Because I tend to think and believe you get what you pay for, I was a little leery about getting this laptop, but my older one died and being cash strapped, I couldn't drop $600 or more on a "nice" one like before. Because I use my devices frequently, but carefully, I saw this on display in WM and decided to test it out before getting it. I am on my 2nd day with this laptop, no freezing, no blanking out, my wi-fi stays connected, smooth videos, not to mention the GHz, 2.2 for $300!!! 4 Gigs of RAM, Wi-Fi capable and many more. I love computers, so finding my way around the Windows 8 OS is a joy learning all what it can do.
You do NOT need a jump drive to create your restore discs upon unpacking and turning on your computer. I created my discs using DVD RWs. Uncheck the option to use a jump drive and you'll get options for the DVD. The laptop is lighter than my older one, which took some getting used to, but it doesn't feel cheap. IMO, I can do without the number pad on the right, but it hasn't been an issue or a deal breaker for me. The keyboard feels nice and smooth, I actually like the tiny pebbled feel of the cursor pad. I've attached some nice speakers I already had, my own keyboard and my monitor. I am using the dual monitor option for multitasking.
All in all, for the value, you get a LOT of computer. As with anything made, you'll have some who have issues and some who don't. I'm glad I took the plunge, paid less, and so far, things are looking good. I'll probably come back later to update this post if anything comes up.
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