Ok, so I've read some of the reviews for this laptop and felt I had to write my own review. The majority of what I have read is bad and I disagree.
I'll start by saying that this is a budget laptop. It costs around the £250-£275 mark depending on where you purchase it from. For this reason when I purchased it I didn't expect that it would match the expensive laptops I've had in terms of processor speed, RAM, bells and whistles etc And it doesn't. Having said that I think it really is great value for money when you consider the price you pay and what you actually receive.
The laptop itself is fairly sleek and modern looking. It isn't the lightest laptop I've ever owned but it's a long way from being the heaviest. The screen and keyboard are adequate for day-to-day usage which is what I expect most people buy this model for. The overall feel and build quality is good; it doesn't feel flimsy and you wouldn't guess the low price just by looking.
My laptop is about five years old (I think) and runs Windows XP. It boots quickly and has a decent enough processor to handle everything I've thrown at it so far. The laptop comes with a 60GB hard drive and this memory is adequate for the photos and music that I fill it with. If you have a large music library or a sizeable amount of other data then you may find the memory gets depleted however. The laptop is wi-fi enabled allowing connection to wireless networks both at home and on the move with no problems experienced so far. It also has a built in memory card reader which has saved me oodles of time connecting devices with various USB cables.
The laptop does seem to get quite hot which I'm appreciating right now as it's freezing and it's keeping my left hand warm! This probably isn't a good feature for most people though. The heat means that the fan kicks in quite regularly and, whilst not as noisy as my PS3 (which is on a par with a 747 almost), is still noisier than some other laptops I've owned.
Overall this is a decent, budget laptop. I think you really would struggle to find similar quality at such a decent price. Very highly recommended.
DO NOT BUY THIS LAPTOP AND STEER CLEAR OF ACER!!! I purchased this laptop in November 2007; it was used soley for work purposes and the nature of my job meant that it would be used for a maximum of 2 hours per day (if that). I used it for just 5 months before it stopped working completely. Despite it still being under warranty, ACER want £170 to fix it and if I do not accept their repair bill I still have to pay over £40.00 for the privilege!!! Avoid them like the plague!!!
I've had this laptop for over a year now (A year and a half) and have encountered no significant problems whatsoever. Let me just fill in some detail here:
I use this laptop for around 5 hours (usually more) every day. That's a lot of usage for a year and a half. I have gotten chocolate in the motherboard, cracked the plastic surrounding the screen in the bottom left corner so that it won't close properly (Quite hard to explain), and I have hoovered up exactly 6 keys from the keyboard while trying to clear it out.
I run multiple programs (Firefox - 15 tabs, uTorrent, WinSCP, Mirc UPP, Windows Live messenger, NOD32, KeyScrambler, and Magic Disk is what I am running at the moment, while typing this review on the same laptop).
I think this is fairly amazing for a 'budget' laptop. It's extreme reliability by far makes up for the not exactly high speed processor or the lack of RAM. The screen isn't that big either, but what are you expecting? For me, this has done its job perfectly and carried it out with a little bit of flair.
I have encountered no crippling problems, but one issue I'd like to point out is the huge heat this laptop produces. The exhaust output is hot enough that you cannot have your hand in the way for more than 5 seconds. However, I'm sure this problem can be solved easily with a laptop cooling pad, although I have yet to try one.
I really enjoy using this laptop and feel it is exceedingly good for the money.
ACER aspire laptop - Introduction
The acer aspire series 5050 laptops are budget laptops packed full of features and running microsoft vista operating system.
Being basic entry level products they will not offer the fastest processors or the biggest displays and may not be the lightest
of laptops but they will offer plenty of features and specifications to future proof the product and deliver excellent performance
at an affordable price.I will list the specifications of this model of laptop and then list the benefits of these of these specs
based on my personal experience of usingf this product and give a mark out of ten for each section to help you form an overall
opinion of the product.
operating system-windows vista home premium
processor-amd turion 64 x2 2ghz processor featuring amd powernow technology (512kb l2 cache)
graphics-ati radeon xpress 1100 chipset
memory-1gb ddr2 533/667 mhz memory(upgradeable to 4gb)
display-14.1" widescreen display WXGA
hard drive- 80gb
input devices- 88 key keyboard,4 way scroll button, 4 easy launch buttons,WLAN 802.11 B/G WI-FI CERIFIED
i/o interface- pc ard slot type 11,5 in 1 card reader,3 x usb ports,headphones,speaker,line out jack with SPDIF support
Ethernet port,modem port,DC jack for ac adapter
power- 4000 mAh Li-ion battery pack
optical drive- 8xdvd super multi-double layer drive,24x dvd/cd-rw combo drive
display- while not the biggest of displays the image is crisp and clear and is big enough to have several windows open at the same time
it does take a while to get used to the widescreen format especially when playing games but this soon fades with use.the brighness
size can be adjusted to user preferences and the display is of a high quality for a budget laptop
Processor- Once again an impressive processor for a budget laptop that will easily handle modern softwareand the memory and processor
windows vista operating system,it will easily run most software and virtually all the latest games but maybe lacks the speed you
would get with a dual core variant
Graphics- again a decent steady graphics set-up that will easily handle all but the most graphic intensive software.ati are known for delivering
reliable hardware that performs well and is great at saving battery power.this is a excellent card for a budget laptop.
Hard drive- This model comes with a 80 gb drive that is a good size to help store all your digital data and is well suited for helping to save
power it is also surprisingly quiet for a budget model variant.With the popularity of External usb models upograding is now very simple
should you run out of storage space
Optical drive- This model has a combo drive that will allow the use od both standard dvd's and dual layered dvd's which is great for future
proofing and wth support for cd-rw and dvd-rw,the drive is smooth and quiet in operation
Memory- 1ghz this size of memory is what i would usually recommend with the memory intensive windows vista operating system and there is the option
of upgrading to 4ghz which is great if needed for future use.Once again the emory allows smooth operation of the software and will allow
for great performance whatever you wish to do.
WLAN- The laptop comes with a built in wi-fi adapter which is an essential piece of kit in the wireless world and will give you true mobility both
at home and on the move.It is very easy to set up and i had no problems in connecting to several different types of connections.you also have
a hotkey on the front of the laptop that allows you to easily turn off the adapter to save power when not in use
5 in 1 card reader- This is more commonly becoming a standard feature on most computers and laptops and will allow the transfer of digital data to
and from any digital product that utilises digital media.Again this is all set up and is very easy to use with all media
automatically detected when inserted.
Power- This is probably the biggest let down of this laptop with battery power not lasting that long when you have all the features turned on.I was
getting on average 1.5 hours of use from the battery.There are some useful power saving features bt i feel they could have offered a more
powerful battery pack.
Operating system-This model comes with windows vista home premium version,this is both easy to use and very stable and ties in well with the features
that this product offers.(i will not go into to much detail about the o/s as this would be a seperate review)
Weight- not the lightest of laptops but acceptable for the price,the outer casing is well designed and the product feels well made and of a higher
quality than the price tag would have you believe.
A feature packed great performing laptop for the price,there have been corners cut to deliver this budget product but if you can accept a product that
is a reliable performer then this is the product.Beware this is not a high end performer and is best suited for someone who wants good performance
for the smallest price tag.
Overall 8/10 highly recommended
THIS REVIEW IS LISTED ON CIAO UNDER THE USER NAME PHENSH
I've had my Acer for just over 16 months now and for over a year it's had a fault with the touchpad. I came back to it one day and every now and then it right clicks by itself and the actual left click button sometimes doesn't work. I've had to use a USB mouse since because the constantly appearing righ click menu is seriously annoying. I'm assuming it is just a fault with the touchpad itself, however I never wanted to bother Acer with it.
It also came with an upgrade thing for Vista, and all I had to pay was less than £15 for the P&P. Well worth it, when Vista actually works.
The laptop isn't the best in the world, but it was cheap and it does what I want it to do most of the time, though the fan overheats terribly and has to be kept on raised, hard surfaces.
It does it's job, but I still want to replace it.
I own around 10 laptops for my business of various makes and have used various makes of laptops over the years such as Hp, fujitsu, Asus, compaq, dell and going back to the IBM thinkpads many years ago and i have not had many problems with any of them. This is the first and LAST ACER, I have to say this is the poorest quality one i have ever had in the 10 or so years i have owned laptops it feels cheap, looks cheap and yes it was cheap lesson learned i will spend a few more quid next time. It developed a fault with the screen after only 4 months the screen developed lines down it, its hardly used this one becuase its quite slow.
Phoned ACER first question they asked was had i paid for extra warranty when i told them no they informed me it was down to it being dropped or something being put on top of it or i must have left a pen on the keyboard, which is not what happend the lines just appeared as someone was working on it and got worse.
They said i could send it back and they would charge me £41 to collect it and around £200 to repair it the thing only cost me £250.
If you want cheap and cheerful then this is the one. But when it fails beware of the warranty it is not worth anything and the customer service staff are extremley arrogent.
Out of all the laptops i have had and used ASUS are the best my current one A6000 i have had for nearly 2 years its travelled all over the world with me, had a problem with the keyboard recently, they came collected and i had it back within 5 days thats what you call service.