Pros: Good screen and keyboard. One open SO-DIMM slot for cheap expansion. Excellent hinges. Decent webcam and audio. Fingerprint scanner is great. Great battery life. Fast Sandy Bridge processor. USB 3.0 port removes the USB bottle neck from external devices. Great for external hard drives. 4 USB ports, more than usual in this form factor. Doesn't have a ton of blue LEDs everywhere to distract you. All leds are white or amber depending on status and aren't bright or annoying. Windows 7 Pro 64bit. Bottom cover removes easily with zero tools. Aluminum finish on top and palm rest is nice. Excellent cooling. Stays cool, the fan is quiet, and it won't set your lap on fire. Sturdy construction. Light and easy to manipulate with one hand.
Cons: Bloatware. An absurd amount. No external power LED, you'll have to open the lid to see if the machine is asleep or fully off. Touchpad buttons are too firm. Two finger scrolling works poorly, but one finger scrolling is good. No install media included. SD card slot works great, but cards do not sit flush when installed. Not a big deal, but some may not care for that.
Overall Review: The biggest complaint is the bloatware. You're going to want to do a reinstall right away, but if you use HP's restore partition you'll just end up right where you started. Being a 'business class laptop.' if you call HP, they'll overnight you free reinstall media. I had a clean install with fresh drivers the next day and it's been an excellent machine ever since. Ships from a fulfillment center, not one of NewEgg's usual CA/TN/NJ warehouses.
Overall extremely satisfied.
Pros: Small, quiet, light, fast, well spec'd.
Bottom is one piece, although sticky the first time.
Fingerprint reader off to the side is nice.
Touchpad is better than average, but not the best. You can toggle it on/off in the upper-left corner (LED on when touchpad off).
Keyboard has good tactile feel, if you don't mind the chiclet shaped keys (I don't like keys that shape).
7200 RPM drive is great!
RAM it comes with is a single 4 GB DIMM for easy upgrading.
Screen is bright and very sharp when you set the software not to dim automatically too much.
Depending on your uses, it comes with a ton of software that may be useful for making it easy to do facial/fingerprint recognition, monitoring power consumption (power assistant tool shows watts in-use), and other software (if you like having all that stuff running...otherwise, bloatware).
Cons: The atheros AR9285 wifi + bluetooth card does NOT have a 5 GHz radio as anything "802.11n" is supposed to have. If you want to connect to newer 802.11n routers on 5 GHz bands, it can't do it. I have an E3000 with two access points; I can only connect to the 2.4 GHz one. I'm buying an Intel card to swap in myself (has 2 antennas, not 3, though).
Hard drive has 3 partitions; primary, another 16.8 GB "HP_RECOVERY" and last 5 GB "HP_TOOLS". I wish they'd include this stuff on disc in the first place so I can get rid of the extra partitions and use the whole disk how I see fit. You can request OS & driver discs be shipped separately from HP, at least.
16 gigs for "recovery" one is
No volume knob (rare outside toshiba, though), just fn-keys.
Overall Review: I just got it today, so this is all "first take" and I haven't used it long to have a more informed opinion, but hopefully these points will help you make an informed decision.
I'm doing like another poster said; I called HP to have install-media (OS disc + drivers disc) without the bloatware sent for free so I can reinstall from scratch (HP business-class laptop perk). Some of the software it came with looks like I might actually use, but most of it can go away and won't be missed. There really is TONS of stuff already installed...HP this and that, skype, winzip (seriously?!), some PDF tool, evernote, windows essentials, office 2010 trial, some norton thing...uninstalled most of it just to play around with the actual laptop and have that garbage out of my way.
Hopefully, after the new wireless card and install media comes I can better evaluate it. I think I will like this laptop when I travel and as a secondary desk system, but as a finicky user, it'll take a lot of setup for me.