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HP 530 Laptop Computers

alaTest has collected and analyzed 191 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the design and portability. The keyboard and screen also get good comments, whereas the resolution and sound get negative comments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the HP 530 Laptop Computers is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Good Laptops

 

i buy a 8-cell hp 530 battery in http://www.all-batteries.co.uk/notebook-batteries/hp-530.htm , as when i'm travelling it will last a long stand-by time

Comfortable keyboard

Too hot

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Surprisingly great

 

I had a 2001 Dell inspiron that, to say the least, was having trouble keeping up with the world. I was saving for a Mac because all my friends were saying "wait until you can afford a mac." Well I couldn't wait anymore and I was on a budget. This...

Fast. Sleek. Great Screen. Love the new touch pad design. Easily connects via wifi. Good to go out of the box

A little too many HP products pre-installed. The inputs are on the side of the computer instead of the back, making it better for mobile than desktop use. But then again, it is a mobile computer

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Surprisingly great

 

I had a 2001 Dell inspiron that, to say the least, was having trouble keeping up with the world. I was saving for a Mac because all my friends were saying "wait until you can afford a mac." Well I couldn't wait anymore and I was on a budget. ... Expand...

Fast. Sleek. Great Screen. Love the new touch pad design. Easily connects via wifi. Good to go out of the box

A little too many HP products pre-installed. The inputs are on the side of the computer instead of the back, making it better for mobile than desktop use. But then again, it is a mobile computer

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Amazon review summary for HP 530 Laptop Computers

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of HP 530 Laptop Computers from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com.

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75% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HP 530 - Core Duo T2400 / 1.83 GHz - Centrino Duo - RAM 1 GB - HDD 120 GB - DVD?RW (+R DL) / DVD-RAM - GMA 950 - WLAN : 802.11a/b/g - Vista Business Hewlett-Packard Core Duo 1.83GHz 1GB 120GB DVD±RW 15.4-Inch VistaHP 530 - Celeron M 520 / 1.6 GHz - RAM 1 GB - HDD 120 GB - CD-RW / DVD - GMA 950 - WLAN : 802.11b/g - Vista Home Basic - 15.4" Widescreen TFT 1280 x

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Great for a budget laptop

 

I bought this for my girlfriend. Its perfect for the light works she does; MS office/web browsing/media playback. The upgrade to 2 GB is a must!!! Vista needs it.

I bought the 1gb model of this for 500bux and just added another 1gb for 16bux. Comes with vista business (don't really know if that's a good thing). No dead pixels, screeen is clear and vibrant, big HDD, DVD Burner, Wifi, Interesting touch pad. Cool...

The construction is a little lacking, I can hear it creak when it is flexed slightly, battery life could be better, two USB ports, one speaker rather than the usual two. No XP downgrade option :(, power connection is oddly placed (could have been...

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HP 530

 

Like I said above, great laptop and for the price point I couldn't beat it. The above cons aside, I would still buy this machine again. The hardware is top notch and considering in the same price tag were a couple acers and everex, Ill take an hp over...

Good solid competitively priced laptop. Excellent screen, Intel graphics card is solid and runs all accelerated applications flawlessly(I can not speak to computer games as system is currently using a Linux Flavor) Integrated wireless and simplistic...

1. Comes with a broadcom wireless device... for you linux users think an hour finding and installing drivers with ndis wrapper ; 2. PC Card slot is awfully small so no double sized pc cards ; 3. No toggle switch to turn off touch pad ; 4. No built in...

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Decent no-frills business laptop

 

For my company's needs this is an excellent work horse. For me personally, I would like more built-in interface options but at the Newegg price I purchased, I am fully satisfied. I love the fact that the computer is not littered with the usual OEM...

Clean, non-gimmicky design and keyboard layout ; Windows Vista Business (i.e. automatic license for XP "upgrade") ; Minimal Trial-/Nag-/Adware installed ; Full complement of drivers for XP and Vista available from HP ; Excellent screen ; Wireless...

only 2 USB ports (theoretically one can more interface options via PC card), and only on the left side. A third port one the right side would have been great ; Fan runs pretty frequently even under little load (could possibly be listed under Pros....

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Great for the price

 

fast, dual core, 1gb ram, wide screen. i could ask for more. it gets all my work done and is light for the size. wireless picks up some signal like nothing

Come with vista, I switched to XP pro. Hp had all the drivers for xp on their website ; Power adapter went dead after 2 weeks and don't know why

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First laptop, love it

 

I LOVE this laptop. I never had one before, and this is great. When I ordered this, I also ordered an extra gig of ram to bring it to 2 gig. It's zippy enough for me. I only really use it for playing around on the net, my son uses it for his little...

None yet! Battery life is kind of short, but I usually plug it in as I'm using it

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not bad for word processing

 

I wish it would come with the driver installers for the parts, since you paid for the parts, it would make sense to have the drivers to make them function. Right now if you uninstall Vista (which most of us end up doing) you have to do the driver hunt...

cheap in comparison to most laptops. Works as expected. I like the dimpled sensor pad. I only bought this laptop to do some writing so it serves my purpose just fine

Comes with the obnoxious Windows Vista. I replaced it with Xp and am happier how ; I have one dead pixel already (after two weeks) ; The mouse buttons are a little clunkier than on most laptops but that was more of an initial surprise than a real problem

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Super!

 

Do not even power this thing up until you upgrade to at least 1GB ram. then remove all the garbage that the manufacturer installs. Then you will be good to go!

Clear display, good keyboard layout, light weight, thin! overall a great laptop for ordinary use! Price is not too bad either

Only 512MB RAM With vista? This is ridiculous! Very slow and it could do without all of the garbage that the manufacturer installs

Product Specifications

Who says you can't have it all? Get the essentials that add to your productivity, not your budget. The HP 530 Notebook PC offers low-cost computing without compromising mobility. With the choice of processors, a 15.4-inch diagonal widescreen BrightView display, and ample hard drive capacity, this notebook helps keep you connected and productive around the office and on the road.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

Run Time (Up To):2.8hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB/2MB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:10.1in/8.9in
Height:1.3in/1.4in
Weight:6lbs
Width:14.1in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:15.4in
Diagonal Size (metric):39.1cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 800
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Header

Compatibility:PC
Country Kits:Canada/United States
Localization:English/French
Manufacturer:Hewlett-Packard
Model:530
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad/Keyboard / Touchpad

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:533MHz/667MHz

Miscellaneous

Manufacturer Selling Program:HP Smart Buy

Modem

Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Protocols & Specifications:Bell 103J / Bell 212A / ITU T.30 / ITU V.17 / ITU V.21 / ITU V.22 / ITU V.22bis / ITU V.23 / ITU V.29 / ITU V.32 / ITU V.32bis / ITU V.34 / ITU V.80 / ITU V.8bis / ITU V.92/ITU V.21 / Bell 212A / ITU V.22 / ITU V.22bis / ITU V.29 / ITU V.32 / ITU V.32bis / ITU V.34 / ITU V.17 / ITU V.23 / ITU V.8bis / Bell 103J / ITU V.92 / ITU T.30 / ITU V.80
Type:Fax / modem

Networking

Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11g/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11a/b/g/802.11b/g

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:10x (CD) / 4x (DVD/24x
Type:CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo/DVD
Write Speed:24x/24x (CD) / 8x (DVD

OS Provided

Edition:Windows Vista Business/Windows Vista Home Basic
Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Business/Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.46GHz/1.66GHz/1.6GHz/1.83GHz/1.86GHz/2.16GHz
Manufacturer:Intel
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor Number:410/420/440/530/T2050/T2300E/T2400/T2600/T5200
Type:Celeron M/Core 2 Duo/Core Duo

RAM

Installed Size:1GB/2GB/512MB
Max Supported Size:2GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Software

Microsoft Office Ready:Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess License Kit (MLK) to activate the software.

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Type:Portable

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:120GB/160GB/80GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Platform Technology:Intel Centrino Duo
Recommended Use:Small business / Corporate business

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 950
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