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To clarify early on. I do not understand processors and complicated computer jargon. As such this review is more for how it handles with everyday situations etc.
I got my laptop from Argos and I must say for a laptop the price is very reasonable. It is not overly expensive (like a mac) but still manages to perform very well. If you are looking for a laptop that is good value for money then go for an acer laptop.
The speed of this laptop is very good, especially for the price. I was not expecting anything overly special when I purchased this but I must say I was pleasantly surprised. I generally keep my laptop quite clean, i.e. dont completely fill the memory up to its maximum. It may be due to this that, for me, the laptop would always turn on relatively quickly without any problems. If you fill it up im not entirely sure how it would handle but generally the laptop is able to go quite fast (especially compared to my old desktop computer)
Even though the laptop is not really recommended for gaming purposes I never found a problem with it. I can regularly play games without any issues, usually via steam or onlive. Obviously there are better computers for gaming but do not think that it cannot play any. Unless you are a hardcore gamer and understand all the requirements (I personally dont) this is more than capable of handling most games.
So what is the battery life like? Again for the price of this machine it is quite a tolerable time. I am writing this review after owning it for a little over a year? The battery life on full lighting still lasts about 3 and a half hours. On the low light setting maybe a little over 4 hours? It is able to charge very quickly however which is always a bonus.
Obviously the memory could be larger. You could say that about virtually anything. I am able to fit all lecture notes, a few movies, an entire tv series (70+ episodes), my itunes, pictures etc onto it and still this has no effect on the laptops overall performance.
Personally I found that sound was the biggest issue for me. Dont misinterpret that. It is still very adequate I just wish at times it could go that little bit louder. But just stick in some headphones and the problem is gone.
The laptop is very light and can easily fit into my school bag. I have never had an issue with portability and it has never proven an issue for me. The laptop is also quite sturdy. I have dropped it on many occasions but the hard plastic shell is quite good at withstanding these hits.
This laptop is very good at simple everyday tasks, writing emailing etc. It is only when you begin to use it for more advanced and complicated things that it begins to struggle.If you have more money and are willing to spend more than go for a better laptop. If however you want good value for your money (and less of it) than this acer laptop is very ideal :)
Laptop Intel Celeron Dual Core. B815 processor model number. Dual Core Processor,1.6 GHz processor clock speed