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buying a laptop • netbooks • tablets • specifications • student discounts
Read what kind of laptops the TLC student staff are using - and what they consider the pros and cons of these machines.
This is a great little netbook for max portability. I bought it mainly to take notes in class and it works great for this but also for just searching, typing papers, excel. It came with works so you can start to make spreadsheets and type up papers right out of the box. The on-board camera I have not used but I believe it would work of things like Skype. It is underpowered for things that require a lot of graphic power but I do not use any programs like that on this machine. I have noticed that when you are watching some videos online it runs smoother on the max power setting but for many short videos like on Youtube the medium power option works fine. No internal disk drive is a inconvenience because in order to install things you must fist put it to a jump drive. You can put movies on it although you must first convert them on a flash drive then on the netbook but you can store several movies on the netbook making it into a portable DVD player. Great for those long road trips with your little brother or sister. The 160g hard-drive on this give ample room for your files. The size of this netbook is also a key factor. the 10 in screen I believe is a much better option than the smaller ones. Now only do you get a bigger screen but also a bigger keyboard as well. I would recommend this netbook to anyone who needs to take notes and do most basic computer functions. If your in the market for a netbook this is definitely worth checking out.
Pros: bright screen, mouse pad short cuts (scroll, zoom), free fall censer for hard drive, runs 64 bit OS, several usb plugs, blue tooth connectivity Cons: case attracts fingerprints, battery life is only about 3 hours running internet and Office, screen has glare in bright rooms, about as heavy as a thick school book
Pros: It's small and light without being too small. The extended-life battery lasts up to 6 hrs which is really convenient. It has reasonable responsiveness. The tablet is pretty easy to use, and can be handy for reading. Other than that, I haven't used this function that much, as my handwriting is terrible.
Cons: The one-speaker system is not good for listening to things online without plugging it into another device. It didn't come with a webcam, so no video calls without plugging in an external one.
Pros: It is very cute! :) It fits for what I need to do. It is light and easy to carry.
Cons: It does not connect to the internet like it should, and get's very hot on the bottom of it when it has been on more than 20 minutes, and sometimes it burns me! And the battery does not stayed charged for more than an hour.
Pros: It's a nice shade of metallic blue. When the keyboard worked, it had a good touch.
Cons: Too many to list: hot battery, short battery life, Vista is a terrible OS, crashes once a day but Dell wouldn't take it back, keys stick, the touchpad is ultra-sensitive and places the cursor at random, wireless manager switch positioned to get accidentally turned off easily...I would not recommend this computer - or Dell, after their lack of service - to anyone.
Pros: Durable, never had problem with XP on it
Cons: Getting outdated very rapidly, battery needs replaced almost every year.
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