the lap and even on the desk, the loud fans run fairly frequently. I purchased a notebook "lift" from Office Max which allows air to circulate beneath the machine - this keeps the machine cooler and the fans run less.
The battery life is only about 2 hours so I usually move the power cord around with me if I'm attempting to use the notebook as an actual "laptop" computer on my lap. The cord is longish and bulky, this machine really isn't very portable.
The machine is also quite heavy. Newer 17" screen notebooks are lighter and run a bit cooler.
The machine has been VERY stable, has not crashed and I have only had one problem under warranty. The keyboard and mouse stopped working a couple of months into ownership. The HP people were wonderful and the turn around time for repair was surprisingly quick - I got my computer back in a couple of days with a new keyboard.
My CD burner stopped working recently, but the repair is covered under my extended warranty through Circuit City, where purchased.
I am a graphic and web designer and run fairly large programs and have a lot of open windows in Firefox. The machine is very fast and has had plenty of room for my large digital illustration files, many fonts, and various software programs. I could probably count on one hand the times it has frozen or crashed during a heavy application.
I am looking to purchase a new laptop as I would like something more portable, less hot, and with a longer battery life. But this is a fantastic desktop replacement, nice screen, stable, and fast computer.