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We recently bought this laptop as a replacement for a four year-old HP of similar value at the time. The fact that it's touchscreen was not a factor in the purchase - why anyone would want a touchscreen on a laptop is beyond me. Anyway, having looked around all the available machines in the £400-£600 price bracket, this one came out on top. In terms of the hardware, I don't think there are any alternatives (at time of writing) in this price range with 8MB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. The standard is either 4 or 6MB with a 500MB drive, so this machine has a lot packed into it in terms of memory and storage.
The i3 CPU is obviously a budget option, and the i5 in some of the alternatives would be quicker - however, the laptop is primarily a word processing machine/internet browsing machine for us, so raw power is not that important. If you're using it for work, and you process graphics or music or manipulate large spreadsheets then you'd probably be better looking at an i5-based laptop with less RAM and storage space to balance the cost.
The battery life is advertised (I think) at 6.5 hours. I'm not getting that out of this battery. With internet viewing, some word processing, and a the odd bit of video streaming I'd guess it's closer to about 4. I could maybe stretch that out by dimming the screen down and turning down the performance, but that just slows things down. You will struggle to get a full days' work out of this machine without a power supply.
On the upside, it's nice and slim, light, and the biuld quality is good. It's more plastic-y than some of the higher priced alternatives, but it all fits together nicely and the keyboard feels firm and well put together.
i have had it for a couple of weeks now its great! its just like having a big touchscreen phone its really fast and very easy to use i really love it, so much so i bought one for the wife. if i have one tiny gripe the left and right buttons on the touchpad are a bit clicky but hey it cost just over 400 quid a real bargain
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After having used Window XP for many years I found using Window 8 a bit of a challenge.Some programmes also appear to be less easy to use , e.g. Skype.However with time I believe that I will get accustom to my new laptop.