- Intel Core i3 3217U(1.80GHz)
- 4GB Memory 500GB HDD 32GB SSD
- Intel HD Graphics 4000
- 1366 x 768
- Windows 8
Don't fear this unknown brand 09/27/2013
No bells or whistles
Very little pre-loaded unwanted-ware to remove
Very well put together with good materials
Worked as advertised
I was expecting a mediocre machine - its not!
Not ready to go out of the box
No help from the documentation
Windows 8 is annoying
I generally agree with the comments from other reviewers. What nobody has said is that this is an "Off-Brand" machine that really delivers. The on-sale price was simply too good to resist, but my expectations were low. I was surprised when this machine arrived and the build quality rivals machines at twice the price. Durability is an unknown, but the performance, features, and quality were way above what I thought was possible at that price point.
If you are not Windows savvy, get someone to help you set up the SSD before you start using it. There are a couple of choices on how to use it best for you, and picking one and making it work requires some work under the hood. Correct setup here is the key to making this machine's responsiveness rival your desktop.
Buy a 4 GB USB key at the same time, and make a windows 8 recovery key. Its not obvious how to do this, but there are instructions on several forums. You will be glad you did in several years. Either that, or get a USB optical drive, and build a recovery disk.
Oh, and that disk in the box includes some fairly worthless utilities, but also a complete set of Windows 7 drivers for the motherboard for those who want to put 7 on the machine instead. Nice touch!
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