dngrundy wrote:I'm curious about the operating system, does pre-loaded just mean that it's installed once, or do I have access to reinstall windows 7 if there is a problem?
I typically reformat and reload every so often... just wondering how I do that if there isn't a disc in the box and it's just "pre-loaded".
I bought the i3/4GB RAM/500GB HD version of this a couple weeks ago at Office Depot for $469.99. 'Pre-loaded' Windows 7 means that it's on there, but they do not give you the discs to reinstall if something goes wrong. That scared me so I bought the boot discs from OD for $29. You will still have a valid Windows product key on the bottom of the laptop either way.
'Pre-loaded' Microsoft Office 2010 means you get like 25 or so uses of the programs before they make you buy a product key.
I really like the i3 version but I am not a very demanding user. I use my laptop for web surfing, facebook, email and the occasional youtube video. I needed a new PC to make it easier to remote into my PC at work. My Macbook Pro could do it, but could never do it right or fast enough. I had to make the switch from a 3 year old 15" MBP and so far I'm fine with it. I miss the backlit keyboard but otherwise I'll live. It's a little hard getting used to all those 'updates' and 'required restarts' again though.
The trackpad is fine for me, I compared it to others in the store and liked it just fine. The mouse button freaked me out at first because I thought it was broken, but then I realized it's intentionally difficult to press in the middle. It presses pretty easily on the far left and far right so you have easy separation of your left and right click.
It feels like a giant at first but now I love the big, beautiful screen and number pad. The 'biscotti' textured look is a little different -- some hate it, I think it's a nice change from the norm.