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Good for my purposes, 2013-10-27
By Alexander Pruss
I got this for family and for hobby Android software development. It seems to work great for both purposes. It all feels pretty snappy (certainly compared to the 10-year-old Pentium M that it's replacing, but also doesn't feel any more sluggish than my work i5-based laptop). For just plain web browsing, it's very decent (Browsermark 4530 with Chrome).
It's fast enough to run the Kindle Fire HD emulator that I couldn't run on my old laptop. In hindsight for that purpose it would have been better to get an i5-based laptop so that I could use HAXM which needs the Intel variant of the virtualization extensions. Still, for Android emulation purposes I can run Bluestacks on it, and Bluestacks runs at a very nice speed (it must be using the AMD virtualization, as expected since they have a partnership with AMD).
Startup times for things like Eclipse are good, and build times are fine.
I installed Cygwin and, just in case I need a real Linux for something (I sometimes find a need to run something on a Linux machine), VirtualBox with Lubuntu in it. I haven't played much with VirtualBox/Lubuntu except to start Firefox and install Chromium in it, and it seems to work at an OK speed (Chromium gets 3851 Browsermark, with only one CPU core dedicated to VirtualBox), so the virtualization extensions on the A10 must be doing their job.
Haven't really tried any games other than Minecraft and Trine, which work quite smoothly. Most of the non-phone games I play are old, sometimes very old (e.g., Infocom text adventures) so I don't foresee any difficulties.
Nice and bright. I was concerned about the glossy screen--I've always had only matte screens, but it's generally fine. The colors were a bit muted until I ran the Windows color calibration (Windows+Q and type in "calibrate") after which they are *really* nice. Slightly higher resolution would be even nicer, but this is acceptable. Unfortunately, the calibration was being reset each time I logged in, but I fixed that by starting the task manager (ctrl-alt-delete, Task Manager), going to Startup, and right clicking on Catalyst to disable Catalyst. (I didn't really need Catalyst Control Center.)
I do occasionally hit it with my palm and it moves the screen. A smaller trackpad would be better, as would one that's better placed. This one is so placed that for natural typing, almost half of the right hand would be over the trackpad. One can turn it off, though, if that's a problem, with a double tap on its upper left corner. (Which also turns on a nice trackpad-is-off light.) If this continues to be a problem, I'll have to see if there is some software or hardware solution.
The sound is very good for a laptop. Laptop sound has always been too quiet for me but this one is loud enough for comfortable movie watching.
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