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Avatar Tellus Intel Core i3 4GB 500GB HDD+32GB SSD 14
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Pros: This laptop is beautiful. Very thin, light weight, gorgeous screen, great texture on the cover and touch pad. Doesn't run overly hot, relatively few junk applications come pre installed, great battery life.

Cons: Available Hard Drive space is 460GB. Hard Drives being a little under is normal, but this is nearly 50GB less than advertised. SSD is not partitioned, and will not even appear as a drive unless you set it up yourself. Windows is NOT on the SSD, and 4GB of the SSD has been partitioned to hibernation, leaving you only 28GB of space for windows. Just running Firefox and Skype used 78% of my RAM, so while you could instal games or Photoshop on the SSD, you would likely need a RAM upgrade before you could effectively use either. When Windows launched, it failed to activate as the pre-installed serial number was incorrect, you have to manually enter it from the one on the bottom of the PC. Some of these are obviously more technologically challenging than others, but the bottom line is, you need to know your way around a PC before purchasing this unit. It is not out of the box friendly. I gave this three eggs, as I am assuming that the device I got had a faulty drive, though I am going to mention the problem here in case it is common. The disk usage of this device would hover between 4% and 9%, then randomly spike to 100% and freeze the unit solid for several seconds to several minutes. While running Skype and Firefox, nothing more, it would take a full 30 seconds to respond before opening the link. This was, ultimately, the reason I returned it (Newegg has amazing customer service!), I hope it is a fault with an individual unit, not the status quo for the model.

Other Thoughts: Putting these under "other," as they may not be cons to some people. There is no way to adjust the power settings so that the laptop will wake up upon opening the lid. The manual says you can use the sleep/moon button, but there is not actually a sleep/moon button on the keyboard. There is a function+key combo to put it to sleep, but it will not wake it up. You have to press the very small power button to wake it up. It also beeps every time you plug it in, which I found odd and annoying. It also comes with a disk... though since the laptop has no disk drive, I have no idea what that disk contained. The user manual, including both inside covers, was a grand total of 30 pages and not very well translated.

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Date Joined: 12/07/08

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