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Takes getting used to but is very fast and efficient
on 19 October 2013
I hadn't initially thought much of the laptop, since I needed it for uni assignments more than anything else, but having used it the past few weeks, it's grown on me and won me over.
The laptop has a good build quality, and is surprisingly light, considering it's 15.6 inches. The keyboard is light and doesn't require too much effort or force, and has a nice 'clicking' sound. On the keyboard, the F1 etc buttons are made the secondary function so you have to press the 'Fn' key to access F1, F2 et al. What you can do instead, is adjust volume, brightness, airplane mode etc with one press using the top buttons, which makes it easier if your eyes are straining or you need a quick mute.
In-built bluetooth functionality is good, though it takes a bit of getting used to as the window doesn't pop open straight away. It also has an SD card reader which is brilliant for myself.
There is also an option to back-up the entire system, either on the laptop or externally. I have done it one externally but keep forgetting to do it regularly, something which I would recommend especially if you're a heavy user of Word like I am.
The battery life is good: I can use it for about two (maybe three) hours before it needs charging again.
Windows 8 is easy to use, and I've quickly picked up a few tricks to move through the screens. If you despise the start screen, you can easily rectify it by putting all your icons on the desktop, though it makes the desktop incredibly cluttered and messy.
My only gripe about the laptop is that it can run a little hot around the mouse pad sometimes, but that's to be expected.
Overall, I think for the price and the specs, it's a worthwhile investment.