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Ei Systems Laptop
EI Systems Laptop 3082
Member Name: kernow21
EI Systems Laptop 3082
Advantages: Good price
Disadvantages: The wireless stick they gave me made the computer crash endlessly.
I primarily bought an EI Systems laptop because of the price. I think it was on offer for around £200 at PC World. It was pretty much the cheapest in the store and probably the cheapest you could get but all I wanted it for was to knock out essays whilst at uni, and be able to use the internet. I wan't worried about much else.
It came wireless ready, although you have to use a USB wiresless stick, which means using up on of your USB ports, however there are four which is quite a good number. My home PC only has two. They do provide the wireless stick, so you're ready to go. However, I had to fork out for a new wiresless stick as mine turned out to be faulty and PC World didn't really want to know. Basically, my laptop would sporadically come up with a bright blue windows error message and shut down. It always happened without warning but happened several times a day without fail. For ages my partner and I were trying to pinpoint a particular thing that I was doing on the computer that might be making it happen. But it kept happening at different times. Eventually, I worked out that it didn't happen when I didn't have the wiresless stick in it. So I kept it out and sure enough the error message thingy never came up. So that was quite a source of stress for me when I first bought the laptop as I didn't know what on earth was wrong and I was hundreds of miles away from the store I had bought it from. So I did have for to fork our for my own wireless stick as the on they gave me was useless.
Once I'd got over that problem though I was fairly impressed with the laptop. It surfed the net pretty fast, and I did play games on it with no problem. I also used it for burning CDs and it was fine. It looked quite smart, with a silver cover and black inside, although the look of the laptop wasn't important to me so the fact that it looked ok was a bonus. Ok, so it didn't really look 'swish' next to my housemates' widescreen Vaios, but it was a laptop better than none! The laptop is still going having written however many essays, however, one of the mouse pad buttons has broken so I now have to use an extra mouse. Oh, that was another good point about this laptop - the mouse pad was actually usable, not like some other ones I've tried that seem to to be forcing to you to have to buy a separate mouse. Overall, I'd say it is a good student laptop - it does the job and is inexpensive. Don't buy if your planning on impressing all your colleagues by whipping it out at your next business meeting though. Overall, it's got me through Uni, which is what I was looking for, so it's done it's job well.
Summary: A good student comp.
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