HP - Special Edition Laptop with Intel® Centrino® Duo - Black/Bronze
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- Processor BrandIntel®
- Processor PlatformEnhanced Intel® Centrino® Duo
- Type of Memory (RAM)DDR2
- Direct-Disc LabelingYes
- Digital Media Reader or SlotsYes, digital media card reader
- Personal Video Recorder (PVR)No
- Built-in WebcamYes
- Wireless NetworkingBuilt-in Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG network connection (802.11a/b/g)
- SpeakersBuilt-in Altec Lansing
- Laptop WeightUltraportable (5.5 lbs. or less)
- Pointing DeviceTouchpad with on/off and dedicated vertical scroll up/down pad
- Included SoftwareHP PhotoSmart Essentials; muvee autoProducer DVD Edition with Burning; Roxio DigitalMedia Plus and more
- Included AccessoriesHP mobile remote; mobile stereo ear bud headphones
Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 76 reviews(76 Reviews)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
major quality of life improvementPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I am not a gamer, so I ignore features that are solely relevant to gaming. This laptop has many positive qualities to recommend it. I have two older model HP laptops from pre-2005 and had decided that I needed a personal laptop, so that I wouldn't have to keep lugging my work laptop, a Dell Latitude D620, home from work with me. (I use my laptoip as a desktop replacement.) I was very skeptical about buying an HP: both of my previous HPs from pre-2005 died within a year. Both were slow, clunky machines that didn't work conveniently from the beginning. I was stunned to discover this machine on sale for $899 at Best Buy. The Geek Squad employee spent 2 hours (!) answering my questions, reading positive and negative reviews of this PC with me online, and discussing the pros and cons of this laptop. He said that HP has improved dramatically in the past 2 years to become one of the top notebook PC makers. In fact, he said that some of the longest-lasting laptops with the fewest problems are from HP. When I got on the test model in the store, I was impressed by just about everything- since I am not a gamer and my only need in a graphics card is a machine that allows me to do digital video editing. It has decent specs for that, which is all I need. What I love: It is LIGHT, even more easy to carry around than my work laptop, which I take with me everywhere. This laptop manages to be sleek, thin, and gorgeously designed (which is a feature about which I didn't even care, but it does make a difference to look at something beautiful while you work), while being fully functional and feeling sturdier and more rugged than other 14" laptops I have played with. It comes with a 12 cell battery that is supposed to last for up to 9 hours- I haven't tested it for that long yet, but I played on it all night on the battery and was pleased that the screen works well even on battery power. Some reviewers don't like the fact that the laptop battery sticks out of the bottom of the machine. However, this has the (perhaps unintentional) benefit of giving the laptop a healthy tilt when it is on a flat surface. This tilt is a built-in mechanism that ensures ample space beneath the laptop to avoid blocking the fans. Since one major cause of premature laptop death is overheating, the fact that this laptop runs cool and has a built-in laptop-cooling tilt is a selling point for me. It also puts the laptop at an angle that I (being a guy with small hands) find far more comfortable than working on a flat surface. I love the keyboard, which is just right for small hands (roughly the same size as the average woman's hands). Some reviewers complained about the keyboard- if you have large hands, you should use an external keyboard, but it is far more comfortable typing on this machine for those of us with smaller hands. I was on this computer for seven hours last night and found my hands pain-free, which doesn't happen when I use larger keyboards. The speakers work well for me as a music aficionado- again, gamers won't be satisfied but that's why people buy external speakers. Having read many negative reviews of Vista, I was delighted to encounter this extremely user-friendly OS. Vista Home Premium, the OS on this laptop, runs very smoothly at fast speeds on this PC. It took under 10 minutes for me to go from taking this out of the box to being online on my web site, though this may be quicker than what some others describe. After initial set-up, I am able to go from totally shut off computer to being on the web in under 5 minutes, which is better than average for most PCs. It might be around 3 minutes. Yes, you will have to play around to learn the new OS, but it doesn't take long and everybody seems to forget that people hated Windows XP when it first came out, too. The Intel Core2Duo processor says it's only 1.5 GHz speed, but don't let that fool you. Only a gamer will notice the difference between this and the Santa Rosa procesor. For even the intensive non-gaming, all-purpose user, fast is fast, and this processor socks it to you like lightning. I was impressed by how little bloatware came on this PC, given its low price. I uninstalled HP Games, muvee autoProducer, and one other program that I don't plan to use. As with all laptops, I recommend removing any unwanted programs, installing antivirus and antispyware software yourself (if you work at a college or large business, your company/university may have free downoads like mine does), and defragmenting the disk to optimise (yes, I use British spelling) performance. You really don't need to buy the Geek Sqaud install unless you have never had a laptop. Also, make your own restore CDs using the self-explanatory "make restore CD" command (just read your manual) without paying a Geek to do it for you. Laptops no longer come with restore CDs on standard issue, but don't waste money buying one from HP or BB. Just make sure you select "include drivers" when you make the disk. Speaking of manuals, they have lost about 100 pages since I last got a laptop manual. You will have to google or read your box for some details- not a reason to avoid buying this laptop, just something that is true of most laptops nowadays. The very generous 250 GB HHD is not the latest solid state drive (SSD), but most laptops have components that are weaker than the SSD anyway, so it doesn't matter if your hard drive is virtually indestructible if the rest of your machine isn't. Wait a year or two for the price of SSDs to drop and the GB size to rival HHD options before you consider making the switch. 2GB of built-in DDR2 ram/667MHz at 5400 rpms is excellent for all but those demanding gamers who want 7200 rpms. Not necessary- even demanding home users who don't do gaming won't notice the minimal appreciable difference. The webcam works far better than I expected in a laptop. It's not Hollywood quality, but again, buy an expensive external webcam if you want that. It worked very well for video conferencing in yahoo messenger. My only complaint was that movements were a bit slow, but that might be my fault for not configuring the specs properly. I was worried that a 14" screen would be too small, but it is designed to provide satisfying video entertainment and the screen gives me as much quality as a 15.4" screen. Port and external hardware slots are very well-designed. There are two side-by-side USB ports on the right between the DVD player- dual layer, writes DVDs and CDs, and has lightscribe- and the LED-lid power cord plug. This avoids some of the fumbling caused by having two USB ports on top of each other. Having the 2 (!) headphone jacks (in addition to the separate microphone jack) in front is very helpful. There is an additional USB port on the left side, in addition to an ExpressCard/54 PC card slot, Expansion Port 3, 5-in-1 digital media reader, etc. The design is stunning and does make a difference to any user with aesthetic sensitivities- I found myself gazing happily at the designs in between video creations. This computer also comes with a Roxio package and I found QuickPlay a helpful little program. It comes with trial norton antivirus and trial windows office 2007. I downloaded Symantec antivirus and Spybot Search and Destroy from work, as well as the full package of Windows office 2003 programs from my work. (Office 2007 is incompatible with Adobe Acrobat Professional, which I need in case I'm working from home.) The a/b/g wireless picked up 3 times more networks than my wireless work laptop. When the new 802.11 n standard is approved, possibly as early as February, most a/b/g laptop owners will be able to download an upgrade online from HP, so the current draft n on some laptops isn't worth it until the specs of actual n are decided. Does this have built-in Bluetooth? Since this is a feature I don't use, you might want to check on that. I think so, but find out for yourself. No built-in TV tuner, but most of us either watch on the NBC/ABC/CBS innertube web site OR have an actual tv. You can always buy a TV tuner, no big deal. I really don't care about HDTV capacity, as the HD "revolution" has failed to take off the same way that Blu-Ray disk (which I am not sure is supported by this computer- probably not, but check for yourself) has utterly failed at replacing the DVD and CD mediums. If this is a concern, check the specs to see if HDTV is supported. All in all, this is a brilliant little powerhouse that feels like a MacBook without the high price tag. Unless you are a gamer playing games that demand the most competitive specs in existence (Santa Rosa processor, NVIDIA 8100 graphics card with 512+ dedicated VRAM, 7200 rpms, harmon kardon speakers with internal subwoofer- *eyeroll*- none of which this laptop offers), there is no task that this beautiful, sturdy, and lightning fast computer can't handle. This is an impressive deal- even a steal for the quality. While extended warranties are often rip-off attempts, if you add total accidental damange protection with next-day onsite service for up to 4 years from purchase date, you are ensuring that you will have a functional computer or its replacement for a total of 4 years, making your annual cost under $250 for this machine. The investment is well worth it. Run, don't walk. Catch this baby while you still can.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Excellent Notebook for BusinessPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
The dv2660se notebook is an excellent notebook for the business world. Notice how I mentioned "business". If you are planning an using this notebook to play games occasionally, I advise you to NOT buy this model. The Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 is not powerful enough to play newer PC games like Company of Heroes. If you wish to play games on a notebook, buy one that has a better graphics processor like nVidia or ATI. The battery that comes with this notebook is a gift and a curse. The 12-cell battery gives you insane long life which will be essential during long meetings or lectures. On the downside, it sticks out the bottom elevating one side of the notebook. HP has dubbed this elevation as being comfortable for typing, but I just find it annoying. Not only does the battery increase the weight, it ruins the "style" and "sleekiness" of the notebook. The bronze and smoke accents are great, but then you look at this ugly thing sticking out the bottom. I really wish HP would look at Dell and borrow their design for an extended battery that stick out the back behind the notebook instead of under it. If you are like me and use a LOT of HDD space for pictures and videos, then you will love the 250gb of hard drive space. You basically have enough room for any large files you wish to store in your notebook. It just astonishes me how 80gb of hard drive space used to be a lot two years ago. Like all Windows PCs and notebooks bought from retail, you will have those annoying pre-installed programs like AOL and Vongo. If you are having a problem with start-up and shut down, I recommend you uninstall these programs right away. Usually they are defaulted to start during boot up. I found that after I uninstalled these programs and ran only ESSENTIAL programs at start up, my notebook took less than a minute to boot up. The keyboard is like any other keyboard. It types and has a good feel when doing so, but the texture of the keyboard is very slick. Usually notebook keyboards are made of a matte texture but the slick texture on this notebook allows for greasy or sweaty hand to leave a long lasting impression. You will notice that after one meeting or lecture, you will have fingerprints and dark greasy spots everywhere on your laptop. I find it annoying having to wipe down my keyboard every time I am done typing (proceeds to wipe down keyboard). Overall, the HP dv2660se is an excellent notebook. Just be wary if you are planning to play games or if you are a neatfreak.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great Laptop PCPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
This was my second computer purchase in less than 2 months. First my desktop died and had to be replaced, then my old laptop's fans went out. Because I'd already had an expensive purchase to replace the desktop, when I shopped for a new laptop, great value for money was very high on my list of priorities. After more than a month of use I'm convinced I made an excellent choice. This laptop booted up and has run flawlessly right out of the box and ever since. It's very lightweight and much faster than I expected it to be and the battery life is unbelievable. The appearance is very elegant and the keyboard is crisp and solidly designed. I love the QuickPlay controls. The hard drive is plenty big enough for my needs and the 2mg of RAM is perfect. Overall, I believe I made an excellent choice and I'd recommend this laptop unreservedly!
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
PERFECT Notebook but not too high pricedPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
So far I love this notebook, I looked aroud for about 6 mounths before deciding on one. But this one is well worth the wait. I would never own nothing except an HP from now on. To me it is underpriced for what it can do this notebook is worth more than priced if you take in all the features it has. The Intel centrino Duo is stupid fast. Can't wait to see how much faster it can be when I upgrade the RAM to the max. It's a little slow starting up but once its finished i don't have to wait to run programs even if i have bout 5 windows opened at once and installing some software. Battery will last about 3hrs running under high performace mode. Great security features. The wireless is fast. I have both conected when I'm at home the wired and wireless and web pages just pop up in a sec. It has pleny of USB ports to connect all my extra stuff. The wireless automatically finds wireless connections quickly. Cons I had to download new updates to have all my software to work with the Vista because everything was for XP. But that was easy just took time to down load them. But I guess that's just windows not the notebook it self. If you buy it let the Geek Squad optomize it and take alot of the junk stuff off it's well worth it. Usually i'll spend bout a day setting up a new computer but they took care of that for me. The antivirus they installed works great. Better then nortons any day. The battery is a little big but on the plus side it allows air to flow under it to help keep it runing cooler. The fan is real quiet though. I really pull the heat out when running. Over all I would recomend this notebook to any one that like multitasking and don't want to wait but want to spen a pile of money. But anything with HP I would recomend. Yeah I'm an HP Junky.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
overall very good productPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
Iv been looking for a laptop with every thing for a good prize and this is the closest to it. I've had this laptop for about 3 weeks and here's what i think hopefully it'll help you. Pros: *Hp has a good rank in this market so u don't have to worry about problems( just hope that you don't get that 1 in a 1000 laptop that any company messes up). *this laptop has 2G Ram which is more than enough for almost any kind of computer. * 250G hard drive which allows you to download a ton of stuff and still have the laptop running smoothly. * uses windows vista which would have been bad if you had less than 2G ram, but since you do it is awesome. * one of the most important things about this laptop is that it uses Core 2 duo, not Amd x2 like a lot of hp laptops. Core 2 duo don't heat up like Amd and it uses a lot less battery life. *this laptop has a 12CELL!!!! battery. i haven't used it to the limit yet, but have used it for about 4 hours on power saver mode and still had more than 75% of the battery left which is insane. *has a very nice design, very portable, glossy, a camera which i use for video chatting(works very well), has wireless and T-LAN(VERY FAST) networking,DVD±RW/CD-RW which every laptop don't have, HD WXGA screen, and a lot others. Cons: of course nothing is perfect. * does not have a finger print reader which a lot of new comps have, But its really not that necessary. *one of the real cons r that it doesn't have have a graphic card and of course you cant put one in. So gamers depending on which games you play this laptop might not be for you. * leaves a lot of smudges and sometimes the glossy screen reflect light @ some angels. * the processor speed is 1.5GHz, so if you keep on turning it on and off you might feel thats its a bit slow starting up and shutting down. * there is a prize that you have to for the 12cell battery, it sticks out the back. im not too picky so it doesn't bother me and i think it blends well with the design. *would have been great if it was about $150 cheaper but im not complaining. Sorry the review is so long, tried to make it as detailed as i can. There MIGHT be a few details that i forgot to tell. But this is a very good laptop, you dont get every thing that you want but it does a Very good job trying. definitely recommend it to a person who can afford it for 1K. hope it helped.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Great ReplacementPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I have had this computer since Nov 2nd and am happy to have it. This is my sixth new computer in about 30 days [don't ask] and it works very well. I had a Toshiba M35X with XP and loved it, but when it got broken and needed to be replaced I first got another Toshiba,[ but not the same model] and it failed,etc. After several different models and brands of defective new units, I ended up with this dv2660se. I read all the reviews and decided on this one because of the 12 cell battery [which Toshiba does not offer on their new models...go figure] and because the keypad was somewhat better than the dv6648se. The looks were secondary to me but I must say that it is a pleasant experience to look at it when I am not working. Windows Vista is a power hog and is full of glitches. The keyboard is a disappointment to me and requires several deliberate attempts to make a capital letter, very distracting, The keyboard is also noisy. I would personally give up some hard drive space or other feature for a short stroke, compliant, and quiet keyboard. The touch pad is very touchy when you are trying to type but you do have the option of turning it off at the pad. I do exactly that and use a wireless mouse to move the cursor. It does well with movies and has good sound volume. If you require better quality sound use peripherals. Several people complained about the battery but I am not one of them. The shape and location has been well thought out and provides the user with the perfect tilt for typing. The computer is very stable on a table top if you don't allow the cords or other obstructions to get under the battery. If you think that you want a smaller, lighter battery, HP has a 6 cell but it will probably only give you 1 1/2 to 2 hours of life with Vista. All in all I think that it is a very good computer which could have been great if the keyboard was better and the touch pad wasn't so sensitve while typing. Right now I think you would have to pay two to three times as much money to get a better pc. Get it while you can and get it at Best Buy. [I'd personally go to the Santa Clarita store]
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Outstanding ComputerPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I have had this laptop for about a week and a half now. It is perfect for every thing that a student like my self needs. It doesn't have very many programs that you don't need. They are easy to uninstall also. I have done all my homework on it for over christmas break. It has plenty of hard drive at 250 gb it will last many years even for the most demanding users. The two gb of RAM or plenty for anyone but the heavy gamers. The Battery life on this machine is amazing I can get about 8 hours of battery life on the balanced battery plan and much more if you put it on power saving mode. The battery sticks out and puts the computer on an angle which i like. The only problem is that this Laptop is a little unbalanced when it is on your lap because of the 12 cell battery. You can buy a 6 cell battery for it if you like the tillt. The screen is crystal clear. The graphics card is not so great but im not a big gamer so that doesn't bother me. the dual core processor is super fast compared to a single core. It only has a 1.5 Ghz processor but that is like a 3 ghz solo processor so it is well worth it. I would get this computer fast because HP just came out with the new updated model a few days ago and it is a lot more expensive for like 2 or 3 new things on it so get it while you can. Trust me this computer is well worth it.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
AWESOME LAPTOPPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
The bootup time is because of the operating system, as everyone I know that as vista says their computer takes forever to bootup... The battery sticks out a little from the back, but at the same time offers superb battery life, and when you put the laptop on a desk or table, it "tilts" the keys toward you in your favor (I suppose that's personal preference). - As a student in college, this laptop is everything I need. Its very fast after it finally boots up, but I usually hibernate it just to save time booting up (and it saves A LOT of time)... Also, this notebook has lightscribe, svideo, etc. lots of extra goodies. - I didn't even know that I wanted a laptop computer until I walked into the store with some friends. I ended up acting on impulse, applying for financing and taking this notebook home. Very nice computer. Stylish, fast. two headphone ports in the front (good for watching youtube during class ;) with friends or roadtrips.) - If your going to get a laptop, look at the specs of this one online; its a great value. Then, actually take a trip to Bestbuy to actually see it. You'll love it that much more once you see its gold/bronze/black glossy finish... ps-i'm sure they'll soon come out with a battery for it that doesnt stick out, but it is not going to last as long....