I'm writing this review in the hope that it helps you decide what to buy if you are looking for a low cost but what I regard for the price as a high spec notebook.
First thing I wanted to clear up is that the images Amazon have associated with this product are not of this product !!!
This notebook DOES indeed have a HDMI port (and VGA) which is not shown !! I have tested the HDMI output and it does provide a nice facility to watch a movie on your HD TV. Tested iTunes, BBC iPlayer, etc, all work very well (slight stutter in playback if you go HD on iPlayer but tbh SD is perfect on the units screen.
OK so onto the build; quality is very good the keyboard alone is a big winner for me; it's an island keyboard meaning the spaces between the keys have been increased to prevent you hitting two keys at the same time (all you touch typists out there will love it).
The screen is anti glare and diffused so you really can read well in bright sunlight, (I tested this at home and you honestly can, think near Kindle quality).
Performance: It uses the Intel Atom n2600 a dual core CPU which is optimised for notebooks and this provides good all round performance executing applications nicely (Office etc); it's not going to give you the cutting edge performance of a high spec laptop but that's not what your buying a notebook for is it ? You should upgrade to the 2GB RAM (as it's such a cheap option).
Storage: SD card reader, 320GB HDD some space is eaten up by the rubbish (and this is my only complaint) games and the obligatory fluff that gets shipped with a new computer these days, just uninstall this tripe, and free up the space.
Connectivity: 3 x USB ports (1 also doubles as an ODD which lets you hook up a compatible Optical Disk Drive),the usual WiFi, Ethernet port, Bluetooth; WiFi range appears very good. I tested this again around the house and the signal remains strong (obviously this test is subjective as it will depend partly on your AP but compared to some of my other kit the signal was good in all areas).
So all in all I have no issues at all with this notebook, as said it's not going to let you perform massive algorithmic intense simulations or run the companies DBMS but if you want something that lets you prepare presentations on the train / plane, type documentation, surf all day (8 hours)and watch movies etc when you're trapped in that crappy hotel the company booked you into all without breaking your shoulder dragging a great slab of a machine around, then you can't go wrong with this device.
Hope this helps you decide.
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