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Very Nice Laptop,
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This review is from: HP ProBook 4530s XU015UT 15.6" LED Notebook (2.1 GHz Intel Core i3-2310M Dual-Core Processor, 4 GB RAM, 320 GB Hard Drive, DVD+/-RW SuperMulti DL LightScribe, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit) (Personal Computers)***Pros***
I bought this laptop as a family utility machine, it sits in my living room and at least 4 people use it regularly. I was looking for something that was new and had new components, this has a 2nd gen Intel I3 processor along with a USB 3.0 port and bluetooth 3.0. The major pro to this machine is the price along with some new features. The screen display and keyboard are nice as well. It also has a 720P Webcam with facial recognition software and fingerprint reader(it doesn't always work though). For those that care about noise this thing doesn't really make any, my previous laptop fan ran a lot.
I took a star off because the machine has lots of crap software on it. It would be nice if you could have the option of just getting it shipped with the OS only. There are also 3 partitions on the hard drive, 1 called HP recovery, 2nd which is FAT32 for HP tools, and a 3rd for everything else. I'm still working on removing crap software, but it still runs fast and boots in 20 - 30 seconds.
This is not a gaming laptop so if you want it to play the latest and greatest games look elsewhere. You should be able to play most web games or anything that doesn't require a dedicated video card.
Overall I am very satisfied with the purchase. I researched for about a month straight and ended up on this one based on highest functionality for the price combined with the newest hardware.
I updated to 5 stars because I am very satisfied with this machine. The processor is really fast and I really like the USB 3.0 backups are super fast. I don't use the webcam or transport the laptop much so I can't really comment on that. For the price its an excellent machine.
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Initial post: Jun 7, 2011 6:02:11 PM PDT
GT Man says:
this machine has some of the lowest amount of bloat ive ever seen. Its awesome, dont know that "lots of crap" you are talking about.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2011 3:59:13 PM PDT
CR reader says:
according to what i read, there is a lot of security related sw on this business laptop. Might be crap to some yet useful to others. I haven't bought mine yet but it is my #1 prospect. Can you tell me about screen quality (brightness, viewing angles, etc.) Thanks.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2011 6:40:28 PM PDT
Its really great, I believe its an LED Backlit LCD so you can read it from all angles. Very bright. The keyboard takes a week or so to get used to but it is very nice...I like the new style with the chiclet style buttons.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2011 6:45:48 PM PDT
There were something like 96 processes running when I got it. That is before I installed all the stuff I actually use. Ram usage was about 50%...for 4 gigs of ram I would say that is bloated.
All of this is to be expected with a store brand PC, my point is it would be perfect (5 stars) if it just came with what was needed to run all the hardware goodies it came with and that's it. I don't want trial version of this and trial version of that.
If you too own this machine then you know that it still performs despite the bloat.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2011 11:35:54 AM PDT
CR reader says:
I don't disagree. Curious how much of the 320gb hard drive was wasted with crapware?
Also, check out this free utility I've used for years:
Cleans memory every 15 minutes in the background. No issues whatsoever...
Posted on Aug 16, 2011 7:48:31 PM PDT
Kunal Khanna says:
Can you tell me if you feel it is slightly on the heavy side this laptop?
Posted on Aug 18, 2011 2:05:55 PM PDT
G. Murjani says:
I don't think this model has USB 3.0
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2011 6:24:58 AM PDT
It does have one USB 3.0 port, and I have an external USB 3.0 hard drive. The speed is amazing. For example I copied about 11 GB of pictures to it and it took about 5 minutes. If you are looking for a new computer I would not get one that does not have at least one USB 3.0 port.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2011 6:42:24 AM PDT
I would say its an average weight for a laptop. It feels really solid.
Posted on Aug 20, 2011 5:15:37 PM PDT
Do you think that this laptop could handle Minecraft?