The 250GB 5400 RPM hard drive is noticeably slower than the hard drive in my desktop computer, and I can tell the difference when I am installing software or running Windows updates. This is definitely not the kind of computer you’d want to use for converting video or doing any kind of hardcore work, but netbooks are not designed for that kind of use. A great many netbook models only come with a 160GB hard drive, so I was pleased to have the extra storage with the 250GB in this one. Of that amount, HP sections off a recovery partition that takes up about 16 gigs of space. The recovery partition is good to have, but it takes up a substantial percentage of the drive.
In order to conserve battery life, I keep the wireless networking turned off unless I am using it. All you have to do is press a key to turn it on or off, and when you turn it on the process to connect to my home wireless network only takes about ten seconds. HP includes a wireless LAN assistant program to help you with connectivity, in case you need it.
I find the 10.1" widescreen display to be incredibly sharp and the colors are so bright that I have to keep it dim unless I am outdoors. Keeping the screen brightness dimmed will also help to conserve battery life. The native resolution is 1024 x 600, and I must say that I wish it was a little bit taller. The 1024 pixel width is just fine for displaying web pages and working in Office documents, but the 600 pixel height makes it so that using the default font in Word only lets me see about 12 lines of text with all the menus in place.
Although I have not done a non-stop battery depletion test on this machine, I have only had to recharge it about once a week and that’s after several hours of use. By my estimation, I am getting about 6 hours of use out of a full charge and I keep it turned off when not in use.
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