HP Pavilion dv4030us 15.4″ Notebook PC (Intel Pentium M Processor 730 (Centrino), 512 MB RAM, 100 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW Drive) – Hardware

HP Pavilion dv4030us 15.4″ Notebook PC (Intel Pentium M Processor 730 (Centrino), 512 MB RAM, 100 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW Drive) – Hardware
HP Pavilion dv4030us 15.4″ Notebook PC (Intel Pentium M Processor 730 (Centrino), 512 MB RAM, 100 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW Drive)I bought this hard-to-find-in-stock laptop after doing some research and talking to friends who have HP products. I love the laptop itself–great screen and the widescreen aspect is wonderful. The keyboard has the usual laptop downfalls–i.e. likely to give you carpal tunnel syndrome with too much usage. I love the remote control and the DVD and CD burner. The 100GB hardrive is great as is the 512MB RAM and the fast processor.
I have two problems with the dv4030:
1. It comes loaded with Norton, which I have had nothing but problems with in the past. When I removed the software it took 4 reboots before the system finally stopped prompting me to accept the license agreement and to remove the software already removed. The laptop runs fine with McAfee.
2. Despite the fact that it comes with Windows XP loaded on it, it does not include rights to use Microsoft Office 2003 for more than 60 days. You get a 60 day free-trial and after that you have to buy a full copy. If you don’t you cannot create new documents, etc. This is beyond ridiculous, particularly in light of the fact that Microsoft is debuting a new OS next year.
I did not bother to check the price of a full license of Microsoft Office 2003 but the fact that you will need to make this additional purchase is something to be considered when making the decision to buy this laptop. Any check of the HP website product listing for the dv4030 (or any other product listing on any other website, including Amazon) fails to mention this little fact. Had I known this I would have seriously reconsider purchasing this laptop.