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on 30 October 2013
I bought this laptop for £500 on 4 September 2013. Barely a month later it has started developing issues with the hinges and gaps in the bezel around the screen, a ticking timebomb now and I need it for uni. The store I bought it from only send it for repair between 21 days and 12 months, before that they would have replaced it! Apart from that the laptop was very slow and unstable at the beginning, turned out to be a driver and software issue causing most of it (Bluetooth).
One good thing is the matt screen, very few laptops have that these days and they are far easier to see in bright light. Although the resolution of 1366x768 and viewing angles are nothing to write home about. Also has a 2nd Gen i5 processor which is now quite old although nothing wrong with the performance of it, plus 6GB RAM and 1TB HDD are good.
Touchpad is multi-touch which is very helpful and Keyboard is fine for the price paid.
May seem to run a bit hot (idles at around 45-50C and full load at 80C)although it seems that is normal for a i5 (I have a first gen i5-750 on a desktop and that is only 5-10C lower for both values which is about right given the smaller airflow in a laptop. You could always throttle it to a lower max speed in the power settings if heat is a major issue.
Battery life can be 4-5 hours with Wi-Fi off for most of the time and up to 25% display brightness.
Windows 8 and 8.1 itself is fine, every laptop comes with that so you got to get used to it rather than negatively affect the review if you cannot be bothered to learn it. Once you spend the time doing that you will almost certainly be surprised at how much better it is generally - startup is usually much faster for example.
Before this I had a Sony Fit 15E which had a similar issue with hinges within 5 days of buying it, it cost £600 too, £100 more than this. I think for true quality you've got to pay a premium price for one with a metal casing or a business grade machine which are more likely to be made of higher quality materials. And you will have less issues with software crashes. And business laptops can often have the option to pay a bit extra for a downgrade to Windows 7 if you really prefer that.