It looks like a great choice to me, I don't have personal experience with that model, but my dv6000t is amazing, and my experience with HP laptops as a technician and a customer has been great. You don't need to go through Walmart, sometimes I find that HP.com has a better deal, or sometimes the stores do. I got my Dell through Costco which has a better warranty than most manufacturers. I returned one Dell 11months after buying it for a full cash refund.
Here'* the breakdown on that model, from my experience with my beloved dv6000t.
Touchpad on top is amazingly awesome
Plugs and connectors are very convenient. On the right is the power and a USB for the mouse as well as the CD drive, left has the rest. (Including VGA and *-video). Front has the audio stuffs
The laptop itself is pretty ergonomic. Heat dispersion is decent, not great but not bad. My hands never get hot and sweaty from using my laptop.
Shape is amazing. Dell doesn't use an incline like HP does, which saves a lot of height and keeps the laptop thin.
Memory card reader is cool.
Sound is mediocre. No complaints, just nothing great (as with most laptops)
Memory card reader doesn't read my high capacity card
Shiny finish gets finger printed easily (the laptop comes with a cloth to wipe it off)
That'* really all I can think about...
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