Whew, I almost had to buy this until I saw “A6.” To Pufferfishy, I would say that the AMD Ryzen 5 and 7 based laptops - including better versions of this model - are really good. They don’t seem to be quite as efficient on battery life as Intel Core, but their integrated graphics smoke the Intel UHD crap. Ryzen based stuff is good; A series and E series based systems, though, are outdated and were not really competitive even when new.
My last two laptops have been Lenovo’s. I like them a lot. If this one was a hundred dollars cheaper, I would get this too (they don’t have the optical drive) and would probably replace the Sony Vaio I am using now.
Got my first one at Woot for $200 (11.6 inch) and my second at Best Buy for $450 (includes backlit keyboard and USB C port). Both have solid state drives so when this Sony is unusable, I have my backups ready to go.
Also seems heavy. My Thinkpad, made with all the heavy-duty burglar-stunning components from a decade ago, with a spinning disk, weighs 6.77 pounds (with a 9-cell battery; 5.67lbs with the 6-cell). I’m not sure how they made this so heavy. Maybe it has lead weights in it to keep it from flying away or something.
Reasonable machine, will get the job done as a daily driver for an average user.
Price isn’t great; Comparable machines are regularly available off the shelf at Best Buy for less money. Granted, for $200 you’ll probably get a mechanical drive instead of an SSD, but a 128GB SSD is a <$50 upgrade. Assuming you can’t (or don’t want to) do the upgrade yourself, you could still buy the cheap laptop, buy the SSD, have Geek Squad install the drive/Windows, and put the 500GB spinning disk in an enclosure, at a cost maybe $50 higher than this listing.
Note “<$50”. This is assuming you do all the shopping in a store at one time. Between limited stock and sale status, you could be stuck paying up to about $35 for a 120/128GB SSD. Really it’d probably be closer to $20-$25, or you’d go up to a 240/256GB drive, and in either case <$50 is still accurate.
I mean sure, I’m not going to bring anything in there, but I can do it all myself. If you can’t, and don’t have a tech savvy friend/relative handy willing to donate a couple hours of their time to your new laptop, they’re a fine choice. I’m acquainted with a couple of the Geek Squad guys at my local store, and they’re pretty competent. They do have at least one utterly incompetent employee and one that seems marginal, but they’re the ones that show you how to connect to wifi or download pictures on your phone, not the ones who deal with your hardware/OS install.
I don’t understand why you saying almost exactly what I just said (minus one dollar) warrants an ‘Uh, OK, whatever’. That reads as unnecessarily rude and combative to me.
Your personal experience with Geek Squad doesn’t jive with mine, that’s fine. There are some stupid corporate-level policies that complicate things; For instance, I learned recently that as part of their intake process they run a suite of diagnostics, and any SMART failure means that they can’t work on the machine at all. However, if you think that the real issues with invasion of privacy and/or incompetence that exist within Geek Squad don’t exist for other major players and/or independent repair shops, you’re wrong. There are potential bad actors in every organisation, but bad behavior at an independent shop with a handful of employees and a couple hundred customers a year is simply never going to rise to the same level of visibility as the same behavior at a company with thousands of employees and tens/hundreds of thousands of customers.
Anyway, my intention was not to suggest that everyone one run out to Best Buy and start throwing work to Geek Squad, I simply chose it as an example for price comparison because it’s both consistent with the amount of effort you could reasonably expect from the target customer for this machine, and it’s at the high end of what that customer would pay without shopping components/services around.
You are of course free to never go to Geek Squad and to encourage folks not to go themselves, but if you’re going to engage me in a discussion, please do me the courtesy of not assuming I’m entirely ignorant in this area.
@RedOak All good, no offense taken, and certainly no need to delete posts with valid observations. You have concerns about Geek Squad, you want to share them, that’s totally fair.
I should have been more neutral in the tone of my previous post, which was intended to head off a brewing argument, but upon re-reading comes across more confrontational than I intended at the time, for which I apologize.
Squarely in Pentium/older i3 territory, and the price is mostly fair (not great) for the other specs… The dealbreaker for me is the screen; I WILL NOT buy anything with a screen that has less than 1080p resolution anymore. I don’t care if it’s not capable of gaming at whatever resolution in this scenario, but when I open a browser or MS Office, and most of the screen real estate is taken up by ribbon or menu, and not content, that’s not very useful. Personally, I love working with my QHD desktop monitors, and seeing loads of columns at once in any spreadsheet, but I don’t think it’s too much to ask for a decent screen this many years after thin-and-light laptops started offering much more in every other area.