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Not the best but it's been reliable for me
Member Name: dippykitty
Advantages: Looks fairly smart, easy to use, reliable
Disadvantages: Easily marked, battery life is poor
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.
Summary: OK if you can get it cheap but doesn't seem so readily available now
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