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This review is from: HP Laptop Pavilion 17-e010us AMD A6-Series A6-5350M (2.90 GHz) 4 GB Memory 500 GB HDD AMD Radeon HD 8450G 17.3" Windows 8
Pros: absolutely the fastest laptop for under 100.00 with a 17" screen good battery life for a high performance machine easy to confingure hwo you want it. drivers easy to obtain if you dont like win 8 or need 32 bit for whatever reason. (just install win 7, hook up a rosewill wifi card to get net access, then run drivereasy (free unlike driveragent but slower dl speed) let it scan, then just download and install everything. once thats done the integrated wlan card works fine and you no longer need the rosewill usb dongle.
as is it works great too you just have to get used to the clunky win8 interface (hence why I run win 7 home premium on mine). used it for a week with preinstalled win 8 and have to say HP did a good job of including useful stuff without so much unnecessary bloat. If you like win8 you'll love the preinstalled setup. everything works like a charm out of the box. super sensitive touchpad. enough cpu/graphics horsepower for buisness (veterinary) use. good for gaming too. 500gb hdd is pretty snappy for a 5400rpm drive. free mem slot for upgrade options. included dvd burner works well. easy to use keyboard with nice key spacing.
Cons: Only 500gb hdd hard to find specs to order high capacity battery car charger is hard to find no specs listed on mem so if buying together with mem upgrade kit you have to buy two sticks to ensure a matched set w' same timings,etc. Win 8 (not really a con since downgrading to win7 is painless thanks to drivereasy and a rosewill wifi dongle win7 has drivers for out of the box.
Other Thoughts: all in all an excellent product. previous laptop was amd turion64, and this is much better for about the same price. screen size is huge, and very high definition. Much better than higher prced similar intel laptops. AMD APU's are faster and run cooler than their intel counterparts. Intel overheats in desktops without good aftermarket coolers, why on earth would you think a laptop could keep an i5/i7 cool. not to mention clock for clocl, AMD outperforms intel in hd video, emulation, and most (non intel-optimised) games. Easy to downgrade to win 7 just do the following order the 17.99 rosewill wifi dongle that comes with the ball extender cable thing and 5dbi antenna format hdd kill all partitions, reformat a single ntfs one, then install win7. connect the wifi dongle, and download drivereasy (google it) use the program to scan for and download/install all the drivers. (free version downloads slow and you have to do the drivers one at a time but it works perfectly) unplug wifi dongle and start using internal wlan card thats it all done.
hdd is easy to replace also. got a 1tb wd in mine quick and easy.
The included software on win8 is useful unlike alot of manufacturers addons, hp didn't bloat things with useless garbage. If you like win8, the only additional software necessary is firefox, for the use of adblock plus.
if you prefer win7, downgrading is easy just follow my instructions.
If you hate MS, Kubuntu works very well on these laptops as well.
I will be ordering more of these for the rest of my staff. Get this laptop you'll be glad you did.
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