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An amazing purchase
on February 7, 2012
I actually purchased this laptop after returning an Acer Aspire TimelineX which was defective. My previous laptop and desktop were both HP and both have been very dependable. After purchasing this one however I am positive that HP is my brand and I wont buy computer from any other company.
This laptop is great, but it has a few flaws just like any product. Let me break it down as pros and cons.
1. It is FAST. Way faster than I was expecting. It's noticeably faster than the Acer I returned, even though it has an i3 instead of an i5 processor. It doesn't lag or freeze on anything. For an every day computer it's perfect. However I know that it will be limited if you try to do any gaming on it. Just be aware before you buy it that the HD-3000 integrated graphics are good, but not good enough for the latest 3D games. It's not intended for that purpose.
2. Thank god I finally found a laptop with good BUILD QUALITY! It's been a habit recently to make computers out of the cheapest stuff possible. Go to any computer store and see flimsy toys lining the shelves, computers so cheap that you might be able to snap them in half. Most of the ones that claim to be made of aluminum will just have a thin aluminum top cover and everything else will be cheap. This computer is not like that. Its made of thick and sturdy plastic. There is very little flex and it feels solid. Nothing feels loose and everything lines up nicely. The hinges are also very strong. I figured it would be like this because previous DV4 laptops I have seen were also built well. You might wonder why it costs more than other laptops with the same specs. The extra money you spend goes into the quality and its worth every penny.
3. The keyboard feels great. I know everyone has different tastes for this, but for me it's perfect. Nice spacing, solid resistance and the key presses are pretty quiet. This is important since I'm a student and use it in class.
4. Excellent wireless adapter. Across the apartment from my router it picks up a full 5 bars of signal when all my other devices only get 2-3 bars.
5. Very respectable battery life. Realistically it gets about 6 hours on a single charge.
7. Beautiful design. Its very stylish. The whole computer is covered in this feint circular lattice. Much more elegant than it appears in the picture. It doesn't look like a gawdy chanel suitcase like I was fearing. In bright light at certain angles you can't even see the pattern, it just looks glossy black. The silver highlights also look good and the HP logo on the top is made of metal (doesnt glow) and is placed out of the way in the bottom corner. Its understated and looks great.
1. No scroll on the trackpad. I use a mouse most of the time, but I can see how this might frustrate some people.
2. The power plugs in the right side. Seems like a stupid thing to complain about, but it's pretty uncommon for a laptop and can be awkward sometimes. Also it's the on the same side as the disk drive, so the plug can sometimes get in the way.
3. No USB 3.0 ports on it. Most new laptops at this price have at least 1 of them.
4. Its heavy for a 14" laptop. I'm reluctantly calling this a con. I know the reason it's heavy is because its built sturdy. But if you're the sort of person who cares about the weight, take this into consideration.
5. It was overflowing with bloatware. But fortunately it was all easy to remove, nothing tricky.
6. Doesn't work with Widi unfortunately. I was hoping it would, but its not compatible with my Push2TV adapter for some reason.
Buy this laptop if you want something that feels like an adults computer. There are lots of i3 laptops under $550... but they don't compare to the Dv4!