Unlike what another review stated, this laptop does contain a fair amount of bloatware, however that is to be expected from any new laptop purchased. After several hours of uninstalling bloatware, rebooting, upgrading, rebooting, upgrading, rebooting, etc... this laptop was finally ready for use or at least it is ready for me to install the apps I use :) At first glance the case seems pretty bland and cheap. Upon further inspection, that is verified. I definitely wouldn't be taking this laptop into an environment that requires something rugged. If normal precautions are taken it should stand up fine to everyday use. The keyboard layout has sufficient space for a touch typist to go blazing along at 100 wpm, however I have been having trouble with mistyping numbers. That is probably because I have become used to a small netbook's keyboard. It does have some application launch buttons along the left side of the keyboard. At this point I haven't noticed a problem with them getting in the way of my typing. The audio seems to be adequate for what it is. I am not an audiophile so I am unable to determine if the Altec Lansing speakers are worth anything. They should be fine for a little bit of music listening and movie watching, however this laptop is definitely not geared towards home entertainment. The screen is bright and clear. I am pleased with that. The 15.6" screen size seems to be the sweet spot for portability, big enough to work with multiple apps at once, yet not too big as to make lugging this thing around a pain. With an Intel Celeron 900 processor and 2 GB of ram, don't expect to be zipping through video editing apps, especially considering it is a single core cpu. Of course if you needed a laptop to do that then you would have spent a lot more money now wouldn't you. One thing that is a definite plus is the wireless networking card. 802.11n seems to be the standard wireless card installed in most new laptops and anyone would be a fool to not insist on that. The card is backwards compatible with b and g so for those who haven't upgraded their routers yet this will still work for you. (Get on the bandwagon fools!) I haven't fully tested the battery life yet. Right now I am at two hours. That's while doing part of my uninstalling bloatware, rebooting, and upgrading bit. The battery meter is reading 50% so it appears that battery life is as advertised if not better. This can be made better if I did a little tweaking to the power settings. For those of you looking for a laptop to put a Linux based operating system on, you are in luck. It appears that all the hardware is supported by at least Ubuntu directly out of the box. I actually debated on installing the latest version of Ubuntu instead of cleaning the bloatware up and I very nearly did. I still may in the future once I've created the re-installation disks. I wonder how much this thing would cost if Windows was left out of the picture? All things considered this is a decent budget laptop. The only thing that I would tweak is the case construction, but one cannot expect too much for less than $350. I definitely would recommend this for someone who needs to get on the internet, school use, so on and so forth.
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