loading, one second please...

Hp Blu Ray Laptop

Reviewing: Hp 17.3" Laptop W/ Blu Ray  |  Rating:
janetlynn By janetlynn on
Badge: Publisher | Level: 14 | Computers & Laptops Expertise:
Image for HP BluRay Laptop

My husband's all-in-one Profile Gateway computer died - I have a review of it on Shared Reviews. At first the monitor stopped working and 2 days after Christmas, the whole computer failed to boot up. So fortunately for my hubby, I bought him this HP Notebook (laptop) just in time.

This Notebook comes with:

Black external casing and silver inside

17.3" diagonal screen

6-cell lithium-ion battery

Blu-ray player and high resolution screen

Windows 7

Intel Core2duo T6600 processor


320GB HD (memory/space capacity)

SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with LightScribe and Double Layer Support, plays and burns CDs and DVDs

McAfee Anti-Virus (which he will unistall and put in a different Anti-Virus instead - he's a Computer Tech and loves software developed by Kaspersky and/or Avast). Mostly he uses Avast.

This laptop also came with additional bonus software: Adobe PhotoShop Elements; and Laplink PCmover with cable. This makes it easier to transfer files and data from one computer to the next - that is, if the old computer is still working. ALWAYS back up everything you have to an external hard drive or burn your important stuff to CDs or DVDs. I can't stress this enough.

It can read all sorts of memory card formats that are on the market.

The only complaint, if it can even be considered one, is that the speakers are not very loud. My husband doesn't care because he uses a headset with it and honestly, laptops are not meant to replace a tv. Yes, having super loud speakers would have been great, but you can plug external speakers to adjust the volume to a louder quality, if you choose.

He just loves it. The screen is nice and large. He has wanted one for a long time. QVC actually sold out of this Blu-Ray model within the day it was on the air. Not sure if they'll bring more back, but at least we'll have his for that viewing pleasure. And he almost fell out of his chair when he saw the screen resolution numbers pop up while checking the bones of this baby. It came back with an incredibly high number - something over one million - but this is because the high definition that Blu-Ray puts out. That, in itself, totally makes up for the low speaker volume.

The keypad is my biggest pet peeve. And this HP notebook hits the mark with that one. BIG plus for me. I hate keypads that are clicky or feel too hard to press down when you type. But there are no worries with this keyboard. Nice and smooth.

He has already burned CDs and DVDs and said it went very fast on each burn.

He also has a software program called, "Dragon" that is a voice recognition software. You speak into it and train the software to respond to your voice. After you "train" it, you are able to speak into the mic and the software types for you. The built-in speaker is great. There is also a built-in camera for video conferencing.

Everything was pre-installed, except for the Photoshop Elements that was shipped separately. That was a nice addition to this purchase.

The other wonderful thing about this laptop is that QVC.com offered it on a 5 installment payment plan.

Update On Mar 26, 2010: My husband really loves this laptop. I am not sure if QVC will be offering it in another month, but I will finally be able to buy myself a laptop of this size and maybe even a larger harddrive! I can't wait because my PC is so overly used that it keeps having glitches. I am looking forward to being a portable laptop gal. But I definitely want a 17" like this and even though the BluRay would be nice, I may have to settle without it.

Update On Apr 20, 2010: Tomorrow, Wednesday April 21, 2010 - Check out QVC and qvc.com for their HP laptop and computer sale. I am hoping to find MY laptop on tomorrow's show! Airings appear throughout the day but if you miss it, click to view the Recent Airings on their website and you'll see what was on. Very excited to get my laptop finally.