HP Pavilion dv4-2145dx and HP Compaq Presario CQ60-615DX - HP Pavilion Design
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The dv4-2145dx has an attractive design thanks to its Imprint finish, which is basically a series of swirls across the lid and wrist rests. The primary color is white, and there are some chrome accents thrown in throughout the body.
The laptop is a tad on the bulky side, weighing 5.4 pounds and measuring 13.2 inches wide by 9.5 inches deep by 1.6 inches thick. It's not a colossal laptop, but there are some out there that are more portable than the dv4-2145dx.
The 14.1-inch display has a resolution of 1,280 x 800 and produces solid graphics. Movies look good on the display, and the laptop's integrated Altec Lansing speakers provide a nice level of volume without the need for headphones. The keyboard is a good size, and features wide and flat keys that are easy to type with.
There are also some dedicated touch-sensitive controls above the keyboard to adjust volume, among other things. The touch pad and its buttons are covered in a chrome finish. While the finish certainly looks good, it is a tad slippery, so you will have to adjust to its feel.
Connectivity on the dv4-2145dx is solid. The front of the laptop houses microphone and headphone jacks. The right side features the DVD drive, two USB ports, and a cable jack. The left side houses a VGA port, an expansion port, an Ethernet port, a HDMI port, a USB port that doubles as an eSATA port, and the media card reader. The HDMI port is a pleasant surprise, considering the dv4-2145dx's budget status.
The HP Pavilion dv4-2145dx is a solid laptop overall. Its performance is good, it has an attractive design, and a full set of features and connectivity. Its only real down side is a short battery life, but if you can overlook that, give the dv4-2145dx a strong look.
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