For a sub £500 laptop, this little Acer beauty will impress. I bought one of these recently after looking through all the usuals such as Dell, Compaq and Toshiba and for the money, this one beats the rest hands down.
I ended up going to Currys as they had the best deal available - I would recommend getting the 4GB of RAM and then upgrading to Windows 7 64bit as the 32bit version bundles with most laptops only utilises 2GB of memory.
The look and feel of this laptop is outstanding - I particularly like the dark blue finish and the smooth trackpad. It also has a numberpad which you won't find on most laptops.
The features are standard, built in ATI Radeon on board graphics (runs Half Life 2 really well), a decent enough sound and around 2.5 hours battery life. The BEST thing about this laptop is the speed! Mostly down to the AMD Turion Dual Core chip and 4GB ram, it's quick and runs Photoshop alongside multiple other applicatons with ease.
It's also quiet, well cooled and pretty light. I have seen many a laptop and all in all this is THE BEST value for money one can have,
I am not a computor expert (although not totlly illeterate) so this review is not going to be a technical talk on this computor but from a very busy lady's perspective on how it runs etc. This is the first laptop I have bought, previously using desktops. When purchasing this item I was looking to find a reasonably priced laptop that would perform well for my needs.
I planned on using it for basic internet use email, shopping, on-line banking etc. I also need it to work well on wi-fi as I am using it to maintain our golf clubs handicapping system which means taking it to the golf club, entering scores and then emailing various people and the EGU with the results. This computor fullfills all these needs, it is very quick and easy to set up, works well away from home, even I managed to get the internet working.
The large screen makes for easy reading and the full size keyboard is very easy to use. The only problem I had was the battery ran out and I had not noticed it was running low.Overall it is a very good, easy to use, reasonably priced laptop that you dont need to be super computor literate to use.
these are the technical specs for those that understand them:
Processor - AMD Turion X2 mobile processor RM-74 / 2.2 GHz ( Dual-Core )
RAM - 4 GB (installed) / 8 GB (max) - DDR2 SDRAM ( 2 x 2 GB )
Hard Drive - 320 GB - Serial ATA-150 - 5400 rpm
Operating System - Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
Screen - 15.6' TFT 1366 x 768 ( WXGA ) - 24-bit (16.7 million colours) - CrystalBrite
Optical Drive - DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - integrated
Graphics - ATI Radeon HD 3200 - 256 MB
Bluetooth - No
Notebook Camera - Integrated - 0.3 Megapixel
I also recieved a very cheap upgrade to windows 7, although my son hasn't loaded it yet as he says we need to wait until it has been out for a small time so that any glips will be sorted out with updates.
Acer decided to add an extra Aspire Gemstone Blue model laptop. I was lucky to get a hold of him as my friend purchased it, and I was using it for a while, he asked me to install some software and configure his Vista so the notebook going to work properly.
The first touch was a surprise I expected it's going to weight more than 2.8 kg, it's a really light notebook, and thanks to its glossy sapphire-blue Gemstone cover and intricately textured palmrest it's a pleasure to touch it.
I opened it and, I have thought nothing new inside, which is actually good because you don't need to get used to some new type of using it. The screen is 15.6", it's really sharp and it's a pleasure to work with it, the eyes don't get tired thanks to high definition
CineCrystal screen that Acer installed in this notebook. The buttons are quiet which for me is really important i hate loud keyboards.
Now the sound system something, I've heard that they installed the 3rd Generation Dolby-optimized surround sound system and I was wondering how it's going to work because last time I was fixing my other friend laptop when I wanted to listen loud to my music the speakers were "farting" instead of playing my music. Fortunate for Acer they did a great job with this notebook sound, it's really clear and even when you put on almost loudest it stays that way.
Hardware, I was surprised to see Turion X2 (2.20 GHz) processor, but it does a good job, graphic card Radeon 4570 (512 MB) works well, for fun I have installed Unreal Tournament 3 on it and for first time I enjoyed myself playing it on notebook, there were no big FPS drops. 4 GB of DDR2 ram do the job. Performance of this notebook is exactly as I expected for this price, it's a fair trade of power for this money.
My only concern about this notebook was the battery, it was not holding as long as it supposed to. Actually it kept the notebook alive for half time of what it's supposed to. Maybe my friend formatted it wrongly with first few charges, but I need to write everything about this notebook so that's the only minus I found in 2 days of using it.
Acer gave this notebook a DVD recorder, internet camera (0.3 megapixel), WiFi, reader of memory cards and trackpad which use multitouch technology.
I think that the best use of it would be as an HD video player, and its pretty good for gaming I'm not sure is it going to work as an office notebook because when I've launched few applications at the same time, it's performance quality dropped . Although the problem with battery life adds a big question mark about this Acer product.
Acer Aspire 5536G is a good quality notebook for this money.