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This laptop is the first and only laptop I've bought! I've never had one problem with it, it is basic when it gets to graphics, RAM and battery life, but for the basics i.e word processing, internet surfing etc.
Picked it up in PC World for about £300 which, at the time, was a really good price for what it was, love the smooth mouse pad, keyboard has a nice reactive feel to it, only problem I've found is that the mouse pad isn't central which is a bit strange to begin with but is so easy to get used to.
The battery life on the laptop is pretty good, holds a good charge for 2-3 hours, I did have to buy a new charger for it but that was down to general wear and tear rather than a proper fault. Sound quality is sufficient to begin with, but if like me, you love to listen to music, would definitely recommend buying a good set of speakers. One of my favourite parts of the laptop, although its pretty standard, is the card reader and amount of USB ports. I have to use a 3G dongle which takes up on permanently, so to have another 2 available is great.
The screen is very clear, and can keep up with some games. I've had it for over 6 years, and with the right system care and anti-virus it's held its speed and fluidity. Even down to the catch that holds it down it feels like a very robust laptop compared to some others I have tried in store. It's been through a few bashes and knocks and a few house moves, but has still held up really well. Had no hardware problems at all. Every now and again it does overheat but that is down to me not cleaning the fan enough.
I've this laptop for some time now. It wasn't the laptop that I originally intended to use on a daily basis but I accidentally dropped my first-choice laptop and smashed the screen. Having to hastily choose another one so that I didn't fall behind on work, I spotted this one in PC World and decided that it would suit my needs. This laptop was going to be claimed on the insurance so I was rather restricted with price as buying anything much dearer would mean paying out of my own pocket and I wasn't in a position to fork out for much given that this was an unexpected and unintended replacement purchase.
It's a smart black colour with quite an attractive, shiny appearance. I'd say that it looks fairly professional but I find it a bit bulky for carrying around. I use my laptops for work purposes so I'm on it a lot during the day and evening and there will be times that I want to take it away from the usual desk setting and transport it into the living room to watch television at the same time etc. The fact that is quite shiny means that fingerprints are a big problem. You only have to put one finger on the black surface to leave a mark that requires cleaning and if you happen to use the laptop a lot like me, you'll probably end up cleaning these up a lot over the course of the average week and this can get annoying.
USING THE LAPTOP
It came complete with Windows Vista, which I was familiar with because my previous laptop had also used this operating system. As far as I can remember, I don't think that there was much in the way of software installed on the laptop and the vast majority of things that I now have were installed by us.
The keyboard is a good size and perfectly adequate for typing. I do a lot of typing during the course of the average day as I'm a writer by profession, so I can verify that. The keys do have a tendency to stick though, especially if you've got dirt or crumbs stuck underneath them. I've not experienced this to the point where the keys don't move at all, but I do find that certain keys require that little bit more pressure to get them to work sometimes and if like me, you tend to type rather quickly, you may find that there are things missed out because you didn't expect to have to apply that much pressure before you speedily moved onto the next key! This happens from time to time and can usually be helped by shaking out the keyboard so that the stubborn crumbs are hopefully encouraged out.
I find the touchpad a bit cumbersome to use as the 'click' buttons tend to get stuck on me quite a lot and I find it a lot easier to use a separate mouse, especially as it's less restrictive in terms of space for your hands.
This is one aspect of using the laptop that disappoints me. As I've mentioned, I use the laptop a lot so I have to plug it into the mains for the vast majority of the time as the battery only seems to provide around an hour and a half's worth of power at most, which simply isn't long enough for me. I tend to find that although the battery power indicator tells me that there is an hour of power left (for example), this doesn't actually become reality and the power can diminish rather quickly so that 'hour' is more like forty minutes or less.
I'm not someone who listens to music on their laptop much but I do sometimes watch live streams if I can find them. Whenever I've done this, the sound quality has been fine
As I've had this laptop for a good year now, I couldn't recall quite how much I paid for it but it would have less than £450 as that was extent of the insurance excess and as I said before, I was very reluctant to go beyond that. Strangely, I can't find this laptop listed on any of the major retailers that I'd expect to be able to buy it from (PC World, Currys, Dixons etc) so I don't know if it's been succeeded by something else. It does seem to be available on Amazon for a staggeringly cheap £67-£68 in the Marketplace and this claims to be a new laptop rather than being of the used variety.
If you're after a laptop that is functional without being fussy or sophisticated, this laptop is a good bet, especially if you did happen to get hold of one of the extremely cheap Amazon offerings. As someone who uses their laptop primarily for work-related purposes (and writing work, rather than design or anything like that), it's perfectly fine for that and hasn't given me any problems really. Because the battery life is so low, it does need to be given a desk setting really or at least located somewhere close to a plug so it can be connected to the mains if you're going to be using it for any length of time. As I use it most of the day, I have it on my desk in a similar fashion to how I'd have a desktop.
Firstly I think I would say is that it is reasonable value for money. In terms of looks it is quite stylish with a glossy black finish which looks great when clean, however there is no escaping the finger marks that appear the second you pick up and although that has no impact on performance, it does get very annoying.
It has a dual core processor and comes ready installed with Windows Vista. I found it very easy to use and in terms of performance have had no real issues with it, however after 12 months I am now finding that the keyboard sticks a lot and when typing keeps moving to the line above so I have to constantly look at the page to make sure it has not moved making things take longer.
The really disappointing issue with this product is the battery life, unfortunately you really need to have it on charge the whole time you are using it as it will only last a short period of time without being plugged to the mains.
I bought this laptop for working from home on as it was relativley cheap and came highly recomended. The laptop looks very stylish as it is a nice shiny black colour, however it does show up marks easily especially fingerprints from picking it up and moving it around and also, it's quite heavy. This is quite annoying as i have to carry the laptop around with me while commuting. It comes with windows vista and has intel pentium dual core. It is really easy to use and is very reliable making the whole laptop better value for money. even my technofobe relatives find it quite easy to navigate around. Unfortunately the battery life is poor as soon as you unplug the charger, it ususally lasts about an hour even if your not doing much on it which I find very irritating. Overall, I like it, there are just a few things that I think could be better.
I've had this laptop about two months and so far so good. I was quite dissapointed when I was first listening to my music and realised there was no volume control on the outside of the laptop like on most laptops and the volume limit is quite quiet. The laptop looks very stylish however it does show up marks easily and also, it's quite heavy and being a student trying to carry the laptop around with me, it can get quite annoying. It comes with windows vista, which is really easy to use and reliable making the whole laptop easier to use. Unforchunately the battery life is poor as soon as you unplug the charger, it ususally lasts about an hour even if your not doing much on it which I find very irritating. Overall, I like it, there are just a few tings that I think could be better.
I had this laptop for my birthday last year. My partner requested a laptop specifically that would play Sims 2 and the guy at PC world did confirm this laptop would do the job. Unfortunately this was not the case and did not support Sims 2.
I have actually sold this laptop on now as I didn't find it that good, in the 10 months I owned one it managed to loose the Wireless driver about 4 times just on start up.
Im not sure if this is a common occurance but it really caused me hassle as I had to keep calling PC world for support on reinstallation.
Generally the laptop works very well but it isnt good if you want to run various programs for example, I feel its best suited for general internet browsing and simple word processing etc
The design of the laptop is very sleek with a high gloss finish, I feel this is one of the nicer looking laptops on the market, although you need to wipe it over all the time as its terrible for showing fingerprints!