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Pros: Low Price
Physically well designed
Cons: Windows 8
drivers are not ready out of box
poor wireless card
touch pad is badly designed
Other Thoughts: Pros:
Basically, I've enjoyed this computer quite a bit. It does everything I thought it would do for the price. I'm impressed with the quality of build, affordable graphics (consider them above average at best though) and how quiet the system is. Having used Acer, Dell, and Sony notebooks in the past, I'm very impressed with the quality of the audio on such an affordable computer. Speakers are clear, loud and sharp. The headphone jack has no hiss or pop like some systems.
The computer feels solid, and having replaced the RAM it's very easy to work on. I'm a curious person and so as I was upgrading the RAM on the computer, I explored the innards some and compared to other brands I've disassembled, it was relativity easy.
The computer comes with Windows 8 and simply put, Windows 8 is easily one of the weaker offerings Microsoft has put out. After 6 months on Windows 8 I'm still considering spending the time and effort to downgrade back to 7.
I had a lot of trouble with the drivers on this computer out of the box. Graphics were not displaying properly, the audio wasn't working, the wireless card simply would not find my routers and some of the keyboard hot keys didn't operate as they should. While Lenovo seems to take good care of their Thinkpad customers, the Ideapad customer is obviously less important and the website is just pitiful. But, after several hours of Googling, searching and hunting I found the proper drivers I needed, got everything installed, and now the computer is running like a champ.
The wireless card is the cheapest one they could put in the computer. It isn't fast, won't do 5bit, has poor range, and sometimes gets confused and you have to reconnect. But, it isn't a surprise. You know from reading the specs on the site that the wireless card from this computer is junk. Just don't expect more.
The touchpad on this computer is the only thing I find to be cheaply constructed. It feels cheap, responds cheaply and the buttons are not real responsive. I got used to it eventually and can manage pretty well, but every person who borrows my computer to use complains about the poor touch pad. I use a wireless mouse 90% of the time so it isn't a game changer, but if might be annoying to people who use the touchpad more often.
All in all, for the price it isn't a bad computer for someone who wants good audio, the ability to game on average graphics settings, and a computer that's built pretty well.