Is it beautiful? Hmmnn. It's a little large and heavy. Not so heavy that you would never take it out, but it's certainly not a slim ultrabook. (But it's not an ultrabook price).
The screen is HUGE! Not much smaller that the size of a portable TV screen. So it's ideal if you need something with a larger screen for watching films.
Yes, it's a huge 17.3 inch (just under 44 centimetres) screen. No glare, good resolution, and marvellous colour. You shouldn't be disappointed by the screen.
I used this with Corel VideoStudio X7, and it rendered a 20 minute clip into H264 (2GB file) in under 20 mins, without skipping a beat.
This laptop is not for everyone. It doesn't have an extra long battery life ( I got four hours out of it) and isn't that portable. However, it is very very sturdy. It has an intel core i5 processor with sufficient ram and a large hard-drive. It doesn't seem to get hot too.
It has three USB ports and a HDMI output.
I expected it to be a little faster to be honest. Not that it's slow, it's just rather competent at it's tasks. Steady, steady, steady. Not whoosh, whizz and bang.
I was also disappointed that I couldn't use it straight away. It had to update first which felt like hours (but was probably closer to 30 minutes.)
With it's silver and black finish it looks respectable. It's the standard rectangular shape. Not beautiful, but neither ugly.
It also bares a beatsaudio logo. The sound out of the laptop speakers is remarkable. Considering their size the sound was more than impressive.
All that screen means this isn't the lightest of laptops. However, it's not too heavy. You would still take it on holiday.
It's screen is beautiful: - large, bright, brilliant colours, and the screen is readable in daylight.
No backlight keyboard here. But it is responsive, and is one of the better elements of this laptop. The keys are comfortable to use and as they're set back from the edge the laptop doubles as a wrist rest.
The button is easy to click, and the trackpad itself is very responsive. The edge gestures get a bit getting used to. (not unique to this laptop as it's a feature of windows 8) These can be turned off.
It takes about 40 seconds to boot up - possibly due to its 5400rpm hard drive. Applications and a video editors all ran more than comfortably.
I got about three to four hours of HD movie watching out of a single charge.
Two usb 3 ports and a usb 2 port compliment the hdmi port. I fould the usb 3 port really fast.
802.11b/g/n. I found this blisteringly fast on my 100 meg virginmedia broadband.
There is a little bloatware on this laptop. Took about 15 minutes to get rid of the elements I didn't want.
With it's beautiful large screen, this is mid range laptop that doesn't disappoint. It's very capable laptop and for the money and the spec is good value. Recommended.