Summary: I've owned this laptop for about 5 years, 3 of the 5 years it spent on the shelf because of a manufacturing defect. Most if not all DV8T owners have issues with Wifi cutting out and bass/treble OSD popping up. For the first 9 months or so the laptop ran great no issues but it started developing the notorious issue with the wifi cut out and bass/treble osd popping up.
Summary: I've had my Hp for about 3 years now and am currently searching for something else. It freezes randomly or all the actions are delayed. The unit gets pretty hot after 10-15 minute use, and theres not much ventilation. It also eats up battery fast, I get about 35-40 min with it being fully charged.
Summary: I've owned this laptop for a couple of years, and it is easily the worst purchase of my life. The following happend in a 18 month span: lost all my data cause it destroyed a hard drive + wifi becomes unusable cause cuts on & off + wouldn't let me watch any video in full screen + destroyed a power cord + battery went completely dead, which means to this day if my laptop gets unplugged, it immediately cuts off + volume will randomly shoot up and down .
Summary: I bought it from Sam's Club back in 2010. And within 2 weeks of using it, I had to do a hard drive reset by the recommendations of HP customer service to fix the screen freezing issues and the crashes, which happened a lot for a BRAND NEW laptop. Took it back to Sam's Club and get my full refund. Even though I liked the design and the sound system and Sam's club price was cheap(799.99). But get frustrated with it.
Summary: In spite of the impressive specs this laptop was a huge disappointment. Even when fairly new this laptop would continuously run hot, the wifi and treble/base controls would continuously cycle themselves off and on again. All these problems persisted even after sending the laptop in for service. It died a mere two and a half years after purchase, I squeezed 7 years out of last laptop. Will not be coming back to HP for computers.
An outstanding, misunderstood gem with fixable flaws
Quality Buyer, Amazon
29 May 2013
Summary: I have owned this computer since December 2009 and can honestly say I have only had one problem with it that was not quickly remedied with a driver update or one clean OS reinstall, neither of which should be considered even "eventful" for a computer this powerful with technology that was far from mature when it was manufactured.
Summary: DV8 is great.Just make sure wich one you are getting.1000,1100,or 1200. Watch to make sure if you are looking for Bluetooth, or TV tuner that it's actually listed as a feature.All do not have that.All in all, if you are looking for a DV8 you already know what it is.Which is the reason you are looking for it.If you do not, a DV-7 would probably serve you better.DV-8 is for those looking for a DV-8, none other....
Good computer BUT FOR wi-fi going on and off... and HP not fixing
5 May 2013
Summary: I would avoid this computer because the volume and wi-fi go off and on so often many people stop using the computer and swear they will never buy a HP again. This also affects the bluetooth. Personally the wi-fi became unusable and I started using an ethernet cable only. Some people posted there is a way to insulate wires to stop the problem but it takes a half hour and sounds complicated and technical.
Summary: I've owned this machine for several years. About 3 months in, the touch buttons started to act oddly. At first the wifi would turn off unexpectedly. Sometimes the volume would go up and down sporadically or the treble and/or Base would adjust up and down. I knew this because it would show on the display which interrupted my work and sometimes turned the internet off.
Summary: I have had mine since 12/2010. It came with 1 500 gig 7200 rpm hard drive, There are 2 bays for hard drives. I installed another 750 gig in the second bay even though H.P. said it would not work. Went on line and found the connecter for 12 dollars. Their Tech support sucks unless you are from India and can keep up with them when they start getting very exited and talking faster,and faster and faster.