- Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
- 15.6" LED LCD (1366x768)
- Intel HD Graphics 3000
- 2GB DDR3 RAM (upgraded to 6GB)
- 500 GB HDD
- Card reader
- USB 3
- Bluetooth 2.1
- Intel Wireless Display (I think it has 802.11n)
- It has a numeric keypad, which is nice. It has NO indication of caps/num/scroll locks, except software, which isn't so nice.
- Original price $799 (with 2GB RAM)
- Nice to know Windows 7 wakes from sleep instantly
- Has an easy way to disable autorun (my default changes to Windows are now: disable autorun, uncheck hide file extensions for known file types)
- Paint now has lots more features, and the Ribbon interface as well
- However, Windows (and the pre-installed software) still gives me the impression it's trying to see how much useless stuff it can throw at me before I reinstall it. Especially for the updates, which seem to be deliberately hard to disable.
- Examples: Norton Online Backup, Adobe Reader Updater, and don't even get me started on IE add-ons.
- McAfee deserves special mention. I stopped using it in the past because it was producing more pop-ups of its own than it blocked.
- There was one before this of an "offer" to renew your subscription. That's right, McAfee blocks pop-ups so it can serve up its own. Also, it keeps adding its own icon to the Desktop! How is this different from spyware?
No recovery CDs provided
A major point I must bring up is there are no recovery CDs provided. It's such a common issue that it's the top FAQ:
Speaking of manuals, maybe I can't find the correct one, but the one I found is very poorly written. It does not mention:
- how long is battery life?
- how long does the battery take to charge?
- what are the computer specifications - size, weight etc?