Date Joined: 08/16/06
Pros: Exceptionally well constructed, solid, attractive, very nice keyboard (the best I've ever seen on a laptop), great sound, great connectivity ports for everything I need, boots up really quickly, one touch sound video and power options are great, one button system recovery, runs quiet and cool, plays world of warcraft med-high settings well, video conferenced with 6 webcams running onscreen quite successfully, bright large screen, Hdmi looks great on tv, great value for a well constructed computer with A8 quadcore.
Cons: This is a great laptop for the price, but coming from a more expensive laptop with a graphics card I do see a difference in 3D video quality on movies and games, although quality of video and gaming is good, it's not as good as my old laptop, and the options for graphic settings or tweeks are fairly limited. The unibar mouse takes some getting used to if you're coming from a mouse with 2 definitive sides. The battery life isn't great at around 3-4 hours depending on what you're doing. The gun metal casing, although attractive and solid attract dust cat hair ect. My only real concern or problem I'm having is an unusual one, my internet connectivity or access is constantly varying between 3 and 4 bars, my router is only about 10yards away(granted trough a door and behind a wall) but I always had 5bars on my old laptop and neither I nor the router are moving so I don't know why the signal strength changes every few minuets, obviously there are ways to fix this and it does stay connected.
Overall Review: I've only had this laptop a few days and I am impressed with it out of the box, for the most part, it seems to be a great value and solidly constructed. I was on the fence about whether to get a faster dual core or a quad core for my budget, needs and uses and this processor and graphics seem to handle, everything I do quite well, I do notice it being a little slower in single task things then my 2.6, but when running multiple tasks and windows at the same time, I can definitely see the quadcore difference with 4 or more programs running simultaneously exceptionally well.