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HP Pavilion g7-1070us 15.6" (500 GB, Intel Core i3 1st Gen., 2.53 GHz, 4 GB) Notebook - Charcoal Gray - LF156UA#ABA
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Apr 7, 2011 (Updated May 17, 2012)
Review by bbrooks182
Rated a Very Helpful Review
User Rating: Excellent
Ease of Use:
Pros:gorgeous 17" screen, 4GB ram, 500GB hard drive, smaller than I thought it would be
Cons:power plug on side
The Bottom Line: I would recommend this to anyone but a hardcore gamer. I can run multiple applications, such as Office, while having several windows open. It's speedy and can multi-task easily.
Bought this at Staples for $549. It's our third laptop and first HP. I did alot of research and couldn't find anything with an Core i3, 17" screen, 500GB hard drive and 4GB ram. I was worried that it would be too big because of the screen but when I saw it in the store I was pleasantly surprised.
Recommend this product?
I've only had it a couple weeks but I've put it through its paces. I usually run several windows open at a time and this laptop never slows down. I've used it to take online courses which include video. While that is running I usually have at least two other windows open with email accounts or other web pages working.
The quality is very good, the screen is beautiful, and I really like the keyboard. The touchpad is very nice, with a pebbled face to distinguish it from the rest of that area. It generally stays pretty cool except when playing games for a long period of time. That's to be expected from any laptop. It comes with Lightscribe too, which I hadn't used before. You'll have to get the actual burning software but I used just a free basic program from the Lightscribe site.
I haven't had any problems connecting my existing peripherals with Windows 7 64 bit. I've downloaded and play Battlefield 2, and a few other games. I did have to reduce the resolution on BF2, but then again I don't have a dedicated video card on this unit. Battery life seems okay. It usually last about 4-5 hours when I'm taking my online courses. I have a card reader and mouse attached so that may cut down on the battery life a little.
My only suggestion would be to put the power plug in the back of the unit instead of the side. Overall, very pleased so far with this laptop.
UPDATE: I've had this laptop for over a year and am currently deployed with it. I still think it's a great laptop and worth every penny. I did buy a laptop cooler and use a bluetooth mouse with it. After having it this long I have no complaints at all. Great for watching movies and the sound gets pretty loud too. I've been able to Skype on it pretty easily. I also installed Linux Mint and dual-boot it. Still works great and has plenty of storage left.
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Amount Paid (US$): 549
Operating System: Windows
Screen Size: Greater than 15 inches
Internal Storage: CD-RW and DVD
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