I was looking for a replacement of a Gateway 17 inch screen laptop purchased back in antiquity (2004) which worked well for its time, but was heavy, and XP is about to die. This HP machine caught my eye mostly due to price. Wow. Then I checked the specs and was suitably impressed with its capabilities for the money.
Windows 8 OS is a kick in the pants, however. While it has nothing to do with this machine specifically, the HP laptop comes with that OS, and that OS is reminiscent of what Vista was. Oh well. The 8.1 upgrade from Microsoft eases a little of the angst, but when one wants to switch programs or power down the machine, it takes a bit to figure that out.
Nice computer. Looks nice, shiny, and the keyboard is full. I did have to call HP support to swap out the optical drive, as it would not open when the silver button on the side was depressed. But after some on-line tech support chat with individuals on the other side of the Earth, a working drive arrived on my door-step, and all is well.
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