rseneres wrote:snip... HP laptops are typically great values.
Unfortunately, I have to disagree with this statement. I bought an mid-level HP laptop (DV7) a couple yrs ago for my daughter as she was going away to school. In less than a year, the disk drive broke. I replaced that and it started shutting down on her a few weeks later. She tried to call HP support from school, but couldn't get through to a human and gave up (it's pretty confusing). 3 weeks later, she brought it home and I managed to get through. However, the warranty had ran out 3 days earlier and HP said too bad. Eventually I had it repaired (replaced mother board & memory) and it is still giving problems. I've seen other HP products built with similar poor quality. I used to love HP products (started with a Deskjet 500C back in the '80s), but HP appears to be a shell of its former self. I won't buy from them again until I see some significant improvement. Too many other good options.