So I bought myself, well, my Dad and I bought me the HP Pavilion 17-g130nr 17.3-Inch Laptop. Now, anyone who knows me knows that I am totally in love with the MacBook Pro. I think it is the best thing to ever happen to my life… But I really cant front. The laptop that I have, this HP, it really isn’t bad. Windows has stepped their game up DRASTICALLY. I f**king HATE windows based anything but this really is not bad. This laptop actually mirrors the MacBook Pro in a lot more ways than I thought it would. I can not honestly say there was any moment while using it that I found myself annoyed or frustrated. I totally expected that I would be. I expected that I would be constantly comparing what I have with what I don’t but… It really and truly is a smooth functionality. Maybe I was just caught under the claws of the Apple Genie but I doubt it because I think IPhones are pure GARBAGE. But Anyway…

When I started looking for a laptop I really wanted a Mac. But, I had to realize, I do not have Mac coins right now so I knew I had to find the next best thing that was within my price range.

I knew I wanted durable hardware (because I am such a doof) and amazing software. I needed speed and storage. I also needed pretty decent graphic abilities for when I do flyers, videos and such. And lastly I needed pretty good sound because I like to hook my laptop or phone up to my stereo and just rock out. And well, I don’t think I did too bad especially being that I had no assistance with my decision. I really sat down and did all my homework alone.

It was funny walking into the store to make the purchase… I was totally stereotyped from the moment I walked in the store. This particular day I was not girl or feminine in anyway. I had on some army fatigue pants that were slightly sagged, a tee, tan Timbs, A DaRuddest Jones Bronx Bomber jacket and I had my locs down and messy. All of the reps basically ignored me as if I just couldn’t be making a purchase. Finally one came and asked me if I needed any help. At this point I really didn’t I just needed to decided so I told him that. Finally I did have a question and I called the rep back to me. I think he thought I was going to ask him something “Can I add rims to this?” Honey when I asked him if it was a Quad Core or a Duel Core he almost fell off the damn floor. I for a second felt insulted but I decided to take it as a compliment because maybe people walk in without knowing anything or doing any homework on their purchase so it is what it is.

Anyway… back to this Laptop…

Sound: Its really good. I actually just hooked it up to my stereo and it sounds pretty DAMN good! I know a big part of the advertisement was the sound but I thought that was all a farce to sell it. But, it really wasn’t. The sound is relatively clean and evenly distributed. I am really impressed and appreciative.

Display: I cant put my finger on what it is but… Its just not agreeing with me. I feel like it is too washed out. I have been playing with the settings but still have not achieved what I need. I’m going to keep playing with it though. I guess I have gotten use to that beautiful Retina Display. So now to have an image that is not as crisp is a bit of a challenge for me. Especially consider that I have really bad eyes. So I find myself squinting a lot when using this PC. {Sidebar… This shit is MASSIVE… Why did I get such a big laptop? It covers my whole damn torso when I carry it!! I’m too short for this shit!}

Functionality: For a Windows based PC I am really impressed. It is nowhere near as annoying as Windows has been in the pass. (It’s running on Windows 10.)

Hardware: It is very durable and sleek. It has not gotten hot yet either. I actually have it on my lap charging while I am typing this and it has not heated up AT ALL. And the fans are virtually silent. I pay very close attention to the hinges of the laptop screen. I like hinges that are strong and resistant and this is certainly that. The camera is decent. Nothing great or to write home about. I think if recording a video I would continue using my phone as it is drastically clearer. And the phone I use is the Samsung Note 4.

Charge: I mean, I started using it at around 80% and it lasted about 6 hours with me watching videos and not turning that back light off when not using it. And it took about a hr and a half to get it fully charged from 11%. So … That’s not bad to me.

Software: Honestly. its just the basics. Nothing too intense. I also have not really explored it much yet. I will shortly though and will give updates via social media.

Right now the only things I do not like are the display as the image is no where nearly as crisp as a Mac, The mouse pad feels like at some point it is going to get jammed, the keys do not have a back light and the keys do not feel very durable but I knew that when I tried it out in the store.

The speed is decent. Its about a 5 second wait for programs to open. That was to be expected because it is not a Quad Core. The sound is really good. Its actually better than the Mac.

I have to say… So far i’m okay with this purchase. It serves its purpose and if there are things I just need that a Mac can only give I will be purchasing an IPad Pro so it all will work out either way.

I just wanted to give you guys a bit of info on my newest purchase. I will def let you know what it is like for me making my flyers and such being that I am so use to using Mac programs. But so far I am fine with this purchase. I feel accomplished.


About The Author

DaRuddest Jones

DaRuddest Jones is a LGBT Spoken Word Artist, Event Coordinator, Blogger, Producer, Director, Personality, Manager, Facilitator, Writer and Host from the Bronx N.Y. Daruddest Jones is the CEO, Founder and Artistic Director of Rude Productions LLC & writer for Unheard Voices Magazine. She is also a former member of Street Poets NYC. DaRuddest has been in performance since the age of 4. She's done everything from African dancing with Laraque Bey to singing background for Jerome Brooks. She's worked with the great George Faison for a number of yrs with a group called the Respect Project where she would sing, rap, act, dance and of course do spoken word. DaRuddest has also been honored with the opportunity to work with the highly honored and highly favored Dr. Maya Angelou as well as many other well know and established artist. DaRuddest competed in a VIBE Magazine Spoken Word Artist competition and was crowned with second place and she has every desire to acquire the number one spot when given the chance again. DaRuddest Jones has performed at the National Black Theater Festival in North Carolina as well as local venues such as the 5spot, Brooklyn Exposure, HK lounge, Karma, Billie’s Black, 3rdEyeSolation, The Street Poets Den, Moca Lounge, Marfa, Living Gallery, Voodoo lounge and many other locations. DaRuddest Jones has been the Host for Centric Spotlight at the Voodoo lounge located in Brooklyn NY and for Private Affairs monthly erotica showcase at Amarachi Lounge also located in Brooklyn NY. DaRuddest Jones had her first showcase entitled, DaRuddest Jones presents Rude, introducing her vision to support and promote spoken word artist and their dream to make it. As an extension of that DaRuddest started a monthly open mic / showcase that she held in the heart of Harlem. At the showcase she focuses on bridging the gap between Poetry and Hip Hop. DaRuddest is the creator and director of a annual artist showcase entitled, Memoirs of a Starving Artist also known as Moasa. Moasa was created to give new artist leverage and experience. Being apart of Moasa exposes all artist involved to free stage training, free promotion, an opportunity to make money and media exposure. Moasa is opened to all art forms. DaRuddest is determined to penetrate the entertainment industry and show the world that poetry is not intended to only be underground. Besides her undying love for performance art DaRuddest Jones is also very interested in the development of the youth in the inner city. DaRuddest Jones teaches at after school programs through out the New York City area. In her classes she helps her students become aware of the world around them, aware of their own greatness as well as holding group discussions on any topic of their liking. Topics included but not limited to racism, apartheid's, American History, Local News and so much more. DaRuddest Jones believes in groom kids to be not just leaders but Kings and Queens. DaRuddest Jones has been blessed with powerful experiences and amazing people. All she wants it to give the world all the greatness that it has given to her. DaRuddest Jones is a character that cannot and will not be held back. She lives by her words and guarantees that you will feel every one.

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