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      06.04.2012 19:22

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      Decent enough computer but the touchscreen loses it's novelty within an hour.

      At the time of it's purchase around 3 years ago we saw this desktop in Costco for £800 half price. We tried to check reviews etc but none were found. Now I realise why. This computer can be fast and flowing one minute, but the next, it could be utter chaos with the graphics card producing multicoloured lines on the screen or a message telling us that the hard drive is pretty much busted.
      The thing I noticed at the age of 15 was "OH WOW TOUCHSCREEN". I regret the day I begged my parents to buy the computer for our family. The touchscreen must add on around £200 to the total since the specifications of the PC are around an average £500-£700 computer. We now realise that this touchscreen is completely useless, I'm not saying it doesn't work well because it does! It's just when you have a mouse what is the point of it.
      The graphics card is fairly decent, able to use up to Direct X 10, and nVidia's 3D enhancements. However when the processor is only an Intel Core Duo at 2.0 GHz this is rendered pretty much useless when playing games.
      It will play Skyrim at around 30FPS low-medium settings, Stalker Call of Pripyat at around 40FPS at medium settings and Modern Warfare 2 at around 20-30FPS at high settings.
      It has been brought to my attention that 3 years does mean it's lasted a decent amount of time, however we're close to replacing our graphics card and have replaced our hard drive twice now. It could be something to do with how we use the computer constantly and is pretty much on 20 hours a day. Another problem however is how it's extremely difficult to find any replacements for this computer, since the motherboard is fairly small because it is classed as a laptop (in terms of specifications).
      I wouldn't recommend buying one unless it's fairly cheap or you're definitely going to use the touchscreen feature, however it has been very useful to the family as a fast computer for word processing, browsing and gaming.

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