Summary: This notebook sets a new standard for slow in the modern era. How slow is she? I installed Lubuntu, upgraded the RAM to the maximum 8GB, and replaced the HHD with an Intel SSD. Even after all these modifications, opening Firefox will "lock up" the system for 10 to 20 seconds.
Pros: - Cheap, but doesn't look cheap. - Lightweight. - Over 6 hour battery life.
Cons: - Slow. - So very slow. - Did I mention that it's slow?
Summary: If you just need something for checking e-mail this is fine. Most people who get a basic computer these days need to do a few tasks above and beyond that however and this fails to meet those requirements.
Summary: It's a good little computer. It is slow but I'm okay with it since it was only $300. Or use it for very basic things so The slowness doesn't bother me. The touch screen is cool but take some getting used to.
Summary: I bought this HP model through Amazon last year. I would say there are strong pluses and minuses, with the pluses outweighing. First the minuses. The computer (as remarked) is often maddeningly slow. I suppose I have gotten used to this, so it is no longer the issue it was at the outset.
Summary: Bought this @ $269 day after Thanksgiving last year. Wow! Good performance. Enough HD space (320 GB) for my second "Travel" computer. Updated to W8 pro, then to Win 81. Performs flawlessly. Added cheap high quality Bluetooth from Monoprice.com and it works great.
Summary: I hate Windows 8. I hate Windows 8.1 I love Windows 7. When HP offers me a free downgrade to Windows 7 Professional (or even Windows 7 Home Premium, maybe I'll like HP again too! My first computer was an Apple II, with a whopping 48 K (that's K as in KILObytes, not MB or GB!