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I have been an HP follower for my entire IT career (7 years now) and have generally had no problems from their kit.
I have had the laptop for over 12 months and I use it for website development so it runs a SQL database server permanently and a number of virtual PC's as well from time to time and handles it all without too many slowdowns.
The 6735s was in that category until it started to play up, this was due to an operating system fault (vista busines 32bit) which was fixed by reinstalling vista ultimate 64bit - fault was centered around the hibernate/standby where the laptop would not 'wake up' until the battery was taken out etc. I am lucky that I have access to software otherwise it would have been an expensive upgrade.
Anyway the laptop itself is very good, battery life is pretty good, around 2.5 hrs of surfing or 1.5 for a DVD with screen brightness up pretty high.
Outside the screen handles some light but not direct sunlight.
Keyboard is really good, all the keys in the right place, sont use the Fn keys very often but it does what it says on the tin.
The laptop finish and build quality is good although the shiny finish does wear 'dull' around the touchpad area after a few months.
I do have an issue with the touchpad scroll function as it ets 'stuck' on internet explorer and firefox, otherwise it is very responsive although when working with images I try and use a real mouse.
I bought the laptop for around £350 but have seen the same model down under £300 now, if you are after a robust and portable entry level workhorse then this laptop would fit the bill perfectly, if possible get an upgrade to a 64bit operating system to make the most of vista and the hardware.