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This review is from: Office Home and Business 2010 - 1 PC - Download
Pros: + You get a genuine Office license without having to wait for a box with a DVD to be shipped to you. You can download the software from the email where you receive your license key, or you can reuse an existing disc if you already have one.
Other Thoughts: I had already bought Office 2010 Home and Business for two computers but I bought a new laptop this week and I didn't have an Office license for it. Thanks to Newegg and Microsoft, I was able to reuse the disc I already had to install Office in my new laptop, and I paid less than if I had to buy a whole retail package with a box and a disc I didn't need.
If you don't have an Office DVD don't worry; you'll receive download links along with the license product key.
Pros: + Design: This thing looks professional and feels that way too.
+ Functional keyboard: It has a numeric keypad and all the function keys (F1 through F12) work as expected without having to use Fn like in some current laptops out there.
+ No touch-sensitive media keys: YES!!!
+ Desktop Replacement: Unless you are a gamer or big into CG animation, the 2.5 GHz Core I5 will handle all of your desktop tasks without slowing down.
+ Clean Windows DVD's: If you don't want the out-of-box bloatware or would prefer 32-bit Windows instead, you can reformat and reinstall with the included DVD's which are real Windows DVD's, not that "quick restore" nonesense that puts all bloatware back in. But be sure to read the Cons section for an important caveat though.
Cons: - Display looks too dull for a LED display. I've seen LCD panels with better video quality. Blacks look grey and everything has a blueish tint, like someone in HP is a huge fan of 6500K daylight bulbs.
- Hard drive is slow. It's not 4200rpm bad, but it definitely doesn't feel like a 7200rpm drive.
- Outdated Windows image: Be ready to spend some serious time updating Windows when you unpack this laptop. And if you want a bloatware-free Windows installation, you can reformat and install with the included DVD, but that one doesn't even have Service Pack 1 integrated so you'll spend a couple of days -- yes DAYS getting Windows installed and updated if you go the bloatware-free route. Remember to make a backup image when you are done updating so you don't have to go through the whole process again.
Other Thoughts: I was looking forward to getting this laptop. I was seeing myself writing a review of how super awesome the ElliteBook 8560p is. But all I can say after actually using one is that it is an OK laptop.
Battery life borders on mediocre, but as a desktop replacement, it was kind of expected so I wasn't really disappointed.