>>To maldoror and others,
>>A few newbie to notebooks questions:
>>1. It does not seem to come with CD rom - how do you load programs?
The 8X DVD drive doubles as a CD-Rom drive. An 8x DVD drive also corresponds to a much faster CD-Rom speed. It might be equal to a 32x CD-rom but not sure exactly.
>>2. How do you get the 10% discount you mentioned re: the HD formatted at 4.3gb?
>>It is priced at 749 on the site?
People have just called and told the CSR "my friend ordered one and got a 10% discount because the HD is only 4.3 GB when it is advertised as 5 GB" This might not work anymore since they added a notation on the web site about the drive being formatted at 4.3 but it's worth a shot and it worked for me.
>>3. How decent is the touchpad to use ?
The topuchpad is high quality. It's feels very sensitive to the touch to me.
>>4. Is the battery and battery use decent?
I haven't tested battery life yet but the documentation says "up to 3 hours" battery life. You can also get a 4 hour Lithium Ion battery for it from HP.
>>5. BTW, return policy seems good - they pay
The shipping cost is a great deal too. They charged me $6.94 shipping for *two* laptops and even though I ordered ground they sent it 2 day shipping!
>>6. Do you have to start the purchase process at ebates site for 3% discount? I've searched for the item there >>and can't seem to find it.
Yes you must start at the ebates site. Click on the walmart link at ebates to get to the walmart site.
>>7. Why is this considered such a good deal?
Because it is almost impossible to find a brand-new, name-brand laptop at 500 mhz or better with a high quality TFT screen, DVD drive and floppy both built in for such a low price. I haven't seen another laptop with these specs at this price anywhere else.