My faith in HP laptops is going through a crisis of confidence due to a series of failures or faults experienced by the collection of laptops within the family. In the last few months, we have had:
- A DV2000 model whose motherboard expired (26 months old); this PC has been recycled.
- A DV6620 model whose motherboard has just expired after 22 months.
- A Pavilion DV5Z100 model that is 17 months old that heats up rapidly when in use and then shuts down after 30 minutes use; there are quite a few reports that this model has problems dealing with the heat generated by the CPU. My son solved the issue by building a small platform with books that has a space under the place where the CPU is located. He then puts a frozen fridge block under this space to keep the CPU cool. It’s a kludge, but it works.
Maybe we have been unlucky or maybe laptop PCs (from any vendor) have truly become disposable items. Maybe it’s something to do with the fact that all of these PCs were purchased in the U.S. when we lived there and have struggled to cope with the vagaries of Irish electricity since we returned. Whatever the reason, the members of this household have become very conscious about the importance of backups so some goodness has resulted.
The question now is how to replace the laptop whose motherboard has just failed. Should we go with HP again, try another PC vendor so that we all use the same O/S and applications, or make a blind leap of faith and buy the first Apple Mac to come into the house? Time for some thinking…