by James S
(Riverside, CA, USA)
HP DV4-2145DX screen
I will be reviewing my HP DV4-2145DX laptop. It comes with a AMD Turion 2- dual core M520 running at 2.3 GHz. It has 4 gigs of ram, 300gig hard drive, and a decent mobile Radeon.
The windows experience on this machine is 4.4. That's why I bought the machine because it was the best in my price range. I have owned this machine for a little over 6 months and I have mixed feelings for this machine.
When I first bought the machine it was a major upgrade from the little under performing Netbook that I have been using for the last year. I loved the white color and the silver touch pad and the 64 bit processor that it came with.
The machine came with your standard trial ware that I uninstalled once I got it. I installed Microsoft Security Essentials to replace the Norton trial that it come with so I wouldn't catch a nasty virus like most people do after the trials run out.
The keyboard is pretty responsive but I found that the keys pop off way to easy. The system itself is pretty responsive for the type of processor that is in the machine.
I do have a couple gripes with this machine that could lead me not to recommending it to other people...
First lets talk about the battery, it's pretty bad. The issue is after 4 months of owning it, the battery died. It didn't go slowly bad, it just up and died and I got a new one in 2 days from HP. Second, the CD drive that came with the machine died a month after using it and the strange thing is I never used it.
I just think its kinda sad that it died so fast. The last thing is when your playing a game like WoW or Fallout 3, this thing becomes a crotch warmer. That scares me a bit with all the system issues. Overall, I would give this a 2 out of 5. I don't think I would buy from HP again.