- Intel Core i5 4th Gen 4200U (1.60 GHz)
- 8 GB Memory 750 GB HDD
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
- 1366 x 768
- Windows 8 64-bit
- DL DVD+/-RW/CD-RW
Very good for the price 03/14/2014
- 8GB of memory and 4GB of dedicated video memory make this laptop zip right along. Installing a solid state drive would make it fly even more.
-The built-in Smart Gesture works quite well, for the most part.
-Plays games smoothly and hassle free (For example, do not have to disable threaded optimization in some games to get a lag-free experience)
-Sound can get surprisingly loud, very nice audio quality in the mid+ ranges. (It's a laptop, can't expect it to be very bass-y)
-So far it's been a very quiet computer as well, fan-wise.
A few issues resulting in -1 egg:
-The Smart Gesture software seems to have a "phantom click" when I am using gestures. When 2 or more fingers are used, the cursor will disappear, and sometimes it registers a click near the center or left-middle side of the screen. Annoying on the Start screen.
-Screen looks a little grainy, and for some reason bright colors (purple especially) look a little white-washed.
-Touchpad is a single piece of plastic, no separation for left and right mouse buttons leading to more effort to put into clicks.
At first I was concerned over the fact that there was both Intel integrated graphics as well as the Nvidia GPU, but I didn't know this was a Windows 8 thing. Windows 8 is another can of worms, but it does not warrant any more loss of eggs, since it has little bearing on the actual computer's performance.
The design seems heavily inspired from Apple and HP laptops, what with the gaps between keys and the solid piece of plastic touchpad. Could be better (made of metal, actual mouse buttons), could be worse (I won't name names). It took a long time fussing around in Windows 8 before I realized I needed to go to the Store app to get Windows 8.1. Would have saved me 5 hours of changing settings, only to have to change most of them back again.
Anyway, good laptop for the budget, I'm pretty happy with it. If I could fix all of the issues in the cons section I would give it a 5/5, but alas and alack, not this time.
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