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HP Pavilion dv5-2230us NoteBook Intel Core i3 380M (2.53GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 14.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Lighter than I expected
Sturdy build
Good ventilation
Excellent hardware for the price
Battery lasts around 5 hours 45 minutes with constant web browsing, music, and IRC
Keyboard is comfortable to use, but has a slight problem (see cons)
Newegg's free shipping got it to my doorstep the next afternoon (although I live a couple miles from their memphis warehouse...)

Cons: Lots of bloatware, but t can be uninstalled in 15 minutes.
Touchpad buttons are a part of the pad, they aren't standalone below the pad like many touchpads
The F1-F12 keys are shared with things like brightness/voume up/down, play, stop, skip, wireless, etc. You have to press the function key to use F1-F12.
One day, HP will use L-shaped charger connectors...

Other Thoughts: Upgraded from an old dv5-1250us, was skeptical about buying another HP after the problems it had.
It's biggest problem was horrible ventilation and overheating. Both problems have been fixed by HP, this laptop suffers neither.
This laptop is great for someone looking for something more powerful than a netbook, but not quite as powerful as a gaming laptop. The graphics card can handle some modern games at lower settings, but I wouldn't push Black Ops or Battlefield 3 onto it.
Overall, this laptop does everything decently, but nothing truly excels. It's very portable considering the battery life, size, and weight. I'm a computer science student in college, and I carry around my laptop pretty much everywhere. This allows me to do tasks such as word processing, web browsing, and programming, while I leave heavy gaming to my desktop.
Finally, I would recommend it to anyone looking for something portable, yet fast enough to do normal tasks. It would be hard to beat this price.

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MSI P67A-G43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: 2 6.0 Gb/s sata ports
Very sturdy, didn't feel like it would even bend when applying pressure
Comes with plenty of screws. Too many motherboards don't come with enough screws. Also came with 2 6.0 sata cables
Has all the ports I needed, all of them are working properly
Great BIOS

Cons: I/O plate was a hassle to attach, though it may have been my case.

Other Thoughts: My build:
i7 2500k
EVGA Geforce 560Ti
Gskill Ripjaw 4GB

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Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great CPU, simple to overclock

Cons: Don't use the stock cooler, even if you don't plan on overclocking. It's pretty shoddy. Minus 1 egg for the cooler.

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Display Name: John G.

Date Joined: 11/09/08

  • Reviews: 11
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 12/28/08
  • Last Review: 06/24/11
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