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2015 HP Laptop Reviews And Comparison Guide

HP laptops including the popular Pavilion reviewed and compared. We help you find your perfect lifestyle match.

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Welcome to our HP laptop reviews and comparison guide. In this comparisons guide we will overview and review the various HP laptops and our favorite HP online shopping destinations.

Hewlett Packard markets the popular Pavilion, Compaq Presario, and HP Compaq business laptops. HP does an excellent job at providing a range of notebooks to the meet the lifestyle requirement of almost anyone.

The Pavilion line in this HP laptop reviews guide will be a major focus because of its popularity and the wide range of choices available. We tend to look closely at the Pavilion notebooks too because we honestly have had good past experience with Pavilion notebooks.

These hugely popular Pavilion laptops are classified either as extreme multimedia, entertainment, travel/mobility, or everyday computing machines, and each series tailors to the specific needs of that particular user group. Choices are plenty and we are positive HP may just offer a lifestyle match for you.

If you've already read our Dell Laptops guide then you already pretty much know that we thrive on testing and reviewing laptops and other tech goodies, and performing all the dirty behind the scenes work allows us to provide you with simple straight up professional advice with the goal to help you find your perfect laptop.

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2015 HP Pavilion Laptop - Entertainment/Everyday Computing Series
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The Hewlett Packard Pavilion Entertainment Series laptops are well suited for multimedia and everyday computing chores.

The entertainment series are a popular midsize notebook and comparable to the Dell Inspiron midsize laptops.

HP Pavilion Entertainment/Everyday Computing series notebooks come in 15.4, 15.6, 16, and 17-inch choices so they will meet the requirements of the occasional on the go user or desktop replacement customer respectively. 

All you guys that are frequent travelers however may want to consider taking a look at the HP Pavilion travel/mobility series which we will review next.

Performance wise HP entertainment series offer leading-edge Intel or AMD processors and because of the processor power saving features the Pavilion entertainment series notebooks get good battery life despite all the raw power.

Depending on your usage and configuration, you can achieve around 3 hours of battery runtime. Be sure to check out our Laptop Batteries Tips & Tricks section for we show you how to get maximum battery life out of HP and all other laptops.

The Pavilion entertainment series also offer various optional features such as integrated webcam, fingerprint reader, and exterior high-gloss imprint finish. The high-gloss finish is pretty nice but we are big fans of the Dell Inspiron color and pattern options.

Concluding our Entertainment Series HP laptop reviews we definitely felt that the Pavilion entertainment series 15.4-inch laptops will be a great buy for occasional on the go user users, and the 17-inch models will make for a great desktop replacement for others looking in that direction.

Remember to visit our Laptop Comparisons Guide to compliment our HP laptop reviews. We help you pinpoint your perfect laptop by shedding light on the different types such as ultra portable, thin & light, midsize, desktop replacement, and the tablet PC.

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HP Pavilion Laptop - Travel/Mobility Ultraportable Series HP Laptop Review

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The Hewlett Packard Pavilion Travel/Mobility Series laptops are designed with mobility in mind and we see them making a great companion for many travelers or on the go users.

Current HP travel/mobility notebooks are all under 6-pounds and they come in 12.1, 13.3 and 14.1-inch flavors. Their 14.1-inch dv2800t laptop has a rated battery life of just over 3 hours and the dv2700 laptops are rated for just over 4 hours. Other laptops in this series get great battery life too.

Worth noting is the shorter tablet HP tx2000z 12.1-inch notebooks runtime of a sub par 2-hours. Normally laptops of this size we would expect a longer overall runtime but its use of the AMD Turion line of processors instead of the more mature Intel Core 2 Duo mobile processors are the most likely cause to this deficit. Other Turion based notebooks in gener also fair less than Intel Core 2 Duo based notebooks.  Intel is on top of their game in the mobility sector.  

Like the entertainment series Pavilions, this series also offer the various optional features such as the integrated webcam, fingerprint reader, and exterior high-gloss imprint finish.

Overall the HP travel/mobility series notebooks are a good buy for travelers but we personally were not too impressed with the smaller AMD Tablet PC tx2000z models lackluster battery runtime. We did however enjoy the overall package of the 14.1 inch travel/mobility laptops.

Overall, HP laptops are a worthy contender in the laptop arena and definitely worth exploring. Don't forget to also check out our Dell Laptop Reviews in addition to this HP laptop reviews page for the Dell Inspiron in our opinion is also a very flexible buy.

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2015 HP Pavilion Laptop - Extreme Multimedia Series HP Laptop Review

HP Extreme Multimedia Laptop front view Extreme multimedia series laptops are HP's premium entertainment and games powerhouses made specifically for hardcore multimedia and PC gaming enthusiasts.

As of our HP laptop reviews the extreme multimedia laptops are branded as the HP Pavilion HDX Entertainment Notebook PC and they are customizable through HP online.

Customization options include the fastest Intel Core 2 Duo processors, gigantic 20.1-inch screens, loads of memory, high-end 3D/Gaming graphics cards, optional next-gen blue-ray or HD DVD drives, and the other features such as a fingerprint reader, webcam, Bluetooth wireless technology, and more.

HDX series laptops are also configured with an HDTV tuner and a 4 speaker sound system with subwoofer. We test drove the sound system with a blue-ray movie and were personally impressed with the sound quality.

Looking for a portable package? Forget about it, these muthas push 15.5 pounds of girth. This is of course to be expected from the sheer size of the notebook, especially apparent the moment you pull it out of the box and plant your eyes on its gigantic screen for the first time.

Out of every laptop reviewed in our HP laptop reviews guide, the HDX series stands out in all respect.

We were fortunate to get our hands on the 20.1-inch WUXGA HD 1080p laptop and we were personally blown away. Our blue-ray test movie looked stunning. The screen has a whopping 1920x1200 pixels which allows two windows to be viewed side by side with ease.

HP Extremem multimedia laptop sideviewIf you plan on purchasing an HDX and see yourself one day using it away from an electrical source, we highly recommend you take a close look at our Laptop Batteries Tips & Tricks page. We don't' see anyone getting anywhere near the up to 2 hours of run time claimed on HP's website. A second battery would be $130 well spent if you plan on going mobile ever with the HDX.

To make a long story short we were impressed with the HP Pavilion HDX laptops screen size and clarity, sound quality of the speaker system, and the overall package.

We do not feel the HDX will ever make a great mobile everyday laptop because of size, weight, battery performance, and the price premium. However if a powerful desktop replacement is what you are looking for the HDX is a worthy contender.

Many of you gamer and multimedia fanatics the HDX will make a good companion for you as long as you have a bit of money to spare, but do check out the Dell XPS Gaming Laptop Review before forking out the dough.

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2015 HP Pavilion Laptop - Special Edition Series HP Laptop Review

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In a nutshell the HP Pavilion Special Edition series laptops are similar to other HP Pavilion laptops.

They come with standard components and also HP gives you the option to configure in some nex-gen components such as blue-ray and wireless-N among other things.

One main difference however is their stylish case exterior options and a few extra goodies that are included such as a matching slip case or messenger bag depending on the model. Nothing spectacular and not as configurable as the Dell Inspiron case options but still a cool option over standard Pavilions.

While we wrote our HP laptop reviews, Special Edition laptops came in either 15.4 or 14.1 configurations and exterior options were ceramic white, bronze, and what they call an Artist Edition that offers a stylish drawing on the case. We currently like the ceramic white or bronze finished model out off current options. Do expect exterior flavors to change over time.

Performance wise you have a choice of fast Intel Core i Processors and 4 GB or more of memory, plus the option of integrated Intel graphics or discrete NVIDIA graphics cards if more powerful video processing is needed for games or multimedia applications.

With the discrete graphics option you can pick up an HDMI output or Blue-ray drive. HDMI is a cool option if you currently have an HDTV, for when paired with an available BlueRay drive, watching your favorite movies on the big screen is a breeze. And since Blu-Ray is the new next-gen optical disc standard, your laptop is future proofed.

Other standard features are a 7-in-1 integrated digital card reader for your different digital camera memory cards, integrated webcam with microphone and fingerprint reader.

Overall the Special Edition Series are a nice little refresh to the HP Pavilion line but we'd personally like to see more case exterior flavors similar to the Dell Inspiron. Performance wise they offer rock solid Intel processors and the ability for large hard drives and gigs of memory like other HP notebooks so they will be a great digital companion.

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2015 HP Mini Netbooks - Mini HP Laptop Reviews

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HP Mini netbooks are HP's cut into the growing netbook market.  Netbooks are super small, super cheap mini laptops if you aren't in the know yet.

HP has some pretty cool Mini netbooks which are worth checking out if you are looking around for a super small netbook style laptop.  At the time of this writing HP offers 8.9 and 10.1 inch minis.

Most HP Mini netbooks way less than 2.5 pounds and exterior styling and build quality is good. Of course this is pretty standard with most netbooks so this is nothing you won't find in a Dell Mini or Asus Eee PC. But HP netbooks do have their standout features for some of you will like their exterior styling over some of the competition.

Like other netbooks on the market, we feel HP Mini netbooks are ideal for email, instant messaging, and other light duty computing tasks.  With a built in webcam standard you can chat away video conference style using your favorite chat clients such as Yahoo Messenger, Skype, Aol Instant Messenger, MSN Messenger and others.  

Of course built-in webcams on netbooks is standard with other manufacturers too and since typical netbook usage is geared towards web surfing, IM, and basic computing tasks you will find similar features in other manufacturers netbook offerings too.  But once again some of you will like HP's styling.  

In most cases netbooks across the board are very similar in price and configuration so exterior styling will be determining factor for many of you.  That is one thing that looks to be different across the board though some manufacturer's offerings look quite similar.

hp mini netbook laptop pictureAnother thing besides styling that seems to be fairly different among netbooks is keyboard layout and design.  

When we say fairly different we are referring to the fact that because of the petite size of netbooks in general keyboards had to be tweaked a bit.  

HP Mini netbooks like other netbooks have keyboards roughly 92% the size of a regular full sized laptop keyboard.  Dell also claims their keyboards are 92%.  

Of course what is different despite the 92% claim is how the manufacturers re shuffle, resize, or even remove various keys to maximize keyboard size and efficiency.  E.g.. Some rely on a function key combination for certain actions, others remove the F row keys, and some make certain keys like tab keys smaller.

The goal with all manufacturers is ultimately to increase the size of letter typing keys for it is those keys that matter most. After all we use our keyboards for typing.  If it means resizing or removing some less used keys, or even relying on function keys then well we welcome that change most definitely.

We have to say HP mini keyboards are pretty good.  They take some time getting used to like most other netbooks for they are after all smaller, but nevertheless HP mini keyboards are pretty good.  

Of course we have to admit that HP competitor Asus has really upped the ante with the keyboard on newer Asus Eee PC models like the Asus Eee PC 1000HE and so we do hope to see HP follow in their footsteps with future HP Mini netbooks.  

In the end HP Mini netbooks are decent little netbooks and we say check them out on your laptop quest.

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Online Shopping Specials

HP Laptops, HP Netbooks, HP Printers, HP Batteries, HP Adapters, Power Accessories & More

Online Vendor Shopping Category Vendor Rating
HP Laptops And Netbooks A+
Amazon.com HP Laptop AC Adapters A+
Amazon.com HP Laptop Batteries A+
Amazon.com HP Monitors A+
Amazon.com HP Printers A+

Amazon.com - Our favorite place to shop online is Amazon.com. We highly recommend Amazon.com for their huge online inventory is second to none.

They carry a large selection of laptop computers, batteries, power accessories, and just about everything else you will need for your mobile experience.

Amazon's large selection of HP laptops, computer batteries, AC adapters, and accessories make it a great online destination for all your computing needs.

Be sure to head over to Amazon.com and browse for HP laptops only after you reread this HP Laptop Reviews guide. By rereading this guide you will be better prepared to scour over all the great HP laptop deals that await you.

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From personal experience they provide excellent customer service and we've been using eBatts for years to order computer batteries for HP laptops and others, power accessories and more.

If you are looking for HP Laptop batteries, Dell, Gateway, HP, Sony, Toshiba, Fujitsu, Panasonic, or Apple batteries and accessories, and you have any other computer power needs for any other electronic gadgets such as HP digital cameras, we highly recommend eBatts.

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