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I have always had a computer and for once wanted a laptop so I didn't have to sit at a desk to use it. I was searching around for all different kinds of laptops and to be honest I couldn't tell the difference from many apart from the price. This one caught my eye because it was Pink and this was the first pink laptop I'd seen as most of them are black. However now you can get all colour laptops and notebooks. Being a young girl this was ideal for me. I found the Laptop in Tesco's around Christmas time and it was on sale for £299. This was also one of the cheapest laptops I had seen with many features included.
4 GB DDR3 Memory
320 GB HDD
1.3 MP HD Webcam
Intel HD Graphics
2 USB Slots
DVD-Super Multi DL Drive
60 Day trial of Norton Internet Security
Now to be honest I don't really understand many of the features of a laptop as I'm not a computer wiz. However I do understand that this is a decent amount of memory for a laptop and I do have many games, pictures, songs downloaded to it and still a lot more space left. So if you are like me and like to have a lot stored on your laptop then this is ideal for you.
Another feature I have is a webcam. This is good for if you use Skype as you don't need to plug one in and have wires sitting all around the place or worry about the cam falling over. For me this was not that important to have with my laptop. I have used it a few times to take photos and the quality is good but I wouldn't particularly use it for anything else. The webcam is in the centre of the top part of the screen so it can only view one place. This is not good for if you wanted to show someone around your house for instance as you cannot just move the webcam you would have to move the whole laptop.
I think its a bonus that you get 60 Day trail of Norton with this laptop. You don't even have to set it up straight away so you can get away with not using it if you don't like Norton or if you have another Anti-Virus software. I used mine after a year of having my laptop and found it quite useful to have. Once it had finished Norton gave me a reduced price on a years worth of security for £14.99. Just one note this is a 60 day trial even if your laptop is turned off, you do not get 60 days of active use of Norton its runs out 60 days after the start date.
Windows 7 is the programme used with this laptop. This is the one down from the most up to date software. However even though its not the newest most people prefer this one more than the new one as its easier to use.
I think the laptop itself is really good. I like the way the laptop is pink but I have a white keyboard which makes it look nicer. The keyboard is spread out well so it is easy to type with. One thing I have struggled with going from a computer to a laptop is not having a mouse. I have got a plug in one but its not easy to use whilst sitting on the sofa. Down the side of the mouse pad is a scroll so you can use that rather than scrolling down with the up and down arrows and like all laptops the numpad is to the right of the keyboard.
The screen is an ideal size and I think is slightly bigger than older laptops. You can adjust the brightness level so you can have it how you want. One thing I have noticed recently is my battery doesn't seem to last that long anymore. I think its just because its an old laptop but it does get very annoying having to keep it plugged in most of the time.
Overall I think this is an ideal laptop for students, children, adults and even older people as its so easy to use. I have had my laptop for 3 years and I haven't had a single problem with it.
I was bought this laptop as a gift last year after my Sony Vaio gave up on itself. Although I loved my Sony and didnt think I would be able to find a laptop I would love just as much - this one has come very close.
At £450 I would consider this laptop an absolute bargain, especially considering the specs - and its white :) I have a weakness for white laptops and I have no idea why. I just think they look alot nicer than any other colour they could possibly come in. Anyway, this review is very much sounding like a girl writing about how pretty her white laptop is so I will get to some of the more technical bits with some actual worth while information.
It comes with the new intel core i3 processor, along with 4gb of ram and a sizable 500gb hard drive - loads of space for storing all my music, photos and films. It has 4 usb ports, one of these being a USB3 port which as suprising! It also has both a VGA and a HDMI port, which i use alot to hook my laptop up to my big TV. There is also a SD memory card slot which is handy for transfering my photos from my digital camera straight to my laptop. It comes with Windows 7 Home Premium, and Microsoft Word Starter Pack and Adobe Photoshop Elements readily installed.
The screen measures 15.6 inches and is well lit, even when I am outside in the sunshine. The battery life is quite good unless I am playing on a game in which case it drains rather quickly - but that us to be expected. Its not the greatest laptop for playing the latest games on, but then again I didnt buy it for this so I wasnt dissapointed by this point. And it plays the sort of games that I like to play fine such as Terraria, Age of Empires, Machinarium etc.
One thing that does irritate me about this laptop is the shortcut keys such as F1, F2, F3 etc. you cant just press F5 for instance to refresh your screen and this also doubles up as the screen saver button. Instead to use any of these regular shortcuts you have to press 'function' at the same time. However this is trivial and now I am completely used to doing it that way.
So overall I would definitely recommend this laptop - its at the budget end of the scall and for £400 I really cannot fault it. Its definitely not as good as my Sony Vaio but I love it all the same and it does everything I want to it to. I use to daily and have had no problems with it, so I would say it is very reliable and endurable. Once my friend spilt a glass of rose wine all over it - I took it apart and dried it out and it still works perfectly as though that never happened (good job as well otherwise I would have killed her).