Got my package today, funny because the box says laptop all over it, best buy invoice and such... kinda fun to leave outside the front door of an apt complex haha but I saw the UPS truck while I was outside.
Looks brand new, no markings or any aesthetic defects, took out the 500GB HDD, put in the SSD, updated the bios, it came with windows 7 premium, installed windows 8 (don't hate it works fine). Installed amd chipset drivers, catalyst drivers 13.3beta3, realtek audio etc... so everything is in working order.
Installation of SSD and RAM is a breeze since there are only 2 screws for easy access to them without having to rip apart the entire casing.
Initially I had the S200E, used it for about 10 days but ended up returning it because of... throttling, even though it was a low voltage cpu it still heated up fast (gg ivy bridge), less than 4hour battery for something small and it had a nice look/feel and a good compat size but it was too glossy and i ended up not liking it, plus the 4gb non upgradable ram which is good enough for regular users.
First impression of this laptop... its big! lol i know what a 17" laptop looks like but this one is up there in size, easy upgradability is a plus for me, looks good, feels good. Dont have any cons yet. This also is a good for budget light/casual gaming. If you want pure gaming look for one with dedicated GPU or APU+GPU. This one is just APU meaning its all in one integrated gpu, similar to the HD4000 in the ivy bridge.
Welp here is the Windows 8 index for anyone wants to see 1x4gb -> 2x4gb. This doesn't really say much about the performance (not a crazy benchmark) but you can see a good difference in the changes. Not really gonna do any 3dmark/valley/heaven on this lol.. all my pure gaming is on my rig
Overall for $300~ this is pretty good... well $350 if you count the RAM I added in, since it comes with 1x4GB 1600MHz cas11 already you can get away with buying one more stick for $30~. SSD would also be a good investment, i just took this one from my old laptop.
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