Special Edition Star Wars Laptop From HP
I love my tech almost as much as I love Star Wars. Some may say I am addicted to both but hey, we all have our devices. Mine just seems to cost way more money than others. I really went back and forth about doing this review. Mainly because I read reviews online and most were just beaming over the Special Edition Star Wars Laptop From HP . I am not sure it was because they are a Star Wars fan or they really loved the laptop. Because my experience was totally different and I don’t understand.
Before I go any further let me tell you about the laptop I ended up purchasing. It is a 15 inch, with 6 GB of Ram and a sixth-generation Intel Core i5 processor. As usual it had a 1TB hard drive. Some cool features included- touch screen, tons of Star Wars graphics, wall papers, comic books, and sound effects like R2-D2 when you unplugged your USB cable. There were a lot more but that is just the basics I want to mention.
Another thing I would like to point out is that I am not like other people, i.e. normal. When I take my laptop on trips, etc, I want the same workhorse I have at home. I need to have the same speed, space, and ability to do things just like I do on my desktop. I tried tablets, Kindles, and even the Surface Pro. None of them were pleasing to me. Yes, I am super strange and I admit it.
My other laptop had to be passed down to my daughter because hers died. So the Special Edition Star Wars Laptop from HP was a replacement to that one. I bought it for two reasons, one because it seemed like a great computer and number two because, HELLO it is Star Wars. I expected great things from this little laptop. Great things.
I am sorry to say, it let me down. When I first received it I didn’t like the feel of it at all. It felt like plastic and I could actually pinch the lid. Even my girls were like “wow, that feels kind of cheap.” But I wasn’t going to be deterred. Maybe this was the way laptops feel now. My other laptop was around 3 years old and kind of heavy. Maybe this is what kept the laptop to an easy to handle 5.07 lbs. I loved, loved, loved the distressed look of it. It looked like it had seen a lot of battles. Of course the Storm Troppers and Darth Vader on the front and inside made me giddy. I also loved the backlit display. It was easy on these tired eyes.
Even though I wasn’t tickled with the feel I was willing to let that slide if the computer performed well. It was minor and I felt it could be over looked. Even if I did just pay around $750 for it.
Getting Real About The Special Edition Star Wars Laptop From HP
The computer was slow. I mean really slow. I am not sure if I got a bad one or what. I have read online reviews and everyone is raving about it. So I am completely befuddled. It would take around 3 minutes to even load up to the password screen. My oldest daughters laptop that is around 2 years old, 4 GB of ram, and a 500 GB hard drive loaded faster than this one. Once it loaded though it was very easy to set up.
I did all the usual set up and then installed my software. That was when the “Omg, this is not going to work for me.” moment happened. I loaded up Photoshop and it stalled. I mean stalled. I had to wait 5 minutes for it to even come up. By this time I was cussing. I need Photoshop like I need oxygen. I use it ALL the time. It wasn’t just Photoshop, a lot of my adobe products were stalling. Thinking maybe it needed updating I shut it down and restarted it. I was so excited when I saw it needed to install updates because that could have been why it was running slow. Sigh, wrong. Again, I went to read all the 5 star reviews and scratched my head.
Not to be out done I had my IT guy check it out. Maybe all of the pre-loaded Star Wars stuff was making it slow? Maybe I was really tech stupid and not using it right? Why, why wasn’t I having an amazing experience like everyone else? What was wrong with me?????
Thankfully my IT guy was able to smooth my tech ruffled feathers. He played around with it for a little while, shut it down and said “Yeah, you are going to need a different computer. This is for Facebook Moms.” Needless to say I was horrified, hello, I am a Facebook Mom. After he got done teasing me he told me that it was a nice looking computer but really only for people that wanted to check email, play simple Facebook games, and maybe document editing. It definitely wasn’t for graphic artists or gamers. Granted the laptop comes in different sizes with more Ram, etc, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to sink that much money into a laptop like this. Regardless of how cool it is. Also, I know my specs and while they weren’t the top notch I really expected more. A lot more.
I will admit my heart broke. I had even bought a laptop cart to charge it in along with my wife’s multiple laptops. But, this has become a back up laptop. I will only use it for checking email, etc. I am still looking for a work horse and more money will be spent. If you are a huge Star Wars fan and want this laptop definitely go for the highest one available. I would recommend the i7 12GB 2TB. It is super expensive but I think in the end it would be worth it. I bought what I could afford at the time. If you want a casual laptop that will just get you through when you are out and about the one I bought is just fine. However, as much as I hate to admit it, I think you could find a better one at a better price and buy a Star Wars cover for it. My friend was telling me about Razer’s smallest laptop and how powerful it was the other day. He could not recommend them more. Maybe I should get a Star Wars cover for one of their systems.
Yeah it hurt to say that but I need to be real. I don’t want people to run out and buy this laptop without knowing the facts. While I love the look and will be keeping it because it is Star Wars I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. Maybe your experience would be better and I sincerely hope it would be. So if your are going back and forth I say “May the force be with you.”