Beyond my expectations. I had an high end (DV9730 entertainment notebook) from HP that's bricked now. This notebook runs so much cooler and reliable that the HP.
If you don't need the rarely used HDMI or a few extra USB ports (that a $10 hub will fix if needed) this model is the way to go! You still get "budget" parts but they are the better budget parts. You are getting a an LED (not sure if this was a free upgrade because it did not have on the details at time of purchase) vs the old LCD. ATI video card that is better IMO than the budget Intel one. 10-Key number pad, N- wireless card for faster speeds, card reader, face recognition software, and Office Started 2010 (not the trail; it will not expire on you!), It comes with windows 7 64-bit meaning it will support the full 8GB of RAM later on.
I have ran Photoshop CS3, Adobe Premier without a problem, and pushed this notebook to the limits.
I was nervous about the 1MB of L2 cache but so far it has not been a problem. The DDR3 really helps with the speed. It runs smooth and rather fast. I notice little things here & there BUT I am not the normal computer user. I am a computer geek and max this $400 notebook out.
Pros: Price, Average battery life (2hrs 45mins on 4 cell is GREAT), Windows 7 64-Bit, Face software, FULL Office Starter Starter, 10-Key, LED, Nice picture, pinch & twirl touch pad, Not shine so no more finger prints, nice size, nice feel to keys, DDR3, upgrade to 8GB DDR3 RAM (nice), very little bloat-ware, plus so much more.
Cons: 2 USB ports & no HDMI (not a big deal for me), Speakers are on the VERY quite side. (I'm always muted so I don't mind.
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