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Acer Aspire 3613WLMi - Celeron M 370 / 1.5 GHz - RAM 512 MB - HDD 80 GB - DVD±RW (+R double layer) - GMA 900 - WLAN : 802.11b/g - Win XP Home - 15.4" Widescreen TFT 1280 x 800 ( WXGA )

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      21.05.2007 08:26
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      A good and useful little laptop that is more for people who only want to use it for simple uses.

      This is the Acer Aspire 3613WLMi laptop computer. The list of stats it gives on the actual laptop seem like a good place to start:

      Intel Celeron M Processor 370
      (1.5GHz, 400 MHz FSB, 1MB L2 cache)
      15.4" WXGA CrystalBrite TFT LCD
      40GB
      DVD-Dual double layer
      (Supports DVD+R Double layer/ DVD+/-RW)
      512MB DDR2 (support dual-channel)
      802.11 b/g wireless LAN

      Right so the laptop itself is pretty decent even if a little dated by now. It runs fine and at a decent speed. It has enough RAM at 512MB to not have to worry about it being able to run things unless you're after brand new games. The laptop I have is just used for text and photo editing work which it can handle absolutely perfectly.

      It contains a DVD rewriter in the side which works very well. I have had problems with all other DVD rewriters but this works very well through Windows Media Player. It can use any type of DVD-R I think so no need to worry about which DVDs you have.

      Here's a list of Acer bonusses again listed on the laptop:

      Acer SignalUp: High-efficiency antenna technology
      Wi-Fi b/g: Wireless Protocols compliant
      Acer Arcade: Comprehensive multimedia suite
      Acer Gridvista: Multi-screen solution
      4 times faster than traditional PCI

      Acer Arcade
      This allows you to watch DVDs; view and edit photgraphs; watch and edit videos; listen to music on your computer and burn music to CDs or movies to DVDs. It probably doesn't compare particularly well against other media players like Windows Media Player or RealPlayer etc. but at the start if there's nothing else it is a convenient option.

      Acer Gridvista
      This splits your current open windows into convenient sections on your screen. The kind of thing you could do by hand but this makes it a little easier. Quite a useful feature. I haven't used this very much but if you are using weveral things that you want to keep your eye on at the same time then it is very useful.

      Wireless
      It has got wireless LAN so you can use the internet from wireless sources which are sometimes using the connection of somebody living with you or if you take it travelling with you many places such as MacDonalds provide an internet specifically for laptops. This is very good for in my family where we have a plug in modem so only one person can use it at a time.

      The screen is quite large at 15.4" diagonally. The screen is a decent quality at 1280 x 800 pixels as the highest resolution. It is a CrystalBrite TFT LCD screen as it said in the specification.

      The 40GB hard drive is a useful size. Usually it can hold everything that the average person needs and if you fill it you often find a lot of what you've got can be deleted. Well I do anyway...

      The physical properties of the laptop are pretty good too. On and around the keyboard area there is obviously the keys which are quite flat in order to let the top fold down. They are nice to type on though they push inwards which looks a bit worrying and they do it even if you don't put much pressure on them. Underneath the keyboard is the touchpad. This is decent, I recently reviewed an earlier version of this Acer with an over sensitive touchpad but this is much better. Above the keyboard there are a few butons:

      Standby
      Email
      Home
      Acer Properties
      Control Properties

      Email takes you straight to your Outlook Express email inbox which is always useful. The Home button takes you to the website you have set as your homepage. The Acer properties allows you to play around with all things Acer to do with your laptop. The Control Properties button is interesting though, you can change what the other buttons do so you can have them do whatever you want, always useful!

      Around the edge:
      On the left hand side there are 3 USB ports. It's always useful to have more than two, especially with a modem that needs plugging into one of them, and sometimes a printer in the other, realy appreciate that extra port sometimes.
      On the right there is the DVD player/ rewriter which has a bit of an awkward button, it's flat so you have to look to see where it is instead of being able to feel it.
      At the front you have the control to start or stop searching for wireless networks. There is also a button with a bluetooth logo next to it. I've never used this so I wil update this once I've had chance to test it! Also space for a microphone and a headphones.

      Overall this is definitely a good laptop, very good value for money. This is definitely improved from the other Acer which I own which is the earlier version: Acer TravelMate 2312LM_L if you fancy taking a look. It works well enough for me, I think it is a high quality laptop that anyone would find good enough for average use. Highly recommended.

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    • Product Details

      The Aspire 3610 series sets a new standard for affordable mobile multimedia for private users, self-employed professionals and users from small and medium-sized companies. Slim, elegant and highly efficient, this compact widescreen notebook comes with a complete set of wired and wireless connectivity options and Acer's innovative Empowering Technology for a completely intuitive and versatile solution to mobile multimedia management.