Summary: The computers themselves were received in good working condition. The problem was that for one computer there was no power cord or mouse and for the second there was no keyboard or mouse. I had to purchase these items for us to use the computers.
Summary: It broke 3 times in the first month. When I first get the unit, it wouldn't start. I got a replacement and that worked really good. For about 2 weeks and then the hard drive needed to be wiped. I get a third one and then the fan came broken. It worked for about a few minutes until it overheated and shut down on me. At this point I gave up and just got a 3rd laptop instead. Ugh... P.S. Extra star for how well it worked during those two weeks.
Summary: Although this looks nice, having problems with compatibility. It says "things" are supposed to work with this model although I can't get even simple documents to open. Says no path on just about everything. The only thing I have no problems with is surfing the net.
Summary: I did not realize that none of my software will run on Windows 8. It was going to cost more than the computer to upgrade the software so I returned it. The price was OK but it didn't have nearly all of the features I like on the newer computers. For $100 more you can get a Dell that is awesome.
Summary: The Refurbished H.P. Pavillion arrived in good shape it was fairly easy to set up. There was a guide in the package and a "90 Day" warranty document from H.P. However, when after three days use a problem came up and I felt I had to call someone from H.P. to discuss the issue, I was told that the serial number of the unit indicated it went out of warranty in 2005.
Windows 8 and Wireless Keyboard and Mouse are negatives
DocRWM "docrwm", Amazon
22 November 2012
Summary: The hardware on this computer is ok, but we all know that the hardware is merely the backdrop for the software. So, the 2 starts are for the hardware specs for this model. I know that many like wireless everything, but when you have kids things with batteries that die are not as good as things without batteries. The description of this HP Pavilion p7-1430 does NOT specify that it comes with wireless keyboard and mouse.