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This review is from: Acer TravelMate TMB113-M-6634 Notebook Intel Core i3 3217U (1.80GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 4000 11.6" Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (available through downgrade rights from Windows 8 Pro)
Pros: Exactly as expected. Windows 7 Pro 64 bit is pre-installed. This laptop is quick and responsive. The display is small, but very nice and clear. The keyboard is very useful. Good 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. It's nearly silent in normal operation, and the battery lasts several hours. This is a very useful travel sized laptop.
Cons: The space bar is under-sensitive -- touch typist's will have to get used to mashing it harder.
No recovery media is provided. There's absolutely no documentation supporting Windows 7 or the downgrade from Windows 8. What little documentation there is only talks about Windows 8.1. These issues almost lost it an egg!
All 4 GB of RAM is on a single SO-DIMM in slot two, with slot one empty.
Other Thoughts: The low power Intel Core i3 3217U with HD Graphics 4000 really performs nicely in this little machine.
Win 7 Experience Index scores: CPU 6.2, RAM 5.9, Graphics 4.9 & 4.9, HDD 5.9.
If you can get past the poor documentation, and lack of Windows 8 media -- or any recovery media for that matter, this is a wonderful little laptop. You'll be very happy with it.
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Pros: The Sculpt Comfort Mouse worked beautifully with a new Windows 8.1 laptop. Bluetooth paired it just once and never needed to again -- even after turning it off or replacing the batteries, it remains well paired. No dropouts even after extended idle periods. After extended sleep time, just slide it around to wake it up.
It's kind of a gimmick, but the mouse has a small vibrating buzzer as a feedback when using the thumb vertical slider.
It takes two standard AA batteries. Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries make the whole very light weight. Rechargeable metal-hydride AA batteries made it feel heavier, but still nicely balanced.
I know it's saying a lot, but it operates as well as a wired gaming mouse. I'm comparing it to my USB wired Razer Lachesis, and the Scuplt Comfort Mouse is still impresive!
Cons: A little less wonderful setting it up with a Windows 7 laptop. I had to go into the bluetooth adapter in Device Manager and prevent Windows 7 from saving energy by powering it down. Until then, the mouse continually dropped connections. This was never a problem with the Windows 8.1 machine. Once it was properly operational, everything was pretty good with Windows 7, too.
Microsoft missed a golden opportunity here. The software application supporting the mouse is office centric, and frankly lame. A "gaming" center of dpi options, reassigning the blue slider, some control of the tactile buzzer and such, would make this an instant cult favorite. Strange for a software company (cough), I mean a "technical company with strength in software" to miss this.
Other Thoughts: Thank you previous reviewers, you were very helpful!
Occasionally Microsoft hardware hits one "out of the park". This is an example.
The Lenovo Z50-75 with AMD A10-7300 APU and Windows 8.1 was made for this mouse, and the mouse for the laptop. It's hard to tell how much value the bluetooth 4.0 adapter in the laptop adds to the operational experience of the mouse. But, my nephew the student will love them together!
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Pros: The Lenovo Model Z50-75 with an A10-7300 APU is a very nicely balanced machine. The x86 quad core is very lively and responsive. The R6 GPU and display are also quite nice. The machine is simple and lean, and very quiet. The speakers sound small, but they can get plenty loud.
Drivers for Windows 7 are available online, but there's no need -- Windows 8.1 with an external mouse is just fine on this laptop.
Laptop internals are easily accessible and an SSD upgrade would be huge. Lenovo's Hardware Maintenance Manual is refreshingly good.
Cons: The drivers are "early" but stable.
No HDD activity indicator. The HDD is a primary bottleneck for this laptop, and an indicator would be very useful. A task manager "summary view" is a good work around for this.
The only updated Lenovo download that I needed was BIOS v. 1.07 -- the machine shipped with v. 1.03. However, Lenovo's automatic updater application said "Your computer is up to date." Uh huh. I guess a new BIOS doesn't qualify. I had to manually update it.
I tried AMD Catalyst 14.6 rc and saw some improvement. However it introduced an intermittent problem with a "frozen screen" type system lockup when on battery power. Backing out to Lenovo release drivers required a Windows 8.1 "Refresh" type recovery of Windows.
Other Thoughts: Nephew bought this from NewEgg. This is a good value, excellent student machine that will allow some casual gaming.
Benchmark Unigen Heaven 4.0, with Balanced power plan and Catalyst 14.4 @ DX11, medium quality, moderate tessellation, no AA, 1366 x 768 full screen: scores 378 and 15.0 fps (scores 321 and 12.8 fps on battery). This 19 W TDP student machine has some game!
Per CPU-Z: the 8 GB RAM is 2 x SODIMM Samsung M471B5173DB0-YK0 running at DDR3L 1600, and the 1 TB HDD is ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB. The battery is L12M4A02. The 45 W charger is Lite-on ADLX45NLC3A. The Wi-Fi adapter is Qualcomm Atheros AR956x operating at 2.4 GHz 802.11n.
There was no recovery media provided. A 16 GB flash drive is required to create a "USB Recovery Drive." There is a small partition D: with 2.1 GB of factory applications and drivers on it. A single DVD-R on the internal DVD burner will handle that. Recovery media: check.
Addition of a "Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Mouse bluetooth" operates beautifully. It feels like a wired mouse. The track-pad can be enabled and disabled automatically, or manually with a hot-key. This mouse is a great combination with this laptop.
Silicon Power USB 3.0 16 GB: N82E16820301043
Microsoft Bluetooth mouse: N82E16826105646
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