Joined on 01/21/07
Inexpensive and decently powerful
Pros: - Inexpensive. - Decently powerful. An i5-8300H beats out an i7-8550U, but it comes at the cost of more power, so shorter battery time. - Gaming-type laptop, if you're into that kind of thing. - SSD gives FAST bootup, but if yours is 128G or 256G, then make sure you install at least some of your programs onto the HDD. - Has a GTX 1050 Graphics Card. Not great, but not bad. - Rebate made price really attractive.
Cons: - Medium-ish size. I guess it's reasonable for a gaming laptop, but I'm used to thin laptops. - See touchpad issue below. (No eggs off since it's really Synaptic's fault and I found a workaround.) - Short battery life, but hey it's a gaming laptop. - Don't forget to do your rebate! You must use the barcode from the RED inside box, not the brown outside shipping box. (I know this seems obvious, but they put an almost identical sticker on the shipping box - obviously I'm not talking about the shipping label. The only difference is the one on the inside has a small square QR code - that's the one you have to use.) - Key placement is not standard, so I find myself messing up when using the arrow keys and the delete key after switching between other 'more standard' laptops.
Overall Review: I had a MAJOR issue with the touchpad. It felt like a touchpad from the 90's, requiring pressing hard, and skipping at times. I tried all different Synaptics drivers, but no luck. I reinstalled windows and the touchpad worked perfectly, but after Windows Updates installed the Synaptics driver the problem came back. Right Click the Windows Icon on the bottom left of your desktop -> Select Device Manager -> Drop open the 'Mice and other pointing devices' row -> Right click on the touchpad or mouse driver row in that section and select 'Properties' (the row probably says Symantic, but I already changed mine so I can't tell) -> Click the 'Driver' tab -> If the 'Rollback Driver' button is not greyed out, then select it. You want to roll it back to using the general 'PS/2 Compatible Mouse' driver, NOT the Synaptic driver, if you can do that you're done! -> Otherwise, If you CAN'T select Rollback, or if you're not able to roll back to the 'PS/2 Compatible Mouse' driver, then select the 'Update Driver' button -> 'Browse my computer' -> 'Let me pick from a list' -> pick 'PS/2 Compatible Mouse' . Note that you may have to uncheck the 'Show compatible hardware' button and select 'Microsoft' as the manufacturer. -> Reboot -> Now you have the 'PS/2 Compatible Mouse' driver installed and it should work well enough. Good luck.
Greatest Moue Ever!
Pros: I first bought one of these years ago, since then I have bought another for myself, three more for each of my kids, one for the wife. Can't say enough about how great these are. Easy to program, software interface is great.
Cons: No cons, it's perfect!