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Quote from DwideSchrude :Thanks for reminding me.
This is the first laptop I've had with a TN panel, and I see why people avoid them. I am too OCD to fidget with a TN.
It has a good matte texture to it, but I'm constantly tilting to get the optimal viewing angle.
For the right person, like my mom who is using this to teach school, this won't matter.
The screen doesn't get very bright, but it gets bright enough to pass my scrutiny. Depends what you're used to; I could work on it in any internal lighting condition save facing a window with direct, full sunlight. I set it at one tick above half and am not constantly worrying about it, it is fully usable, albeit washed out compared to my 72% NTSC work screen.
Battery life is good, not great even considering the small two cell, 37Wh battery. I am still on the first charge, just browsing and using word processors it has been about 4 hours and I'm at 36%.
The webcam is pretty craptastic, and the speakers, although stereo, are at normal listening volume at about 75% and up.
Bottom line, the specs for this price are great. It will blow away any Chromebook in this range with the i5, 12gb ram (1 x 8 + 1 x 4, upgraded from 2 x 4), and NVMe productivity wise.
BUT the obvious cut corners were in the screen, battery and liberal use of plastic.
If I needed better than average battery life and screen vibrancy, I would spring for the IdeaPad 5 at OfficeMax, ryzen 4500U, 300 nits IPS, and a 52.5Wh battery for 480 is probably the best value you can achieve right now