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Not the Best Choice I've Ever Made
on September 27, 2010
I am returning this laptop tomorrow for many reasons. I recieved this computer on September 13, 2010
First the Pro's:
(This could be difficult)
-The HD is very nice and I did play a movie on it and it had great picture quality.
-Having a standard version of a regular desktop keyboard was nice and a treat.
-It comes with only two USB ports, which may be enough for some.
-It comes with a port for a wired mouse, printer and the like.
-It did not come with the advertised webcam or microphone. (I knew this in advance due to another posting the same about it, so I have no complaints about that...but if it is important to you, buyer beware)
-The sound quality leaves a LOT to be desired. I remedied that with my headset which will amplify sound, still a pain to have to do, when I shouldn't have to. I do not use my laptop plugged into speakers, so if I wanted to watch a movie, I had to grab the wireless headset to do so.
-If there is a way to shut off the touch pad, I never found it. But then again I was having other issues from the first few days. I use a wireless mouse and do not like the touch pad. It's location being where your palms are inevitably going to hit send you to places you really do not wish to go to while typing. That was extremely annoying to me as I'm a rapid typist and to have to continualy go find a way back to what I was doing, didn't exactly please me. The touch pad is extremely sensitive, one brush and you never can tell where you will land next.
-The computer itself is extremely sluggish. I thought I'd do okay with 2Gig's...apparently not with the work and other things I enjoy doing. If you game on sites such as Pogo or the like, you'll need more than 2 Gigs, I have no idea if this product has a way of upgrading it as other issues cropped up.
-One extremely annoying side affect was that since I use Yahoo to communicate with others and the touch pad is very sensitive I'd be calling people without meaning to on there. They would answer and say hello and I could not respond UNLESS I ran to grab my microphone headset. That irked me to no end.
-Lastly (and the reason I say I probably got a lemon) is that the computer started blacking out on me for no reason what-so-ever. First time I thought it somehow became unplugged and the battery died, but it hadn't. Rinse repeat about a dozen times in a two day period. That was enough for me to throw in the towel after less than 10 days of grief.
I gave this a two star for it's value in price...just remember you get what you pay for. If you are not one that likes to communicate via vocal or visual chat, do not use headsets, could care less about sound quality, love to use a touch pad and don't get a lemon like I did...then this computer would likely fill the bill, for the price.
Updated to add:
Major Pro's on working with Amazon. Earlier today I conversed with a representative in less than one minute via live chat, expressed my concerns (in specific) recieved an email with a return UPS label less than a minute later, and they have since updated this product to remove the fact it does not have a webcam or microphone. Now that is service at it's finest! They also got a new order from us today for a different computer!