Laptops and computers, to us, have become a part of life. We own several machines including laptops, desk top computers and tablets, bot to mention our phones.
This was one of the earlier models that we bought, before we upgraded to Mac.
The laptop has an intel Atom N270 1.6 GHz Single Core Processor, 1GB of Memory and 160GB Storage on Windows XP Home. The processor is the key thing that i look for in any laptop, because the speed of a device is very important to me. We paid around £300 for this laptop, which at the time i thought was a very good deal, but i believe it is available for around £200 now, which is great value.
The laptop has a 10.1 inch screen, which i think is a great size for everyone. It is good especially for typing, which is what i bought the laptop for to start with, but it is very useful for a whole manner of activities, such as surfing the web, talking to friends and even playing games.
The laptop has a front facing camera, so for those of you who enjoy talking to friends of services such as Skype, this is brilliant to do it with.
This machine weighs roughly 1.3kg, which is very light. This makes travelling with this laptop very easy. I take this laptop when we travel, because of its weight, and it tends to fit really well in the pocket of my suit case.
All in all this is a good all round machine that is very fast. The processor in the laptop is good enough to do almost anything, so for those of you who wish to play games on this machine, it is certainly fast enough to do so.
I got this laptop just over 2 years ago from PC World as I needed something small and convenient to use for college (writing essays, accessing emails and researching for college online). I haven't really had any problems with the laptop itself but I have been through 3 chargers as they all seem to burn out. It was a struggle to have the first one replaced for free by PC World but as it happened after less than a year I was definitely standing my ground. The next charger I purchased, because of the same problem, was a Maplins own brand one and (touch wood) I haven't had any problems with this one yet.
The laptop itself is a good buy that has all the features you could want (internet access, built in web cam and mic etc) and is easy to connect with things like cameras/mp3s/mobile phones.
I don't think I would recommend this laptop to a friend simply because of the issues I've had with the charger.
I bought this laptop from PC world when I started University two years ago and it didn't take very long for it to start falling apart! I paid £349 for the laptop complete with Microsoft Office applications and despite it being a good price, I got what I paid for it.
After about 8 months the hard-drive had a fault (despite me having all security and anti-virus programs - PC world confirmed it was a manufacturer's fault). Other problems I encountered with the laptop itself is that the mousepad was quite difficult to use and the buttons were quite stiff and bulky to use aswell.
The quality of the graphics were average - not amazing, but not bad either. The features of this laptop were very basic but perfect for those who just want a simple first/budget laptop. The battery life was below average and used to last around 90 minutes after being fully charged which isn't great for those who are travelling or taking this laptop to work/lectures etc.
And for the good points.. umm.. it was cheap!