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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good Laptop for Student On-The-Go

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    This laptop hits the sweet-spot of sub-$1000 notebooks that preform well and give you the most bang for your buck. With premium features like a fingerprint reader and aluminum body construction, this is a great choice if you're looking to combine style and function. Multitasking on this is a joy, even if you're doing memory-intense things like watching HD video, defragging your harddrive, and installing software at the same time. Switching between applications is smooth and snappy, and even resource hogging software like Firefox and iTunes play nice while running in the background. That being said, it's not all sunshine and rainbows here. The display is 14.1 inches which makes it great for portability, but not so much for things like editing photos or video. This machine can do it, but the loss in screen real estate can make using programs like Photoshop (which uses lots of toolbars to either side of the image you're editing) a feat in spacial reasoning. And, without dedicated graphics, it's not too hot for things like gaming either. Also, the screen has a tendency to show really bright whites, and washed out blacks, so things can be a matter of seeing shades of gray, when they're meant to be shades of black. The viewing angle isn't too great either, if you're not sitting directly in front of the screen, you're going to lose a lot in image quality. And, in this price range, you could find a similar machine that includes a Blu-Ray drive, which could be a deal breaker if you watch a lot of HD content. Aside from the display, there were also a few driver issues out of the box, which were pretty frustrating. The wifi reception can be spotty, and will sometimes not work at all until I restart the computer. I am a computer tech, so I made sure I had all the right software in all the right places, and it looks like it is just an issue that will be there until HP gets around to updating the driver for this chip. Oh well, it happens. But then I noticed I also had an unknown PCI device in Device Manager, which could be causing some of these errors, but the drivers HP supplies simply don't fix it. It's not a huge deal, but if you're nitpicky like me, it will annoy you. Also, you're going to have to get down and dirty with the touchpad settings, because out of the box they're pretty funky. Once you set them how they work for you, though, the multitouch gestures really do make life so much better. On the subject of the touchpad, it has a definite learning curve. The left and right mouse buttons are integrated into the tracking surface, which makes for a very spacious and luxurious touchpad, but can take a bit of getting used to. It does support multitouch gestures like two finger scrolling and pinch to zoom (ala Macbook), but, as I said before, you have to go in and tweak the settings a bit to make it work really well. Also, like the Macbook, the entire surface is 'clickable' (meaning you can press down anywhere on the touchpad and it will click like a mouse button) but it doesn't actually click. If you want to actually click, you have to use either the right mouse button, or tap, which can be confusing at first. It will take some one-on-one time between you and this trackpad to get your relationship where you want it to be. Overall, the good definitely outweighs the bad with this machine. What little nuisances there are, they are far outweighed by great performance, solid construction, and a great price tag. This laptop will do whatever you need it for, and it will do it well. It's not perfect, but it puts in a solid effort, and gets the job done 9 times out of 10. I've been carrying it back and forth between classes, and this machine has handled it like a champ. If you're looking for a smart balance between school, work, and play, look no further. It manages to live up to even my absurdly high expectations (most of the time), and it will handle even the most difficult of tasks with elegance and grace.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Performance, Perfect for anyone!

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    I bought this laptop a week ago and it has been perfect so far. The i5 processor is very fast, and doesn't get bogged down easily. The fan runs quietly and not hot at all. I don't think I'll need a cooling pad for this laptop! The battery life for my laptop from 100% to 0% has been about 6 hours, which is not far off HP's claims of 6.5 (I used the regular settings for battery life, not the power saving mode). I was pleasantly surprised by this as companies are notorious for exaggerating their battery life. The screen is very glossy, but so far I haven't had too many problems with it. Overall, the speakers are fabulous; good volume and not very distorted at high volumes. As a college student, I use this laptop all the time and I barely notice the weight in my backpack. The keyboard is one of the best I have used and while the touchpad does has some initial quirks, HP has a driver update on their website that takes care of any issues. My biggest problem with this laptop so far has been the amount of bloatware on it. You'll definitely want to use PC decrapifier on this laptop. Some things are neat though, like the fingerprint reader. I love that feature and I use it all the time. If you're on the fence about this laptop (wondering if the touchpad is a pain) take my word for it, you'll love this laptop!!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Excellent Laptop Value

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    First I must say I love this laptop. The feature set is even better than the specifications on BB's website. IE. Includes an HDMI output and external eSATA port which I do not see listed in specs but it is mentioned in the product remarks. I purchase a lot of computer equipment and you'll find no buyers remorse here. With that said let me outline the shortcomings. The wireless display was the deciding point. Get's a little pricey when you add the Push2TV adapter. Also I was disappointed that the video was jerky since I was hoping to view Netflix wirelessly. I don't think this is a laptop issue as much as an issue with wireless display technology in general. Not a huge concern except an extra HDMI cable is in order, again adding to the cost. No bluetooth built in which again added to the cost for the Rocketfish adapter. The adapter was a simple plug and play install with no driver issues with Windows 7. The 14" screen was a compromise as I really prefer a 13". Not a deal killer. The mouse pad is a little touchy and the mouse buttons a little stiff but responsive. I suspect some adjustments are available that I have not tried. The 4 gig of DDR3 memory occupied both slots. This was a disappointment as I was hoping to upgrade to 8 gig. Not sure about the battery life ratings. Battery life is good but the specs may be optimistic. Different power setting may help. Little or no dedicated video memory means not good for gaming, not a concern as I am not a gamer. Finally, I would love to see a Bluray player but at this price it is too much to hope for. Not trying to be overly negative, just wanted to cover those things that are drawbacks. The feature set makes this an excellent value even with the added expenses. i5 processor, large fast harddrive, the wireless display, excellent quality webcam, fingerprint reader and aluminum case. Despite the drawbacks I highly recommend this for non gamers.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    What a surprise performer

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    I bought this unit as a compromise. I was tired of lugging around a 7 pound 17" monster and had tentatively decided on a 10" netbook. However, after a brief trial I knew that my tired old eyes would never get used to that tiny screen. I saw this model at Best Buy on cyber monday and bought it on the spot. I've had it on a 48 hour marathon and I'm delighted at the way it handles everything I've thrown at it. I know there have been complaints about the keyboard and touchpad but with the only lengthy report I've written I plugged in a small "micro" mouse, turned off the touchpad and typed away with no problems. In fact, I found the keyboard to be excellent. Although I bought it as a "compromise" I now find that I much prefer it to the 17" model for which I paid three times as much. I would recommend it to anyone except serious gamers. Those folks would never be satisfied with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Should be a 3.75/ 5

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    This is a very nice laptop. I just got it today. I like it a lot. It's solidly built, it has a great size, it's good looking, it's light, it has a Core i5 processor, it has a a spacious hard drive at 7200 rpms, it has a large trackpad with multitouch, it's virtually fingerprint free, it has good battery life, it doesn't have a lot of useless lights, and more... I like how you only have to press one button to turn the brightness and the volume up and down. I like how you can turn off the trackpad if you want to, and it's easy to do it too. I like how the case is made of aluminum. Value for Price: Very good. At $649, with a Core i5 processor and a 7200 rpm 500 GB hard drive, there wasn't any other laptop with these features at that price. Display: Good. You get what you pay for. 1366x768 is standard for this price. The display is bright and colorful. Performance: Very good. Fast and efficient. Not a graphical powerhouse but if it was it would cost a lot more. Convenience: Above average. The USB ports are too close together but it's like this on a lot of laptops. The laptop is light, and not too big. Battery life is nice, over 5 hours.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Overall a great product!

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    Pros: -Lightweight -Design -Hardware -Keyboard -Speakers -Display Cons: -Touchpad is a bit hard to setup for beginners. I purchased this laptop yesterday and have since gone on a internet surfing binge! I love how light it is (maybe because my last HP weighed about 7 lbs). The only problem I seem to have had was with the touchpad. This was in part BestBuy's fault for getting rid of the Synaptic's device that is supposed to be installed on this. As mentioned before the touchpad gave me a bit of a hassle at first. It would not respond to the double-finger scroll or pinch to zoom in commands. I had to go on the HP website in order to download the synaptics driver. Although it was an easy proccess to install and then tweak the touchpad to my standards, someone new to notebooks or not as expierenced might have had a hard time.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Nice piece of hardware

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    Not sure about the rest of you but I burn thru HP laptops about every year and a half to 2 years max. This one happens to be the smallest, most powerful one I have purchased to date. Price tag works great for me given the i5 processer in it. So far, very pleased with it and seems to run very well. I am still working out the initial kinks that come with a new machine. I run Slingbox and other multi-media on it and eventhough those are heavy programs and streams, all is very good. I am an "international purchaser" and made the purchase online for a store pick up in the US. Kudos to Best Buy for thinking about us expats for this service! Brilliant. I agree with the mouse comments. Worst I have used especially when you highlight and want to right click the mouse. It jumps all over the place and you have to repeat highlighting all the time. Quick fix for that is to Blue Tooth the mouse and keyboard when youre at home. Very good bang for the buck without a doubt. Folds into a slim machine and great for travelling. I would recommend this machine for sure.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Lightweight laptop

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    i have been looking for a laptop that is very lightweight and convenient to carry around. so the only option for me was to get a netbook and lose out on a lot of features besides i cant get an I5 on a netbook or i would have to get a sony which are quite expensive than this model. similar price points the best i can get is an I3 the other models i considered was toshiba portege for I3 13.3 size and weighing 3.2Lbs similar price or I5 version costing nearly 1k i bought this after doing a good survey, i had my configuration in mind that i wanted an I5 core, 500GB and 4GB Ram something that can last me for the next 3 yrs. This is the best available model with the current specs at the current date and yes i have to repeat about the lightweight and the battery life which is pretty solid

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Only One Flaw, But It's a Big One

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    This computer is great except for one thing; the mouse pad. I have come close to throwing the computer across the room because almost every time I use it, I cannot scroll a page at some point in time. I have to try over and over to grab the scroll bar and man, does it get to you sometimes. In every other way I like this computer, but as scrolling is a big deal, make sure you think about this before buying it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Laptop

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    I have had my HP Pavilion DM4 1165DX for about 2 weeks and am very impresed. It is a great package and as light as it is has great performance. I am using this to do 3d prototyping with Autocad Inventor and it is clicking right along with no problems although as some of my models are getting fairly complex I think an 8 G upgrade (only requires 1 4G stick of DDR3) will be in the near future. I also really like the fingerprint device which logs in quickly and can be set to provide passwords for websites requiring login. I've found that the touchpad can be somewhat problematic but I've updated the synaptics driver and removed the two finger scrolling option for the more traditional positional scroll and it has improved my experience quite a bit. I think the keyboard is just about perfect, but still don't prefer the flat keys as opposed to the concave keys that were on my old dell lattitude D620, which is still also clicking along like the workhorse that it is. I didn't find that there was that much booatware installed on this system and was quickly set up. In the past I've strayed from HP products due to significant issues with their printers but I'm pleased I wet with this machine.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Awesome for size, price, and ease of operation

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    I searched for almost a year for a system like this one. It's size makes it easy to transport and it's power and speed make it fun to use. It was so easy to set up even a cave man can do it. (Sorry, I couldn't resist!) I do think the CD holder that pops out is a little on the flimsy side. Otherwise,it is a very solid machine. Battery life is over 8 hours and re-charge time is around 2 hours. Finger print reader is a nice plus for security too. Overall, I am very pleased with this machine!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    good computers for students

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    I bought it for a week and so far everything is great. The only thing that i dont like is that the 2 USB ports are too close to each other, so that when i insert a cruzer USB hard drive, i cant insert anything else. For a intel core i5, it would be better if the processor speed is 2.55Ghz and above, but it's fine. 500GB hard drive is actually more than what i need as a student. The fan has some noise but it's not THAT loud. I like the webcam and speaker, it's A LOT better than i imagined SO FAR. Hope it stays like this for a long time, so i can keep using it until i finish at least half of college

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    powerful and portable

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    This is a great laptop with a fast processor plenty of memory and capabilities. Setup was extremely fast. simple to load new software and devices. Only drawback is the touch-pad is somewhat difficult to use in comparison to other models and brands but eases with familiarity. I travel a great deal and this size is perfect considering the power and memory is contains. Long battery life on a charge.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Very good value for size and specs

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    I've been a fan of HP pavilion laptops for quite some time, and this one has not disappointed. I wanted a laptop that is small enough to travel easily (and I wanted good performance, low cost). The 17" laptops are too large for my taste. This computer fits the bill and is very light - lighter than the hp it replaced which is the same size. I am very impressed with the way hp has been able to manage the heat. I can use this laptop on my lap for hours and it does not get hot (warm, yes; hot, no). I really like the "feel" of the keyboard. It is a standard size (without num pad) with a nice, substantial feeling to it. I am very comfortable with the Core i5 processor in that I believe it will easily accommodate upcoming software applications. I have had very fast, responses from this computer with quick webpage access and downloads. My computer usage is primarily internet web use, picture storage for genealogical use, email, document development and access; in other words, I do not use a lot of highly graphically intense programs. So I cannot speak to graphics performance. This system works very well for my purposes. The touchpad was a learning experience. I was initially frustrated with the jumpiness. However, I seem to have adapted to it because I no longer notice the issues and have no problems with it. (I also noticed there was an hp software upgrade for the touch pad, so I'm not sure they haven't addressed the issues.) I did not give five stars only because I had to return my first laptop. It locked up intermittently requiring system restarts and eventually wouldn't even give me a log in screen after a system restart. I have read all the reviews I could find on line for this product, and have not seen this problem in any other review, so I don't think this is a common problem. HP support told me it was my antivirus software. That didn't seem right to me, but since they are the "experts" who was I to argue. After 2 hours on the phone with HP tech support, they had my computer reset to the factory configuration and everything seemed good.... for a day. After the computer started doing the same quirky lockup things I initially observed, I immediately returned my purchase to Best Buy for replacement. They replaced it even though the problem was not able to be reproduced at the store. (Thank you Best Buy! You're the best!) The replacement unit has been great! I have had absolutely no problems and am so happy I returned the first computer. PLEASE NOTE: THE PROBLEM WAS NOT THE ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE!!!!! I have owned at least four HP laptops, along with HP desktops and this is the first time I have ever had a problem I suspect to have been of a manufacturing nature. HP tech support was great (even though they could not resolve the problem, it's nice to have support on line 24/7); and Best Buy stood by their return policy. I still love HP and would recommend to anyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    bought this for traveling

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    I needed to replace my heavy old laptop with something that I could actually take on the road. I bought this for light duty use on-the-go. Researching various laptops, my requirements were: 1. As light weight as possible 2. CD/DVD drive 3. Built-in microphone (although I found that nearly every laptop has this now with the webcam) 4. Lowest possible price In the end, I was looking at this laptop and the Toshiba R705-P40. I decided on this one mostly because of the lower price. As a bonus, it's also the more attractive of the two. I did find other laptops that were light weight and had the optical drive, but they were priced over $1,000. I have noticed a few things that are indicative of the lower price point, but none of them would make me choose a higher priced unit for the purposes I need this for. This handles multitasking, DVDs, streaming movies, and light duty recording. Tip: the default settings for the webcam mic have the volume cranked ALL the way up, and the little mic can't handle that. If you notice problems, it can be adjusted from the control panel. Things I have found extra convenient: 1. The controls on the keyboard for DVDs and for adjusting the brightness and volume. 2. The fingerprint reader thing is fun. 3. The keyboard has a nice feel. 4. The battery lasts long enough to be practical. Annoyances: 1. The optical drive eject button on mine almost doesn't work, and I have to shove it in really far with my fingernail or a pen. I probably could have exchanged it but it does work for now and I'm not terribly motivated to do anything about it yet. I imagine that if it stops working entirely, I can have it fixed. 2. The speakers point down toward whatever surface the laptop is sitting on. Really, who thought that was a good idea? 3. The screen works fine, but the colors aren't very brilliant, and the brightness seems low even on the brightest setting. 4. The two-finger scrolling gesture is difficult. Works the first time about 50% of the time.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great laptop for college students

    Posted .

    This laptop is lightweight and small in size. The keyboard has spaces between keys which leads to better accuracy when typing. Nice design on the computer making it trendy. There is a long battery life even when using the internet. The only complaint is with the mouse which can be overly sensitive or sometimes does not recognize the difference between left and right clicks.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Macbook Pro Killer! This is how PCs are done!

    Posted .

    Beautiful laptop! Love the brushed aluminum with laser-etched design. This laptop makes all Apple Macbooks look outdated. This machine is a powerhouse that won't deplete your pocketbook. Excellent value.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Awesome buy

    Posted .

    I just bought this laptop last week. So far, I'm super thrilled with my purchase. The keyboard is great. The display is a great size. Windows 7 is great. The only negative aspects of this laptop are the mouse pad and the speakers. The mouse pad is difficult to get used to. You have to click right on the middle of the button. The speakers are just not as high quality as I would've liked. I wish there was a mouse wheel.kriste I would most definitely recommend this. It's a great buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Love this little laptop.

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    I love the brushed aluminum; it's a beautiful silver with a nice design and feels sleek and sturdy. The computer is kind of small, but I like the size. The chiclet keys are nice too. They are easy to clean and easy to type with. I like the command buttons at the top. The touchpad does take a little time getting used to, but it is a nice change from past laptops. The fingerprint reader is also pretty nice. The CD/DVD drive did act a little weird, but it's nothing serious. Good overall. Fast, quiet and it does not overheat really.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great compromise

    Posted .

    I travel a lot, so was looking for as much power as I could get in the most compact and lightest design available. While Mac can certainly offer a lighter and just as powerful option -- this is a better overall value. The look and feel of this computer is awesome! It is relatively light and easy to carry. I debated about getting the e3t model without the optical drive, but decided that, for me, the disc drive was a must have. The finger print reader works really well and I find that I really like the feature. I also really like the instant on feature that allows connecting to the internet and email without having to boot the computer. These are both features that I did not even consider when shopping for a computer, but now would not do without. On the down side, I agree with several others on this site that the touch pad is pretty funky. For the first time in many years I have started packing a small USB mouse. I can get by using the touch pad, but it drives me crazy. Also, the battery life sure does not go 6 hours for me -- could be that I'm not set for optimal power use, but I get about 3.5 to 4 hours (which still isn't all that bad). This little computer beats the heck out of the last two company IBM's that I have had and at a fraction of the cost.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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