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Acer Aspire 5633WLMi
Member Name: Luke UK
Acer Aspire 5633WLMi
Advantages: Fast Processor, Good Price, Portable
Disadvantages: Lack of decent 3D Graphics card for gaming
A few weeks ago I decided to buy a new laptop that would aid me in my studies but not hurt my bank account, and after some careful observations i decided to opt for this particular model given its value for money yet surprisingly high specification.
What made this laptop so appealing to me was the chance of owning one of the fairly recently distributed Intel Core 2 Duo processors and Windows Vista operating system (now pre-installed on Acer Aspire models) at a fraction of the cost of rival competitors.
To start actually reviewing this product then!
Well I find the exterior sleek and professional, it seems slightly smaller than the average laptop which is obviously great for people who need to work in a variety of condtions like trains and use generally between journeys. I found the bigger laptops are just not practical for the functions that they are actually intended for.
Opening the laptop up and your greeted with a decent sized Qwerty keyboard and a selection of really useful shortcut keys. Along the side there are keys specifically for playback of video-handy if your watching a DVD and want to skip a scene or pause play suddenly. Other than the shortcut keys the design build is that of the typical laptop of today.
After turning on the power button Windows Vista instantly installed and I was up and running after about five minutes. Thats very quick from my past experiance with computers, however as this is my first laptop then it could be that laptops generally setup the system faster (feel free to leave a comment). I was instantly impressed with the screen quality, much better than my old 15' LCD which my last computer used, the colours are really defined and because the screen has some sort of anti-reflective shield on it the image on the screen never seems to get distorted.
Performance wise it is excellent, as I mentioned earlier in the review its processor is made for running programs simultanously without the risk of crashing or slowing down, coupled with Windows Vista the speed of start-up and activating programs proves really fast.
The first shortfall I can tell you that even though this laptop posseses a 224mb internal Intel Graphics chip running computer games on the system is almost impossible. It seems when this laptop was designed it was not for advanced computer graphics. This isn't a major critiscism as I will mostly be using this laptop for work and all the other functions of the laptop seem to run well.
For use in the home the provided wireless antenna connection to a home network is extremely useful- I can take my laptop into my garden and the built in wireless antenna seems to always hold a signal above 50%.
Battery life seems sufficient, a thirty to forty-five minute charge will usually last you about 2 to 2.5 hours, about enough time for use for a short journey or a DVD.
I am not going to go too much into the specification of this machine as the full list can be found above, but I would like to say that Windows Vista is a much more accessible version of Windows and seems really appropiate when you use it on a laptop.
After a few weeks of constant use with this machine I still feel as satified as the day i bought it, I could strongly recommend this unit to those who will want to run multiple applications side-by-side for work or media,
and for the price (well mine set me back £579 from PC World) its a good buy.
Summary: An affordable high quality laptop for the masses
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