[Staples] $150/14.1 Laptop/Freeshipping/X5-Z8300/32 GB eMMC/2 GB RAM/Win 10 Home/Huge battery
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Yes, this is only $50 cheaper than the previous deal I posted, but you have to keep in mind that it is very difficult to top that deal because CC was selling those at a loss. and $50 cheaper is not something to sneeze at at this price point, pretty sure staples isn't making money with this machine either.
At this price point, the advantages of this machine over the iSmart above is:
1, bigger battery + lower wattage CPU, when you have half the wattage but twice the battery size, your battery life quadruples.
2, it is not a random Chinese brand like iSmart, Thomson Neo is a European brand that has been around for over 120 years.
3, you deal with staples instead of CC, i.e., you can apply staples couples, use ebates, get free shipping, and return for a full refund at your nearest staples whenever you want.
4, bigger screen. could be the deal breaker if you are buying it for older people. (at native resolution, this has roughly 50% larger dot pitch [2285 vs. 1543], i.e., things appear to be 50% larger, than the iSmart. email@example.com vs. firstname.lastname@example.org)
5, resale value. It will be pretty easy to kijiji a laptop for $175 after the return period, exponentially easier than kijiji'ing a laptop for $250.
This CPU sucks, but this machine should be able to handle most day-to-day activities.
Disclaimer: this laptop is not meant for demanding tasks like photoshop or autocad. You are buying a machine for casual use, such as, streaming, light gaming (such as hearthstone), internet surfing (reddit, RFD, etc.), university and highschool (note taking & homework done in MS office). Without adding a new m.2 drive to it, in order to not be frustrated, you have to a, do a fresh installation of windows 10 (I talk more about this below) because it doesn't even have enough space to update its stock windows 10 to the newest version; and b, do almost everything they mention on this page and multiple pages associated with it, it is a bit of work, but I believe it's worth the hassle, as you can learn some valuable tricks along the way.
A couple things to note:
1, Windows 10 rocks. it is much smaller compared to Windows 7 in size and it finds all of the drivers for you, you just need to try your best to get used to it and learn where everything is. the first thing you should do is grab the windows 10 key that comes with this laptop with ProduKey.
2, best way to fully utilize windows 10 is to always do a fresh installation on your new laptop with the most up-to-date windows 10 installation media, this will save your laptop from having to update its stock windows 10 through microsoft update. unlike windows 7, where the ISO doesn't really change anymore. for windows 10, the installation media you create is always the latest version, in my case, version 1809.
3, don't install snappy driver under windows 10, there is no need and it might force you to do a fresh install of windows 10