So far, this thing has been just great. We needed a spare computer to check e-mail and to use for recipes in the kitchen. I don't want a "smart phone" because my "dumb phone" works just fine, I cannot imagine surfing the internet on a phone screen anyway, and I love this big monitor on this portable device. Battery seems to last an o.k. amount of time, but it really is not a big deal to plug this thing in. We have a converter for our car that things can get plugged into, so when the battery runs, we'll just plug the thing in.
I bought this for $298. It's my first laptop. We had considered replacing our desktop computer with a laptop the last time we had to purchase a new computer and I am glad we decided not to do that. The keyboard on a laptop is uncomfortable and awkward for a REAL typist like myself. Now, a kid today has typically never learned how to really use a keyboard using all four fingers and right thumb ... for a hunt and peck typist, a laptop keyboard probably doesn't feel any different than a regular one, but for those of us who learned to type in the stone age BEFORE computers there is a difference. I type 85 to 90 words a minute on a normal keyboard. That ain't gonna happen on this thing!
I love that this laptop came with Windows 7, and a number of other pre-loaded programs that are good enough for what I plan to use this thing for. Office Starter is on here and it is ample for my word-processing needs. There is no Powerpoint on "starter" so if that is what you are needing, you'll have to go ahead and buy the full Microsoft Office. I remember the old days when that was just included on your system when you bought it, but if you are a computer company and trying to look like your computers are WAY cheaper than your competition, making all of these things which should be standard "extra" options is a great way to stick it to your consumers. We're all held hostage by these people, so I'm not sure why I'm still ticked off about this. Oh, well.
The laptop itself is pretty big. I had looked at a netbook and probably would rather have had that size item, however, I wanted to be able to stick a movie into a DVD drive and not be all trying to worry about "streaming" movies straight to my laptop from the internet. I have no idea how that might work, how much memory I would need, how tech savvy I would have to be to make that happen so the simplicity of having a DVD movie and sticking it straight into the machine appeals to me. I don't want to be out here complaining about the lack of memory on my new laptop which is only 3gb expandable to 8gb whatever that means!
So, if you, like me, want to get a system plug it in and be surfing the moment this thing arrives at your home, this is the thing for you!
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