*** Update to review about performance – I saw at least one person saying poor performance. The first day I got the laptop, I removed McAfee and a couple of other unneeded programs. I then installed free AVG Anti-Virus and their free trial of PC Tuneup. PC Tuneup will help you remove unneeded start-up programs and disable other programs that can affect performance. After this, we timed the laptop from powered off to windows sign-in page. It took 30 seconds. This is before adding memory and the ssd. One thing that will slow this down is Windows and other programs that are set for auto-update. If they find and download updates automatically, this can really slow down the boot up while they install updates. I turned off auto update for most software. The casual user probably shouldn’t do this since it is important to keep security updates installed. After installing additional 8gb memory and ssd, laptop boots up in less than 5 seconds from power off.
*** Update to battery performance. After about 3-weeks, I have discovered that I am getting 4+ hours even with the screen brightness turned up above the suggested power saving setting. The SSD may be helping some but still, the performance is very good. I am still very satisfied with the purchase. One tip to save battery power is to change what happens when you close the lid. You can find this setting by right clicking on the battery icon in the bottom right of the display. Select power options and then “Choose what closing the lid does”. Changing this to hibernate while on battery power will save your open pages and programs to disk and turn off the computer. This saves a lot of battery instead of leaving the laptop in “sleep” mode.With the SSD, it only takes seconds to come back up. Sleep mode slowly drains the battery since memory has to remain powered up.
*** I keep looking at other models but I have yet to find one this good in this price range. None of the others I have been looking at have the 802.11ac wifi or the 1920 x 1080 screen. I recommend this laptop to my colleagues over all others for school, business, home, video use.
I usually purchase the least expensive new laptop every few years that I use for business and home. This time I decided to do more research and go for the fastest home/business laptop but at a reasonable price. I found this laptop at $349 but ended up getting one that was listed as “new” with box damage for $309. It got here fast and although it looked like it had been handled, it looks and works like new.
A couple of features that this laptop has that others in the price range don’t are:
** – the 802.11ac wifi (newest and fastest). Sometimes called “Gigabit WiFi”, this new standard boasts throughput and data transfer speeds up to three times faster than 802.11n. If you want to have wifi that is the latest and fastest, be sure you get this. This is a feature that will keep this laptop current for the next few years. It is hard to find on others in this price range and even much more expensive.I have not once had the dreaded “buffering” delay in any video since I got this a couple of weeks ago.
** – the HD 1920 x 1080 pixel display. This is considered full HD.Most others only have 1366X768 pixels. This one provides much sharper and clearer text and video. I plan on using this to watch Prime and Netflix videos. This is another feature that none of the other laptops in this price range had. If you plan on watching videos on your laptop, this is a very valuable feature.
These two features sold me on this laptop. I couldn’t find these on others in this range. I wanted to make sure I bought the one that would last and not be outdated in a year or two. This was it and a couple of weeks later, I am really pleased.
I also checked out the Core I3 processor and found that it was reasonably fast. In fact, faster than some older I5s and even I7s. Unless you are playing high-end games, this processor has more than enough power for Windows, Office, Turbo Tax, Quick Books, and other business programs.