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Run of the mill
on December 7, 2013
A very average laptop. If anyone is a gamer, this laptop is NOT the one to choose. It will be able to handle medium to low end graphics but the integrated graphics card just does not have very smooth graphics rendering and tends to lag on even the average gaming graphics of today. The keyboard layout is counterintuitive compared to most other laptops. Every thing is shifted to the left because of the number pad on the right and the keys are smaller and more scrunched up, especially the arrow keys. It makes it difficult to get used to typing.
The DVD player also has lag issues. I'm not sure if this is isolated to my specific laptop, but if the DVD has even the slightest bit of dust, dirt or scratch, the dvd processing will hang quite a bit.
My biggest issue is with the screen. I'm not sure if this is characteristic of LED screens but it has a very narrow viewing angle. Viewing the screen at an angle even slightly off 90 degrees will darken your view in the corners and edges. Even when staring at the screen at a 90 degree angle, the very edges of the screen still have some darkened whites and faded out blacks.
The fingerprint security is also extremely buggy. It has a difficult time detecting fingerprints and System restorations, BIOS resets, or system updates can sometimes cause the fingerprint data to be corrupt so that even if it says that your fingerprints are recorded, it will not recognize it.
The laptop is very quiet however and the built in speakers are very good, with surprisingly substantial bass and volume. The RAM that comes with it is paltry but you can easily add extra RAM because its so easy to get inside the laptop...no undoing of any screws, just push on a latch to open. The spill resistant keyboard is great...no more getting crap stuck under keys or having to remove fragile plastic bits to get under the keys to clean it up.
This is a laptop for everyday use, and its i3 processor can handle the vast majority of things. For a full multi-media experience, get something else.
Minus one star. The built in webcam and microphone has mysteriously stopped working, most likely due to broken wiring near the hinges of the laptop that connects it to the motherboard.