Advantages Great design, good overall performance, extra & media features are superb
Disadvantages Robustness and price
To make my review of this laptop easier to read and generally more useful I have broken it down into smaller chunks as follows:
With a dual core 1.66ghz Intel Centrino processor and 2GB of RAM you would expect this laptop to be pretty quick, and fortunately it is. Start up time is pretty reasonable, applications open up quickly, big files load quickly too. Can handle several applications at once and complete several processes at once. I've had a couple of crashes on a few occasions but nothing major that didn't fix itself within a minute or so and was only due to a huge memory overload.
This was one of the minor factors in me choosing this laptop over its competitors in the same price range. I get a lot of people coming up to me at school when I have this laptop out telling me they really like it, that it looks really cool. It isn't really flash but it does look very nice and well designed. It does feel a bit plastic like in places but is generally sturdy but not what I would call robust. You should not buy this laptop if you are going to be dropping it about, but if you want a portable laptop you will be taking good care with, this will be okay. It is on the larger side and more heavy as a result and this of course makes it less portable and rival models more preferable if portability is an issue, but otherwise this is still okay for travelling about with.
With a hard drive capacity of 160gb this certainly doesn't lack hard-drive space and whilst some competitor laptops have a much greater capacity you will find regardless of the specifications you will not want to be using more than 90-100gb of hard drive space as your laptop will slow down considerably. There is also an in-built hard drive partition in this laptop that uses 10gb of hard drive space, so in reality you have around 140gb of memory after you take away the partitioned drive and the software and operating system space. However this hard drive partition is your recovery system and if anything goes wrong you can use this to reset your laptop back to how it was before there were any fundamental errors or problems! A highly useful, use of memory capacity and a great function of this laptop.
As I mentioned with the looks and feel of this laptop, I would not describe this laptop as being robust but if you take good care of it, it will remain durable. There are a few scratches after using it for several months but only the kind of scratches that any piece of electronic equipment suffers over time and being used and nothing to worry about at all, especially since you can only see them when you are looking for them. The durability goes hand in hand with the robustness, as long as you look after this laptop, it will remain durable too. Just do not buy this laptop if you are going to smashing it about in a backpack, travelling to and from work everyday, it is not because it will not be okay if you do so, but there are better products on the market for such a situation.
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