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Stylish but suffers on usability
Pros: I really like the styling of this machine. It certainly is an eye-catcher. There aren't any obnoxious indicator lights. This machine is lightweight, as expected, and provides a good level of performance. It feels sturdy. This machine is quick to boot and shut down. It also runs cool and normally quiet. The fan does spin up frequently, but the sound is at a pitch that is easy to ignore. Having a DVD drive onboard is also a nice positive despite adding some weight and width.
Cons: The touchpad on this machine is awful. It made using Windows 8 a huge pain. Gestures swiping in from the side or top commonly didn't register, left and right clicks didn't always behave as expected, and taps were commonly ignored. The touchpad is nicely sized, but it needs to be more sensitive.
Other Thoughts: I purchased this machine as a gift. Unfortunately, I got to know it way better than I wanted to. The new owner decided she hated Windows 8. The lousy touchpad contributed to this problem by making charms bar and metro app gestures a total pain to use. Ultimately, the new OS was too jarring a change and was swapped out for Windows 7. If I wasn't around and knowledgeable about how to get Windows 7 working this machine would have been returned. When the new owner yells at Windows 8 and goes back to her slow, 6 year-old machine loaded with Windows 7 you know there's a big problem!
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