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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Laptop Great Price, October 28, 2012
This review is from: Gateway NE56R34u 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black) (Personal Computers)
So I decided I would do a review on here even though I didn't purchase this product from Amazon.

I bought this computer from Fry's Electronics today for significantly less than advertised on Amazon or anywhere else for that matter. I picked it up for $315.00 USD with tax, so it seems like I got a really good deal.

I'm very impressed with the overall feel and use of the computer, 4 Gigs of ram is a huge plus. The 500 GB drive is great for all the music and video storage needs of today.

Seems like it has good battery life so far, not so sure about the 4.5 hours as advertised, I would say it's more along the lines of 3.5 but it all depends on what you do with your computer. Still, I can't complain! The only downside is that it's a Windows 8 machine and windows 8 is designed for touch screen, which this computer does not have. Also, this computer does not include a windows or system restore cd, so if your computer crashes then you better have access to a windows cd or you're in trouble.

I would say shop around for the best price because they seem to vary from store to store.

The only downside is Windows 8..... I am not a fan so far of the Windows 8 system, it seems to be geared towards social media and not so much a easy to use operating system. If you have the patience to fight with the operating system changes and basically re-learn how to use windows then this is for you.
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Initial post: Nov 8, 2012 5:04:19 AM PST
Almost no computers today, laptop or desktop, come with backup/restore media. You're supposed to make your own using the utility program that comes with virtually every computer. It's been this way for years now.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2012 7:13:10 PM PST
W. Kampbell says:
Well Said Mark.

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 6:10:25 PM PST
I got mine for less than $280 at Target :) including taxes.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 25, 2013 12:32:07 AM PST
Cedric says:
fwiw, In addition to restore media, you want to use restore points, which I've used more often. Make sure your Windows -- and that includes 7 -- is making your restore points at least a week or month old! For various reasons, like disk space, Windows may not create a restore point (great) or only your default setup may only have restore points a few days old -- after you installed some software (or virus) that is giving you problems!

Posted on Jun 5, 2013 10:26:27 PM PDT
WGatlin says:
My review was based on the computer not just the restore media. Many computer manufacturers today still include restore media, but many are straying away from that because of the cost of the media. Restore points, system restore, whatever.. that's in relation to computer repair and backup strategies and that's not what this review is for. The overall feel and work of the computer is great, it still works fine. I have removed Windows 8 and installed Windows 7, it runs much smoother and it's easier to use. It would be great with Windows 8 if it had a touch screen!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2013 10:32:24 PM PDT
WGatlin says:
The restore media creation system included with this computer does not work well. It's an integrated part of Windows 8 & Toshiba and when you create the media it misses critical drivers and settings needed to boot the system properly. I agree it's common now to make your own restore media but I would still suggest just using a standard Windows OS DVD and manually install the drivers. Cleaner and Easier.

Posted on Jul 15, 2013 12:38:33 PM PDT
R. Henks says:
Can you tell me if these come with a Word program on them for typing and making documents? Wondered if the "more expensive" ones come with that on them if they'd be a better buy?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2013 5:30:09 AM PDT
Deals45663 says:
A trail version of Windows Office is on there. Check out OpenOffice.com for a very good free office program. The basic version is totally free and you can upgrade if you need all the bells and whistles. It will open and creat word documents. Great program!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 4, 2013 10:03:47 AM PDT
Pelagicide says:
I beg to differ. In the past 4 years, I've had 4 desktops and 3 laptops, and only one of them came without documentation and/or rescue media. And that's the one I built.
The laptops in particular needed manufacturer media. The generic drivers really reduced usability.
Let me make one thing clear; while not all shipped with the physical disks; but w/o it either walked you through it at 1st boot, all would ship the factory discs when I called support.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2013 8:57:40 PM PDT
WGatlin says:
I don't know why you'd ever use a generic driver for anything, doing things like that disappeared back in the days of Windows 98.
If you were to reformat your computer, say a Gateway, and re-install Windows 7, all you need to do is go to the Gateway website, download the manufacturer drivers, install them, and you're good to go. But still, I agree, manufacturer media is the way to go if it provides a new clean install. Dell is still providing all system recovery software and driver media. Not sure about all others...
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