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5.0 out of 5 stars Versatile Mobile Machine, January 5, 2011
My initial needs which lead me to purchase a laptop were mobility, media storage and playback (HD and non HD), and 3D modeling using Google SketchUp. I was looking to spend around $450-$500. After some research,this model kept making the comparison and with the price, it started looking like a winner. I made my purchase and I have never been happier. The screen is the right size for mobility, without sacrificing it's viewing capacity. Having a discrete graphics card, while not the most recent of architecture, coupled with (shared) 256mb from the DDR3 memory it performs quite well. I have to say it this laptop runs SketchUp almost as good as my desktop rig Core 2 Duo 3.0ghz 8gb of RAM and Geforce 9800GT video card. In all fairness, Sketchup is 32bit and can only address 2gb of ram, and is only a single threaded so alot of what you think are advantages to my rig, they are infact not. I guess the point of this review is..... this laptop does a couple of things at a time really well. If you push it, it will perform like a cheap laptop. If you want to surf, watch Hulu, and model a spaceship in Sketchup, she will perform like a much more expensive laptop.

I should also mention it plays Age of Empires III, Starfleet Command 3, and Command & Conquer First Decade quite nicely.

Pros
Solid hinges
Battery life is excellent
Lightweight
Runs cool and almost completely silent
excellent performance
Usable gaming capacity

Cons
No HDMI
no webcam

Overall I am completely impressed.
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Initial post: Jul 16, 2011, 4:21:40 PM PDT
It IS supposed to ship with a 1.3 mega pixel webcam, I believe.

Posted on Sep 20, 2011, 7:15:17 AM PDT
No, the graphics card is integrated, not discrete.
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