The only reason I needed a new laptop was because of quite a strange story and a long one, but basically my house was hit by lightning and it was plugged in and I was using and it ended with an evening in hospital.
So anyway I got some vouchers for a new laptop from the insurance company and needed a new laptop so I went to PC world and chose this.
For me it was a choice between this and the similar laptop but with a webcam, only 3GB or RAM and a few quid cheaper. I don't really use a webcam that often so I chose this one because of the extra RAM which I needed to play football manager and various other things.
This laptop came with Windows Vista, big downer but I kept it on there and it worked ok. But I don't understand the whole 4GB thing. It doesn't work much better than my old 2GB laptop at doing all the same things.
Other than the RAM, this is a very good laptop. It looks very nice and it shiny which can sometimes look a bit of a mess because of finger prints!
The screen is very good, nice and bright and it big.
It has a proper size keyboard, with the number keys on the right just like a computer keyboard.
It has a very good battery life which usually lasts me about 5hours but often less depending on what im doing.
It has some extra buttons just above the keyboard, they are for turning the wireless on and off, adjusting the volume and turning the Bluetooth on and off which I haven't ever used.
There is also a slot on the side for your SD cards providing you have the adapter.
I paid about £400 for this laptop and it was money well spent.
But I can't help but think I would have been better off with the 3GB one with the camera, it would have saved me a few quid and wouldn't really affect the performance. I think it had the same hard drive as well.
I would recommend this laptop but would also recommend you go for the 3GB one if you want a webcam.
Okay, so i didnt buy the laptop brand new, but i did buy it off of a friend. It is extreamly reliable and i havent had any problems with it except it makes an odd sound when you plug in a usb, however i found that you do get used to it and have been happy with it ever since. i've had it 2 months, and i have found that it is very easy to use, and you always get the best out of it! i love the colour, the screen is the perfect size, plus the keys dont stick, which was a problem that i had with my previous laptop. i feel that it is the perfect size, not too big but not too small that you cant see the buttons, it is perfect to take to school and catch up on work, its also good to take on holiday to catch up with friends and coursework!
Ok I bought this laptop 3 months ago from Currys. I have only had one problem after a month or so the battery stopped charging. I sent it off to the Tech Guys who support the warranty and 14 working days (~3 weeks) later it was returned. A long time to be without a laptop for what was quite a simple fault - motherboard connection to power supply was replaced. Anyhow the laptop has now been returned and now works fine I am pleased to report.
The positive points for the laptop are down to great value for money with a lot of cool features like the built in webcam. It runs at a decent speed but considering the 4GB of ram I was expecting Usain Bolt.
The negative points are:
Not a fan of the numberpad as it makes the keyboard a bit cramped, may come in useful at some point tho.
Because of the slim depth to the keyboard, as a result of the 16:9 widescreen display, the laptop is a bit awkwardly balanced (for lap use - fine on a table).
No bluetooth, despite there being a bluetooth button on the keyboard.
Due to the laptop being loaded with windows vista 32bit (and not 64bit) the laptop can only utilise 3 out of the 4GB of RAM installed. Slow for running Adobe CS4 and Windows Aero theme.
The graphics card is not dedicated and hence takes a chunk of performance from the ram installed.
All of this leads to a disappointing Windows User Experience rating of 3.7
I would say it's worth a punt for the price but consider spending a couple of hundred more for something more special...
Having bought this laptop for good quality specifications at an extremely good price, I was not disappointed.
The massive amount of memory in conjunction with the processor gives the machine a brilliant multi-tasking ability. One notable bonus is that the startup speed is outstanding, from a completely cold start, I could log in and have the desktop up in 50 secs! Furthermore, the battery life is another surprise (for the price of the laptop), running vista home premium, it lasts about 2.5 - 3 hours. A memory card reader and a right-hand number pad a two extra perks- it does help on a laptop. A large widescreen display is great for movies in 16:9 ratio.
The critiques lie mainly in aesthetics and practicalities. It is not the thinnest of machines, and is also slightly too heavy (even without a battery in!) The keyboard sports a bluetooth button despite the laptop not having bluetooth capabilities. The touchpad has a listed multi-touch feature; pinch with two fingers (much like the iPhone) to zoom into web pages etc. The problem is that is does not work- the delay is painfully long and is generally ineffective; I would recommend disabling the multi-touch feature.
Overall, this laptop provides a great home computer, but is too large and heavy to be frequently used on the go. Well worth the price if you are looking for a high spec upgrade.