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Does Not Compute. Robot Reviews Laptop.

Reviewing: Hp Compaq Presario V2000 Widescreen  |  Rating:
By andy black on
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I've had the HP Compaq Presario V2000 for almost two years. In that time, it has gotten average use--I watch movies on it occasionally and use it to write up homework assignments and occasional telecommuting for my accounting job.

It has many advantages and positive features. Its light weight and excellent screen size are two important ones: it weighs in at 6.1 lb and 14.1" respectively, making it compatible with commuting while remaining large enough to use instead of a desktop computer at home. I really appreciated having three USB ports easily accessible at all times and the S-video and intuitive Fn-F4 shortcut to view screen content on a TV. The DVD burner came in handy for backing up my files, although it failed at a crucial time just three weeks ago.

Of course, there are other drawbacks as well. The DVD player skips and fails during burn operations. The computer freezes even with low memory usage. Keys don't work or stick. Buttons are worn out and no longer work (e.g. I can only "mute" through the control panel volume control and the other volume buttons are unreliable). The speakers were never loud enough to listen without headphones if there is anything but total silence (and, living in the city, I rarely have that).

I'm disappointed that the processor is failing already and, since the case is so worn out, it looks like it's time to get another computer already. I really enjoyed Analisa while she lasted, but I am definitely looking into other brands for her replacement. I wouldn't get another V2000.