As soon as I finished high school, it was time to move to another city. Bigger city = bigger needs. The first thing I had to do was to buy a laptop; since I was sharing some ancient computer with my sister for a really long time. At first I had no idea what I was looking for. Fortunately, a lot of my friends were using computers all the time, so they could help me find something not too expensive, but reliable. We found out that HP 655 Notebook PC is just about right. I bought it four years ago, and I am still using it.
PERFORMANCE & DESIGN
Okay, I am a girl. I have to admit that one of the most important things when I was getting HP 655 was its design. Simple shape, black and silver colors; very cool. Also, it is very light and it has a nice laptop bag. Luckily, except just looking sophisticated, it also has more than enough space on a hard drive, fast dual core processor, HD Graphic etc. You can check out all of the HP 655 characteristics here: http://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=emr_na-c03326926
BATTERY LIFE & CHARGING
I was really happy after realizing I can watch a whole movie after I charge my laptop. I charge it for about half an hour, and I am all set for the next four hours! Of course, after two years of using it almost every day, energy of the battery started to descend gradually. Nowadays I can’t even take it off of my charger – it would shut down after about 20 minutes. I guess I could replace the old battery with a new one, but since I don’t need to use it outside of house (I mean, we all have android phones. I don’t even remember when I saw somebody carrying a laptop bag), I don't think this is really a problem.
STRENGTH & DURABILITY
During the period of four years I've only had one serious problem. To be specific, after two years of using it, my machine started to get very hot and noisy. It was somewhat okay when I was using a cooling pad, but when I wanted to put it somewhere beside my desk, it was getting so warm that I had to shut it down for a while. When it reached the point where I couldn’t open one tab without its temperature rising, I searched the internet trying to find proper solution. Finally, I found out that it is recommended to reboot the system from time to time. Laptop also needs to be cleaned from dust on the inside . This should be done by professionals, not with the vacuum cleaner; although I was cleaning the keyboard this way sometimes. After updating the system and cleaning the fans properly, HP 655 started working like it’s brand new. I also have to mention that I accidentally dropped it on the floor for a couple of times. Luckily, nothing happened – it didn't even shut down!
You will probably ask why I haven’t changed my laptop in such a long time. Naturally, several times I was thinking about buying a tablet or some gadget with better specifications. However, I really like a lot of things about HP 655. For example, it has a CD Rom, unlike the most of the notebooks today. I still have a lot of pictures, music and music saved on CDs, so this is a great thing. Also, HP 655 has enough memory so I can save some important files directly to the laptop. When I first bought it, it had Linux operative system built in, but it was very hard for me to get used to it. Eventually, I switched to Windows 7. Last year I even had Windows 10 installed, and in spite of concerns of some people that it would become slower – this didn’t happen. But as good as it is for me, I wouldn’t recommend it to the people who, for example, play a lot of games. It has good features, but I think it couldn’t really bear some too complicated games or even programs.
As for its worst features, speakers really suck. They were somewhat loud for the first month, but if you want to have a good sound, you should definitely use external speakers. I tried with bluetooth speaker as well as with portable laptop speakers, and they were both undoubtly better then the regular ones. HP 655 has a webcam and a microphone included, but the quality of the pictures and videos is not so satisfying. For example, whenever I call someone on Skype, the video delays. And of course, the biggest problem was heating, but today this will happen only if I open a lot of files, tabs etc.
Since the Internet has become one of the most important things in our lives, I think HP 655 is a really good gadget for using it. It’s not really expensive, so it was definitely worth buying it. Even if you can’t find it today as a new product, HP Company has a lot of new notebooks and laptops, and some updated versions of this one. You can check out their new products here: http://store.hp.com/us/en/cat/Laptops
After all, I have been using HP 655 for a long time now. We’ve been through so much together – I have so many pictures, stories that I wrote, my favourite playlists and a lot of other things saved here… I’m even writing this review on it. 🙂 I don't think I will change it until its final working moment.
Overall rating 9/10