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We recently bought this model of the Satellite for my dad who is not a great user of computers, but needs something functional, reasonably compact and stylish that will stand the test of time. With the exception of the last point, this model is proving to tick all the boxes. I should note that our experience with this computer is with Windows 8, not 7.
We ordered this item with Argos as it offered the best value for money (just over £350) and found the item was well packaged with no extra bits of plastic flying off everywhere. As standard, it just comes with a charger and was incredibly easy to set up. It was literally a case of plug in, switch on and state the language preference. As the machine uses Windows 8, it wasn't immediately obvious to us (never used it!) but it did offer a short demo and we soon learnt where things were.
The build of the laptop is fairly sturdy on the lower layer, and the screen appears sturdy when the laptop is in the open position, but when closing the item I can certainly feel that it doesn't quite connect the top and the bottom. It's like there is a tiny space and as though the screen will be knocking around. Time will tell if this is an issue, but it gave the item a slightly cheaper feel. I do really like the finish on the laptop, it's like a textured black plastic, particularly on the touch pad which seems to add an extra grip when you are navigating around.
The speed of the laptop thus far is great, and it responds very quickly when you press the power button, starting up in just seconds if you've only hibernated/gone on standby. The laptop isn't especially light, in comparison to some laptops marketed for being very thin, but it's definitely a step up from older heavier models. We also really liked that it had a full number pad and that the keys on the keyboard were quite large. The battery life seems to be about 3 hours, which is only just short of the recommended life in the specification.