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Great laptop, if you have the know how to upgrade it.
on May 12, 2015
Here is a honest review for someone who is looking into getting this laptop. First I would like to state that you must keep your expectations in line. This is a $250 laptop and it will preform as such. Let me start off by saying that the other reviews that state that the processor is to slow, are wrong. The processor is plenty for what this laptop allows you to do. Youtube, Netflix, Hulu, they all run great on the E1 apu. The problem they are having is with the hard drive. the hard drive in this laptop is a standard 5200rpm hard drive. it only has a 16mb memory buffer making this a terrible hard drive. It is an absolute bottleneck. If you keep the hard drive that it comes with you will experience alot of delay when trying to browse the web simply because the hard drive cannot read/write the data fast enough. I upgraded to an ssd and now the computer runs as if it were $900 (the ssd cost $50) I would recommend you upgrade to an ssd right away. Sure it will bump up the price to $300 vs the original $250, it will be well worth it.
Like most budget laptops (any laptop really) the webcam included is terrible, but it gets the job done. Its fine for skyping, but don't expect to make youtube vlogs with it. I really enjoy the ability to upgrade this laptop It has to dimm slots for ddr3L ram which is great because you can throw in another 4gb stick and have 8gb total. also the hard drive is removable so you can either opt for a larger hard drive, a hybrid hard drive, or and ssd. Also the dvd drive can be removed and upgraded to a blue ray reader. I myself replaced the screen with a 1600x900 IPS display for better color reproduction and viewing angles. All in all this was a great buy. Its a wonderful computer for school, and there is lots of room to upgrade. At the end of the day with all the modifications I made to this computer it works just as well as a surface 3. With the blazing fast ssd, amazing display and relatively powerful apu.
To answer the age old question,"Can I do some light gaming on this?" no you cannot. The one board graphics were only meant to allow you to have video playback at 30fps. I tried some games off of addictinggames.com and none of them would run. Again this is a $250 laptop. Some might say, "well I could just build a gaming pc for $300 that could play some light games better than this" this is true, but you would need to spend money on the windows operating system, monitor, keyboard, mouse. all of these things already come built into the laptop. At the end of the day this laptop has about $100 worth of computing power, the rest is the screen and battery etc...
If you Want a laptop for web browsing and word processing, with casual video playback here and there, then this laptop is for you. if you want a hardcore gaming laptop trying the lenovo y50. This laptop will be great for writers and students who just want something to write up some word documents on. If you want it to be very fast and pleasant to use, get a ssd. If you want to have a little more multitasking capabilities, get another 4gb stick of ram. All in all I give this laptop 5 stars, because of its price to performance ratio, and its vast ability to be upgraded.