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Pros: - Feel and texture of the body of the device - case feels somewhat rubbery and easy to grip.
- nice and compact and relatively uniformly thin rather than wedge-shaped.
- (2) USB 3.0 ports plus (1) USB 2 port NOTE: I previously reviewed and noted that there are two "revisions" of this laptop, the latest having (2) USB3 and the original allegedly having only (1) USB3; it turns out that the original (which is the "release" I received) still has both ports on the left side that support USB3, but that both are just not LABELLED as such. The rear port is labeled as USB2, but it actually operates at USB3 (confirmed via HGST Touro 3.0 hard drive connecting at 3.0 speed; as reported by Win 8.1 and confirmed via 60-80+ MB/sec sustained transfer speeds)
- LONGER battery life than other options/most
- ethernet port is nice to have built-in for situations where the wireless is "haywire"/overloaded
- normal size hdmi is also nice to have
- relatively FAST (in my opinion) bootup and shutdown, even with the stock spindle 500gb drive
- screen is decently bright and clear
- pre-installed bloatware was not a problem - rather clean installation of 8.1. McAfee didn't seem to slow it down much, but that was easy enough to uninstall.
Cons: - keyboard is very good and good quality, keys have good travel, no "flex" of the keyboard, but, it is not what I would say is a "full size" keyboard. The keys are a *tad* bit smaller and take some adjustment. My fathers 3 year old 11" toshiba keyboard isn't necessarily "better", but the keys were more "standard size"/larger.
- the speakers are decent, but one could have guessed that they aren't like the speakers on my ancient 2006 17" macbook pro (which are top facing). At maximum volume with the same exact song, the Insp11 was pushing out a "almost bass-less" 77-78 decibels while the macbook was pushing out a more full 79-80 db. As good as probably should be expected, and, well, with bluetooth 4.0, I expect that I could easily connect and push the audio to one of those Jawbone Jamboxes or alternatively out via something like a chromecast or (gasp) an audio-out cable.
- a certain amount of screen glare is present but typical of non-business displays... not sure if I will buy one of those antiglare screen protector things or not... depends on if it starts irritating my eyes (I am coming from an antiglare/matte macbook pro)
Other Thoughts: The 4GB of ram should be enough for the vast majority of people, but I may swap out the one chip for an 8GB chip at some point soon because I multitask heavy (it still performs surprisingly well with just the 4 though!). Also, of course, while an intel core (i3, i5, etc) would have been nice, the pentium seems good and fast enough to handle everything I'm throwing at it.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Feel and texture of the body of the device - feels somewhat rubbery and easy to grip.
Will update again after/if I decide to power it up and begin using it.
Cons: There are two revisions of this laptop, each with the SAME model number, but the earlier revision only has ONE usb 3.0 port while the latest revision has TWO usb 3.0 ports. I placed my order March 24 and received the first release/revision that only has (1) usb 3.0 port.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Ryan K.
Date Joined: 09/17/02
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