If possible immediately format and install Windows 7 fresh.
HP is famous for installing massive amounts of junkware onto their machines. This software will slow the computer down and interfere with other programs (personal experience). You should remove all of it immediately or do a fresh Windows install.
If I were to purchase this massive laptop instead of replacing my antiquated desktop with a new desktop, what would I be giving up?
Any comments about FIREWIRE connections? Don’t see it listed on this HP.
Many thanks, I don’t have a lot of computer knowledge other than using them!
We have this computer and love it. The big screen is great for us because we take it on trips and when bored, we can watch movies or download maps of where we are and actually see them. This is a good price too.
Reliability. I have one of these and it lives on the repair bench at HP. I bought mine new with a 1 year warranty, been worked on 6 times and the warranty just expired. It is a tad heavy if you were to take it with you. But, can run about 3 hours on the battery with all the bells and whistles turned off, about 80 minutes with everything maxed.
You’ll be getting a smaller monitor than you’d normally get with a desktop. If you’d like to play recent games, you might have a hard time because of the graphics card in this (and in most laptops). Desktop systems are better for gaming.
You’ll also be giving up a lot of upgradeability, and possibly repairability. It’s hard and in some cases impossible to upgrade or replace certain aspects of a laptop, most notably the video card. Whereas in a desktop computer, almost any part can be replaced, or added, pretty easily.
Laptops also have a reputation for being more fragile than desktops. They tend to rely on a lot more plastic in their structure than desktops, and don’t dissipate heat quite as efficiently.
Also you’re correct that this laptop doesn’t appear to have a firewire port.
All of that having been said, I’ve been using a laptop as my desktop computer for a long time, but I now have it connected to a 22" external monitor with an external mouse and keyboard. It’s working pretty well, I just wish I could upgrade the video card, cause gaming technology changes pretty fast and I can’t play most of the games that have come out in the last year at least.