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Great Laptop with some surprising features
on 7 May 2014
I bought this laptop, after much research in to buying a thin and fast quality laptop. It is very thin, but not so small due to the fact it is a 15.6" laptop! It is perfect for home and business use though, and feels very sturdy and made of quality parts.
Windows 8.1 comes preloaded and i know everyone complains about it, but you just have to go on the steep learning curve and get used to it - move with the technology - you will be pleased you did with the lovely touch screen.
The touch screen is very responsive, and i use it way more than i thought i would - especially with the laptop 'reversed' so it stands up, resting on the keyboard base. There is a little Win8 button under the screen so you can get back to the Metro screen easily (not mentioned in any reviews). When presented in the reversed stand format, it looks great on a table top and can be used to play a movie or run a picture slide show etc for everyone to see.
One of the best features i was unaware of, is the motion detector - so using the webcam you can gesture (like minority report or something!) and make a photo bigger or swipe to the next one and back again etc. If you have music playing at the same time you can reduce the volume or mute it by putting your finger close to your lips like a 'shhhhh!'.
Logging in is usual for one or more users too, as it sets up a face detection, so when you open the lid, it recognises which user you are and logs you in - great underrated feature. Not something I used on my phone, but on a laptop - perfect to save typing the password and log in quickly – especially after resuming from sleep mode in a second or 2.
Battery life seems great, and not too many bloatware items - just MacAfee which i removed before they stung me for a subscription as the MS Security Essentials (MSE/Defender) on Win8 is fine for home use.
I also like the phone companion, so i linked my phone and then able to use the laptop to make calls or send a text and copy the photos from it wirelessly..
The dolby sound is impressive too, very load for music or movies. The laptop runs quietly, doesn't get too hot, like my last Dell.
Overall, i am very pleased and i think i will enjoy this laptop for many years as I bought one to last.