on 9 August 2013
Absolutely fabulous laptop! What more can i say, the graphics are great, watching dvd's or playing online game. Really subtle colours and good sound (Dolby) for a laptop. I also really like the widescreen which appears larger than a 'normal' 5.6". I am sturgglling a little with windows 8 but getting there and better to have up to date software! Also really fast and responsive fast boot up. Can highly recommend this Laptop, i have no regrets on purchase.
on 20 July 2013
This is a really nice laptop. The mouse pad is fine, although the scroll up/down IMHO is the wrong way around. The mouse pas has picked up a few marks after a few days of use from installing software and transferring data.
Sound quality is very good. Do remember to enable the Dolby 4 sound. I use Winamp and this helped me to find the best equaliser settings for the Dolby 4 sound app. Do remember to turn this on as the default is 'off'. It can also be quite audible which is good when compared to some older laptops from other manufacturers.
This is the i5 3230M version. I found it very good and responsive Laptop. I would suggest that it would not be suitable for a heavy on-line gamer, but if you are happy to play some games then this will be more than adequate.
Video quality is good. It struggled with some 1080p video (I know the screen is only 1366x768, but you can connect it to a HD TV). 1080i video worked a little better.
The WiFi is a little disappointing though. The Broadcom adaptor fitted only supports up to 65mbps (tested on a WNDR3800 router) on the 2.4GHz channels. This is disappointing as an older laptop was supplied with a 150mbps WiFi adaptor. IMHO all Laptop should now be supplied with a minimum of 300mbps WiFi now. I would have also liked to have seen 5GHz support too.
Many people would not even know what is happening here until too late. I was able to stream a 1080i video from a NAS with no major issues though. It did stutter a couple of times, but I was also streaming the same video to another laptop connected to the 5GHz channels at the same time.
The 10/100mbps LAN port works fine.
I haven't been able to test the Bluetooth capabilities yet. All indications are that this should be alright.
The widescreen webcam and microphone work very well with Skype. The camera appeared to 'white out' some areas compared to another laptop's camera. Some of the background was a little out of focus too, but the other laptop was a better specification overall (and a lot more money too).
Although Windows 8 will allow you to create a recovery DVD, which I did, it will be a good idea to purchase a 16GB USB Memory Stick/Flash Drive as well. This will allow you to back up the Recovery Partition. Get a good one as this may be required in a few years should the hard drive need to be replaced. Do them attach a parcel tag to the memory stick so that you do not lose it or forget what is on it.
The DVD writer works just fine. No issues to report.
Battery life is very good at this stage (well it is brand new). Depending on what you are actually doing, how bright the screen is, I was able to see a predicted time >4 hours at some points. At the same time, with some heavy usage this time dropped off.
The case has a nice pattern, rather than a plane shade. The keyboard has a good positive feel and is easy to use. Disappointed that there are no LEDs to indicate when Caps, Num or Scroll locks are being used. The row of illuminated buttons for volume control & airplane mode look nice. However the Fn button can also be used with other keys to adjust the same features.