"Best Value Notebook I Have Ever Owned"4.5 starson by Tim_Liao
Pros: Build Quality, Decent Performance, Quiet, Good Value, Blu-Ray, Styling,
Nice Vibrant Screen, Great Keyboard,
Cons: Brown Color, Screen Resolution is not HD, Could use a slot loading drive rather than the pop up tray, DDR2 memory rather than DD3, Battery Life is Weak, and kind of heavy, speaker quality, maybe LED backlit monitor would have been good
Summary: I have owned this computer for two weeks and have to say I am very pleased. Yes I did compile quite a list in the "Cons" category but understand that is just a wish list. What you actually get on this rig is decent and either meets or exceeds expectations. First off besides the brown cover, which I don't like, the rest of the styling on the machine is beautiful. It makes you think if Apple built a PowerBook in black, it would look like this (except for aforementioned brown cover). The screen color is very vibrant and when combined with the Blu-Ray player produces beautifully rich colors. The combination of the Centrino 2 processor, 512MB discreet ATI VRAM, plus the WiFi N chip makes for a really balanced and powerful computing experience. I can run it on the "High Power" scheme and never worry about overheating like on a Apple Powerbook. Overall just a great notebook for the price and I know what I am talking about. I have owned laptops during the early nineties that cost upwards of $5000 and have bought 128MB RAM modules for a $1000 15 years ago. So I know what it means to plunk down money on technology. Who would have imagined that in 2009, you can get so much computing for the price. One last thing, if you are in the market for a new computer always buy one with discreet or dedicated memory. I refuse to buy any machine without. It's not because I am sometime of gamer or video editor but the dedicated GPU really takes the workload off the main processor and ensures an incredibly fast and smooth computing experience. Good Luck.