Pros: Bought this as a emergency loaner for when I am repairing employee laptops. I am the tech department for a small non-profit which uses the Office Suite, some Adobe applications, and a lot of cloud services.
Summary: For what it is... a 5+ year-old, refurbished laptop with 2GB RAM, an nVidia video card w/128MB dedicated RAM and a 14" monitor... it works fine for checking e-mail, surfing the web and watching DVDs. For $189 it was a satisfactory deal.
Pros: The purchase process was straightforward and worked as advertised. I got what I ordered and the laptop has worked well with only one hiccup which repeated itself twice.
Cons: When I turned on the laptop for the first time the screen was un-readably dim. I tried using the Fn+ dimming/brightening keys but it didn't brighten the screen enough. I plugged the laptop into my desktop monitor and went through every option I could (power options, display management options, device settings, etc) to ensure I didn't miss something that would effect the display. It seemed to brighten the display more and when I re-started the laptop the display came o...
Summary: Time will tell how well it continues to function.
Pros: First off... it was cheap. $189 delivered to my door. Oh yeah - shipping took three business days! So far... winning!
Cons: The only problem I had was that the display was set to an ALMOST unusably low brightness that I couldn't read it. I hooked it up to my desktop monitor and was able to fix the brightness easily. I could see how a computer noobie could get this product in this condition and feel like, "HEY?! WTH?" I would recommend that the technician ensure the display is set to a more usable brightness to prevent unhappy returns from folks who may not have the knowledge or extra monit...