This is a compensated review by BlogHer and Intel.
We have been having a blast with our new laptop, and are still pinching ourselves over it. I suppose the fancy name for the processor is an Intel®Core™i5 processor with TurboBoost technology (say that three times fast) but around here we just call it “awesome” for short.
I was intimidated by the whole Intel® Wireless Display (akaWiDi) box, assuming that I would give it my best shot and then scream for someone smarter to come help me hook it up. Not even 3 minutes later, it was up and running with absolutely no glitches. It is the COOLEST thing, and I am really surprised at the (lack of) lag time between the computer and the T.V. We decided to let the girls pick a movie from Netflix to watch instantly and they chose Eloise. I told them to get comfortable and go grab some popcorn while it loaded, assuming it would take as long as it had on my computer. Well, they didn’t make it halfway down the stairs and it had started. This may not sound that exciting to you, but Todd and I are documentary aficionados, and we are seriously excited about all the shows we can now watch on our main T.V. from the computer. There aren’t any cords that go from the computer to the T.V…it’s wireless!
And the fact that I hooked up the entire thing in less than 5 minutes and the house did not explode?
We have been using the computer (or I guess, really, the processor of the computer) to do so many things, including schoolwork, school videos (no more fighting over the computer screen glare…all three can see it now!!! Yippeeee!!!!), music, and a TON of organizational stuff. We have also watched videos of how to churn butter to go along with our colonial times study (let’s mark that last sentence as one I never planned to say when I was 16 years old) and researched some fun Thanksgiving crafts.
It’s really intuitive and there’s basically no learning curve. I’m having fun with this little “bulletin board” feature that lets me have lists of things that need to be accomplished as well as reminder notes and pictures that I want to stick up there.
Each of the girls has a little “to do” list that they can come and check off, and they think it’s so cool that they get to do it on the fancy computer. The best part is, when we are out of town we can have everything with us in one tiny little package. This Intel® WiDi hooks up easily to other T.V.’s, so we are planning on bringing their school DVD’s to watch on the bus or in a hotel room. They have loved being able to spread out all their stuff and see the math guy look life-sized J
I think the thing I’m the most excited about is the fact that it moves SEAMLESSLY from one task to the next. With our computers there was a definite effect from having a lot of things open, and with this little guy, it’s insanely fast. It is common for me to have several word documents, a few websites, scheduling stuff, photos etc. open at the same time and it doesn’t ever seem to matter for the speed. On my other laptop, the little rainbow ball of death starts spinning and we know it’s not going to turn out well…but I can’t help it! My brain only works when there are 5 or more things going on, and I have officially met my match in Mr. Intel.
You all know I don’t review things very often on my blog, but I am so glad this one worked out. We are trucking along, trying to be efficient and good stewards of our time. I can honestly say that this processor has helped us do just that. Thank you Blogher and Intel!!!
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