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Pros: I love it, but this is not an iPad type tablet or the x230 tablet. It only uses the stylus.
A lot of the negative reviews are due to people not understanding what they are purchasing. I gave it 3-stars because it should either be 1-star or 5-stars. Either you will hate it, or you will love it. If you do not need a stylus DO NOT purchase this notebook. Period. Otherwise, it may be for you.
I have purchased two of these models from Newegg but from different vendors. Many of them were originally leased to schools, and some have a lot of wear. They are several years old and at least a generation behind in technology.
If you want a multi-touch screen (iPad-like), purchase something else. If you do not need a touch screen that uses a stylus, purchase something else. If you can afford something more expensive, weigh your options. If you only want a cheap notebook, purchase something else.
If you need a touch (stylus) screen, this is a cheap solution with limitations. It will run MS Office 2010 Student & Home version, and it is especially good for taking notes in OneNote. It could be used for some graphics software, but it is probably underpowered for Photoshop or AutoCAD.
This is not a Netbook. This is a full featured notebook with a touch (stylus) screen, and it can run any applications that any other notebook can run. The only limitation would be that the hardware may be underpowered due to its age.
The hardware is a lower end computer, but for most people it will run all the software applications they need. It is not a gaming machine, but it will run some games. You would need to check the specs. It will run Office and any financial or business software.
This is also a good way to tryout a stylus type notebook without spending a lot of money. I would not pay more than two hundred for one of these, and I caught them on sale for one hundred & seventy.
At the time, a new X230 was well out of my budget, and this was a bargain. I may buy another one of these as a spare before they are all gone.
Cons: The ones I purchased were used and had a lot of wear. For those, the seller did not refurbish them to the original condition. The first one was in fairly good condition, but the second was not as good.
For the second, the hinge is loose, but it still works. The closing latch is not as tight as when new, and I need to fiddle with it to get it to snap shut. The HDD would bootup, but it started having problems due to bad sectors. I saved the return shipping and put it towards an upgraded HDD instead. The battery lasted a few months, but it finally died.
This notebook is not an Open Box or Returned item. It is a highly used item, and this is to help you make an informed decision.
It is also a 4:3 screen ratio. For note taking, this is not the same ratio as a sheet of paper. A 16:10 or 16:9 widescreen is a better ratio.
The stylus can be used as a mouse, but it may take a while to get used to how it works.
Other Thoughts: My stepson had one in high school, and when he showed me what it could do, I wanted one. At the time, they were substantially more than this used one is.
He got his in 2008, and when he graduated, they returned them. The school was leasing the notebooks, and I suspect the company sold them. If so, his was fairly beat-up.
I got him one of the refurbished X61 Tablet for college, and many of his classmates were impressed that he could take notes by hand. When that one got stolen, I had to replace it, and when he got the X230 Tablet, I inherited the X61 Tablet.
It was my stepson's only computer, but it is not my primary computer. I use it for paper replacement applications. It is not as light as some of today's notebooks, but for the price/features, it is light enough.
Mine came with 2Gb of RAM and a 60Gb HDD. I increased the RAM to 4Gb, and I replaced the HDD with a 250Gb HDD. (There is a HDD limit for this notebook, and I think it is 260Gb. I think the motherboard RAM limit is 4Gb.) I also replaced the battery when it went bad. I may replace the closing latch, but that involves more parts than just the latch.
If you replace parts, you need to check the model numbers carefully. There can be substantial differences between the X61 and X61 Tablet. There are also hardware limitations, and it will not recognize RAM or HDD larger than a certain size. This is NOT a Windows X32 vs, X64 issue. It is a motherboard architecture issue.
Dell replacement parts are very expensive. You can get cheaper replacements, but you need to be careful. Some batteries will fit, but they do not have the rubber feet. They may not be as secure. My replacement was longer, but it has more cells for longer life. I used glue to transfer the rubber parts. The battery, RAM, and HDD are easy to replace.
The closing latch and hinge would be more difficult. When purchasing other parts, the sellers do not always understand that there are differences between the X61 and X61 Tablet. They will list a part as compatible for both when it is only for the X61.
If you are going to replace any internal parts, I would get the X61 parts list to compare. Also, you should be skeptical about photos. A lot of times it is a stick photo.
I think there are are some utilities on the Lenovo website. Mine came with a Windows 7 install CD, but it is only for refurbished computers. I do not know if this one comes with the CD, but Microsoft may have one for purchase. You should be able to burn a restore disk.
Windows 7 has Tablet PC utilities. These are very helpful, and there are also OCR features in Office. Other software also may have features to take advantage of the stylus. The "eraser" end works as an eraser.
This review is from: Irwin Tools Fastener Drive Tool and Drill Bit Set, 20-Piece
Pros: I caught this set on sale for about 1/3 the MSRP, and they seem to be better than other brands at the same price.
The case is sturdy. I tested it by standing on it, and I am over 200 lbs. I am not sure what is supposed to be "rubberized". It is made of a thick durable plastic. The sliding latch is well attached, and it is sturdy, also. The latch stays in place with substantial jostling.
The drill bits seem to be good, but I am not sure how long they will hold an edge. From the quality of the set, this should not be a problem.
The driver bits seem to be good, also. I have not tried them for anything heavy-duty, but I would not expect any problems. It only includes a limited assortment, but other bits could be substituted.
The bit holder has a magnet to hold the bits in place, but without the magnet, it would securely hold the driver bits. The shaft of the holder has a plastic sleeve, and it feels "rubberized". This allows the driver shaft to turn while holding it.
The magnet on the nutsetters is strong, and it should not allow nuts to fall off. I prefer to hand start nuts, but it could help as an extension. The depth is shallow, and it is not a nut driver.
While in the case, everything is securely held in place. Nothing will fall out of its place, and everything is easy to extract/replace. The drill bits move up and slide out. The remaining items are rotated vertical and removed. This allows them to stay secure and to be easily removed.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is a really good set. For home use, it should be able to handle heavy duty applications. I am not sure how it would do for heavy-duty professional applications.
The case is bulky. If space is an issue, the case holders can be removed, and they could be tossed into something else. They will not fall out, but if they are being jostled, they could work loose.
There is space for additional items to be placed into the case. Additional bits would fit. The plastic holders can be removed, or the case slots allow them to be rearranged. by removing all the plastic holders, the case could be used for something else.
The case hinge pin is open on the bottom, and it may eventually work loose. It is firmly in place, and it would need to be opened and closed many, many times. I do not anticipate this ever happening, but if it did, it could be easily pushed back into place.
I did not include this in the Con section because I doubt it would ever happen. I am only including it for completeness.
This review is from: Rosewill RM-P2U Mouse-3 Buttons, 1 x Wheel, USB Wired, Optical, 800 dpi
Pros: I caught it on sale with free shipping, and for the price, it was hard to beat. I am was initially using it with my desktop, but I have moved it to my laptop.
It is mid-sized similar to a Microsoft Basic Mouse. I prefer a bigger mouse, but this seems to be the average size. The cord could be longer, but at 4.5 ft, it has slack for a standard desktop setup.
My largest monitor is 1900x1200, and the 800 dpi allows it to move quickly around the screen. It is plug-n-play, and it uses the standard Windows mouse driver and configuration utility. I am running Windows 7 x64, and it installed flawlessly.
The tracking seems to be accurate, but I am not using it for anything requiring high accuracy. The buttons and wheel clicks are distinct with a definite clicking sound.
Cons: The bottom drags a little. The feet are small, and they are probably not level. On a mouse pad it is not as noticeable, but I sometimes use the desktop instead.
The wheel has notched, but they are shallow. The notches can be felt, but it is soft. It is not as soft as a "smooth scrolling" mouse, but it is too close for me.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a good mouse for the price. Under ten dollars is good, but I got it for under five. It seems to be comparable to a MS Basic Optical Mouse, but it is cheaper. It is a good, cheap, no-frills mouse, and I wish I had bought a few more.READ FULL REVIEW