While a little troubling that the review says it underperforms, I remind people that unit is a sandy bridge unit. This one is ivy bridge. And at $400, I'll give it a shot. Person I bought it for anyway will never be doing anything as intensive as those tests. There are too many good features to pass up. If the Ivy Bridge cpu holds up to other laptops, I'll just consider it icing on the cake. Also glad to read the rebate comes in check form. Hate the card rebates.
Windows 8 WILL run more efficiently than 7. The task manager is better. The file transfer interface is better. The explorer menus are updated and more useful/intuitive.
There are more +'s but the fact that head to head it will run faster than 7 makes it worth it. Anyone that tell you otherwise has not done an actual real world head to head. I have even done a head to head on slowish/basic usage netbooks (the Acer 722 that everybody got at target). Did a fresh install of Win8 Ult. Enterprise Edition and fresh of Win7 Ult. Enterprise Edition on two identical machines (even bought at the same time. The Win8 machine consistently beat the 7 machine in tasks (was 1:1 on several tasks) including boot. Booted 7 seconds faster after both machines were 100% updated from MS.
I would argue it is a much better OS and have shown the public the metro look much too much and have people under the impression that it is vastly different which it simply is not.
A quick couple changes like installing Classic Shell[sourceforge.net] fixes almost all the problems with Windows 8. Otherwise, it is a solid OS.
Great deal for an i5. Never owned a Fujitsu before though. anybody know if they are good reliability wise?
They are good, however sound is pretty much non existent due very, i mean very bad speakers. I owned whole bunch of laptops, 3 different brands at home as i type this ( including Fujitsu) and the sound is just extremely bad (very weak)
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