Pros: Thin, light, fast, easy to mod, battery life
Cons: Last generation hardware, weak graphics, bad viewing angles
So I purchased this laptop back in June 2010. This was my first small, portable, yet powerful laptop. I came from a HP DV9700t which was huge bulky and just a hassle. This laptop was a huge difference and I needed it mainly for it's battery life and portability. This is my first review so sorry if it's bleh.
First off I'll start with the pros and get a little more in depth with them. This laptop is super light and thin (obviously) but what's surprising is that it's lighter and thinner than most netbooks. I didn't have any problem shoving it in my messenger bag full of crap and books. Next off is how easy it is to take apart. I've taken apart a few laptops and this one is pretty easy to take apart compared to the others I've opened up. I'm going to replace the keyboard with a backlit one for easy nightime viewing and I've opened it up before just to see what's up with it and put on some thermal paste on the gpu and cpu.
Then we have the battery life, this laptop is made for great battery, I've actually gotten close to 11hrs with the GPU off and screen brightness down to 40%. As time goes on the battery has lost some life but that's normal. With the GPU on and playing hd videos or light gaming I push 5 hrs easily. For basic work and entertainment and light gaming. This laptop is great and powerful enough for things such as browsing, office, photoshopping, watching movies and listening to music.
Now the cons...first off the cpu and gpu are a little weaker than I would like, but as I stated before it's good for light gaming and light entertainment purposes. The processor is clocked at 1.3ghz but overclocks to 1.7ghz when needed and I've pushed it to 2ghz using SETFSB and it runs rock stable and really cool. The GPU is definitely a bottleneck, most current games I've played had to be played at lowest settings with 1368x768 screen resolution (which is the native resolution for the laptop). Anything above low settings causes slowdowns, but the gpu can also be easily overclocked for a few more fps. Next is the viewing angles, they are pretty bad, if you're not staring straight at the screen the colors are distorted and the image isn't as clear, but, how often are you going to be showing a lot of people something on a 13inch laptop?
I've replaced the original 500gb 5400rpm hard drive with an Intel x25-m 80gb solid state drive so any lag that might have been felt using the original 500gb is gone and everything runs buttery smooth. My system boots up in about 20-30seconds and everything is pretty much instant.
That's pretty much it for my review, if anything should be added just let me know!