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Avatar Tellus Intel Core i3 4GB 500GB HDD+32GB SSD 14
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Price - got it for $400 shipped on a Daily Deal

1366x768 might not be anything special, but it looks pretty crisp on a 14" screen

Battery life - Windows lists it as 4 hours 55 minutes remaining at max brightness with only 72% of max battery capacity

Full-size keyboard with a nice feel to it

Hinge moves easily but feels sturdy

Thin, lightweight, portable, etc.

The brown color looks better in person than it did in the pictures - still wouldn't have been my first choice, but for the price I paid I can definitely live with it

Quick shipping via NewEgg (ordered Thursday with standard shipping, received Monday)

Cons: Windows 8

Battery isn't (easily) removable - not surprising for an ultrabook, I suppose

I'd have preferred a straight-up SSD - Intel's Smart Response Technology is kind of cool in theory, but in practice it's nowhere near as zippy as actually having a SSD, and between the Cloud and my desktop hard drive I really don't have much use for 450 GiB of storage on a laptop. Your mileage may vary.

Annoying, high-pitched beep when inserting or removing the charger. Incredibly minor and should be a very quick fix, but it's annoying enough that I couldn't not mention it.

Other Thoughts: Windows Experience Index out-of-the-box:

Processor: 6.3

Memory: 5.9

Graphics: 4.3

Gaming graphics: 6.2

Primary hard disk: 5.9

Base score: 4.3 - Based on the graphics, no surprise there. Hopefully it goes without saying that if you're looking for a gaming laptop you're in the wrong place.

I couldn't in good conscience knock off an egg for any of the short list of cons, since nearly everything about the design, other than the inclusion of Windows 8 on a non-touchscreen device, is pretty much completely intuitive.

All this is based on what the laptop's like straight out of the box since that's how 90%+ of buyers will probably use it - I'll be putting Windows 7 on it though. If you're doing the same, note that you need to reinstall Intel's Rapid Storage Technology after installing Windows. If you can't be bothered but still want a start menu, check out Classic Shell.

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Intel 2230BN  IEEE 802.11 N300 Mini PCI Express Wi-Fi plus Bluetooth 4.0 Combo Adapter – OEM
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Probably a nice little component for the money

Cons: Didn't get to use it

Other Thoughts: This is the Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230, model 2230BNHMW. The form factor is PCI Express x4.

I didn't pay enough attention to the picture and bought the wrong form factor for my motherboard. Currently RMAing, hopefully NewEgg is still as good with that as they were a decade ago.

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Gateway LT Series LT4004u Black Intel Atom N2600(1.60GHz) 10.1
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Price, obviously. Tiny and lightweight - every bit as portable as a tablet, in my opinion. Battery life - I don't know what it's like stock, but I get 6 hours easily with the SSD I threw in. HDMI. 3 USB ports (2 on the right side, 1 on the left).

Cons: Keyboard is usable, but don't expect to type at your full rate. Kind of a pain to disassemble, compared to laptops anyway. Speaker and webcam quality are even worse than I'd anticipated. 1 GB stock RAM is pretty meh. High-gloss surface means lots of fingerprints (obviously I'm kind of grasping at straws here).

Also, the F-keys are mapped by default so that their secondary functions are the primary keystroke action, and actually using the F-keys requires holding down Fn. For stuff like the volume control keys, this is nice, but it's easy to accidentally hit F3 to disable the wifi adapter or something.

Other Thoughts: I swapped out the HDD and RAM for a nice, fast SSD and 2 GB stick as soon as I got it. Currently have Windows 7 Pro x64 and Lubuntu dual-booted - it boots to either very quickly. A couple other things to note:

* Don't try Windows 8. Native screen resolution is 1024x600, but Windows 8 only supports 1024x768 and up, so it'll give you a hard time when you try to run your programs.

* The Gateway site lists the wifi adapter as Atheros. I don't know what brand the hardware actually is, but I needed the Broadcom driver to get it to work on Windows 7. YMMV.

* Even if you think you know what you're doing, don't try to physically open it up without at least taking a look at a Youtube tutorial or something - the assembly is completely unorthodox and there are some great tutorials.

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Display Name: Tom F.

Date Joined: 06/11/10

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  • Last Review: 09/09/13
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