HP ENVY 15.6" AMD A10 TouchSmart Laptop

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HP ENVY 15.6" AMD A10 TouchSmart Laptop
Price: $459.99
Shipping Options: $5 Standard
Shipping Estimates: Ships in 3-5 business days (Tuesday, Apr 22 to Friday, Apr 25) + transit
Condition: Factory Reconditioned

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Optical Drive: None

Does it have a finger or thumb scan for security? It looks like it does from the picture but I do not see that listed as a feature. Any way to tell or find out? THanks!

per the Specs tab:

Fingerprint Reader:
HP SimplePass with integrated fingerprint reader

I have the previous version of this laptop, kinda. It’s an HP Envy, from Woot, with the previous-generation A10 and integrated Radeon 7660 graphics. It’s powerful for what was a sub-$400 laptop with better-than-Intel-integrated-graphics. Display resolution could be higher (it’s the same as on this current model) and while mine has an optical drive it doesn’t have a backlit keyboard, which would be much appreciated.

The laptop works well for multimedia consumption and light gaming. It’s not incredibly powerful, but is quite potent for the price. I generally approach these AMD APU systems as geared toward light gaming, as less-powerful systems can do everything else just fine (productivity apps, e-mail, browsing, multimedia) and dedicated gaming rigs are considerably more expensive.

You can expect to run more casual games, or the popular multiplayer games that have large playerbases, like League of Legends or World of Warcraft. I haven’t played LoL on it in a while, but from what I remember it ran well. I don’t play WoW but I’m sure that’ll run fine. World of Tanks chugs even on lower settings, although that’s more of a fault with that game’s lack of optimization. Steam has a massive catalog of games that will run well on this type of system.

I might not check back on this thread; PM me if you want more details on how the laptop performs. The current sale is a more recent version that should have similar or slightly better performance.

Does it seriously not have an Optical drive? This model came stock with a DVD-RW. So is it no longer there or is that a misprint?

Who is using DVD media these days?
Apple MacPro doesn’t have an optical drive and sells like hot cake.

I, for one, am. There are several windows programs that I use which boot from DVD plus I burn DVDs & BluRays on a regular basis. Remember we are talking about Windows not Mac…There’s lots Mac can do that windows can’t… lol

This is basically the performance of a mobile I5 with slightly better graphics. Unfortunately its not as power efficient as the I5 3rd gen & later. It also has 1366x768 resolution- which should be a punishable crime these days. too much $$ for too little

So, does it have a slot for a DVD/BRD (cost), or is this the step toward dumping optical?

There is no optical drive. The “ultralight” class of computers rarely have the optical drive. They can make a thinner and lighter computer. And of course, less $$.

This is a definite deal breaker for me. I recently bought a new laptop with similar specs to the one offered here. A lot of places hide (or bury) the fact that a computer does not have an optical drive. That should be one of the first things you point out, IMO.

Mine was an HP A10 with 8 gigs of RAM and 17 inch screen. No touchscreen, but the thought of using that capability on my laptop still seems foreign to me. So far I’ve loved the computer, it is plenty fast for all my purposes, including lightweight gaming (Fable, Torchlight II). Of course, mine was only a few dollars more new, probably because it lacked the touch screen capability. It all depends on what is important to you…

If you need an optical drive and want an ultralight buy a USB drive. I got a memorex dvd writer 8x for christmas since I have been using a netbook for 5 years and only just now needed to install something from a cd… cost around $50 and work great - no external power needed either.

http://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-IdeaPad-15-6-Inch-Laptop-59406417/dp/B00HIYA4F2

Just picked up above yesterday. It is similar. Has a DVD Drive but 2GB less of ram. And its new. Same price.

Is this computer for sure a touch screen?

A google search turned up the same model number, but not a touch screen.

I had one. There were a few things that I liked, like the fingerprint reader for logging on. But mostly I hated it and returned it to Costco. It’s very heavy for a laptop that doesn’t even have a DVD player. It gets super hot so you can’t have it on your lap. And the most irritating thing of all is the power cord doesn’t have a detent so it just slides out all the time. So you think you are plugged in and charging, but you’re not.

I bought a Lenovo Yoga Pro 2 and it’s got a couple issues I’m waiting for driver updates to fix, but despite that I love it!

What is the Return Policy if I purchase in woot(with amazon account)?

Like other stores give 90 days return, and can purchase 2 years replacement warranty for around $75.

Please let me know, this will help me grab this deal. Many thanks!