Staples provided the laptop for review purposes, all opinions and thoughts 100% my own.
Living in a small town without many shops, I do not get the pleasure of going in store to some of my favorite places to shop. One of those places is Staples. We all know Staples has everything a work at home mom needs; laptops, printers & ink, office necessities, supplies, even small appliances. Since I do not get to my Staples store often as it is 40 miles away, I do shop online frequently for my needs. And for the last six months or more my needs have been a laptop.
My very trusty laptop that I’ve had since 2006 has not been doing mama any good. My hard drive failed recently and about 3 weeks after my keyboard decided it no longer wanted to function . I took it to the PC doctor who said my motherboard had failed and it would cost me almost $200 to fix. Forget that when I can buy a new laptop for not much more. I’ve been using a wireless keyboard with a USB to do all my blog work.
When Staples reached out for me to review the HP 2000-2c32nr 15.6″ laptop, I possibly jumped up and down since laptop shopping was occurring.
HP 2000-2c32nr 15.6″ Laptop
I knew it would take me some time to get comfortable with the HP 2000 as this uses the Windows 8 operating system but first I had to set up my new laptop.
Inside the box this arrived in, everything was packaged carefully so there would be no damage during shipping & delivery. I removed the laptop, lithium battery and ac adapter. With the help of the quick setup instructions I was on my way to using the HP 2000.
-Plug cord into wall and into the power connector on the laptop
-Turn on the computer with the power button
Once I turned on the laptop it ran through a very short setup to install programs etc. on the laptop and then I was ready to use. During setup I was able to personalized my PC the way I wanted by choosing how my start and lock screen appeared and choosing an account picture. Since I LOVE purple my laptop has purple backgrounds. I did have to sign up for a Microsoft account to use Windows 8 since I didn’t have one, but that took seconds.
I’ll admit the first few times I was lost. I didn’t read anything about navigating in Windows 8 as I’m a learn as you go type of girl. I’m used to my start button in the lower left hand of a laptop to navigate to everything I need. Windows 8 has a start screen as well, it’s just its own screen. In the lower left when you mouse over the start screen will show. When you click the start screen opens.
From here you can browse everything; email, desktop, pictures, apps, internet, word, games and social media. Easy peasy until I needed to learn how to find a file or search for apps. When you mouse over to the top right or bottom right of the screen a charm bar opens allowing you to select apps, devices, search, files or go to the start screen. I was enjoying the start screen choosing to download some popular apps I use often; twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Stumbleupon and Instagram. It was just like using my phone, only on a better display. I began moving all my tiles around and deleting tiles that were useless to me, to personalize my start screen just like I wanted to have it. Social media was all in one place with live updates on my streams. From my start screen I’m able to open the Windows Store to download my favorite apps or apps I want to try. Since I don’t like paying for apps, I always buy free apps, which many are free! Now I was ready to learn more
Just like any pc you can use your desktop and nothing else. Everyone is familiar with working on a desktop and Windows 8 is no different. Getting to the desktop is simple, by clicking the desktop icon in the Windows 8 start screen or by clicking the windows logo on the keyboard. I can pin apps, files and folders that I use frequently to my desktop for easier discovery. I also personalized my desktop with a photo of my husband and me. This is simply accomplished by right clicking on an open area of the desktop, and clicking personalize. You can change background, screen saver, colors and sounds all from here.
Since I’m so familiar with a start button in the bottom I had no clue how to restart or shutdown the pc. So after browsing for a bit I figured it out. From the charm on the right hand side, settings is clicked and here is where you can find your control panel, power settings such as sleep, shutdown and restart.
This computer has been a fun learning experience with a new operating system. I’m truly enjoying Windows 8.
For the computer there isn’t anything negative I can say about it. It has a sleek look with its all black color with stylish HP logos on the laptop cover and left hand rest. It is lightweight (5.39lbs) so traveling with this would be a breeze and it easy to use. This laptop is not touch screen enabled, you’ll move around with the touch pad.
The 15.6” screen is large so I can easily work and see what I am doing as it is bright and type with the full island style keyboard.
The sound is also true and clear. I don’t like to use laptops without the power cord as I’ve ruined many batteries by allowing my laptop to go dead, however the battery life on this seems perfect. The specs say 4 hours however as I’m typing this I have 93% remaining which says 4 hrs. 56 min. I also haven’t had any issues with a hot laptop like my previous. This stays cool when working for extended hours.
Specs of the HP 2000-2c32nr 15.6″ Laptop
• AMD E1-1500 1.48GHz 1MB L2 Cache Accelerated Processor
• 4GB DDR3 SDRAM (1 DIMM), expandable to 8GB
• 320GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
• Wireless connectivity
• 15.6″ diagonal HD BrightView LED-backlit display (1366 x 768)
• built-in HP TrueVision HD Webcam with integrated digital microphone
• Altec Lansing speakers
• SuperMulti DVD burner
• 3 Universal Serial Bus 2.0
• Also includes 1 HDMI, 1 x 1 VGA (15-pin), 1 RJ-45 (LAN), 1 Headphone-out and 1 Microphone-in ports
• Multi-format digital media card reader for Secure Digital cards and Multimedia cards
• Windows 8
This laptop is perfect for everyday use and would be a great laptop for students as well. You get all this for $319.90. A steal on a laptop if you ask me! I like that it has SkyDrive so I can view and share my pictures and files from anywhere. If you have never used Windows 8 it will take some time to customize and understand, but now I love it. Apps are easy to find and everything is simple to navigate. This laptop offers everything anyone would need! If you need help there is HP support assistant for updating, tech support and troubleshooting. The laptop also comes with Free 60-day Norton Internet Security subscription so my computer is protected.
For more information on the HP 2000-2c32nr 15.6″ Laptop visit www.staples.com
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