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Over the past three years, I have experienced countless amount of issues with this laptop, the main ones are: charger breaking, battery breaking, webcam breaking - when opened it says 'camera no found' and the inside part must be broken as it wont charge very well anymore, we tried three new chargers, and neither worked. A few of the minor issues are, many of the keys are broken, if pressed, they will either not work at all or too much, i.e. if you press it, it will excessively put the letter you pressed, and a few of the actual keys have fallen off. Other than these issues, it's an average laptop, good quality webcam and nice presentation.
I have owned this laptop now for about 2-3 years and have had very little problems with it. The one problem i have had is the battery. I now have to keep the laptop permanently plugged in however i am not sure on the reason to this weather it be me or the computers fault. This is the first time its happened so im assuming the Laptop. However apart from that its been an amazing laptop with good memory and speed. The webcam built into it is also very good and is crystal clear and is good to cam or take pictures on. The sound from the laptop is average but i plug mine into speakers. The screen shows good sharp colored images and i couldn't complain about the viewing experience in any way shape or form.
Overall i ma happy with this purchase and would recommend it to anyone as it has been very reliable for me and i do use it allot.
I originally decided to buy this laptop when my old one get broke because it was outdated anyway. A soon as I got it home I was so impressed with the way it looked and its many amazingly good features. As soon as it was set up I decided to play some PC games to test out how good the graphics card, the RAM and the CPU, I wasn't expecting much from it because it only had 1.6 GHz CPU, but as soon as the game booted up, it worked perfectly no lag, no stuttering and no freezing, it played as smooth as on any other computer, and while I was playing my game I then noticed the stunning video quality, the screen is so amazing it is indescribable, I was simply blown away. Overall I definitely recommend this laptop not simply because of its amazing specifications but because it is so easy to fall in love with.
I never thought I would end up owning a laptop. I've never really liked them, for one I can't stand that touch pad which you use in place of a mouse, and don't start me started on the keyboard! For various reasons though I have ended up with a laptop, and it's my very first laptop. I took my time in deciding, making sure I was getting good spec for my money, and I settled on this Acer Aspire 5532 as it seemed like good value for money. The Acer Aspire 5532 has a 15.6 HD inch screen and comes with pretty good spec for the price as it features an AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive. It also comes with Windows 7, which I had never used before, and a webcam though there is no microphone. I wasn't going to use my laptop for gaming as I have my PC tuned for that so I wasn't too fussed on a decent graphics card; I mainly wanted to use it for Internet browsing.
The laptop is black, sleek and shiny, though I wouldn't say it was lightweight as it is a rather heavy (2.7kg according to the website) thing to carry around. I don't often take my laptop outside of the home, but I would probably look for something more lightweight if I was going to be carrying this around quite a lot. The keys on the keyboard aren't actually that bad, I usually have my reservations about them, and it even has a number pad on the right which some laptops don't have. It has the usual touch pad pointing device with a section on the right of the touch pad to use for scrolling. The laptop only has 2 USB ports and whilst this is sufficient for me, it may cause a problem to people who would require more than 1. They are also really close together so if you need to plug any USB in that is quite bulky, you may struggle to plug something else in the USB slot next to it. The Multi-in-1 card reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO/xD) is situated just underneath the laptop at the front, directly underneath the touchpad part. There is also a DVD drive and security wise there is a slot for Kensington lock and of course you can set passwords on Windows 7.
The laptop was easy to set up originally, it doesn't come with any discs though you do need to make your own set of 3 recovery discs which I still haven't gotten around to doing, but really need to! I did though spend quite a while going through deleting pre-installed software I don't want or need, and it does come packaged with a lot of things such as Acer Game Zone and it took time to go through and get rid of these, to this day I still haven't gone through it all. It comes with a free trial of Microsoft Office, if you wish to have the full version you can simply buy a product registration key to type in and you're all set. I however intend to use OpenOffice once this free trial has ran out as I don't have a big need for the Office software. There is also a McAfee 60 day trial version which I haven't bothered with as I use AVG Free edition and SpyBot to keep my computer virus and spyware free.
I've had this laptop a while now and for the most I have been happy enough with it. Windows 7 is brilliant and the laptop runs fast, even whilst I am using iTunes and editing photos, playing videos on sites such as YouTube also runs perfectly. I do however, have some problems with the laptop which I think other consumers should be aware of before purchasing.
1. The keyboard has no way of indicating whether the Caps Lock key is on or not. This can get very annoying if you are typing in a password on a website, for it to say it's wrong and you then have to click on a normal text screen and type a letter to see if the Caps Lock is on or not. I do mainly use the shift key when I am typing, I rarely have use for a Caps Lock key, but because I find laptop keyboards really fiddly I must keep knocking it on when I am typing. The frustrating thing is there are some small lights on the laptop near the screen indicating some various things I haven't worked out yet, so I can't see why they missed out a small light to show the Caps Lock!
2. One main reason I dislike laptops is the touchpad, and for this reason I do plan on buying a mouse to go with my laptop as I've had enough. Sometimes the cursor sticks, the scroll part of it often doesn't work, and I'm often clicking on things I didn't want to click on as I was simply moving my cursor across the screen but the slightest touch is taken as a 'click' of the mouse. If like me you hate these things, then I recommend buying a mouse straight away with this one.
3. I have an intermittent problem with the Wi-Fi connection. I first noticed it a couple of weeks after I started using this laptop. I have a Virgin Media cable internet connection at home, and have a speed of just under 10MB and it always works fine on my PC and my iPhone. Quite often however my laptop struggles and barely reaches 0.5MB when I run a speed test, yet it's not a problem with my internet. At other times it works fine and happily connects at just under 10MB, but I still can't figure out why it sometimes runs frustratingly slow. I thought it may be down to how much battery power is left, but when the speed has slowed right down I check and I sometimes have full power and it doesn't change when I plug the laptop into the mains charger. I've gone through all the settings on the laptop and ran the troubleshooting but it doesn't seem to pick up any problems, and I've now given up searching for an answer.
Those are the only 3 problems I've experienced with this laptop and apart from those it's a pretty good laptop. The speakers on it aren't so bad, though if I was going to be using it to listen to music or watch films I would want something better. The webcam is decent enough but I have no need for a webcam so after messing around with it for a while I've never bothered with it, but I should point out it doesn't have a microphone so you'd need to buy one if you wanted to make full use of the webcam. It starts up quickly, mainly because I haven't bogged it down with software, but it's a pleasure to use apart from when the Wi-Fi is acting up and I feel like I'm back in the days of dial up 56k internet waiting an age for web pages to load. The installation process was instant, you simply turned it in and after a few clicks here and there you could start using it although if you're anything like me and hate all the pointless software that comes pre-installed then you may spend some time uninstalling various things.
The battery actually lasts a couple of hours, which is much better than I expected. It hasn't started dying yet, I know many laptops won't run for longer than 5 minutes without being plugged in after many months of use, and it charges up rather quickly too.
On the whole I paid £349 which was considerably less than other laptops I was looking at before buying this one, it had a good amount of RAM and Windows 7 is much better than Windows Vista which I currently run on my PC. The design is quite nice, though I do find it rather heavy and bulky at times, but it doesn't get extremely hot when using this on my lap and it also doesn't make much noise at all. The Wi-Fi problems I sometimes have may just be my laptop as no one else seems to have this problem, and I hate laptop touchpad's so again, don't read too much into my problem with that as I'm more of a mouse fan! If you are looking for a decent laptop without a huge price tag then I would say this is an affordable piece of kit if you can get it for the price I did.
One of my first jobs was in a computer store back in the mid-nineties. Back then laptops were reserved for those who needed to travel and not really a home user product. Needless to say you wouldn't get any change out of £1000, usually you'd need to pay a lot more than that!
But now times they have a changed and the laptop is more accessible for the home user and a popular choice thanks to wireless internet. I have been using a Toshiba laptop for the past few years and it had served its purpose well. But things progress and I was needing a little more power at my fingertips.
Looking around, I found a minefield of specs and varying prices. One I kept coming back to is the Acer 5532, at the time it was just under £400 on Amazon. But no it's dropped to under £350 and so I went for it.
Acer may look like a cheaper brand than your other familiar names but they've been producing computer hardware for a number of years, I have known other people who've owned one and my brothers had one for about 18-months and it's been a great machine for the money.
I ordered mine on Amazon for about £343, the price fluctuates a bit at times but generally you'll be able to get it for under £350.
If you look around the web you'll find some varying specs for the 5532 model. Some coming with less hard drive space and only 3gb of memory
The spec of the machine I bought is as follows.
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Processor
15.6" HD LCD Screen
ATI Radeon HD3200 Graphics
4GB Memory, 320 GB Hard Drive
That's a pretty decent spec for your money. I generally use my PC's for internet, office tasks and a bit of graphics. This spec more than covers what I need and should be able to keep up with the rigours of the changing technology at least for 2-3 years (fingers crossed!)
On unboxing the laptop, I found the laptop to be a good build quality. It certainly doesn't feel cheap and it actually has a better design aesthetic than other laptops I've seen on the market. The keyboard is well laid out with good sized keys, touch typing is perfectly fine. It even has a numeric keypad as part of the layout. It's taken about a week to get used to having that but now I'm typing away with speed. My only gripe is that there is no indicator light for the Caps Lock, I didn't have the option on my Toshiba either and it's surprising how a simple thing like this can be missed.
The Mouse pad is also a good size and has a good response to touch, there is a little touch scroll to the side and the two buttons are quite big, they do feel a little cheap but you can also use your finger to double tap and select.
The 15.6" screen is widescreen and has a fantastic sharpness and clarity, again I'm looking for flaws when you consider the price but again this is better than the Toshiba model I had and on par with others I've seen in the same price range.
Other features on the laptop include two USB ports, DVD Re-Writer and a built in webcam which is off good quality. It doesn't have a microphone so if you're looking for voice chat then you'll have to pony up for a mic, personally I don't have much use for the webcam and having been on Chatroullette.com, I don't think I'll be using it in that way (if you know what I mean)
Windows 7 is the operating system of choice. This is first time I've used the new version, it's pretty easy to pick up, basically it the same bones, some new clothes on the top and a few extra features. But I was a bit bemused that there is no e-mail programme in this version which seems a little strange.
You'll need about four dvd's to create recovery discs for windows and get all the drivers. This process was very straightforward but did take over 30 minutes but it's a necessary evil.
As with every new PC, this one comes installed with software that you won't need such as the Norton Anti Virus trial etc, I always make a point of removing these straight away.
So I've been using this laptop for over a week now and I have to say that for the money it is brilliant value. For under £350 I don't think you'll find a lot better value for the spec you receive. For everyday PC use it ticks all the right boxes and at this price you don't mind having to probably upgrade it about 3 years time as you'll get more than your moneys worth.
My son had decided that for his birthday he wanted a laptop and after careful thought and consideration we purchased laptop and am using it at the moment. It has extremely fast program running, 4GB of RAM, so will easily run vista or windows 7 some. You need to be careful when purchasing any pc that has windows 7 or vista on it as it is very memory hungry and you need at least 2gb of ram to even run so if you need the memory for your games this is highly recommended.As Acer have always been in my opinion a leading manufacturer in laptops.
The battery life as with most laptops can be a little short if you are doing something power hungry or demanding and last on average 3 hours. So beware to keep charger handy. After fighting with the huge amount of packaging on the laptop came in we eventually go it plugged in and septup
From laptop start-up to internet browsing in 3 minutes! First time start-up makes you provide basic details such as name country etc. then has a wireless option just choose the hub and tap in the security key and your done. Windows 7 is smooth and very well constructed and easy to customize ever for new computer users, the acer comes installed with windows live, including messenger and movie maker. The laptop gives a few trails and a bit of bloat-ware which can be easily deleted.
The laptop does have a webcam but for the purpose of our sons needs it does not as we have not told him it has one , i have no doubt in my mind that he will find it eventually though, as he somewhat of a computer whizz.
It also has 2 usb points and audio/microphone connection and charge point on the left hand side of the laptop.
The touch pad is good quality however if you are going to game I recommend plugging in an external mouse as it is way easier, also the keyboard has a great feel and comes with a number pad.
This laptop is currently on sale for around £349.00 and is not a bad bit of kit for the money
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