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I can't remember the last time I sat behind a desktop computer. For the last 10 years my laptops have been my lifeline, making it easy to work from home while also being with my kiddos. Back in 2010 my first laptop went kaput and so I set out to get a good new one. I ended up with an HP Pavilion which I am still using right now, and I couldn't have been happier with it. It is still going strong, though over time it has slowed down a bit and the battery life isn't what it once was. Plus, my laptop is currently the only computer in our household, which is becoming somewhat of a challenge as the kids get older. So once again I am considering purchasing a new laptop for myself and passing this one down to my kids to use for schoolwork.
Since I have been so happy with my HP laptop, I am looking to stay with this brand for my new laptop. One that has caught my eye is the HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop AMD FX Special Edition APU. My iPad is my other lifeline so I love the idea of incorporating a touchscreen onto my laptop.
- 15.6" touch screen for hands-on control. Touch, tap, glide and make the most of Windows 8. Typical 1366 x 768 HD resolution. Energy-efficient LED backlight.
- AMD Quad-Core FX-7500 APU. The AMD FX Special Edition APU introduces mobile systems with AMD’s highest performing APUs, exclusive at Best Buy. Quad-core processing.
- Award winning AMD Radeon R7 graphics, 6GB system memory and Beats Audio make for an exceptional gaming and entertainment experience.
- 750GB hard drive to store your photos, music, videos and movies.
The only thing that kind of concerned me was the lack of DVD/CD drive, which helps make this light at 6.1 lbs and 1.2" thin. But then I thought "When was the last time you even put a disc in your current laptop?" The answer is I can't even remember. So obviously it is not as important a feature as it once was. And if it came down to it, an external drive could always be purchased, though I don't think I would need it. So my next stop is going to be to head to my local Best Buy to get a little hands on experience, especially with the touchscreen, and then hopefully I'll be bringing home this new HP laptop for Mother's Day!
What are some key features you look for when shopping for a new laptop? Do you have any "must-haves"?
The HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop AMD FX Special Edition APU is available at Best Buy for $629.99. Shop online and receive free shipping on all orders over $35 or opt for Store Pick Up instead and pick up your order in as little as 45 minutes .