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      18.10.2013 09:50
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      A reliable laptop which shows no signs of giving up after 5 years +

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      The Acer Aspire 5332 is a laptop running Windows 7, which was launched in 2009, but is still available online, from around £170 used and also listed on Amazon at £500 new.

      Look and feel
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      The look of this laptop is one of quality, with a gloss polished lid with the word "acer" embossed in silver in the centre, and a lovely smooth feel to the inside keyboard surround too. The corners and edges and are rounded and the lid closes snugly without a click or clasp, simply closes tightly. The touch pad is very slightly recessed below the keyboard, with a double click-pad directly underneath. Overall the laptop has a solid, trusty feel and although 2.7kg may compare unfavourably with more modern models, it certainly doesn't feel heavy when in use.

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      This laptop is in use for a couple of hours almost every single day. Its keyboard is very easy to use, as well as the full-sized QWERTY keyboard, there is a full "keypad" layout of numeric keys to the right hand side as well as the usual number keys on the top row. Volume and brightness can both be adjusted using the Function key together with one of the arrow keys, and I find everything to be very well designed with the user in mind.

      The touchpad is very responsive for pointing, without being erratic and I find it easy to use whereas with other laptops and my netbook I have preferred to use a mouse. In terms of scrolling using the touchpad, this is slightly more hit-and-miss, with the right hand portion of the touchpad intended to be used for scrolling. I have never got to grips with this, and tend not to use it - at least, not intentionally! The touchpad is off-centre, slightly to the left, giving more space to the right hand side and so being more suited (exclusively perhaps?) to right handed users, as my wrist rests nicely on the laptop to the right of the touchpad while I use it. If you prefer to use a mouse, the USB ports are on the left hand side, so this would not be ideal for right handers as the cable would need to thread around the back of the machine... Touchpad for right handers, mouse for left handers perhaps?!

      The screen is very clear, and when working on the mains I have the screen at full brightness which gives great vivid colours and a really clear screen. It has a shiny finish which adds to the clarity, although it can be an issue in terms of reflection in bright light, not to mention being a fingerprint magnet!

      My main usage of the laptop is for general internet surfing, and for that it performs perfectly for my needs. It responds immediately to clicks and navigation, and pages open quickly. My internet usage has recently extended to watching more TV, as I have the BT Sport app to watch their football matches. This experience is far from perfect - I don't have "infinity" or especially fast broadband - I do get some buffering from time to time, but I understand that is more down to the broadband service rather than the performance of the laptop. When watching football, the picture isn't perfect, but it's more than watchable, and can be watched comfortably by two of us with the laptop on a coffee table in front of us. Other video services such as iplayer and videos for the cats (oh come on, they love them!) give extremely crisp and clear pictures and sound, in fact more than equal to watching my TV.

      I occasionally play my itunes through the laptop, but this isn't really of a quality that would give great listening pleasure. The music is clear and crisp, but the speakers aren't enough to give an experience that I'd shout about.

      The ports on the laptop all still perform brilliantly, quickly recognising devices plugged into them, with only the occasional blip. The SD card reader is positioned at the front of the laptop and the card clicks easily into place, opens a window immediately, and gives a fantastic photo viewing experience as well as making organising and transferring the photos onto the hard drive a doddle.

      The laptop came loaded with Windows 7 Home and also Acer's entertainment bundle. I have added Office on and try to keep other programmes to a minimum. As such, after 3 years, the performance of this laptop is still fantastic, I really can't have any complaints. In terms of battery life, I will probably get around an hour now from a full charge, which isn't fantastic but it's more than adequate for my own needs.

      The main specs of the laptop are as follows:
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      Dimensions 37x24.5x3.5cm approx
      Weight 2.7kg
      Screen size 15.6 inches
      Processor: Intel Celeron 1900MHz
      RAM 3GB, Hard drive 320GB
      Graphics Card GMA4500M
      Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium
      Average Battery life 2.5 hours
      2 USB ports, External (VGA), Ethernet, Headphone and Microphone jack sockets
      Multi card reader

      Summary
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      Whilst I'm not remotely suggesting that £500 is a reasonable price for this laptop (there must be much more modern laptops available for that price), the refurbished prices around the internet around the £150-£200 mark represent good value in my opinion. This is a very reliable and well built laptop which has stood up not only to hours of usage day after day after day but also being dropped several times too! I have owner other Acer products with which I've always been more than happy, and by the same token, am more than happy to recommend.

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      08.09.2011 23:31

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      Highly recommend

      This laptop is exactly what I wanted/needed. I was torn between a desktop and a laptop, saving upto £500 to make sure that I could afford whichever I chose. And then I found this laptop in Tesco and just went for it - nice price and had more than enough for what I wanted it for. I've had it for over a year now and it hasn't let me down once - although the battery life only lasts 2 hours without charge, I'm more than happy to stay plugged in for hours on end.

      It runs smoothly, connects very well to wireless internet, and runs programs efficiently, too. It has plenty of space on the hardrive, although I think I may have pushed it a little and in possible need of an external hardrive to make sure that my laptop continues to run smoothly. I'm an aspiring writer and practising video editor/graphic designer, so this laptop has been perfect for me.

      I would recommend this laptop to anyone for the good storage space and efficient internet use. Well worth the price I bought it for and one of my best purchases.

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      22.06.2011 19:20

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      Excellent, Reliable laptop.

      I got brought the Acer Aspire two years ago as a birthday present and it has been a faithful friend ever since. Not once has it broken, internally or externally, and thats saying a lot considering the amount of times i've dropped it or knocked it off my desk. Its a compact and durable piece of kit with no flimbsy of breakable add ons.

      It comes pre set up with the Windows 7 operating system so there is no need for any sort of installation from the get go, and it runs smooth as anything. The keyboard is as standard, the keys made of a strong plastic to withstand the force of anything below a hammer hitting it, and the mouse pad is sensitive without being too hard to control, as it is with other laptops.

      Unfortunately the Aspire has a poor battery life, an hour tops, and can be pretty unreliable without the cable plugged in, so be warned when typing any important documents to save regularly. Also there are not really any built in extras such as a webcam or bluetooth which can be a bit of an annoyance at times. The built in speakers are small and really have to be on full volume to get a satisfactory sound from them.

      Essentially the aspire is everything you need in a laptop and although it is missing a few modern innovations that some people may like or require, it is nevertheless and all round good buy.

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      16.06.2011 23:06

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      great general laptop

      I have had this lappy for about 9 months now and its got to be the best home laptop I've used, more that I expected. Its great for watching movies on with a bright 16:9 screen, however the speakers can be a bit quiet so if im watching something on it with a few noisey friends its worth pluging in some speakers with a bit more power.
      Uploading photos and files is easy, even the half size SD cards you put in fuji cameras fits into the SD slot on the pc which I've never had on a laptop or computer but maybe thats just me being unobservative haha.
      The laptop picks up wireless connections easily however has trouble connecting if the connections 2 bars or less but it will connect eventually if your patient.
      The built in web cam was great, until it started flickering and then I messed it up even more by attemping to reinstall the driver now theres no evidence of the webcam but should sort itself if I wipe the system.
      The battery still pretty good, lasts about 4 hours on power save mode when new it would last about 6.

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      27.01.2011 19:00

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      Well worth the money!

      I brought this laptop four months ago and it hasn't let down my expectations what so ever! The 'true cinematic view 16:9' is of high quality and perfect for watching films on and makes viewing on the internet, gaming and editing/viewing uploaded photos easy and to a high quality as well as this, the laptop finds wireless connections very easily and is very quick at uploading and installing new software.

      The laptop has only two usb slots which some could view as being too little but it also has a memory card slot tucked away. It also includes an integrated webcam which is the usual quality of a standard webcam and stores 4GB of memory.

      The Acer Aspire 5332 also comes with windows 7 fully installed, Acer Arcade Deluxe and a brilliant battery life which makes it perfect for use whilst travelling! It also has an option to turn off the scroll pad which may help if you are typing or using a mouse. On the issue of the scroll pad I have read many reviews saying that it is either to sensitive or not sensitive enough and in comparison to other laptops such as hp and advent I would say it is slightly on the sensitive however it is easy to control.

      Overall, the Acer Aspire 5332 is a sleek and stylish laptop that can probably challenge and succeed all other laptops in its price band.

      Well worth the money!

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      05.01.2011 03:43

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      One of the best casual notebooks around.

      I have had a love for computers and laptops for most of my life; i've seen my fair share of them, but over time they have shown signs of general wear and tear. My newest addition is the Acer Aspire 5332, after my previous laptop was overheating far too many times. I received this laptop a year ago, and it hasn't let me down many times at all.

      Upon unboxing it, I was shocked by the wide-screen aspect of it. Never having used a wide-screen monitor before, I was sceptical of how the display would turn out. And it looks fantastic, everything fits onto the resolution neatly and giving you plenty of space to work, play and create in stunning HD.

      The laptop itself is very compact and easy to carry around. The keyboard isn't too small or too big, and the touch screen is easy to adapt to. There are two USB ports, and the power port is placed on the left side of the laptop. The battery life can go for about an hour or two on Balanced/High Performance, but you're going to have to switch to the Power Saver option to keep it running for longer. The cooling fans seem to work well enough - although I must admit I have come across a few overheating incidents when playing games on the system. The speakers are adequate, but not nearly as loud as I expected. Headphones are needed to appreciate the sound fully.

      The laptop comes with Windows 7 Home Premium. A huge step up from Windows Vista, the operating system takes the best bits of it's predecessors and builds upon it and adds some great new elements. The performance is quite fast, and runs most applications smoothly and efficiently. It is definitely the fastest laptop/notebook I have had. However, the laptop is not designed for tons of PC games and performance heavy applications. It can deal with a few, say Photoshop, Sony Vegas, and the odd game or two, but clogging the system with programs can draw it back a bit. There is a lot of space for your pictures, videos and documents in the hard-drive, and although I don't store many, I know this will be useful for some people.

      The Acer support is very helpful for beginners, but could get annoying for some experienced with computers and protecting them. It does provide a free antivirus trial and urges you to back up your data, both of which are vital if you want to make sure nothing goes wrong.

      Overall, the laptop is definitely suited to the casual audience. It can and will do what you want it to do, and it will do it well unless you overload it. Well worth the money, perfect for me.

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      25.09.2010 23:26
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      A nice little runner for a decent price!

      After my old laptop suffered an injury to it's screen (cracked screen of death), I was in need of a new laptop. So, last year, just before Christmas off I went to the local Tesco Direct and picked up the Acer Aspire 5332 for just shy of £320.

      I'd been shopping around for a new laptop for some time and wanted to get the best deal for my money and feel that I got that with this laptop.

      It's best features were definitely that it booted (started) up quick, had wonderful screen contrast and comes with it's own "Acer Arcade Deluxe" program which is a neat little bit of programming that allows you to view photos, movies, play your music all in one - definitely better than it's counterpart Windows Media Player. The keyboard has taken a bashing for nearly a year now and none of the lettering has worn down - in fact it looks like it did when I bought it new...albeit with crumbs down by the space bar - whoops! And as my old screen broke so easily I was scared (read: mega paranoid) this would happen again. Not so! When someone manhandled the screen it didn't crack under pressure so I feel very confident that this is a hard wearing little machine!

      However, there is always a but. The touch pad is on the temperamental side and will stop working for months on end to suddenly spring into life one day for a few weeks, only to stop working again. On further inspection of this problem (Google and computer geek forums) it does appear to be an Acer Aspire 5332 problem. It's not a big deal as I just plug in a mouse and if you're not too keen on touch pads then it shouldn't be a worry. The battery life is also a little on the short side and doesn't go as long as some of it's competitors laptops, but for durability, ease of use and reliability I'd always pick an Acer.

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      22.09.2010 18:49
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      A really good laptop

      Acer Aspire Laptop 5332

      My partner desperately wanted a laptop as the PC was on its way out, so after looking around a while back I came across the Acer Aspire 5332 for the decent price of £320.00 in Tescos. At the time it was probably one of the cheapest laptops though it certainly wasn't one of the worst.

      The screen of the laptop is very clear with great contrast which is great as I love watching programmes online on it and it would have annoyed me to have a blurry screen view. You are also able to move the screen back and forward as on most laptops to provide an even better view. The keyboard is a standard keyboard with well spaced keys for bigger fingers.

      In general, I do not like touch-pads as they make my fingers feel weird and usually plug in a USB mouse instead, though for those who do use the touch-pad. It is positioned in the usual area below the space bar and has the left and right buttons as on a normal mouse which makes it easier to use. It is extremely sensitive, though, I find. On trying to move the cursor across the screen, I often find myself accidentally pressing it which becomes annoying and heightens my need of a real mouse.

      The sound quality is not fantastic, though is passable. It does not go very loud so we use external speakers to enhance this. If alone in a quiet room then in general, it is not too bad though certainly not five star quality.

      The battery life on the laptop is generally quite good and lasts for a few hours, though we do the wrong thing and use it plugged in most of the time which can actually damage the battery after prolonged use like this so be warned!

      You have the general things on this laptop which you would expect to see on laptops of this kind such as a CD/DVD drive (situated on the right side of the laptop), USB port, card reader etc.

      Overall, I think this laptop is a great buy. Its price is a good one and it has everything you need for your basic computer needs.

      Recommended!

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      17.07.2010 13:29
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      Everything that I want in a Laptop!

      I have always used a desktop computer but decided that this was not practical in my small flat as we no longer had room for a computer desk etc. My husband decided to buy the Acer Aspire 5332 laptop for my birthday last year 2009.

      He says that the reasons why he bought this particular laptop were
      - Acer as a brand is well known and reliable for laptops
      - the price was good
      - 3GB memory

      I was a little skeptical when I received the laptop (no offense to him) but I have been pleasantly surprised by the speed and the memory.

      I am not a computer expert so I will not talk about GigaBytes and processors but I will talk about what I use the laptop for and the fitness for that purpose. For me this is the perfect laptop which I have used on a daily basis without break since september 2009 with no problems whatsoever.

      I use the laptop predominately to browse the internet, internet shopping, checking emails, Facebook, to store photos and also to use Photoshop and other programs to maniplulate photos. I also design flyers and posters for events which is helped by the large screen. I also maintain a website for Salsa Classes in Leeds. I also use it on the odd occasion for work, mainly typing long documents. I find this laptop to be perfect for me.



      The main ADVANTAGES for me are:-

      - The laptop LOOKS good! The top of mine is a slightly blue colour.

      - the laptop is easy to use/user friendly

      - The keys are large enough to type on. I find the keyboard really easy to use and does not make too much noise when typing away.

      - The screen is large but does suffer from glare if in sunny room or outside. This can be good for privacy though as the user can see the screen but people sitting nearby cannot.

      - The biggest bonus is the laptop is quite light.

      - I have never had any problems with the laptop crashing or being slow



      The DISADVANTAGES for me are:-

      - no indicator light that the capslock is on; this is a problem when typing case sensitve passwords on websites,

      - the battery life is relatively short, even when on power save mode. I usually get around 2 hours. Not a problem if you are near a power source

      - Word is not sold already on the laptop but I understand this is standard now and Word has to bought separately. I find that the Works Word Processor pre-installed on the laptop is sufficent and can be opened using Word if sending to someone without Works.

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      20.06.2010 18:40
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      I would highly recommend the Aspire 5332 to anyone who wants a reasonably priced, up to date lap top

      I bought this lap top as I was fed up with my pc due to the slow speed and I wanted something that was not too expensive as I had just lost my job. I had previously bought the large Aspire One with Blu Ray and lots of extras for my son as a present to replace his Apple Mac Notebook and he is really pleased with it, so this gave me confidence in Aspire as a brand. I researched for a few weeks prior to buying this laptop as £350 was the top price I wanted to pay. I found this one at Tesco Direct for £349, which was the cheapest price I could see, so ordered it on the internet. The day I placed the order, I went into a Tesco branch and found it cost £100 extra instore, so I was really pleased with my saving.

      I have now been using the lap top for about three months and can honestly say there is no downside to it. It took only a few minutes to set up and get going. The wifi found my router immediately and it was quickly connected. The keyboard is easy to use, I find it a lot easier to use than the Aspire One, which due to the size is very cumbersome.

      The only thing I would have liked included on this lap top is a built in webcam which is standard on more expensive models, but I have bought one separately and it works fine with it.

      I would highly recommend the Aspire 5332 to anyone who wants a reasonably priced, up to date lap top, but I would recommend you shop around for the best price before buying; as mentioned above, mine was £100 cheaper at Tesco Direct than buying instore.

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      15.03.2010 19:26

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      Have had a computer for years but thought it was time to "get with it " and buy a laptop , searched all over for one that was reliable easy to use and with windows 7. I have owned this laptop since christmas and find it excellent , it was easy to install and has an extended battery life with windows 7. Would recommend the aspire 5332.

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      05.03.2010 16:05
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      A great computer, and something i will continue to enjoy using.

      I was in need of a new lap top back in October of last year. I shopped around trying to find the right kind of laptop for me and within my price range. I finally decided on the Acer Aspire 5332 Lap Top. I ended up buying the lap top in the most unlikely place and this was due to my brother in law telling me that this store did computers. The store was Tesco's. I never realised that Tesco's actually did computers, I knew that it did other computer bits and bobs but I didn't realise that they sold computers themselves and in store.

      Everyone had warned me away from Windows 7, with the amount of problems that Vista caused I think that people where wary of the new programme. The man in store showed me about 5 computers and asked if I wanted windows 7. I was unsure, but he explained that he had been using it and had not come across a problem with it at all. He showed me some of the new applications that came with windows 7 and I must admit I was very impressed.

      I ended up choosing the Acer 5332 with windows 7. I liked the slim line look and the key pad looked smooth and easy to use. The buttons where spaced so that it was easy to type. I bought the Lap top for only £328.00. A right bargain. I wanted the one with the inbuilt web cam but they were unavailable and would have to be ordered in. I was leaving in 2 days to go back to lanzarote so decided to just get the lap top without the inbuilt web cam. I could always get a web cam as an extra later on. The computer came in a big box with lots of paperwork but no real user's guide.

      In the box there was a passport for international travellers. This was a warranty which I thought was great as I was a traveller. Also the usual Acer warranty, a quick guide and a just for starters leaflet. This explained how to first use your computer. All the information came in a variety of languages. The quick guide basically gave you a run through of where things were on the computer.

      LCD Screen
      The liquid - crystal display screen is very clear and shows the colours brilliantly. Everything is very clear to read and see. The Cinema system is fantastic. It shows the pictures better then my TV at home. The screen is about 12 inches. I'm not completely sure on this as I cannot see anywhere in the booklets stating this. Over all a very clear and big screen. The screen can be tilted for a better picture but I find that you don't have to move it that much to get a good picture. Straight up is great and you can bend it right back and still get a picture that you can see and understand.

      Touchpad
      The touch pad is at the bottom of the computer just below the space bar. It is smooth and blended in to the computer itself. It is the same grey colour as the computer around the typing pad. It has the usual left and right buttons. And also a part of the touch pad for scrolling. It is very soft and easy to use. The scroll pad can be a bit fast at times and you don't always have control of it. It is great for getting from the bottom of the screen to the top without hassle. You only need to slightly touch the pad to get movement and this can cause problems when you're typing and accidently hit it. I have changed the settings on the touch pad so that it is slower as I did find it hard to control with the original settings being so fast. There is also a button just below the screen where you can turn the touch pad on and off, this is a great option to have especially if you are using an external mouse.

      Speakers
      The speakers are at the bottom of the screen and you can only just see the holes where the sound comes out. It has both left and right speakers that deliver stereo audio output. The sound is not the best if you are watching something. The sound is clear but the level is not really high. I am considering buying external speakers to get a louder sound. They are good if you are on your own and in a quiet area looking right at the screen, but if there is any other sound you do have to strain to hear what is being said. Also if you stand away from the screen you can hardly hear a thing.

      Palm rest
      The palm rest is very comfortable and smooth, I find that it is at the right height for my hands but I know people have different ways of holding their hands when typing so it may not be the right height for all. Also with the touch pad being at the same level and smoothed in with the palm rest you can accidently hit this. On the hand rest there are a few stickers, one for windows 7, Intel Celeron and one showing what the computer offers. For example true cinematic view, cine crystal 16.9 and Acer arcade deluxe.

      Key board
      The keyboard is a typical key board that you would find with a bigger computer. It has all the usual numbers and letters and a key pad of numbers to the side as well as at the top. This makes it easy when you have to enter a lot of number information, i.e. using a spreadsheet. The keys are nicely spaced and are smooth to touch. They are easy to use and you don't have to press the button to hard to get it to work, you can tell even now that it is a new keyboard. I use my computer everyday and do a lot of typing and still find it as smooth as when I first got it.

      Battery
      The battery on this computer seems to last forever. I do use the charger when I am running low but the battery last for about 3 hours. There is a warning sign when you are running out of charge that pops up and lets you know that you are about to run out of charge. It gives you about 10mins warning.

      You have a lot of places to plug in other things on the left of the keypad (on the side). These include:
      AC adapter
      Ethernet port
      External display port
      USB Port
      Microphone port
      Headphones / speaker port

      On the right side of the computer you have your CD / DVD drive. This is fantastic and very easy to use, just lightly touch the drive and it opens and closes smoothly and with ease.
      Just under the touch pad you have your multi all in 1 card reader. This is fantastic for getting photos and videos on to your computer quickly and easily. You just pop in your memory card and the computer does the rest for you. It brings up the information on the card in whatever programme is necessary.

      I love this computer and still think that it was a steal at only £328.00. It has every think that you want in a computer but is portable. My only down fall is that it weights quite a bit for a laptop and I know that lighter computers are available.

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      The 15.6" Aspire 5332 offers a smart combination of competent performance, reliable connectivity and great multimedia enjoyment in an elegant design. On the road, make it an essential partner for your mobile lifestyle. At home, it's an entertainment hub and excellent multitasked rolled into one.