03-25-2017 03:29 PM - edited 03-25-2017 03:49 PM
Get it now at Best Buy for just $259.00:
It is not a barn-burner right out of the box; however, I am delightfully surprised at how well this performs after a few simple upgrades and Win 10 option changes. Here's what I did to mine:
-Replaced the 1 TB Toshiba with an SSD (your choice SATA 3 / 6GBs complaint).
-Upgraded memory to 8 GBs (optional and not really needed)
-Did a clean install of Windows 10 Home
-Disabled Windows Search and Superfetch services.
-Disabled System Resore
(opted to use Macrium Reflect Free to backup).
(only takes less than 10 minutes with this USB drive):
-Installed Avast Free
(FYI, Defender really slowed down the Intel 520 graphics per benchmarks)
(Defender dropped my 3D benchmark down to 359 instead of 922 with avast installed)
-Used CCleaner to uninstall all unwanted apps
(optional, this does not affect performance).
-Changed WIFI to a metered connection
(keeps Win 10 Update from auto loading updates in the background).
This rig can now play World of Tanks (online) without a hitch!
Passmark Benchmarking Software results:
WIFI Test using 2G 802.11n;
This unit also supports 5G and 802.11 AC for faster speeds but my router is only 2G
I am only paying for 12 Mbps upload so that is maxed out
The download speed is a limitation of my router but could do better with a 5G or AC
I am absolutely thrilled to get this type of performance from a $259.00 laptop!
Good luck with any purchase decisions you may make!
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03-25-2017 04:06 PM
Awesome, thanks for sharing
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03-25-2017 04:20 PM
Thank you EricX,
Always nice to hear from you as you are such a great help to so many in this forum. Keep up the great work!
Oh, and I forgot to mention the ethernet is only 10/100. Not really an issue for me but it could be for anyone that might need a 1G connection to support downloads above 100 Mbps.
03-25-2017 04:59 PM - edited 03-25-2017 05:03 PM
OK, just for kicks, I added another benchmark to confirm the limitations of the ethernet 10/100 (as compared to a 1G ethernet connection):
I have Comcast Blast service and I think I am paying for 150/12 but they may have upgraded it:
With the 110-15ISK ethernet 10/100:
With my desktop 1G connection:
So it looks like the 10/100 ethernet connection could be a concern for anyone attempting to use an ethernet connection and achieve a maximum download speed for any services above 100 Mbps.
03-25-2017 06:43 PM
And finally, just to show I can easily play World of Tanks, here is a screenshot while using this new laptop. Note the FPS is at 121 (top left corner of screenshot):
FYI, I get the same FPS rate with my desktop that has a discreet graphics card.