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Great Ultraportable and Tablet Experience with Plenty of Extra Value
on 12 August 2010
Great device, really intuitive. Comes with nice 'Magic Desktop' app that my kids will love and everything feels like quite good value.
Windows 7 is MSs Best O/S ever and the multitouch is a great novelty that does actually have some uses. This install has quite a few little touch apps to play with. There isnt too much junkware on the laptop but i dumped the norton crapware and installed MS Security Essentials as a matter of course. The QuickBoot Web thing could be useful to some but Win7 boots so quick on this its not quite worth it.
I had trouble finding the finderprint reader (having just jumped in instead of reading any guide thingies - I'm an experienced IT anyway) and was all disappointed until i bumped into it on the top of the right hand edge (when in laptop mode) - right next to the 'Rotate Screen' button (that allows you to do a great impression of an iPad if thats what floats your boat) - that works great and really speeds up logging in.
Comes with a nice neoprene sheath that could be useful but doesnt have anywhere to put the charger or (included) external optical drive. I bought another case for a £20 but there are loads of £10 ones that should do the job nicely.
In battery mode the GPU switches over to internal (from ATI mobility 5405 to Intel) - hopefully should extend batttery life a bit. I havent run any serious tests on battery life yet but i bet its going to last at least 4 hours, get the feeling it could be more like the quoted 6-8 (and if you let windows sleep when it wants to, many more).
It aint going to win any awards for speed (thats not the point - its an ultra portable not a desktop replacement) but its plenty enough for everyday usage - i wouldnt run autocad on it but it coped nicely with several logged in users all doing minor tasks so would strongly recommend it as a Lounge Internet Browser and General AllRound Device.
I personally dont like the 'Chakotay Tattoos' all over it but it is so good in so many other areas i'm willing to overlook that minor aesthetic preference (and it is targetted at the domestic market with Home Premium). My biggest gripe on the whole chassis though is the 'Power Button' feels really flimsy and i will be amazed if it lasts as well as i reckon the rest of the laptop will..
I was also quite miffed that i paid 750 and the next day they knocked 20£ off and wouldnt negotiate a reduction - at the new price its even better value and definetly better than the SU2100 and 4300 cpu based variants - dont try and save a few extra quid - go for the u5400, its a newer/leaner/better cpu.
If you are looking for a new laptop (and i dont mean you want a 200-300 netbook - and they are a bad idea anyway) and fancy treating yourself for a few quid extra, you wont be disappointed with this..
NEXT DAY UPDATE -
as a quick update to my review - just going to say that amazon did ultimately refund that 20£, maybe they felt it was as unfair as i did. Nice one Amazon - good to see a company trying to keep its customers happy, especially off their own back - makes me much happier to recommend/return. I also posted above that it switches to ATI-5405 should say 5450.
I did some basic tests on battery life last night - had a clear 5 hours of Internet/Browsing and Remote Desktop to other machines and battery was still above 25% - 6-8+ hours seems quite feasible now (not for 6-8 hours of movies but light usage). They keyboard is great, only marred a little by the top row NOT being F keys but otherwise everything was laid out nicely. I did see a backlit version of the keyboard somewhere but this laptop is too nice to ruin a warranty on that - would like to see it included by default on more laptops though.
It also easily passed the 'Wife Test' - she was happily scrolling through facebook using Screen/Pen - I think the fingerprint recognition works great and ties in really nicely to IE to store passwords but she 'struggled' a little to get consistent results. The kids thought it was great fun too (Finger Painting on the Screen especially).
My only real disappointment so far is there no hardware audio control (i.e. a slidy wheel/bar) to control volume but very few laptops have them these days and the keyboard volume buttons are fairly easy to find in the dark as they are right next to the wireless button that has a light on it other than that its about as close to perfect (for my needs) as it gets.
Great Fun, Really Portable and Flexible and caused quite a lot of green eyes in the office ;-)