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43 people found this helpful
on 14 October 2012
Firstly you see the 1Ghz processor and think maybe it's not that fast? It's quite zippy, much faster than the Atom processors since it's running a full version of Windows 7. I got it to do the odd piece of work on it so nothing sustained but I can tell you it does the job perfectly. If you're expecting it to open multiple internet windows and multiple tabs and watch a video on YouTube and use iTunes flawlessly this is not for you! Saying that it can manage what I've just said, not with ease though. I was deciding between this and the Samsung 301U and the deciding factors were that it was slightly cheaper and it has a more appealing form factor.
I tested a couple of games on it, Jedi Outcast and Desperados, both games roughly 10 years old and it ran them great, I'd expect so from a Radeon 6000 series. Battery life is decent, giving 3-5 hours. The screen angle is very limited, you'll have to adjust the screen at the right level, any movement on your part will result in a change of contrast.
The keyboard is brilliant to use, although I find myself resting my palm on the trackpad causing me to type on a different part of the page, so sustained typing on this is not recommended. I also tested out some HD videos from YouTube and a HD movie file and it ran them well, but as I said before, the processor doesn't allow multiple tasks like these to be run (Also, be prepared to wait for virus scans!). Speaking of Youtube, I find the WiFi signal to be very weak, this might be a problem for people who are far from their router.
+ Decent battery life.
+ Good form factor.
+ Can run some classic games very well.
+ Windows 7!
+ Runs HD video.
+ Great LED Screen.
+ Great keyboard.
- Can't multiple task demanding applications quickly.
- Screen angle is limited.
- Not so great WiFi signal.
- Sustained usage can't be recommended.