Product Type: Zoostorm Netbook
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Good for a first netbook....Maybe!
Zoostorm Freedom 10-270
Member Name: -michelle-
Zoostorm Freedom 10-270
Advantages: Does more or less all you want
Disadvantages: Not a great deal of memory
For my son's birthday last year we decided to buy him a net book, since he was turning 13, we thought it would be a good idea for him to have something on which to keep his school work etc. It's slim and compact, black with a silver trim, comes with battery pack, adapter and charger, complete with a useful user guide and 12 months warranty and help desk support.
Do only fools rush in?
Now I rushed in and bought this net book without doing any research on it, which was silly of me as I don't know a great deal about computers, I saw this one on the Argos website and decided the price was right so I just went ahead and bought it. Argos are no longer selling them, I guess I should look at this as a bad thing, but to be fair it's not a bad little net book, but I will leave you to decide what you think once you've read my review.
What does It Comes With?
This little net book comes complete with Windows 7 home starter operating system installed. I thought this would be appropriate for my sons needs, with 1 GB of memory and the option to upgrade to 2 GB if required. I don't really know that much about GB and the like, but I do know that 2 is obviously more than 1 and so opting to upgrade seems the sensible thing to do to ensure plenty of memory. However I have not done this but only because I don't know how, I have no idea about processors either, but this little net book has a Intel Atom n270 1.6Ghz Processor and a 250 GB hard drive. The system itself is not mega fast but it's not slow either I'd say it's about average.
It has wireless capabilities built in, (Wireless 802.11b/g/n) which can be switched on and off as required, now I will just mention that the way in which to do this is by pressing Fn and F2 at the same time, the reason I've felt the need to mention this is because just recently my son was having problems connecting to the internet, none of us could work out why the message we kept getting said "no networks available", when both my laptop and desktop computer were connected with no problem. My husbands response to this was "Don't ask me I don't know anything about computers" so I had to try and sort it out myself, I was baffled and didn't for one minute think the wireless had been switched off, when I eventually realized what the problem was I thought, great I can just switch it back on, but I didn't know how to do this and I was getting extremely annoyed with the net book by this time. I did find out how to do it, obviously, that is why I decided to mention exactly how to switch the wireless on and off, I wouldn't like anyone to go through what we did.
What else has it got?
Now the actual net book itself has a 10.1 inch LCD screen, which is made of glass, so it is advisable to not drop or throw against a hard surface, this made me laugh when I read this as I know some games can get you to the point of throwing your PC across the room, but I doubt anyone really would. Anyway like I was saying the screen is plenty big enough for what my son needs. it has a 0.3 mega pixels web cam built in, which he hasn't actually used but it's a handy feature to have should he need it. There is an internal microphone and stereo speakers, the usual keyboard and touch pad, which my son can't get on with, so I got him a mouse that he has been using and seems to manage just fine with that.
The net book has 2 USB ports and a VGA out port, headphone and microphone ports. There is a graphics card installed and a 7 in 1 card reader. No disk drive but then net books aren't designed to have one of these anyway, so I wasn't expecting it to have one, this is no problem though as the external drive (previously reviewed) I bought works perfectly fine with the net book.
I'm not going to go into every little detail of where everything is situated on the net book as I don't think this is necessary. I will mention the security that is already installed though, as it has proved excellent, the security installed is Microsoft Security Essentials Anti Virus Protection, this just needs to be activated and that's it. We got the net book in September last year and activated the security straight away, it has continued to protect the net book all this time, however I have on occasion had to scan and reactivate it, I'm not sure why it decides to deactivate but this seems to have only happened when my son hasn't used the net book for a period of time. So this isn't a problem, he always checks the protection is activated before he proceeds onto the internet anyway. Our internet connection is pretty strong and the net book has no problems staying connected to the internet.
The battery life is very good in my opinion, around 4 hours from fully charged and this can be increased by switching off the wireless if you are not using it. I'm not exactly sure how long it takes to charge from dead, my son usually keeps it plugged in anyway if he's using it for any length of time and it always seems to be charged up and ready should he need to use it unplugged for any reason. Unfortunately the reason to which we had bought him the net book is not what he uses it for, at present anyway. I'm hoping over the next year or so once he reaches year 9, he will realize he has a lot more important things to focus on rather than face book. While I'm on the subject of the internet, I will mention that browsing and playing online games is very good as is everything you may need to do whilst connected to the internet.
Bought With Good Intention....
My purpose for purchasing the net book was purely with school in mind. Josh on the other hand had different ideas and so was somewhat disappointed with the net book, He wanted to be able to play his PC games on the net book, however with such a small amount of memory he wasn't able to do this. So in all he has been quite disappointed with this little net book, but I think or more like hope that in a few months time, he will see the benefit of having it, when his work load from school starts piling in and because this net book comes with a trial version of Microsoft Office Home and Student edition, it should set him off nicely. There is 25 evaluations to use, then if I decide I would like the full version I can fully activate it by purchasing a license key. Alternatively there is an unlimited version of Microsoft Works already included on the Freedom 10-270 Net book as standard.
The user guide is a very handy little book, which explains in great detail, what everything is, and if your a total novice when it comes to computers etc. like me, then this user guide will prove very useful. I have learnt quite a lot about laptops/net books over the past few years with thanks to user manuals. I know people don't want to sit reading when they have their shiny new device sat in front of them, you just want to dive straight in and play. But should you get stuck, the guide is there and should help you out if you should so need.
So Was I Right Or Wrong To Make This Purchase?
The actual weight of the net book with battery included is 1.1 kg for a little thing, there is a fair weight to it. but it does look nice with an 83 key keyboard with keys that are all compact and snugly fit together, personally I really like the net book and would quite happily like to use it for writing my reviews etc. Windows 7 starter however is not my first choice for an operating system. my son was somewhat disappointed that he couldn't change the desktop picture, as it doesn't give you the option to do so. It is a very basic operating system to which I have since downloaded a program which enables him to customize, that cheered him up a bit. In a way I regret buying this net book, not because it's no good but because over all my son is not really happy with it, I'm hoping he will change his mind as £198 may not seem a lot of money to some people, but to me it's a lot to waste when I could have bought a different one. I just thought it was good for the price, it does everything my laptop does, well ok not quite everything. But when alls said and done I did buy it, it works very well, I've not had to pay for any security for it in all the time we've had it. It didn't take my son long to find his way around it, as it is very basic, nothing fancy just what I thought he would need to start him off. It seems pretty durable, it's had it's fair share of being banged about and I believe my son has in fact dropped it, although not from a great height. It's still in good working order despite it's knocks and bangs.
If You Think I Was Right To Purchase And Are Interested Yourself.....
I hope this has been of some use to you, should you be considering purchasing a little net book, this Zoo storm Freedom 10-270 can be currently purchased used from Amazon for £139.99 or refurbished for £125.00 I don't know if you still, can in actual fact buy new but maybe if you were to do a Google search you may get lucky.
I'm giving the Zoostorm Freedom 10-270 Net Book only 3 stars because although it is a good little net book, my son wasn't too impressed with it so for me it loses a couple of stars.
Thank you for reading my review which may also be posted on other sites
Summary: A netbook for beginners?
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