A trustworthy machine with great configuration
Overall User Rating (4.3 Out of 5 based on 110 ratings)
Overall: First of all, I want to say that I did a lot (read A LOT) of research before zeroing on this laptop.I checked most of the well known brands and found this laptop's configuration to be the best.I also read extensively about processors, GPUs (Graphics Processing Units) and whatever I have written is based on those studies.This is a very new model and it comes with hardware which have been recently launched so you get the latest stuffs.
So lets start with the pros :
1. Intel's i3-4030u Processor with 1.9 Ghz clock speed.Now for most of you who don't know, let me start by saying that this is a brand new processor series which Intel very recently launched in 2014 and its made with the latest technology making it a very silent, less power consuming yet a very powerful performer at the same time, surpassing the i5, 3rd gen line of processors in most benchmarks.So win-win.
2.Massive 1tb storage, so you don't have to worry about space.
3.Win 8.1, genuine, pre-loaded (so you don't have to worry about installing OS), plus HP softwares, CyberLink Youcam, Iso reader etc all latest versions.
4.Lets talk about the GPU now.A lot of laptop makers out there are giving so-called 2Gb Graphics card out there.Now card performance depends on a lot of things, firstly the brand.Nvidia is better than AMD.AMD cards suck.period.Then comes the series.Most laptops are giving Nvidia Geforce GT 720m, which is an 'entry' level DX11 card.But this baby has the Gt 830m, which is a 'mid' level DX11 card.Long story short, this laptop's 2gb Nvidia Gt 830m is a better performer than most cards out there in this range and its a recent 2014 launch version so better anyway.
So rest assured one can play all latest games upto 2013 like Fifa 14, Sleeping Dogs, CODs, Battlefields, Gtas with ease in medium to high settings.
5.Screen size is HUGE, 15.4, so playing games, watching videos is a delight.
6.It shines in the looks department too.Be sure to turn some heads with this baby.
7.Beats audio.Need I say more?
8.No heating up issues, it comes with HP cool sense, which works.
Unless one is playing games, but that's obvious.
9.Comes with HP recovery, you don't need to have Win8 Cd to reboot it and give it a new life again.
10.Comes with 1 year free accidental damage protection.At 999, you get 2 years onsite warranty + Mcafee 1 year subscription free.
11.Battery backup is HUGE.More than 4 hours during normal work.More than 3 hours while playing Graphics heavy games.
12. 2 Usb 3.0, 1 Usb 2.0 port.
ok lets be fair and put some cons in too.
1.Little slow while opening Intel Graphics center or while right-clicking.
2.Some people do not like Win8.And they are not getting a choice.
3.Big and heavy for someone who needs mobility and who need a laptop on the go.
4.Island style keyboard may be uncomfortable, for me it is a little.
Didn't come up with anything else yet.
Ok let me conclude by saying that I am not patronising this product nor am I being paid by HP or any brand for that matter for saying good stuffs about this laptop (In fact I was a lenovo loyalist a month ago) but this laptop is genuinely good.Mind you I needed lots of self persuasion to write this review (I am a lazy-bones, you see) but I wanted to help you all out there wondering whether you should buy this laptop or not.So go ahead and get this beast if you are looking for a complete laptop, which delivers the best in class performance and comfort at this range.