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This review is from: HP Pavilion 15-g019wm 15.6" Notebook with Dual Core AMD E1-2100 CPU, 4GB Memory, 500GB HDD, RADEON HD 8210, SuperMulti DVD Burner, HD Audio, HD Webcam, USB 3.0, HDMI Out, Charcoal, Windows 8.1
Pros: Perhaps that it's lightweight. Could be a decent door stop. Could be impressive to people who have not seen a laptop since 1999.
Cons: This thing is a horrible, slow piece of, what is technically, hardware. Fresh out of the box with Windows 8, trying to do anything like opening a program will result in a wait of 15 seconds to a full minute. There is lag even when trying to type.
I assumed it was a bad installation of Windows, so I did a fresh Windows 7[sic] install. Most of the generic Windows drivers do *not* work: there's a problem with SM Bus drivers,there's *no wi-fi or internet ability at all*, there's limited USB support, HDMI output will not work... If you don't have a second computer to search for and transfer the drivers then you're out of luck with a computer that won't do much of anything.
HP's website does NOT have all the relevant drivers, one has to get the most important ones from AMD's website.
These same models used to ship with Windows 7 on them, there's no reason that HP shouldn't have *all* the appropriate drives available, or at least a link to them.
Even with a clean Windows 7 operating system and all the correct drivers installed, the laptop is still slow.
Other Thoughts: Buy any other model of computer, even a different one from the same manufacturer. Try an older computer, try a newer one, trying anything, but don't try this one.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Installation is fast and simple enough. The software isn't too bulky, and it's very easy to use.
I opened the box, installed the software and drivers, and scanned my first picture in under 10 minutes.
Scan quality is very good so far. It reads pencil well enough and even picks up some of the grain graphite leaves.
Far far superior to the last generic scanner I had. Much better than the HP/Kodak scanner/printers combos I've used. Dedicated scanners really do make a difference and the extra DPI is worth the added price for anything beyond documents.
Weight-wise this thing is a feather, very easy to move around.
At first the door hing doesn't seem very firm, turns out it's a feature. There is a sliding mechanism that lets the cover come up an inch in case you need to scan something thick. Works well with my sketch book.
Cons: It seems as though one has to use the Cannon software that come bundled up with the scanner to get full use out of it.
Other Thoughts: Major props to New Egg, I ordered this at 3:30 am Sunday and got it around noon Monday. I couldn't ask for faster delivery than that if they were to drive it down themselves.
At $89, adding in the fact that shipping was free-I feel I got a great deal.