Pretty good laptop. Nothing is perfect unless you want to spend thousands.. I've grown to like this laptop despite some things. It might seem like I have a lot of neutral and negative comments below but I am just trying to bring out as much as I can so people know what to expect when they do not get to see the laptop in person before purchasing. Above average build quality, on HP's behalf. I would highly recommend getting another stick of 4GB Samsung 1.35v ram for this laptop just so both channels are being used. My ram sticks are being shipped as well as a 7mm Crucial M4 SSD. Yes, this laptop needs a 7mm drive while most are 9.5mm thick. You have been warned. (And no I am not referring the the 2.5" aspect)
Pros: + Very slim and light weight. Looks nice with the red undertone. + Illuminated keyboard and ability to turn on/off (lock) the trackpad. + Fast boot times and responsive usage, long as you are not trying to use it like a decked out desktop. + Gestures on trackpad, such as 2 finger scrolling and pinch zoom. + Screen is bright enough, despite other reviews. + Keyboard may take a little to get used to but has a nice feel. Matte plastic. + HP has really good customer support, not that I've had a problem with the laptop (yet). + USB 3.0 ports are always good. The 2.0 port is a charging port and still provided power when I put the laptop to sleep.
Neutral: = Base of laptop. It has a rubberized feel which is nice. Provides good grip when being carried but it is also a dust magnet. = For a very recent machine, it should have used a single headset/microphone 3.5mm plug instead of splitting it. = Brushed metal top can be a fingerprint magnet but it is easy to just wipe clean. Nonetheless it looks nice. = Am I supposed to notice a difference with these beats speakers? Because I don't... = Trackpad can seem to be not so responsive at times. May be caused by sensitivity levels. Has a textured feel as well. = Power adapter goes in horizontally straight from the right side. Would be nice if it was angled for less stress on the wire. = Resolution is crappy. 1600x900 would be LOVELY but this will do. = No battery level indicator
Cons: - Bad marketing on the battery life. Real world multimedia use, at full brightness, comes up to about 4-5 hours of usage. - The battery is not easily removable, in case you decide to have a really long session with it plugged in the whole time. - Should have a somewhat illuminated trackpad, at least around the edges, to go with the illuminated keyboard. - The "FN" alternative to the F1-12 hotkeys are locked ON by default. May be useful but for a lot of people coming from original F key shortcuts, you will have to change the option in BIOS settings. - Power button is really "soft". When you press down you will not feel a "click" as the laptop starts to boot. - HP charges a lot for a factory restore DVD. You can make ONE factory DVD or USB but keep in mind that this laptop does not have a built in optical drive. You will have to buy an external DVD burner. If you choose to put it on a USB flash drive, you need 17GB minimum. USB drives come in size 16GB, then 32GB. You can see how ridiculous the scenario becomes. I recommend the external DVD drive. - Marketing stickers on the palm rest area. C'mon. I've already bought the laptop... - Bloatware. Bloatware everywhere. - Many of the BIOS settings are locked.
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