“ Acer Aspire 1664WLMi - P4 3.4 GHz - RAM 1 GB - HDD 80 GB - DVD±RW - Mobility Radeon 9700 - WLAN : 802.11b/g - Win XP Home - 15.4" Widescreen TFT 1280 x 800 ( WXGA ) „
I've had an Acer 1664WLMi for work purposes for a year or so, and although have had other Acers which have been fine, this one has given me numerous problems.
The laptop has a 15.4 inch TFT screen which is crisp and clear, and superb for watching moves on and is in widescreen format. The Pentium 4 processor and 64MB of memory mean that the machine should be fast enough, and it also comes with a wireless network card and is relatively lightweight.
It may just have been that I was unfortunate, but the machine I have has developed a series of faults. The worst was that two of the keys suddenly stopped working, and despite taking the keys off, reinstalling Windows in case it was a quirky software problem, the two keys have resolutely refused to work.
The computer also struggles to start-up on many occasions, with what sounds like the hard drive just whirring away in the background. The screen also seems to want to reset itself in dark mode every time the computer is started up, despite trying to alter every possible setting.
Not being overly technical it is hard to detail exactly why I am saying this, but for a Pentium 4 computer with very little installed or added to the drive, with it being defragged and the like, it doesn't seem to run as fas as other comparable laptops I've had with lesser specifications.
Battery life also appears to be slightly less than other Acer machines I've had, around four hours, although this meets my needs. It's not the lightest of machines though and although is quite compact in size it does feel relatively heavy.
The manuals provided are though of sufficient quality and information, and the original OEM Windows CDs are supplied in case the system needs to be reinstalled.
As a package the computer can meet the needs of both office workers using it for word processing, email, etc, but also for those who want some multi-media action, with its widescreen display.
Overall, it's likely I've just been unfortunate with the faults as I've had other Acers and had no real problems, but my personal experience with this machine isn't overly positive.
The Aspire 1660 series was designed to meet the growing business needs of employees from small and medium companies, and to provide a fully loaded multimedia workplace for the outbound operations of self-employed professionals who also want to use it occasionally to serve up fine digital tunes and widescreen video entertainment back at home. It is also ideal for private users looking for a compact and powerful computer for home use complete with DVD capabilities, rapid Internet access and a host of home entertainment features in a fraction of the space of traditional PCs.