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Pros: Advertised speeds met at an average. Peaks at 525MB/s, rare dips as low as 290MB/s.
No issues with file or partition corruption (yet).
Decent price for a good amount of storage.
Performance/dollar ratio is slightly better here than on Samsung's EVO 840, but not by much. Would go with the EVO if willing to spend the extra cash.
Same repetitive pros everyone else lists for any SSD.
Cons: Price has slowly crawled down another $30 since purchase. How dare it be a better deal now!
Why don't I have two after paying for the one?
Other Thoughts: Purchased to replace 2 stripe RAID SSDs that had poor write speed. I was getting 800MB/s average read, but that didn't matter much when I was copying to the drive and only getting 80MB/s. Trading that for a single drive that does 450MB/s and freeing 2 drives to put in my laptop and PS3 was worthwhile. I'd consider a second to RAID if storage ever becomes an issue.
The whole "it takes X seconds to boot now" is dumb if you base it on the first few boots. Run Windows Update, get your system secure with antivirus, then get a rough idea of how long it takes to boot. You're likely looking at 20-35 seconds from a cold boot with Windows updated.
Technically faster is worthless if you aren't utilizing it. Stop measuring specs. Get proficient with the tools at hand.
Realize you are the slowest component, so find a way to take the human element out of repetitious tasks.
Enjoy the small things.
Read a book.
Talk to your kids.
Find a hobby that takes you outside.
I'm out of "other thoughts" to share.
Plenty of RAM out of box;
Easy access to RAM and HDD;
Refurb pricing (this is HP refurbished; the only sign I saw of it being touched before was a minor scuff on the bottom of the laptop);
Runs Linux like a champ;
Cons: The short battery life;
Power cord plugs in on right, not left;
No optical drive;
Stock 1TB 5400RPM drive;
Speakers are tinny (I was expecting crummy bass what with the beats emblazon, not no bass at all)
Other Thoughts: The short battery life is in part due to the 6-cell battery and in part to HP's default settings. I tweaked the power settings in Windows 8 for something a bit more reasonable for battery mode and managed 1 hour 50 minutes on battery (up from 1 hour). I had no intention of sticking to Windows, but I did want to verify the quality of battery given the poor reviews on battery life found here on Newegg. From command prompt "powercfg -batteryreport" generates an html file with general battery status (with graphs!) showing the battery had no wear and charges to max capacity.
So, I pulled the slow 1TB drive and replaced with a SSD I had sitting on my desk from a previous build and installed Linux. After getting my system set up with the ever "bloated" Gnome 3 I am now up to 2 hours 50 minutes of battery life. I'll keep the 1TB HDD stored for now; maybe some day I'll need Windows on the laptop again and it'll already be good to go.
I'm very happy with the performance of the system thus far, despite the weak battery. I was seeking a device that would be strong enough to turn into a work station for when I'm away from home while not costing me an arm and a leg; which I found here. I don't use public transportation and am rarely far from an outlet, so the short battery doesn't affect me as much as it may others.
In short, I'd give this laptop a tentative approval. It makes a great desktop replacement or 'away from home and need something stronger than typical but not necessarily long battery life' if that is what you're seeking, while I wouldn't recommend it to a student who may need to recharge it in the middle of their 2nd class of the day.
Pros: • Display on the device
• High wattage at a decent price
• High-end PC, PS3, WQHD monitor, only 1/2 load with all 3 on while gaming
• Software is lightweight and easy to use
• Desktop widget lets you choose what you monitor
Cons: • Physically larger than similar UPS's
• Had to seek out the software/drivers online, which is fine being as I'd want the newest drivers rather than what's on the disk. Not really a con, but not a plus for those without consistent internet access.
Other Thoughts: My SSD's were acting up, giving 1/2 to 1/4 their original speed, I thought it was time to replace them. After switching UPS my problem dissipated.
There's something to say about a stable power source.