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~*~ Acer Aspire 3690 ~*~
I bought this laptop four years ago when I started University. At the time, I was a loyal desktop computer user and really didn't want to take the laptop plunge, but there was no room for a 'proper computer' in my room so it had to be done. I purchased my Acer for a bargain price, just over £200. At the time I only expected to keep it for a year or so, until my student loan allowed me to get something better. Four years later, I'm still using it!
~*~ The problems I've had ~*~
This laptop has been through a lot with me - it's drank several cups of tea, a cocktail or two and a bowl of spaghetti hoops, and I'm amazed to say that this hasn't phased it at all! I've simply turned it upside down to let it drain, given it a few days and each of the times it has made a fully recovery on it's own. Brilliant!!
The one problem I have had is with the battery, it no longer holds the battery and has to be left plugged in constantly or it runs out in a matter of minutes which is quite annoying but I believe it is normal to need these replaced every couple of years for laptops.
Barring the battery the only other problem I have had with my Acer is with keys sticking, however, this is purely my own fault as I have eaten, drank (and on some occasions slept on) my laptop!
~*~ The spec ~*~
This laptop has a 1.6GHz Intel Processor and 512MB RAM (can hold a maximum of 2GB, I had mine upped straight away). It has a 60GB hard drive which wasn't bad at the time but obviously now you expect a lot more for your money.
As far as burning CD's goes, there is a write speed of 24x (CD) and 8x for DVD which is quite slow but you get used to it, just leave it to it and make a cup of tea! I'm not going to go any further into the specifications as these can all be found online and to be honest not much else makes any sense to me so there's no point me even trying to explain it to someone else!
~*~ Who would I recommend it to? ~*~
This laptop is ideal for someone who just needs to use it to surf the internet, read emails and type up reports and work, so it makes it good for students like me. I'd definitely buy this one again if I went back in time. The laptop is sturdy, efficient enough for what I use it for and has not let me down once in four years, so I'm very happy, especially considering what a bargain price I got it for!
I wouldn't recommend it to someone who is looking to do gaming on the laptop, as it won't keep up with what is on the market these days. However, if you see one going cheap on eBay (and you will...) and are looking for a reliable laptop for general use, this would be ideal.
Acer Aspire 3690 is a laptop that I bought in a hurry a couple of years ago, at the time I was in desperate need of one to earn money as a broken motherboard, a result of being dropped had killed off the HP I had before it.
I preferred one with an English keyboard and Windows in English and the amount of laptops with that option wasn't so great in the shops close to me in Warsaw, so I opted for the Acer Aspire 3690, it looked stylish and the specifics seemed ample at the time.
Unfortunately for me, I was buying the laptop at exactly the time that Windows Vista was being pumped on to everything, from Day 1 I was never particularly happy with this laptop - it ran extremely slowly, the combination of Windows Vista and Acer's range of programmes that are forced on you seemed annoying. The first thing I needed to do was to upgrade the RAM because 512mb wasn't enough to run Vista comfortably.
2 gb of Ram seemed to fix things temporarily and I slowly got rid of all of Acer's irritating tools, after about a year the battery conked out and would last barely any time at all, eventually dieing out completely. I never bothered splashing out on a new one and opted to use it only plugged in.
I never got this laptop to run quickly with Vista, I was thrown numerous blue screen errors with it at one point and decided to re-install Vista, this would usually fix it for a few days but would irritatingly automatically put all of Acer's annoying programs back on it.
A re-occuring problem was that the cursor would freeze and there was no way of getting the laptop out of that state without restarting it, the problem became more and more common until it was impossible to do anything. I re-formatted the hard drive and loaded Windows XP on to it but the problem returned and it conked out completely and became impossible to start up.
At this point, I took it to be serviced and the IT geeks were dumb founded too, recommending that buying a new one would be more reliable and only slightly more costly than fixing up the Acer Aspire 3690. We had a few good times together but overall I'm glad we're not working together anymore and I wouldn't recommend this laptop to anyone!
Thankfully I think it's off the market these days but if you're thinking about buying a second-hand one, it's probably secretly fraught with problems and I suggest you stay away!