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Pleasantly surprised with HP!

By LarryD4 ·
Well, I haven't been posting much over the past two weeks. Had a lot on my plate at home and at work, but I wanted to post my experience with my wife's new HP!

So yesterday I purchased, via the Best Buy cyber monday advertisement, the following for 500 dollars.

HP Pavilion Desktop with Intel? Pentium? Dual-Core Processor E2220

HP multimedia keyboard and HP optical mouse

HP Photosmart Essential, Cyberlink DVD Suite Deluxe, Microsoft Works 9 and more

Product Features
Intel? Pentium? Dual-Core processor E2220
Featuring an 800MHz frontside bus, 1MB shared L2 cache and 2.2GHz processor speed.

SuperMulti DVD?RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support,Supports DVD-RAM and LightScribe direct-disc labels using compatible LightScribe media.
320GB Serial ATA hard drive

NVIDIA GeForce 7100 graphics

Featuring Turbocache technology, 128MB of dedicated graphics memory and up to 1343MB total available graphics memory as allocated by Windows Vista. High-definition audio for crisp, clear surround sound.

Front-panel 15-in-1 media reader
Supports CompactFlash Type I/II, Secure Digital, mini Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, MultiMediaCard Mobile, MultiMediaCard Plus and Reduced-Size MultiMediaCard (RS-MMC).

Also supports Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, SmartMedia, xD-Picture Card and Microdrive.

2 IEEE 1394 (FireWire) interfaces and 6 high-speed USB 2.0 ports

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition 64-bit operating system with Service Pack (SP1) preinstalled

Software package included with Photosmart Essential and more. 60-day trial version of Microsoft Office Home and Student also included.

Over all I was very surprised with the absence of bloat ware. Granted I had to uninstall MS-Works and install Office, but I had very few issues with the software installed and the only other thing I removed was the Yahoo toolbar.

But it was really a flawless setup. I was out of the box and running in about 30 minutes. I took 10 minutes to install the wirelees card and then another hour configuring network, internet, setting up shares, and copying the profile stuff from the old PC.

But compared to companies like, Lenovo, Dell, and Gateway, HP has a suprising absence of bloat ware.

It seems HP is suddenly back on track with their PCs.

Did I luck out with HP or has anyone else noticed a similar trend?

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Happy with my new Mini-laptop

by jdclyde In reply to Pleasantly surprised with ...

And other than the learning curve of it coming with SuSE Linux installed, it has been a cool little toy.

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Yep....same thing here

by NotSoChiGuy In reply to Pleasantly surprised with ...

I bought both a desktop and a laptop earlier this year that were HPs.

To date, I have been exceptionally pleased with both. Hard to believe that they came from the company that Carla Fiorini just about ran into the ground.

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I bought a desktop

by The Scummy One In reply to Yep....same thing here

about 2 years ago, still running strong with minimal problems. However, at that time it was full of cr@pware

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Quite truthfully - never had a problem with HP

by Tink! In reply to Pleasantly surprised with ...

<knock on wood>

We purchased all new HP computers (3) through Best Buy earlier this year. With flat panel monitors. They are all still running smoothly. (We are also still using our old HP which was purchased in like 2000)

Two of the free printers we got are a little quirky, but workable. I must say the very simplistically designed HP printers are usually a little quirky in some manner.

The other one is a multi-function printer/scanner. Good quality printouts and easy scanning.

The PhotoSmart Essential software is very basic, which makes it easy to use, but for anyone used to using REAL photo editing software, it's a bit mundane and stiff.

I did like that there was very little pre-installed software. It came with some CD's to install - UPON YOUR OWN CHOOSING. Very nice.

I don't mind Works. Used it at my old place of Work for quite a while before they upgraded to Office. But did install OO as well.

I've always like HP for computer and printers. Haven't had problems with there Customer Service either. <knock on wood again>

I was leery when HP acquired Compaq, fearing HP would become more like Compaq computers. But so far, it hasn't happend. <knock on wood yet again> :)

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I am disappointed with them

by Jaqui In reply to Pleasantly surprised with ...

they won't sell bare metal.

any software bundled with a system is bloatware by my definition.

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