Product Type: Acer laptops
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Acer Aspire 5535-603G25Mn
Member Name: kyward
Acer Aspire 5535-603G25Mn
Advantages: attaractive, durable, has everything I could want
Disadvantages: small hard drive for what you can get now
Ok, so my boyfriend and friends will tell you that I am a complete technophobe. I don't pretend to understand how things work and I certainly can't sit and talk to you about the ins and outs of the workings of this laptop. Luckily for me, two of my best friends are computing students meaning that if anything goes wrong in computer land I can get help quick! This review will be based on my personal experience of using my laptop computer and probably won't contain much technical information as I don't fancy just copying and pasting things from the specifications.
I had never owned a laptop before deciding to come to University. I then decided that it would be much more useful for me to have a laptop than a desktop as I could take it to the library with me. Looking for a laptop was a nightmare for me as I had no idea what I needed or what was a good deal. My needs were very simple; I wanted access to the internet, use of Microsoft word and powerpoint and a good sized screen so I didn't get sore eyes looking at it for hours (I sound so sensible).
Baring in mind my simple requests, my Dad stepped in to suggest this Acer Aspire. It has a 15.6 inch screen which is quite large and I think is great as I hate the new tiny screens that are floating around. I reckon I would get a sore neck and eyes from staring at a small screen. The screen quality is really good, especially when playing films in full screen mode. I did find a slight issue with having the larger screen is that standard laptop bags tend to be too small for it to fit in. This just means you have to shop around a bit more accessory items.
The appearance of the laptop is quite attractive. The top of mine is coloured a dark blue which looks quite classy with the black of the keyboard and bottom half. It is also available in other colours. The corners are curved, giving it a classier look than laptops with sharper edges. The keypad is nicely spaced and is very easy to type on (unlike some ridiculously small ones). It has a number pad included on the right hand side which I have noticed is missing on some smaller laptops and I think I would miss if it was not there. The only button I have had problems with is space bar which seems quite sticky. This may be due to a previous wine spillage and I should probably take the time to clean it! Above the keyboard is the standby button which lights up green when the laptop is on, and flashes orange when it is on standby but not completely shut down. Then there is the button to turn the wireless on and off and the volume buttons. I like the volume buttons as it means I can change the volume of films without having to use the mouse (my boyfriend's laptop is lacking volume buttons which is a tad frustrating). There is a webcam built into the top of the screen which is useful for using with Skype or MSN messenger. The quality of the camera is much better than the old USB webcam I had for my desktop. The laptop is opened by sliding a bar along the front of the laptop underneath the touchpad. This seems to annoy some people who have laptops which don't have a catch to keep them shut. My laptop has almost been forced open by accident when someone didn't realise you had to slide the catch.
I find the touchpad really good and quite sensitive. It is a good size and there is a scroll bar at the side which also works well. The two buttons underneath are easy to press and never catch.
On the sides of the laptop are several important bits. On the left there is the cable hole for plugging in internet cable instead of using wireless (I told you I'm not very technical), and there are also 3 USB terminals. I usually only use the USB things for memory sticks and to plug in my printer so 3 is more than enough for me. There is also a card reader slot which I use for the SD card from my digital camera because to be honest I've lost the USB cable for it! On the right hand side there is the power cable hole and the disc drive. This is easy to open and close and has caused me no problems except when I got my Madagascar DVD stuck in it! I was more devastated about the thought of not being able to watch the film than the prospect of a broken drive!
This is my one attempt at technical stuff. Most people seem concerned over RAM and hard drive space so the laptop has 3GB RAM and 250GB hard drive. My basic understanding of RAM is that it is used as storage and memory for the applications which are working within the operating system of the laptop. Anyone who is technically minded feel free to correct me and I will edit this review if I'm very wrong! I am told that 3GB is quite standard for an everyday laptop nowadays and I havn't come across any issues running things. Apparently the hard drive is smaller than what you would normally get now but I guess the laptop is older and I don't really need a massive amount of storage.
The laptop came running Windows Vista Home Basic. I had never used Windows Vista but found it easy enough to navigate my way around. I don't know the details of this operating system but for me it was more than adequate for purpose! The laptop is now running Windows 7 after my lovely friend had to re format my laptop after it got a nasty virus. Again, I love my computing friends and have no idea how I would have fixed the laptop without them! The laptop runs very well with Windows 7 as well and seems to run much faster after the reformatting.
I have found the battery life of the laptop to be really good. When I first got it then I could use it running on battery for about 6 hours if I was careful. Nowadays It will run on battery for about an hour and half. I have looked into replacing the battery and it looks like it would cost me around £35. The shorter battery life isn't a major problem for me as I usually use it in the house or library where I have access to power. This brings me to one of the problems I have had with the laptop. The clips for releasing the battery on the bottom of the laptop broke last year. This meant that the battery fell out really easily which was annoying. I had to stick the battery into the laptop using some handy surgical tape that I had in the house for a broken toe. It seems to be doing the trick but it might be a bit messy when I try to replace the battery!
I got his laptop nearly 3 years ago and it is still going strong. It is great for the everyday things that I use it for and I hope that it will last another good few years until I graduate and can afford to replace it. It has survived quite a few falls from height and wine spillages over the years so I would say it is quite durable. It also gets carted around between home, University and the library in a rucksack and seems to have survived relatively scratch free. Currently you can buy this laptop for between £300 and £350. This is good value if you consider mine has been going for 3 years meaning it would cost you about £100 a year, bargain!
Summary: Hopefully this will last me another 3 years!
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