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Buy Hp Laptops – My Recommendation

Updated on February 3, 2010
The Hp Laptop I Purchased
The Hp Laptop I Purchased

 This is my personal recommendation for buying Hp laptops. Specifically I purchased an Hp G60 laptop, as pictured. It has been a real boon to my writing here on Hubpages because it allows me to write while lying down in bed.  If you suffer chronic fatigue from MS or any other ailment, I don’t have to tell you how necessary it is to conserve your energy. While any laptop would make that possible, let me tell you why I chose this particular laptop and why I am so pleased with it.

Ease of Use

Since late 1999 early 2000 I used my ever faithful Compaq desktop. It came equipped with a CD and Windows XP and not much more. It was just what I needed as I was able to go online when I found myself stuck in bed with my on-going bouts of MS fatigue. I could lie down when necessary and type leaning on my left side and left elbow. For seven years or so it totally fit my needs.

When my ever persistent fatigue decided to worsen, I found myself growing more uncomfortable typing on my side. The fatigue made my body yearn to lie outstretched on my bed. I slowly began to realize how useful a laptop would be.

About that same time I discovered Hubpages. Now it was becoming more necessary that I find a laptop so that I could write and type more comfortably. The ease of use of a laptop was my primary reason for switching from a desktop.

 

Favored Features

In narrowing down my choices in the laptop arena, I favored a full sized keyboard and numeric pad.

 Reviewers of the HP G60 mentioned the keyboard and numeric pad size as pluses in this model.

Later I discovered just how small some laptop keyboards are. It takes some getting used to when keyboards are smaller than desktop keyboards. It is easy to be off one keystroke placement when typing with 8 fingers. A relative has an Acer which has a smaller keyboard. The difference is downright irritating to both her and me.

I also wanted an adequate screen. Using a 19 inch monitor with my desktop, was a much appreciated improvement from the 15 inch screen that was part of the original desktop. Even though I didn’t need something quite as large as 19 inches, I did want at least a 15 inch screen, which my Hp laptop has.

My Hp G60 has wifi along with regular high speed connectivitycapabilities. I like to picture myself soaking in some rays and writing outdoors when the warmer months are here. I thought it would be good to have both connections available. Of course I like wifi for times I’m away from home as well.

With the push of a button, my connection switches to wifi. I have been outside a couple of times and actually connected using wifi. I have yet to purchase a router, but plan to do so in the not too distant future.

Although I rarely video-message. I did want a laptop with the capability of doing so. You never know when you may want to chat with someone who doesn’t live close to you. Therefore I looked for a laptop which also had a camera built-in. I had trouble locating the video-cam that came with my Hp, but finally found it tucked away in a folder named, Cyperlink Youcam, so I am good to go now.

 

My Price Range

I wanted a lower priced laptop. Since I’m not a gamer, I knew I would not need a lot of power or memory. I download music and pictures, so just needed a decent sized memory capacity. I was hoping to stay around $500.00, which I was able to accomplish. I didn’t want to go into debt, so saved my money and watched the prices to determine the best time to make my purchase.

My laptop was purchased right before Windows 7 was released. So my laptop has Windows Vista. Had I purchased a G series with Windows 7, the price would have gone up a little over one hundred dollars more. Although I wasn’t thrilled with Vista, I thought it was worth the savings, especially since I only use my laptop for general computing needs.

Downsides

I can think of 2 negatives you should be aware of before you purchase an Hp G60 laptop.

1. Its Weight

2. No Recover CD’s Included

If you have trouble lifting 5 lbs, this might not be the right computer for you. It is a little bit on the heavy side compared to most laptops. I have turned this minus into a plus by noticing that it gives me an unexpected workout for my arms, especially my biceps.

This passive form of exercise is keeping my arms trim, so I have began to switch between my left and right arms to keep them both trim.

I was disappointed that no recovery CD’s were included. Instead you are advised to make your own CD’s which take at least 4 hours using the set up included with Vista.

This I have not done. I am hoping to find a place that will perhaps sell me the CD’s for my specific laptop. Barring that, I will either make my own back- ups or have some type of problem that makes me wish I had followed the manufacturer’s instructions.

Note: Be careful when cleaning this laptop. I managed to clean some crumbs right into my keyboard, which caused the keys to stick. I was relieved to find a hub that explained how to get the keys off so that they could be cleaned and reattached. It is not something I want to undertake on a regular basis however, as it is easy to snap the keys right off. My laptop came with a small cloth which I now use regularly to keep away dust and debris and crumbs.

The 3-hour battery life, while nothing to brag about is more than sufficient for me, since I use the power cord 99 percent of the time.

Buying a Hp Laptop

Obviously, my choice was a good one for me. I activated my 60-day free trial of Microsoft Office and now use Word 2007, The trial period has yet to expire. I also activated a free 30 day trial of Norton 360, which I have sense renewed.

I am expending less energy these days, thanks to this laptop and my new drug Prozac to combat the fatigue.

I love not having to worry that every byte of memory has been used as I constantly received warnings that my memory was insufficient. I look forward to seeing just how long a run I will have with this laptop. I am confident that it will last as long as my previous desktop model, which would be a good investment, in my book.

So if you are looking for a laptop for general computing purchases and you don’t want to spend a lot of money. Buy the Hp G60. I think you will be as pleased as I am.

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      Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware

      Your welcome Cydni, thanks for stopping by.

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      Cydni Montgomery 7 years ago

      Great hub, Jen. Thanks for the review!

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      Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware

      That it is ethel! :-)

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Sounds like a lovely new toy :)

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      Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware

      Thanks fishtiger58, don't forget to check out Cnet.com for their recommendations for college students.

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      fishtiger58 7 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Great hub, I am going to be getting a laptop for my son's high school graduation as he is going on to college so any info is good info. Thanks Jen.

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      Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware

      Oh wow KT, sounds like your laptop pays for itself in no time with all you are able to accomplish with it. Glad the timing was good for you. ;-) Funny picturing your laptop with duct tape on it.!

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      KT Banks 7 years ago from Texas

      Perfect timing! I spent a lot of time last night researching laptops. I only had mine about 2.5 years. But as a writer of novels, magazine articles, ezines, social networking and now HP, I'm on it constantly. And it shows. Poor thing actually has duck tape on it. And the paint on the mouse is wearing out. Sometimes the shift button on the left doesn't work - and I've cleaned it. SO, thank you for your article. Much appreciated!

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      Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware

      I was quite relieved myself Paradise. I think getting Vista instead of Windows 7 was the difference. Thanks for stoppping in.

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Good hub, and I was pleasantly surprised you could get your laptop for the price you wanted.

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      Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware

      Thanks openwater diver. I must confess I have no idea what your computer is, but as long as it gets the job done, that is all that matters. Appreciate the comment.

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      openwater diver 7 years ago

      Hi Jen, good hub very informative. I personally have an old mpc transport x1000. Little slow n heavy but gets the job done. Keep write I like your stuff..

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      Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware

      Hi Sue! Thanks for the tip about Skype, I will have to look into it. Glad to "see" you and hope you are still doing good with everything. As always, I appreciate your comment!

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      Sioux Ramos 7 years ago from South Carolina

      You have the right laptop and will be as pleased with the longevity of it as your desktop. I too invested in one about a year ago, shortly after starting on hubpages. While you have yours for easy to use and relocate within your home. I enjoy the same benefits because I am always traveling somewhere. Perfect description of options, choices and how to decide if they are right for you. BTW, having the video cam can come in real handy with a free download of Skype, you can talk face to face with family members who use the same download. I am able to talk to my Mom this way on a regular basis and never really knew the benefits of the webcam until then, glad I got the option just in case as you did too.

      Great hub and wil be a huge assist as others make similiar decisions for their computer neeeds.