, on sale till Wednesday, weekly sale priced at 769.00.
Me. I think I am a fairly heavy web surfer. I don't really know much about the details of the tech though, partly because I keep my computers for what I gather is considered a long time, three machines since 1999. Using cheapo version of Vista currently on a overwhelmed Acer Aspire 5310 with a 15" screen. ( Walmart special). I don't know if this normal or not but it is not unusual for me to have thirty five plus windows open with an average of four or five tabs, some windows have many more tabs. I hoard windows and tabs. Presently I start the machine with the ethernet cable unplugged, load firefox and windows/tabs and then selectively open the unconnected window/tabs so as to not overwhelm the old Acer. I can pretty much forget about video... I would like to be able to stream video though and with 3.5 mb of download speed I should not have a problem, right? I have never been into gaming and don't see my self starting.
I probably would just buy whatever was in my price range recommended by consumersearch
but I don't see any reviews there of laptops with 17" screens, I have my heart set on a larger screen. I almost never take my computer out of the house and really almost never take it away from the normal "computer area". So probably I should just get a desk top, but I have never owned one and can't convince my self to go in that direction. Additionally there is limited floor space in the area that is used for the computer so fitting in a tower, while possible, will just add to the clutter and does not appeal.
So I have found the above linked Idea Pad Z710 on weekly special. Of the few reviews I have been able to find for the Z710 series the main knock is that they usually come with sub standard screens and the battery life is terrible. I don't really care about the battery life as I will use this machine at the desk 99% of the time. I think the linked model has a better screen then usual too. I think I read somewhere that the Z710s had a hybrid hd with 8g of ssd and the rest hdd, but it looks to me like this set up does not have that configuration(?)
Link to the full list of Z710 machines on sale this week.
TL:DR Am I missing something in the specs for this computer that puts up red flags? Is the price fair or good? Is the screen better then ok, just ok, or bad. Does this configuration of the Z710 have enough capacity to stay usable for 3, 4, 5 years?