Full disclosure, Staples provided me with this HP 2000 Laptop to review. The words and opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own.
Ok, confession time. I have been blogging for over two years and during that time I have never had my own laptop. No, I’m not kidding. Up until now, I have always used our iMac in the home office and in the evenings I use my husband’s MacBook he uses for work, but I have never had a computer to really call my own or take with me on the road. Yes, it’s been a struggle at times considering much of my time spent blogging is on a computer but I’ve always made it work and quite frankly I’ve just gotten used to it.
But last week all of that changed! My friends over at Staples sent me this beautiful HP 2000 and I can now officially say that I have my own laptop. YESSSSS.
To be totally up front, I am a Mac girl all the way. It has been years since I have worked on a PC so it has been a little bit of a transition for me, but let’s take a look at this bad boy.
The exterior is really sleek and shiny. The only issue is that you can see fingerprints super easily and with a toddler around it’s been hard to keep completely clean.
The laptop is a great weight, not too light where you think you are going to break it, but also not too heavy where you feel like you are carrying a brick around. And being almost 9 months pregnant, that’s a big deal for me right now.
It opens fairly easily, it’s not as smooth as other laptops I have used, but you don’t have to pry it open either.
Ok so here comes one of my pickiest things about a computer, the keyboard. I am a real stickler for how smooth a keyboard is. It’s a make or break moment for me. And guess what, this one passed with flying colors. The keys are smooth and don’t stick and are really easy to type with. I actually really like it. This is a big deal people.
Now getting into the nitty gritty of how this baby runs. First of all, I am not a huge fan of Windows 8. This is the first time I have used it and I found it really confusing. But we are talking about the computer, not the software here, so it’s not THAT big of a deal. After a few days I got used to it. I think my biggest issue is that when you choose Internet Explorer from the app list, it takes you to one big screen and I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to get a new tap open or change web pages. It’s not until you view IE on the desktop that you have a normal window and tabs. Once I got there everything was fine.
I also find the screen clarity to be a tad off. I find that a lot of pages look too bright and not very sharp. Even after calibrating the screen resolution, it didn’t seem to help. This is what my Pinterest page looks like, it’s not as crisp and clear as I would like. I also find the that two finger sweeping motion on the mouse pad which should allow you to scroll through a web page was a little off. Sometimes it was spot on, other times I found that my screen was resizing instead of scrolling. But it wasn’t the worst I’ve experienced at all.
So here are my overall thoughts on the HP 2000:
Pros: Incredible bang for your buck. For $399 (on sale right now for $319) you are getting a complete laptop with all the goods and it runs great. Awesome battery life. Excellent keyboard. Light weight.
Cons: Screen clarity seems to be a bit dull. Mouse pad could use some work.
You can read more about the HP 2000 and additional reviews on Staples.com.