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For somebody on a tight budget, who maybe cannot afford the best items on the market, this laptop is amazingly easy to use and a good all rounder. My laptop runs Windows Vista and seems very quick in comparison to other vista products I have used. It has a respectible battery life of approximately 3 1/2 hours which is more than enough for me. It doesn't take any more than an hour to recharge back to full battery capacity, but as expected with all electronics, the battery will die quicker with intensive use such as gaming. The keyboard is very well laid out with full sized keys that have a positive feel- everything is where it should be and ready for use. Another great feature of this laptop is the super bright and clear screen. This is extremely clear and does not hurt one's eyes after hours looking at it, as some others do. Overall, this laptop is a budget hit with the only drawback being the low memory, needing more than 1gb to run vista quickly.
I cannot believe after having my laptop now for a good few years that I have not even reviewed it yet. The laptop is one I purchased through the internet as my beautiful Sony Vaio got a deadly virus and broke down one year leaving me laptopless and desperate. Obviously, being a student at the time, I didn't have a lot of money so had to go for something relatively cheap. I had briefly heard of Acer before but was taking a big risk buying a laptop of theirs as I wasn't sure exactly how good this would be.
The basics of the laptop to start off with are the main features it arrived with. So, it obviously has a wireless technology built into it and at the time came with Windows Vista which to this day I am still not really much of a fan of. It has an Intel Celeron Processor 540 and also comes with an 80g Hard Drive. It has a DVD drive and 512MB RAM. It is a 15.4" screen which to me seems quite big now I look at it but it still seems a nice display and to be honest the overall appearance of this laptop has never been an issue. The keys have remained the almost 3 years of having it and it has an ivory like base with a black bordered monitor.
MY USE OF THIS LAPTOP
When you close the laptop lid it is black and says Acer on the lid in silver writing. The laptop is as I have already stated 3 years old almost but is still going which has surprised even myself. However, after my last laptop received a sad end to it, I decided I would be a lot more careful with this one. I am someone who pretty much uses my laptop for e-mails and writing reviews of course and listening to music but nothing majorly virus threatening. I download the odd song off iTunes but run virus scans all of the time and constantly clear up memory.
With this laptop you get your C and D drives to keep free for space. However, I do find with this laptop that the C drive seemed to fill up very quickly even just by having standard software like Microsoft Office which isn't something should take up too much room. The C drive has 32.5GB and the D drive has 32.2GB I keep all of my music files on the D drive and anything else goes onto the C but this laptop just seems to have not a lot of storage at all. I remember at the time of purchase 80GB sounded fantastic compared to what I had but now you hear laptops having 250GB and my laptop just seems ridiculous.
Another problem I have with this laptop is that being a designer, I use design software and it really doesn't come with a very good RAM capacity. I find my laptop going forever slow to load things up and the number of times it just freezes for no reason I could throw it at a wall but still I remain patient. It always takes ages and only recently when changing my browser did surfing the internet speed it up. Still, loading photos and even having the internet switched off, this still takes a long time to get things done but it is just a matter of patience as some days it can be ok.
This laptop now from the moment I bought it there has been a number of things go wrong, it really is on its last legs and I am desperately saving for a Mac Book. The first issue that ever happened with this was within 6 months of purchasing it. The laptop kept overheating and switching itself off which caused me to have to send it to Acer's repair team who nicely paid for postage back and forward to change the tray and the fan and after this it finally worked again but I should have known for a problem to happen so early on that this was doomed. The laptop does heat up quite a lot and I am not the first person who I know that owns an Acer laptop to have made this complaint.
My laptop was then fine and working for a good few months until the actually button on the CD drive stopped working so it meant when I wanted to open the CD drive which is still an issue, I have to open My Computer and highlight the drive and click eject which is just a lot of unnecessary hassle. The next thing to go after this problem was the touch pad, I was on the internet and the cursor kept flashing and showing numbers and going crazy, I asked my IT friend who recommended that the touch pad has probably malfunctioned.
I then had to purchase a mouse to test if this was in fact the problem and it seemed to be right. So, I also have a mouse on a USB attached to my laptop as the touch pad is out of bounds which again is not really ideal. I know lots of people attach a mouse to their laptop as they find the touch pad annoying but for me, it was part of the convenience of having a laptop. Then lastly, so far the catch to open the actual laptop broke off so the silver catch that you slide now has to be slotted in every time I close my laptop. This is the reason why I never close my laptop as it is more hassle to open it again.
Oh, lastly I almost forget, yes another problem I found with this laptop which caused me even more money was the actual adapter. Never in my many years of having a laptop have I found problems with the adapter but this wore very easily at the top where it plugs into the laptop and one day just stopped charging the battery. It resulted in me tracking down a supplier which thankfully was easy to do so on Amazon and luckily it worked but then my replacement was fault so I am still not convinced on this side of things either.
The display on the laptop has always been very clear and easy to see, also I find that when playing music the volume goes quite high on these and in fact the audio comes out at a reasonably good quality which has kept me happy. I also find that the keys on this laptop are very good and easy to use; there are never problems with keys coming loose or keys not working when I hit them so touch wood that this remains as it is one of my good points to this laptop.
The weight of this laptop is not too heavy either, the design of it is still quite stylish and it is easy enough to carry about when I need to do so. When installing anything on this laptop, it is usually very easy to do and I also find the laptop comes with an adequate amount of USB ports to keep me happy. It has one on the right which is where I keep my mouse permanently plugged in, it then has two on the left for external memory etc which is enough and then has space for plugging in an Ethernet cable if you need one.
The battery life on this laptop is relatively ok, obviously a Mac has a very good battery life but if I unplug my Acer fully charged, I am looking at sitting for about an hour before it really requires the adapter to be plugged in. You can see the battery fluid slowly dropping on the icon and if you hover over, it'll tell you the percentage and how many minutes you have left. One very annoying thing with this laptop is that if you get to under 12 or so minutes of batter life, it will continuously beep the most loud and irritating beep, forcing you to run and grab your adapter before you go insane at this noise. The good side of the beep is that if you are busy doing something and have forgotten about your adapter, you can run and will be notified it is low.
The laptop is good at automatically going onto standby mode if you get caught up doing something and forget that your laptop is on. I also find that the quality for watching videos on this laptop is very sharp as well. Sometimes if a few programs are running, it will cause the audio and video to take a while to catch up but I normally watch DVD's on this fine and it seems to have a good result. Even adding my speakers to this still creates an easy output system.
Sometimes, I do find the fan on this laptop to be quite noisy but it makes a louder noise when it needs to cool down, so I usually don't worry too much. If you need a laptop and are on a budget, this is an ok computer but in terms of longevity and quality, I don't think I would recommend. Obviously, from reading this review you can only imagine how embarrassed I am to bring my laptop out in public with its many defects but by keeping it in doors it is a fine enough laptop, I just don't feel Acer are quite there yet with their laptop technology.
When you contact Acer support, they really are not the most useful in helping and seem to just confuse me more. They seem like they offer good prices for their laptops but in the future I would rather stick with a well trusted computer brand that have good support and much better features as this laptop is ok for getting me through university but now I am ready for something a bit more advanced and superior.
This laptop is quite an old model but on looking on Amazon, I did come across a few sellers offering a used version of this for a few hundred which is definitely not worth the money at all. You can buy from http://www.acerdirect.co.uk for £297.97 which is still quite a high price in my opinion for this model. If you look on eBay you may be able to find some lower priced versions of this laptop or you can go to Play.com and buy this for £299.99 which is a little bit better than my current model as it is offering a 120GB hard drive.
This was my first ever laptop, about three years ago, and it's still going today with both myself and my boyfriend using it all the time, and it's still pretty quick at connecting to the internet, navigating around sites and using programmes like PowerPoint and Word. I have had to wipe the hard drive once because of a computer virus, the instructions were easy to follow and the computer is as good as new. The laptop was the cheapest on the market and came with windows vista for around £300, a real bargain. The only problems I have had is that the memory isn't amazing, which has become a bit of an issue recently as I've been making lots of big PowerPoint files and had to put all my boyfriend's files onto my drives, with lots of photos and music. If you need lots of memory this probably isn't the laptop for you. I have also been a little disappointed with the battery, which I fear is slowly dying, only lasting an hour. It is important to charge the battery fully, and then let it run out completely, as this increases the battery life. On balance though, the laptop has been very resilient and done everything I've needed it to do for over three years, so a thumbs up all round.
I actually got this laptop free, with a mobile phone contract I took out with the car phone warehouse 2 years ago, and I am using it right now, and it is still going strong!!!
I can't say that it is very attractive, looks wise, but hey, surely its whats on the inside that counts ? I am not really much of a computer expert, so I don't really know what computers are meant to " do " But it suits my needs perfectly!!
I think that this laptop is generally pretty durable! Its still in one piece, and I have dropped it once or twice!! For a free laptop it has definitely seen me well! the only thing I have I to say, is that I have had to replace the charger lead twice but I don't know if this is down to my own doing, or because the fan is next to the charger hole!
I would recommend this laptop to people who just need a simple laptop without all the mods and cons, that no one really ever uses! If you need a laptop for just internet usage and use of Microsoft office etc. then you have found the perfect laptop!
This was my first laptop at the age of 15. It was an improvement on my original computer, however the Acer Aspire 5315 is by no means spectacular.
I would not class the appearance of the laptop as spectacular, although better in the case of its durability. The clips which shut the laptop were fragile and these broke for me after around three months. However, it has survived being dropped onto concrete on more than one occasion, so it's no soft touch.
Onto the actual performance. When originally installed, the laptop worked well, and was efficient. However, I experienced an endless amount of problems:
1] Despite cleaning it often, the fan could not appear to stand frequent use and consequently resulted in the overheating of the system, which caused me a great deal of distress.
2] Upon original installation, there are many needless Acer programs that are present which I found difficult to remove. This proved irritating, and was also the case with other programs on my PC that I wanted to remove - it would not completely uninstall certain programs, such as a NTO CD/DVD burner that I had no need for.
3] After a long time of ownership, the sound that emits from the laptop seems irregularly loud - almost in the form of an industrial-sized machine - and early in the morning, turning this on woke my parents up earlier than they would have wished. Considering they were in a different room with the doors shut, that just goes to show the problems it caused. There was no way to really solve this problem either.
In spite of the above, I found that it served me well as a school student. It was not completely reliable, although I could complete work for the most part while not fighting against the system with "this program is not responding" errors, although the laptop is not completely suited to computer games in my experience so if this is your thing, you may wish to consider a different product. If you're looking for a laptop for work, to surf the internet - normal things, but nothing major - then it will actually suit you down to the ground, providing you do not overuse it. If you're looking for something a bit more specialised, there's obviously products of much better quality on the market.
----Acer Aspire 5315----
Okay let's start with some basic spec:
Hard drive - 80GB HDD
Processor - Intel Celeron 540 (1.86 GHz - 533 MHz FSB - 1MB L2 cache)
Graphic Accelerator - 252 MB Mobile Intel Graphic Media Accelerator x3100
RAM - 1GB DDR2
Screen Size - 15.4" WXGA Acer CrystalBrite LCD (Widescreen)
Disc Drive - CD/CD-R/CD-RW/DVD Super Multi DL
So firstly I will talk about the build quality. The laptop fares well in this area because everything is tight and well screwed together. After a couple of years little creaking sounds made me made when pressure is put down on the plastic trim but is still tough.
Next I will talk about reliability, this I find on all Acer's is always a strong point. This laptop is on the whole reliable and isn't likely to go wrong.
This laptop is easy to use and key set out is simple so that the keys are easy to access and easy to understand.
Other things to bring up are features and gadgets. Even though the laptop is at the more basic end of Acer's scale, it doesn't mean the laptop is basic as it still feaures things like Wi-Fi (Acer SignalUp) and a microphone. Battery life is not bad lasting 2 and half hours max. The laptop's standby time is brilliant lasting around 17 hours.
I had been looking for a pc upgrade or laptop for a quite a while when I first saw this laptop on Ideal World one night. I watched for a bit as it seemed a reasonable price at around £300 and thought that it was a nice little laptop. Then when I saw it on Very the next day I tried using a moneyoff voucher they had sent me and managed to get it for about £230. I also got a buy now pay later deal for the following year so I decided to take the plunge.
I brought this laptop instead of updating our home pc and also thought a laptop was a better idea as it would be more portable. This of course was just before the small netbooks all came out, otherwise I would much have preferred one of them.
The laptop is a very reasonable price for a basic home computer that gets the job done. It doesn't really have many of those features that you don't really need, which for me was a very good thing, as I just wanted something to surf the web and for basic paperwork. This laptop does do this but my main complaint is that it sooo slow! Starting it up takes an age and the internet use can be very slow at times, but is never what I would call fast. The keyboard is quite nice and makes typing simple and easy and it does pick up a wireless router reception very well, throughout the house and our garden.
I am a bit gutted as I would have liked a netbook because this is quite big and a bit heavy if you were to travel with it. When I have been on holiday I have never taken because I can't spare the luggage weight for it, so that sort of defeated some of the points of buying it in the first place.
The sound on this product is very good and I use it for music and videos all the time. The dvd player is also a very good quality and I often watch films on whilst in bed. The screen is a perfect size for watching dvds, videos and TV. This would be a great idea for a teenager's room as they could use it for dvds, music and web browsing.
Whist I realise that you can pay a lot more for laptops and I got this one at a very good price I just can't get over how slow it sometimes be. It's not always slow but starting it up and shutting it down seem to take a lot longer than our home pc, so don't bother if you want something very quick.
This is ideal as a starte laptop for someone who perhaps just uses it for internet browsing and bits here and there like me when I first brought it.
The other thing that I found very annoying with this laptop is that the battery life is very short. I am lucky if I get 2 hours out of a fully charged battery. I don't know what other laptops are like but for me this is pointless. I usually get around an hour on full brightness, which I find most comfortable for my eyes, and for me this just isn't enough.
Overall I would say that for price it is a fair product, but not spectacular, the best part is probably the price. I awarded it 3 out of 5 stars because apart from the speed and the weight/size I was happy with it and it gets the job done.
I have owned an Acer Aspire 5315 for a couple of years now and it has never given me any problems.
The model I bought came with 1gb ram (which I've since upgraded to 2gb), 1.86Ghz processor, a 80gb hard drive and X3100 graphics card.
On the subject of graphics, this laptop can surprisingly play some modern games which require high specifications. For example, FIFA 2009 runs on here more or less perfectly. Also games such as San Andreas and SWAT 4 have also played successfully.
The screen is large and bright. The in-built speakers are also of good quality. When playing music, you can hear the sound crisply and the volume can be increased reasonably high.
The laptop comes with Microsoft Works built in which is a handy bonus, plus also Norton anti-virus, the Acer Empowering Software plus various others games and applications.
In summary, I have been delighted with this laptop and would recommend to all.
This was my first ever laptop and was bought really cheaply, that said it was fantastic. It looks fairly slick but can be a bit heavy and clumbersome however it was really hardwearing surviving a couple of drops and knocks. It has a really good screen and is fab for watching videos and viewing photos. There's not much memory on this computer so if you want to store a lot of music etc. this probably isnt the laptop for you. The laptop was really easy to use though and the keys are responsive and easy to type on but they all seem to be pre-set to the usa. The main problem with this laptop was that it overheated really easily causing it to crash and just stop working in the end acer were not that interested either so its probably best only used for short periods of time and never without the proper ventilation!!
Costing me just under £300 this is one of the few laptops on the market with quality at a low price. It's quick to load, can handle numerous products running simulateneously and comes with vista pre-installed.
One downside of this laptop is the rather poor tactic of the fans being positioned underneath the laoptop. Basically; leave it running for a few hours on a surface and it'll overheat and cut out. I'd suggest if you buy this laptop you get a cooling pad (cheap enough on amazon) and you shouldn't have a problem. It's not too heavy to carry around and the 15.4" widescreen display is a welcome luxury at the price. Mines still running strong after 2 years, and is as reliable as ever. The 80 GB hard drive is a good size, but will probably want cleaning up after a year or so - simple enough to do with vista. Overall; one of the best laptops at this price range.
This laptop is a great buy I paid just over £300 for a brand new one off Ebay. It has a dual core memory, which if you don't understand computers basically means you can run two ro more programmes at once; without slowing down (which it does do with a single hard drive. There is a fabualous spongy keyboard which is light and easy to use. One useful tip with the new dual core processor is as you have two hard drives within the laptop remember to transfer some of your files to the 'D' drive. If you have no idea how to do this just drag and drop by opening both the 'C' and 'D' drive. This has a good speed and memory. The wide crystal brights screen is great because you can gently clean the surface. The only negative I can think of is that the fan is rather loud and another useful tip is make sure there is plenty of air around the computer, as if it overheats it will shutdown instantly, as i found out when I had it on my lap on a cushion. I would certainly buy another Acer. I have had previous Dell and Advent, but love this one. One more great tip is do not leave plugged in all the time. Run down the battery each time as it will prolong your battery life.
I have just discovered you can buy a device to put your laptop on that cools the machine down. I will keep you posted on updates. Thanks for reading my review.
Acer 5315 Laptop.
The 5315 comes boxed with all standard laptop accesories. It comes complete with a battery, power cables, instruction manuals.
As with all Acers, it does not come with a recovery CD. There is a seperate partition on the hard drive with the windows recovery files on. (Don't worry if you have no idea what a partition is, Acer very kindly talks you through how to create your own recovery CD's in a simple way on turning on the laptop for the first time)
The laptop is grey, off white color on the inside. The touch pad is also the same colour as the keys. The laptop is black on the outside with a small white acer logo in the middle.
The retail 5315 comes with a;
- 80GB hard drive which is pleanty big enough for storing most documents, music, programs etc.
- 1GB RAM which is fine for Windows XP, however if you are wanting to use Windows Vista, or just some large programs in general, I strongly suggest upgrading this RAM to 2GB. An extra RAM stick can be purchased for about £5-10 if you shop around a bit (ebay!) and can be fitted very easily.
- 15.4" Crystal bright screen, which is perfect for general laptop use.
- 256MB Graphics which again, is perfect for general use. Some of the older games, watching videos etc.
- Wireless connectivity which allows you to connect to the internet without the use of any wires.
I used this laptop for many months prior to upgrading to my newer one and I still kept this as I cannot bare to get rid of it. It is a great little laptop, pleanty enough for the average user i.e, word processing, internet browsing, light gaming, movies and all types of multimedia.
The battery lasts for about an hour and a half on a high perfomance plan, so it wouldn't be a good pick if you will need to be mobile with it alot.
It is a great size, very easy to carry around, quite light. It looks very clean and minimal both on the inside and outside too.
The laptop is very quiet when in use, you can barely hear it and it stays very cool, even when used for many hours.
I love it. The only down point in my opinion is the lack of bluetooth, but this can be added extremely cheaply with a little dongle anyway!
I would recommend upgrading the ram to 2GB ASAP although with or without the extra ram this laptop will not fail you for most everyday tasks. It can be picked up quite cheaply now which makes it perfect for anyone on a budget, or someone looking for just a standard laptop for everyday normal tasks.
I got this laptop with my 3 mobile broadband package. Overall I am quite impressed with this laptop. It obviously isnt top-spec, but it is decent enough for basic use - I use it for internet and word processing etc. Running multiple applications is not a problem for it, in my opinion. However, mine seems to struggle when first booted up, i spend at least 5 minutes from the initial switch on waiting for it to all load up.
Graphically it sems to handle itself well, and has a decent sized hdd - 80gig. It has a duel layer dvd writer, so that wont need upgrading. All i would suggest that should be upgraded is the RAM as it only comes with 1gig, and my old laptop used to have 2gig, after i upgraded that.
The screen is nice and crisp, with a full widescreen display.
It feels a little 'chunky' incomparison to the new model laptops on sale.
I use the computer very often, even if it's just for the simplest of things like looking up a telephone number, so when I decided to move out of my parent's home I knew I had to invest in a computer or laptop. As I was due to start my college course I thought a laptop would be better to carry back and forth with me. I started browsing the net n came across the Acer Aspire 5315 which is this laptop and read it had some good reviews and was very reasonably priced, so I purchased it.
The Acer 5315 laptop is perfect for delivering basic computing needs; it is powered via an Intel Celeron 540 processor and has a Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic operating system.
The Acer 5315 can handle your music, video, images, and documents with ease thanks to its 1GB of RAM and 80GB hard drive. View your images in bright colour with the Acer 5315's 15.4 inch widescreen display.
Setting it up was pretty straight forward, I'm not one for reading instruction manuals and got it set up straight away.
It's a pretty basic laptop, ideal for browsing the internet. My mobile broadband was setup within minutes, it couldn't have been any easier. I think for someone requiring a laptop for work, pleasure and whatever else, a more advanced expensive laptop is required. The battery only lasting 2 hours is a big letdown.
The Acer 5315 can handle your music, video, images, and documents with ease thanks to its 1GB of RAM and 80GB hard drive. View your images in bright colour with the Acer 5315's 15.4 inch widescreen display.
Dimensions: 352 x 274 x 42.6mm
USB: 3 ports
Optical drive: DVD Super Multi Double Layer
Software: Microsoft Works 9 SE
Keyboard, touchpad, 4-way scroll button
It also features Built-in numeric keyboard.
Operating System / Software:-
Acer Launch Manager, NTI CD-Maker, Cyber Link, Power Producer, Acer Grid Vista, Acer Arcade,
Adobe Reader, Acer Empowering Technology, Microsoft Works 8.5, McAfee Internet Security Suite (Trial),
Microsoft Office 2007 Home and Student Edition (Trial), Acer Game Zone
Hard Drive 160 GB - Serial ATA-150
If you after a good, basic(ish) laptop this may well be a contender, assuming you can get it for a good price.
This is a nice simple entry level laptop with a good array of features, including a webcam, 3 USB ports and good display, it's also pretty reliable and I have never had any real issues with it. The battery life is also pretty good and it comes with the most recent version of windows, Vista, which in itself comes over as a useful upgrade to XP.
Now onto the bad points.....
Although this comes loaded with Windows Vista, it seems to struggle with any more than basic tasks. My advice is that if you going to get a laptop which uses Vista, get one with a bit of power (something lacking here !)
In addition to the performance issues, it's not exactly a looker !!
Overall, if you can get this for a good price, it's worth it, if you are just gonna surf the web, a do a bit of basic word processing.
The Aspire 5315 delivers ultra-affordable entertainment performance for students and home users. Combining the Intel Celeron mobile processor, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100, Intel High Definition Audio support, and Acer Arcade Deluxe, this notebook possesses powerful multimedia potential. Versatile communication is also in the mix, with the Acer Video Conference solution for go-anywhere, face-to-face contact with friends.