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just starting a quick thread because i havent found ANY information about this specific laptop ANYWHERE on the internet, sadly, and it deserves to be recognized for its price point. im actually very happy with this thing so far.

i will be updating this thread over time.

first impressions:
i click the power button with excited anticipation only to find out... OH SHOOT! there's a dead pixel in the upper left hand corner of the screen. its completely green even though the screen is black. no worries, called newegg customer service and they're sending me one in the mail, at which time i can send this one back.

initial setup
booted up windows 8, and had to find some synaptics drivers to get the touchpad to behave the way i like it to. it has all the features of any other touchpad. wifi took zero setup. drivers came with it. other than that, somewhat simple setup.

on physical beauty and portability
all that aside (obviously install whatever OS you like), the physical beauty of this thing is enough to go out and try it out, especially for the price (got mine for $399.99 on newegg down from the current $499.99). its not QUITE as thin as newegg's picture indicates, at approximately .81 to .83 inches thick instead of .75 inches... but still very thin. under the screen it seems like theres a brushed aluminum finish (still coffee brown color) to my surprise (around the keyboard), even though the entire exterior seems to be a coffee brown plastic. i will be uploading photos of this, it was actually a pleasant surprise. im not going to weigh it, i feel like its very thin and light, and the thickness is a larger factor when it comes down to it.

the screen hinges
one of the things that really bothers me about this machine is how little the hinges move. i tend to bring my computer to work and use it standing up walking around. well, the screen doesnt lean back far enough for the screen to be comfortable to look at while sitting flat on a surface. odd thing to dislike, but thats just me.

on operating temperature
this laptop offers plenty of power. its a core i3 3217u and obviously one of the more important things in my opinion: hyperthreading. that being said, this thing still runs a little bit warm. its to be expected, and its VERY hot out today where i live. but all in all, MUCH cooler than my last laptop. actually very happy with how cool it runs in comparison so far. still comfortably warm, not hot. oh another note, the cpu vent has plenty of room just under the screen inbetween the two hinges, right between my legs so it still has plenty of airflow. i can position the laptop however i like then because of this.

on the screen
its a bit small for my liking. 14" is a good compromise between battery life and size. has about the viewing range and glossy finish that my HP had. still 1366x768. nothing special, its going to be a good work laptop. sadly my galaxy s4 has a nicer screen lol

hard drive configuration
32gb really isnt enough for an operating system and a bunch of programs. i still have 8.75gb usable but its performance degrades as it fills up, to the point where it takes a good extra 10 seconds to boot up. bought a mushkin sata 6gbps drive, 120gb msata, to replace the 32gb cache drive. i will let you know if the laptop supports sata 6gbps speeds. HM77 chipset indicates support for it, wether the msata port is 6gbps or not i will find out.

ram
ram comes with a single dimm, and only one dimm slot, so if you want to upgrade it, buy one 8gb stick not one 4gb and expect to have 2 running in dual channel. that being said i upgrade to 1.35v ddr3 1600 speed. popped it in and it runs at specified speeds.

the keyboard
seems pretty average for a laptop keyboard. my old keyboard had an extra row of garbage keys that i literally never used, it was a hewlett packard, and because of this row of keys it set my entire hand off by a bit when trying to type. this keyboard doesnt have that problem. it has "fn" combinations for sleep mode button, wireless toggle, brightness toggles, display source toggles, and volume toggles. also i might mention it seems a little bit flimsy, could just be the feeling of a new keyboard though. no number pad.

on battery life & other battery thoughts
the websites all say 6000mah, but when i open the computer up the sticker says 8000mah ... which makes me curious why the battery isnt lasting a bit longer. still exceptional battery life.

wireless connectivity
this things wireless card is disappointing to say the least, it only supports wireless g. i can connect out in the parking lot at work, but its very spotty. i bought a 300mbps dual band intel chip and replaced this, easily get 18-24mbps where i would get 2-4mbps before. much better.
Edited by fade2green514 - 9/20/13 at 11:06am
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does anyone have any requests? did i miss any valid points that i should cover?
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pulled this baby apart

easiest breakdown of any laptop ever. literally took the philips screws out and you can pop the bottom off this thing, similarly to how a galaxy phones plastic back pops off. pretty much everything is accessible right on the bottom.

i replaced the crappy 'g' type wireless card with a dual band n (intel brand) and my previous connection that was 64mbps (fine for most) is now 270-300mbps at all times in my house. perfect.

tried to add 4gb of ram to make it 8gb dual channel. this did not work out, there is only 1 dimm slot. in avatars defense there is no information implying that the ram is upgradable, so that was my fault. i should have checked into it. i will be getting ddr3 1600 ram at ultra low voltage for it.
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bump, updated original thread
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