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Daniel L.

Daniel L.

Joined on 06/28/12

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Great Bang for Your Bucks

Avatar Intel Core i5 3rd Gen 3317U (1.70GHz) 8GB Memory 32 GB SSD 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 4000 14" 1366 x 768 Ultrabook Windows 8 64-bit AVIU-145A2
Avatar Intel Core i5 3rd Gen 3317U (1.70GHz) 8GB Memory 32 GB SSD 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 4000 14" 1366 x 768 Ultrabook Windows 8 64-bit AVIU-145A2

Pros: Sleek, thin, 4hr+ battery, stretchable to 5hr if properly tempered new battery's charge full/drain full cycle in the first few weeks of use. i5 3317U 8GB ram Intel HD 4000 runs games up to 2011. Skyrim 1280x720, High Texture, no Shadow/AA runs @ 25~35fps (playable) WoW autodetect @ 45+fps 5GB Mix Content File Xfer @ 30mbps (ultrabook average)

Cons: Noticeable high pitch whine of harddrive and fan on occasion -- ebbs in and out in random intervals Unknown company with virtually no discernible digital footprint on the web, makes it impossible to fix issues in the long run through official support/forum/channels. Windows 8 Single Language Edition (google/wiki if unsure what makes it different than regular edition)

Overall Review: Best $549.99 for each ounce of hardware. Would cost twice as much with twice the bloatware with other well-known namebrands. Amazing work laptop with the occasional relax with the odd gaming hour for the price-savy techie.

Amazing for the price

Avatar Intel Core i5 3rd Gen 3317U (1.70GHz) 8GB Memory 32 GB SSD 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 4000 14" 1366 x 768 Ultrabook Windows 8 64-bit AVIU-145A2
Avatar Intel Core i5 3rd Gen 3317U (1.70GHz) 8GB Memory 32 GB SSD 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 4000 14" 1366 x 768 Ultrabook Windows 8 64-bit AVIU-145A2

Pros: For an ultrabool of the same spec would cost double from name brands. Works fine out of the box and previous review of standby/sleep error can be taken with a grain of salt. Works great and fast off boot and sleep. Skyrim on 1280x720 with high texture no shadow no AA plays at 25~35fps with the i5 turbo autoswitch (great bang for your bucks).

Cons: High pitch whine of fan on occasion, although it does not persist through gaming or other random programs, the high in pitch but low in volume whine of the Harddrive + fan is noticeable (but not dealbreaking). Comes with a low production value manual and a mystery disk for an ultrabook without an optical disk drive stock. Avatar is a dark horse company with almost no footprint or review on the web. Rumored to be a Samsung subsidiary but with the included Win8 single language edition, it might be more of a Chinese company (wiki win8 edition and search for the single language ed), although it's all just unsubstantiated info.

Overall Review: For an ultrabook that can play games circa 2011 and run WoW at 40fps default at this price? Hands down amazing. Should have bought more as gifts.