Meet the HP 655 laptop, one of the new models from the US computer giant that packs Netbook-class components into a classic laptop form. Also, at £230 on eBay (via Ebuyer), it costs only slightly more than your average netbook.
The notebook is described by HP as being optimised for Windows 7 Professional and comes with a durable casing with a matte charcoal finish. The rest of the feature list is deceptively low-key.
The HP 655 is powered by an AMD E1-1200 APU, a dual-core model clocked at 1.4GHz with 1MB L2 cache, an AMD A68M chipset and integrated AMD Radeon HD 7310 graphics.
There’s also 2GB DDR3 RAM clocked at 1600MHz (with one additional free slot), a 3200RPM hard drive spinning at 5400RPM, a DVD writer, GbE, Wi-Fi, a 6-cell 47Whr battery (with a six hour autonomy), three USB ports, HDMI and VGA, a card reader, a 15.6in, 1,366 x 768 display and a webcam. There’s no numeric keypad though, which is a shame given the form factor of the laptop.
Peculiarly, the HP 655 comes with Windows 7 Home Premium rather than Windows 7 Professional. There’s also Office Starter, HP Recovery Manager, Support Assistant, Connection Manager and no additional bloatware.