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Famous Brand AU34X8D Notebook AMD A-Series A6-4455M (2.10GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD AMD Radeon HD 7500G 15.6"

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  • AMD A-Series A6-4455M (2.10GHz)
  • 4GB Memory 500GB HDD
  • AMD Radeon HD 7500G
  • 1366 x 768
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 90 days
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 90 days


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  • William B.
  • 6/22/2014 1:17:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBudget ultrabook

Pros: Excellent keyboard
Decent Screen
Runs reasonably fast and cool
Very light
PRICE!

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: People have complained about the hard drive being slow. First thing that I did was swap in a 120GB SSD and turn the 500GB into an external USB drive. Total cost with shipping <$350. Currently running Mint Linux 17 and could not be happier. Highly recommended

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  • Mac R.
  • 6/18/2014 1:06:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLight...Perfect for school/student

Pros: Light and thin...everything works as it support to. 500GB HDD and 4GB Memory.

Cons: You get what you pay for...graphic is alright. It's a little slow on start up, but just during the start up. A little work on getting the extra hardware that didn't came with the CD provided.

Other Thoughts: Not for gaming but good for school and my budget

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  • Jesus G.
  • 6/16/2014 11:12:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSleeeeeek notebook

Pros: + Price - Less than three Franklins (US)
+ Weight - VERY skinny notebook PC (no CD/DVD drive)
+ 4 GiB RAM
+ 500 GiB hard disk drive
+ wide screen
+ numeric keypad
+ this unit looks and feels new.
+ Easy to install Ubuntu flavor of Linux. (See below.)

Cons: - To quote Maxime, this is indeed a fingerprint magnet!
- 5400 RPM hard disk drive
- no CD/DVD

Other Thoughts: I usually wait until the NewEgg powers-that-be ask me to write a review. Not this time; it's only been a few days, but so far, so good! My soon-to-be college kid smiles when asked about it. We shall see if the report card makes ME smile...
I installed Ubuntu 14.04 on this sleekbook via a USB stick, using Unetbootin utility from sourceforge. Quite automagical.
(FWIW, Ubuntu even tells me when the [optional] wireless mouse battery was running low...)

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  • Maxime D.
  • 6/6/2014 2:53:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood deal

Pros: No OS. That was pro for me because I dislike Win8 and would of installed Win7 anyway. I got this on special and got it shipped for $330 CAD. It's unbranded and I like the sharpy and electric tape un-branding job they did. They did a clean job even though you still can find branding on some components (there's an HP logo on the end of the power cord that you plug in the laptop).

It's obvious this is a refurbished laptop; mine came with a 640GB HDD instead of the 500GB that is cited in the specs (I can't complain). I also found that the keyboard wasn't fully "clipped" on at a spot; that's telling me it was removed or replaced. If it wasn't of those details, I could swear I received a new device. For performance, well you get what you pay for and it's pretty good for the use I make of it (music, web surfing and videos on big screen TV). I was a bit disappointed to see a black border after plugging the device on my HD TV only to be pleasantly surprised to see an up-scaling option in the Catalyst software which resoled the issue.

After searching around the web for driver (HP support site only list Win8 drivers), I was able to make everything work correctly (including the USB3 ports and the webcam). I took me couple of hours and some trial and error to get everything working, but I don't mind, I actually love doing that kind of work... I recommend going on AMD support and download website and select "APU" in step one and select "Auto detect and install" in step two. This resolved a lot of problems I had.

At beginning I though it was running hot (I was using HWMonitor) but after looking around, I found the AMD OverDrive software which correctly reads the sensors. If you want to use it, I recommend that you don't play with settings (don't overclock a laptop, seriously) but use the Status Monitor to get correct temp reading. Finally, the laptop never get more than 10 deg Celsius near the "critical" temperature (the AMD website says 100 deg Celsius is the max for this CPU, so I guess it got up to 90 deg Celsius) and it when it does, it's only briefly. The noise level is pretty normal for a laptop, but I don't have much experience in that domain (my first laptop).

The speakers are not bad, the keyboard (english config) is a full one (num pad) and wireless adaptors works 100% of the time so far. The colors of the screen aren't amazing, but it's still good for such a thin monitor.

All in all I'm very satisfied with the purchase.

Cons: No DVD drive to install the OS. You get a paper with the DVD containing the drivers that cite that the drivers included are for Win7. This is wrong; only Win8 drivers are found on the DVD and I'm not sure it contains everything, but can't say because I installed Win7. Another thing is that the drivers on the DVD are in folders that are labeled in Spanish. If you want to install Win7, make sure you activate the legacy mode in the BIOS. I did the install from a DVD drive, but if you want to do it on a USB drive, make sure it's NOT formated in NTFS. Tools that build bootable Windows USB key will ask you to format in NTFS; do it, copy the content of the drive and quick format in FAT32 and recopy the content. It should recognize the USB drive then.

The laptop have flimsy plastic feel, but for the price, you can't complain. It sure is a fingerprint magnet. I believe it was running hotter before installing all the drivers so be careful and install everything ASAP.

Other Thoughts: Thanks for the other reviews here and for the 5 egg rating. It helped me a lot find this little gem.

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  • joshua b.
  • 5/8/2014 11:05:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsshes hot

Pros: fast and light, backlit well, key

Cons: shes hot, runs at 99c idling but for the price i dont mind it too much, i just make sure its in a hard surface if not on a laptop cooler

Other Thoughts: i hope it doesn't burn out in a year from extended exposure to the heat

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  • Steve H.
  • 4/2/2014 1:18:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood laptop so far

Pros: Not pricey, works well so far. Wi-fi works flawlessly so far. I'm giving this laptop 5 eggs because of the price.

Cons: You get what you pay for: the hard drive is SLOW, only 5400 rpm. The processor is decent, the graphics card is good, the ram is decent. If you can replace the hard drive with an SSD, you will be a happy person.

Other Thoughts: Don't try to do any heavy duty gaming on it. You WILL be disappointed. It's great for email, web surfing, that sort of thing. As I said above, you get what you pay for.

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  • Mike C.
  • 3/27/2014 10:11:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Value

Pros: The price for this system is very good considering you get a new de-branded unit. As Christopher Z said, de-branding was done with a sharpie and black tape, both easy to undo so you can see the HP branding.
This is the lightest laptop I have ever owned, very easy to lug around.
I generally get 4-5 hours on a fully charged battery.

Cons: The only con I have experienced is the space bar sometimes does not register if you don't hit in hard enough and the touch pad will sometimes jump the cursor to the bottom of the screen.
Upgrading the ram and hard drive are more difficult then should be as there is no access without extensive work.

Other Thoughts: These units were built to be the "poor man's" Ultrabook. At these prices it definitely fits. Although upgrading is more difficult I was able to put an extra 4 Gig RAM stick in.
The unit I received was the HP Pavilion 15-b142dx Sleekbook.

This unit is perfect for a student that needs a laptop to lug around campus. I was able to acquire a Win 8.1 Pro license for cheep with a student discount. This unit works well with that and all the drivers provided also work good.

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  • Anthony C.
  • 2/20/2014 10:46:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice for the price

Pros: Nice hardware for the price. also nice not having a OS

Cons: None really

Other Thoughts: I got this for my daughter and it's plenty good enough for her needs.
I installed Linux Mint 16 KDE on it without issue from a USB drive and it works great, typing this right now on Linux.

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  • Christopher Z.
  • 2/19/2014 2:17:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot bad.

Pros: (4 starred because I really do like this thing. it looks pretty and runs well, despite the nit picky points portrayed in the cons section.)

Lightweight, decent power. Slim design, very quiet fan, integrated webcam and microphone, HDMI A/V output and a nicely sized hard drive. Has bluetooth compatibility and the AMD Vision setup allows for better graphical power than intel HD graphics.

Battery life lasts about 3 or 4 hours depending on your power settings and the OS you're running / however many programs you have on at the time.

On the note of the GPU, I bought this for playing some PC games on my lunch hour at work. It'll handle ID tech, Source and Unreal engine games decently on mid details at 720p resolution. I also tried playing Far-Cry 3 and Syndicate on it but they were stuttering a lot so they were unplayable.

Cons: Screen resolution isn't particularly impressive for a 15 inch, but it does have decent colors and brightness for how thin it is. Hinges on the screen seem like they're a bit cheaply made though so I'd advise being careful when opening / closing it.

The original version of this laptop is supposed to come with Windows 8 so you might have a tough time finding certain drivers.. I'm running Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit and still haven't gotten the USB hub on the right hand side of the laptop to work. Everything else is running fine though.

Doesn't have a Cardbus or ExpressCard slot.

No optical drive installed so OS installation will have to be done by an external DVD/CD rom drive, USB bootable flash drive or PXE boot.

Construction of this laptop also limits your ability to upgrade it.. this thing is impossible to take apart without destroying it, so if you buy this you'll likely be stuck with the hardware it includes.

Other Thoughts: When installing your OS, use a flash drive set up with Rufus on FAT32 format with MBR partition file for UEFI. NTFS bootable drives won't work for some odd reason.

Whomever refurbished this laptop went to the lengths of covering up the HP logos and such with sharpie marker and black pieces of tape. No idea why. The exact model of the laptop I received is the HP Pavilion 15-b123nr, but this might change seeing how it's sold as a "generic" laptop.

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