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A good, if imperfect, little performer
on August 2, 2014
I bought this HP model through Amazon last year. I would say there are strong pluses and minuses, with the pluses outweighing.
First the minuses. The computer (as remarked) is often maddeningly slow. I suppose I have gotten used to this, so it is no longer the issue it was at the outset. The other minus is Windows 8. I have found the platform useless. I mean the colored "tiles" accessing various desktops which - I suppose - were an attempt to make it look like an I-pad. I still have no idea what the advantage of this is, and have rarely used it (I stick with the traditional Windows desktop, which is possible with Windows 8). The larger minus revolves around sensitivity. The system is so sensitive that often while working I will lose my desktop and be sent back to the colored tiles menu. This usually happens when working very fast. Otherwise, it's not a problem. The final minus are the keys, which are significantly smaller than standard desktop keypad keys, but which I have subsequently gotten used to using.
The positives are that the computer is a perfect size for my work (11") and it is very compact and light. So it is perfect for daily work, especially on the go. The other major positive (for me) is the battery. My battery works great and on "power saver" gives me about 4-5 hours or working time. This is my first computer that has given me so much time (the last one, an Acer, afforded barely an hour). Another positive is the touchscreen. At the outset, I really did not think I would use this function, but now I can't see living without it. I recently was working with an older notebook and was surprised how much I missed the touchscreen. I kept touching the screen, forgetting that it did not have this function! The final positive is the durability. I am rather rough with laptops, taking them with me everywhere, banging them around and occasionally dropping them. After nearly a year of this, this model is still going strong.
In sum, I would buy this computer again, but definitely compare it with other models of similar size.
So that is my review. Hope this helps you make a decision.