Summary: My first HP, but having bought several refurb'd desktops from Overstock with great success, decided to give this a try. Its primary use is for the managing a website and reunion information, highly portable, adequate screen size (I like huge widescreens, but this works fine), decent performance, great DVD/RW, excellent features. Machine arrived ready to configure, no issues whatsoever, a nice setup.
Summary: I paid more for a netbook a couple years ago and it had a smaller screen and was much slower than this HP. This computer is used for audiovisual editing. The screen has good color and contrast. The built-in speakers are OK for a laptop, but I use externals anyway. Battery life is average. But I really don't see a better bang for the buck anywhere and I might buy another one of these to replace another old laptop.
Summary: Received in great, like new condition. Powered up with no glitches and the battery is in great condition. No dead pixels in the screen and the display is very clear. In all, I am very happy with my purchase.
Cons: If this unit was factory refurbished, it would be interesting to know what they did other then attach a label. It would overheat after a short period of use and shut down. It has one heat sink for the CPU and the North Bridge which is very poor engineering and this unit was known for running hot when new. I cleaned a vast amount of dirt from the interior, replaced the heat sink and fan. Also used the best thermal paste available and now the temperatures stay within us...
Summary: I was looking for a no-frills laptop to run Office applications, browsing, email, and a few of my older games on Windows 7. This thing fit the bill at a great price. It was all setup, packaged well, shipped very quickly.
Summary: This is a basic functional laptop. It works as advertised. I bought it because it was one of the few available that did not come with Windows 8. I tried Windows 8 and found it to be a liability. I am familiar with Windows 7 and did not want to be forced to re-learn how to use a computer.
Summary: I purched this laptop due to several reasons. 1) I needed a new laptop. 2) This laptop compared to others to choose from was the most affordable and was one limited to windows 7. To many windows 8 out there that are being crambed down our throats. Windows 8 sucks in my opinion. The only thing I dislike about this laptop is the graphics card.