Summary: I would recommend this product. It would help if you are somewhat computer savvy and can locate and load drivers yourself. The Windows 7 updates are a nightmare. There are around 200 of them. It took quite some time. The Windows update function hogs about 25% CPU and 40% RAM while it is running.
Pros: Good computer. Cant beat it for the price. I added an additional 4GB of ram and it really goes. I don't think it would make a good gaming computer or CAD station, but for doing basic home or office stuff it is perfect.
Cons: This computer did not have any of the HP drivers installed. None. Just Windows 7. It did function with the Windows drivers, just not at the level it should have. I managed to find all the drivers on the HP website and load them successfully. There were quite a few options with this model, so be c...
Two months after purchase, I began to notice that ...
2 weeks ago
Summary: Two months after purchase, I began to notice that the battery life was weakening. Four months after purchase, I am unable to use my laptop when it isn't plugged in -- battery can't hold a charge at all. Avoid this product at all costs.
Summary: -Get a CD/DVD burner, either external, or a used HP one. I happened to have a GT20L in my old Elitebook and it swapped right in without any issues. You can get one of these for less than $10 and it's very easy to install. Just swap faceplates! -Recovery media: it is not supplied.
Pros: -3rd gen Intel platform with QM77 chipset means you can upgrade to an i7 if you want! But in general, I was pleasantly surprised with the performance of the i5-3320m. I multitask a lot (multimedia, 3D CAD, web browsers with literally dozens of tabs, MS office, etc) so these are all open at once -...
Cons: -Only 4 GB of RAM means it definitely needs an upgrade, but RAM is so inexpensive and easy to install that this is hardly a con and more of a motivation to spend a little bit of coin and upgrade to 16GB. -SSD is just 128GB. Once Windows is fully updated, you're left with just less than half of th...
Summary: If you get one of these, budget in the cost of a decent power jack and a new battery.
Pros: The laptop is in reasonable condition for an off-lease pickup. A little action softening on the left-click button for the touchpad, a bit of a scuff on the monitor - nothing big. Boots up and runs on a fresh install of Win 7 professional. No crapware.
Cons: The HP original power supply gone, and replaced by a cheapie that weighs maybe 8 ounces. The battery is totally dead. No life whatsoever. Had trouble even getting the OS to recognize it. Will need to replace it. I consider this a significant hardware defect.
Summary: Seems to be genuine but perhaps the battery has been sitting on a shelf for a while. It's life is only marginally better than my 4 year old one. I guess that's expected when your laptop is not one of the latest and greatest. I run mostly office, I have a i5, 8gb, without a dedicated graphics card.