Video chat with family and friends with this laptop that features a TrueVision webcam with an integrated digital microphone. The 640GB hard drive provides fast read/write times and ample storage space for data files, music, videos, photos and more.
VISION Premium Technology by AMD
For every detail to jump right off the screen when you're viewing high-definition movies and videos, playing games, converting MP3 tracks or video chatting online.
Mobile AMD Phenom II triple-core processor N850*
For efficient speed.
4GB DDR3 memory
For multitasking power, expandable to 8GB.
Blu-ray Disc-enabled DVD�RW/CD-RW drive
With read and write support for next-generation Blu-ray Disc (BD-ROM); double-layer support using compatible DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL media.
Also supports LightScribe direct-disc labels using compatible LightScribe media.
17.3" LED high-definition display
With BrightView technology and 1600 x 900 resolution delivers intense detail and clarity.
640GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 rpm)
For fast read/write times. ProtectSmart senses if the laptop is being dropped and automatically locks the hard drive to prevent damage.
Built-in fingerprint reader
Protects sensitive information.
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 graphics
With 128MB display cache memory and up to 2045MB total graphics memory. HDMI output for flexible connectivity options.
Built-in TrueVision webcam with digital microphone
Lets you video chat with friends and family.
5-in-1 digital media reader
Supports Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO and xD-Picture Card formats.
3 high-speed USB 2.0 ports
For fast digital video, audio and data transfer. One eSATA/USB combo port.
Built-in wireless LAN (802.11b/g/n)
For connection to the Internet on the go.
Built-in 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN
With RJ-45 connector for a wired Web connection.
Weighs 8.2 lbs. and measures just 1.5" thin
For portable power. Integrated numeric keypad offers easy number entry.
Long battery life
Of up to 4 hours and 30 minutes to give you more time away from an outlet.
Brushed aluminum finish
With stream design in argento for a stylish appearance.
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit operating system preinstalled
Provides a stable platform for word processing, Web navigation, gaming, media storage and more.
Software package included
With Adobe Reader, HP MediaSmart and more. Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition 2010 also included (product key card required for activation; not included).
ENERGY STAR qualified
Designed to use less energy and meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy.
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*This model number indicates relative software performance among this AMD processor family.
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With the holidays just around the corner, many people will be shopping for new desktop and laptop computers. However, computer shopping can be an overwhelming task. It's difficult to know where to start, how to make your decisions, or what to avoid. Below are some tips for buying a computer that might make things a little more manageable for you.
1. Do your research
Before you go shopping for a computer, you should be willing to spend some time online getting information about brands and models that might work for you. There are several different places you can get information, and you should utilize all of them. The first source is user reviews. Although it will be very apparent to you when you begin reading user reviews that some are useless, don't let that discourage you from looking for the valuable ones. Often a legitimate problem or positive experience with a machine can be more informative than hours spent shopping in the store.
Another useful source of information is editor's reviews. Editor's reviews allow you to get an opinion from someone who should be a non-biased expert in technology. Their insight can be valuable, but they haven't spent as much time with the machine as a user. So, their perspective is limited at the same time.
Finally, read the manufacturer's description of their machine. Although your won't find out about flaws, you'll get accurate specifications for the computer; this can help you decide if it matches what you're looking for.
2. Get more RAM
When someone complains of their computer being slow, the problem often is that they are short on memory. When the computer runs low on memory, it starts using extra memory called virtual memory. This really is just part of the hard drive and, although it keeps the computer operating, it slows things down considerably. While the hard drive space on most new machines is usually sufficient, RAM may be low because many people aren't focused enough on it when they buy to make manufacturer's beef it up. Most users find RAM between 2 and 4 GB to run the smoothest.
3. Use specials to your advantage
New computer models hit store shelves on a regular basis, which leaves stores with little option but to get rid of their old models as fast as possible. If a new model appears while their inventory is still high, they risk a significant loss when the old model's price takes a nosedive. Thus, specials on computers are a regular occurrence, especially around the holidays. After you've done your research and have a brand and model in mind, look for a discount on it. If you plan your shopping ahead enough and are patient, you're bound to find one.
4. Look for good customer service
A broken computer is a frustrating occurrence, but even more so if you don't have good customer support to rely on. Get some feedback from others who have the same brand computer and find out how their customer service experience was. It can make the difference between a happy and disgruntled computer owner.