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Good for the price
on 23 May 2010
I've had this laptop for around two months now so I've found most of its strengths and weaknesses I think..
I decided to go for a full on laptop over a netbook because I wanted the extra performance, and this has certainly got it. Sure it's not top of the range, but then neither is the price. The spec is one of the highest I could find in this price bracket, the Radeon 4200 being the sale clincher. The 4200 is not a massively fast part, but it's far superior to integrated graphics as it has 128MB of its own dedicated memory, I've managed to get GTA: Vice City running well, TrackMania Nations running at mid settings very well and CS:S at mostly high details; the chip certainly allows for some half decent gaming.
The keyboard is really quite good and I got used to it very quickly. The only thing I don't like about it are the half height arrow keys, they're quite awkward to use.
The touchpad is alright, the buttons are quite loud I've found and the scroll bar on the side of the pad isn't the most responsive. The pad itself works well enough though, with good sensitivity though it does attract fingerprints.
The screen is okay, I've found I'm really not a fan of glossy screens, but it seems almost all manufacturers put them into their laptops nowadays...oh well. In a fairly well lit room it's very usable, but if the sun gets anywhere near it then it becomes a different matter, the reflections become unbearable. Thus, it's a very indoors laptop.
The battery life certainly leaves something to be desired, especially if you use it in high performance mode, maybe an hour and a half tops, I haven't tried to see how much life I can get out of it in a lower performance mode but I imagine it won't get past two and a half hours, the four hours claim in the description is completely wrong.
Windows 7 is certainly very quick and the 4200 makes light work of the aero effects. It even boots faster than my quad core Vista desktop!
The overall appearance of the laptop is good...for about five seconds before you touch it. The ENTIRE casing is made of shiny plastic, and while this looks nice, it attracts fingerprints like nothing else.
The range of ports is good; 4 USBs is certainly enough for me. The HDMI outputs sound and video well to my 37" 1080p TV. The dual headphone outputs are a nice touch too.
The wireless connectivity is good, I've had no problems with it at all.
Overall, I can recommend this laptop, it's a good performer for the price, but this does come at the expense of battery life.