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I have two laptops that I regularly use, I have my own laptop and then I have my work laptop which never leaves my side. I need a good laptop for work as I do a lot of work which requires a lot of memory. I have an Acer laptop as my home laptop and getting this one from work, I couldn't complain, although not my favourite computer brand I did actually really like the design on this one. This model isn't brand new it has been out a few years but I have updated software on it and it still runs really well and I have used this long enough to really share my thoughts.
This laptop looks really elongated but it is actually just a 15.6" screen which is big enough as any bigger is too much for me. The lid of this laptop is a dark plum colour which is really nice and has the Acer logo in the centre, it looks great and I like that it has a touch of colour on it. The laptop has an isolated keyboard which I really like and it is 2.8kg in weight and has all of the facts on a sticker on the keyboard. It locks closed when it is shut and has the tracking pad in the centre to act as a mouse like all laptops. The dimensions are 383 x 250 x 37 mm.
ACER ASPIRE 5536
So, I know there are a few different models on this laptop but I am talking about my generally as the difference is the hard drive spare. To begin with my laptop came with Windows Vista and it was ok but I have recently upgraded it to Windows 7 and to be honest upgrading it, I panicked thinking it would slow down this machine but I was shocked that it has managed to maintain a good speed and still works fast. The Acer laptops do have a tendency to run slow and this one is ok, it isn't fast, it could be quicker but it works at a steady pace.
Now, one of the things I really love about this laptop is the fact that is has an isolated keyboard. I do hate when keyboards aren't good as being a fast typer I need a keyboard to respond as quick as my fingers do. The isolated keys seem to register better when tapped but sometimes I do have to hit the keys extra hard to get some letters to type. One or two of the keys have stuck which is a bit annoying but considering how I type on it, no letters have faded on the keys and the black keys look really good on this design.
What I like also about this laptop is the actual display on the screen, it is really vibrant and really clear and again very responsive. The colour is sharp and so is the screen for watching films, the colour looks good and it is better for display than my home Acer. My laptop has 500GB of hard drive space which is great for me as I need it, also it has 4GB of RAM. Now, another little perk to having this laptop is that it has an SD slot for memory cards so if you are uploading photos you don't need to fiddle around with USB cables and this works great.
This laptop has a battery life of three hours but I think the battery lasts really well and I am impressed with it. It will just turn off if it is at about 1% to go which is a bit annoying as a warning is better. However, if you want to charge this up then it is very quick to charge, when I put it in for a couple of minutes it has already jumped up by 10% of power so in that sense this is definitely a great laptop for power as you don't need it plugged in for ages if you want to take the cables out.
With this laptop it is great having an integrated web cam, I know this is standard on most laptops but I still love to see the display on them and see how good they are. This one is great it is really clear and it works really well, I think it is useful having it on the laptop instead of having to plug in an exterior camera. It is great to have it all in one and it also has an integrated microphone so that if you are using video call software like Skype then you have everything you need in this laptop to talk.
I know above I have included some personal opinion on the features but this is the part where I am going to be really honest about the parts that let this laptop down. Now, one of my first issues is the tracking pad, it is really slow to use on this compared to other laptops. It is not great for the work I do and it isn't fast to act, this is shocking as my home Acer works better. I literally cannot use this quickly if I don't have a mouse plugged in which is why I now always use a mouse when using this laptop, to make life easier.
Another thing that is quite annoying is that when you tap the power cable accidentally at the back, even if you are just moving this laptop and it hits something, then the laptop will beep to let you know and it is quite loud. This laptop comes with 4 x USB ports and it also has good sound on it. You can use the volume control buttons on the keyboard to adjust it rather than always using the screen. There is an audio jack if you want to plug in speakers or if you want to plug in your earphone to hear things.
The laptop has Dolby Home Theatre sound and so for watching films it really does have great sound. There is an ethernet cable here for internet connection as well as the DVD drive. The power button has a nice display as it has a blue light under it so that you know the laptop is on. Connecting to the wireless internet is really easy with this laptop too as it automatically searches for wireless if you are within range and then it connects quick and holds a really strong connection too.
One of the final things to add which is also what adds to my rating is the fault that seems to be on Acer's part a consistent fault through all of their models. This is the fact that the laptop heats up very quickly, it is so hot sometimes that it almost burns my leg and this causes the laptop to crash and shut down quite a lot which isn't really that good when you pay so much for a laptop. I think it is annoying that even when sitting at a desk or cold surface that this laptop still gets ridiculously hot, it puts me off Acer.
Now, taking everything said above into consideration, would I recommend this laptop? I think for the price of Acer laptops, you do get what you pay for. I do like the look of it and it is sleeker than older models but in terms of their speed and what they have to offer, I still feel they are behind the competition in how they perform. I don't think I'd buy an Acer laptop again as I always seem to notice a lot of faults on their models and feel it is worth paying a few hundred more for a Sony or an Apple computer at that.
Now, if you do want to give this laptop a try if you are not using it a lot and just for the odd bi of surfing then you can get this on Amazon for £310 in the Marketplace.
The official Acer website is http://www.acer.co.uk/.
The Acer Aspire 5536g laptop is altogether a good lower end home use laptop with many features that are only usually seen in more expensive models. With 2 AMD Athlon 64 processors the speed is more than enough for any standard laptop user and even more processor hungry programs for example video games. The hardrive capacity of 320gb provides ample space for any music, pictures and films that may be on the laptop at any time. with a 15.6" LCD screen running ATI graphic software provides an excellent picture quality with very vivid colours and smooth images which really comes into it's own when running games or watching films. The Aspire 5536 offers a full qwerty keyboard with numeric pad which has a really nice feel to it, no heavy keys or lack of responsiveness which is a big advantage. HDMI connectivity is a bonus which allows you to hook up the laptop to any HD ready television to use it as a second display, so to play films on a larger screen or to place word documents on whilst working etc.
A few downsides with the Acer Aspire 5536 is the battery life. After a few years use of the laptop the battery life started to decrease with a full charge only lasting a few hours at maximum compared to well over 4 hours at new. To me this isn't a major concern as I can plug in the charger when ever it is needed, however to those of you who may need to use a laptop for hours on end without the chance of charging it may become an issue. Another downside to the 5536, or more specifically my 5536 (it may just be my machine), is that the network adapter seems to have become faulty with the wireless internet signal being lost on a regular basis.
All in all the Aspire 5536 is a good entertainment laptop that I would recommend however the negatives may be on a larger scale than just my machine so keep that in mind!
The Acer Aspire 5536-643G50MN is a great home use laptop. The 2 Athlon 64 processors that power the machine are more than enough for basic media and internet use, although it may struggle to handle larger jobs such as CAD software. with 500GB of hardrive space this acer has ample storage for your film and music collection. The ATi graphics make your films and pictures, and also gaming look extra detailed and smooth. The Acer has a very good built in wireless reviever that will work at very good speeds when linked up to a home wireless network. Also the 15.6" LCD screen allows for stunning picture quality, this can be seen more during gameplay and movies. A couple of negatives about this system is the fact that it runs Windows Vista, i would upgrade the machine to Windows 7 to get the most out of the Acers ability and the lack of any HDMI ports ristricts the Acer from connecting to a tv.
This laptop was the first one I have ever purchased on my own (as in no parents, partner etc) so it was down to me to pick everything and install it all myself. I really felt when I walked away from the shop I had made the best purchase I could. The features on it are fantastic, the Vista is different to get used to than the usual 2007 but it is simply to grasp and still has all the essential elements.The speed of the computer is very good and takes very little time to load anything. The 2gb memory is plently for the average person who wants to store music, pictures and save games. If you are a hardcore gamer I would advise getting something with more memory than this but otherwise its fantastic resolution and such a clear good quality screen. It definitly is a quality laptop that I dont want to replace after a year of having it it is a piece of technology that serves its purpose exceedingly well!
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