HP 17.3" Full HD i7 TouchSmart Laptop

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HP 17.3" Full HD i7 TouchSmart Laptop
Price: $679.99
Shipping Options: $5 Standard
Shipping Estimates: Ships in 3-5 business days (Wednesday, Mar 26 to Monday, Mar 31) + transit
Condition: Factory Reconditioned

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1/24/2014 - $699.99 (Woot Plus)

Time to check out the product page and TONS of very good reviews (4.6 out of 5.0) over at bestbuy.com

Hey, it’s a computer.

I want one of those shirts that has the 'I want one!" on the sleeve, as depicted on this product.

WOOT, YOU MUST DELIVER!

Seconded

Touchscreens may seem superfluous but to really get the most out of Windows 8 (and not hate it) you really do need an integrated touchscreen.

Saying that, there really is no reason to have Win 8 if you do not have a touch screen.

It is so frustrating to see all the large screen 17.3" laptops with low crappy 1080p resolution, when there is a slew of really high resolution (much higher than 1080p) laptops with 13/14/15" displays. Even 4K on some of them.

I’ve been searching for a good 17.3 laptop for the last 3 years! And they all get this crappy 1080p resolution. Which I guess it’s fine if you are watching movies, but hellooo… Who does that on their laptops? (at least on a regular basis) I’m a coder and I need screen real estate.

I’m dying for a 3K or 4K 17.3" display laptop.

That floating arm just creeps me out!

Not surprised it’s $100 for 9 months more warranty.

Would changing to DDr3l make any sense?

I bought this last month and I an very happy with it. This version of the touchpad is a little hard to get used to though. It is like a floating plate that clicks when you press it. The older model had a stationary pad with 2 buttons.

Seconded. But I use a Logitech Trackball M570 with all my laptops, so not a deal breaker. And I’d prefer higher screen res. But at this price, that can wait another few years.

They don’t tell you in the specs, but this guy has a bay for a second HD. D/L the service guide and find the part no for a “HDD Kit” for the cable and caddy.

The HD at this price would be for me too. Is there any way to use this to set up some type of fusion drive type of SSD caching in windows (natively and non app dependent) I don’t think I would by anything now that does not have an SSD working upfront. It is such a huge difference in performance

Too bad I can’t get it without an OS. Would be a sweet Linux machine. Anybody know if there’s a way to not have to pay for Windows 8 if you have no plans to use it?

The thing that is annoying about this HP is that they put a 2nd HD bay in, but you have to buy a cable and a bracket for it. The Toshiba P75-A7200 I bought from woot (early Jan) had similar specs, was only $550 and the 2nd HD bay was already set-up to install another HD. The core I7-4700MQ is a great prcessor.

It already ships with DDR3L - check HP’s specs on this machine at http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c03895146&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en

I bought the similar m7-j010dx in October and was very happy with it. One thing to note, a 17.3" laptop is BIG, be prepared.

Regarding the memory choices, I actually blogged on this a while ago: http://blogs.synopsys.com/committedtomemory/2014/01/10/when-is-lpddr3-not-lpddr3-when-its-ddr3l/

As a Mac user, I also dislike that type of touchpad. Maybe they used a lesser trackpad because HP assumed users would be employing the touch screen mostly. I am considering this unit for a Hackintosh project but this issue alone could be a show stopper. Time to visit BestBuy to try it out. Anyone else have this in mind???

Calling 1920x1080 “low crappy… resolution” is so 2015. Today, low crappy is 1366x768 or so.

IMHO, if you need all that screen real-estate, get a real monitor (or two). It’s not like you’re going to carry a 17.3" laptop around in your back pocket everywhere you go anyway, and for occasional mobile use or travel 1080p is perfectly usable even if not ideal.
If you find a latest-gen i7 laptop in (or even anywhere near) this price range with an ~4k resolution touch screen, that isn’t stolen, by all means buy it.