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This review is from: HP Elitebook 8440P - Core i5 - 2.4 - 4GB - 160GB - DVD - 7 Home Premium
Pros: -Great price (bought for $220)
-Good specs for the price
Cons: -Bad refurb job (see additional comments)
-Comes with W7 Home Premium - NOT W7 Professional
-Lack of DVD burner (minor quibble)
Other Thoughts: Bought for my sister who is going back to school, arrived with sheet rating the condition of the laptop as 'B'. No scratches anywhere, battery seems to hold a decent charge. Fantastic condition for 'B' grade.
Whoever did the refurb on the laptop I got needs to be fired.
First of all, this laptop comes with Windows 7 Home Premium - NOT Professional as is advertised. The original laptop came with Professional and the product key for Pro is still attached - but there's a new product key for Home Premium for Refurbished computers. Haven't tried the Pro key to see if it's been disabled/blacklisted - but in any case this DOESN'T come with a valid license for Pro.
Second, Windows wasn't activated. Needed to find and type in the product key to activate. Someone was just lazy. If you don't have an image that gives OEM activation - take the extra 30 seconds to activate the computer so that you don't annoy the heck out of your customers.
Third, no drivers of any kind were installed. The laptop was basically unusable out of the box. It was a bare Windows image not even ethernet/wireless drivers installed. Ended up spending 20+ minutes installing drivers (some were copied to the root of C:) and then hours installing Windows updates.
Fourth, criminal in my eyes, the laptop I received has a BIOS password. Cannot get in to change any settings, cannot update the BIOS. I've contacted HP support and been waiting for a week for a procedure to reset the BIOS password. (It's possible, but HP support has been very slow to respond.)
So while the laptop itself I like - I'm taking an egg of for the botched refurb.
Pros: -Feature packed board in a mATX package
-Price in Shellshocker combo cannot be beat
-Stable (see Other Thoughts)
Cons: -Size and SATA placement: it's the larger size mATX form-factor, fit fine in my existing HTPC case - but since the SATA port all face to the side - they were blocked by the hdd cage. Ended up needing a new case and power supply - an extra $130 not in the original budget - but my fault for not checking
-Needs BIOS update to work correctly with newer CPUs (see Other Thoughts)
Other Thoughts: Had previously built a system with the i5-4690K and loved the CPU - when a combo with the CPU, this board, and 8GB of G.Skill (for $110 over the price of just the CPU) - I jumped at it to update my HTPC. My fault for not checking the size of the board in my excitement before buying.
Experienced the same issue restarting that other reviewers did. (Restart did not work, would never reset the system - just give a blank screen until powered off/on), wasn't able to successfully install Windows 7, 8.1, or 10 TP. Updated to the latest BIOS (EFI) and all issues have been resolved. Restarts with no problem, have done several test installs of 7, 8.1, and 10 successfully. Is stable and fast.
This review is from: MonMount Single Monitor Arm Desk Stand for 13"-26"
Pros: Feels solid enough to survive a nuclear blast.
Other Thoughts: When I ordered it, I was just expecting something lower quality that would just barely get the job done. What I got far exceeded my expectations - especially for this price. Thing feels sold like bedrock. Would definitely recommend this mount.READ FULL REVIEW
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