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A good laptop

  • Jun 24, 2010
Most people would not be interested in this laptop at this point and time, since it is a much older laptop. I am writing a review on my impressions of it for those of you that come across it and want to know whether it is worth your time. You could really call it a first generation netbook, before the term netbook existed, because of the particularly light size and lack of a DVD Drive.

Personally, mine came with a dock system, which enabled it to connect to a DVD drive as well as VGA, sound, and a couple other attachments that you would expect from a larger laptop. It doubles the size and weight of the laptop, but it is still smaller and lighter than most, and I honestly just leave it attached to the dock 24/7.

Naturally, you can tell by the specs that this is a much older and slower laptop, but that does not mean it is not OK for a person's purposes. It would be a fine text editor. It is able to run Windows XP, which is really all that matters to many people. I wouldn't suggest playing any but the oldest and easiest games on it, but no one would get this as a gaming platform anyway. For internet use and text and document editing, it does well, which is all you would expect from any netbook.

For me, the netbook has held up well. My family has had ours for close to 4 years, and before that my grandma owned it, and before that, someone else owned it. So it has lasted for many years, by people who were not too gentle with it, and it has never broken down. There is not a single piece that has been replaced on it, I cannot say the same about my brand new laptop, which has already been sent in for repairs twice, and had me manually repair pieces of it three or four times.

My only real complaint is that the mouse is not a touch mouse, but one of those obnoxious finger joysticks. Of course, that can be fixed with a laptop mouse. Also, it has no wireless, but this can be fixed with a wireless pcbus card.

All in all, it has served my family well, and for anyone who finds them self coming across it for cheap, and don't care about speed but want a text editor/ internet device, this will do the trick and will most likely hold up well.

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Brian Stogsdill ()
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I like writing reviews and hearing people's opinions. I am a biologist at a local college in Milwaukee. I have a wife. I have 1 son who is currently two and another son who recently passed away from … more
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