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I bought this Aspire as a replacement for my desktop computer about 18 months ago - so I have used it every day and can give you an overall account of what it is like.
This laptop was bought from Dixons in Basingstoke for about £380 a few years ago, the price did drop a few months later. I believe you can buy this at around £300 now.
I've owned computers since Sinclair zx80 and 81 back in the 1980's - this is a bit easier to set up ! I'm using it now with a seperate acer monitor ( as the acer laptop screen has gone.)
The basics are it comes with 64 bit windows 7 installed, but no word software or anything else useful, that has to be bought on top of the laptop price. It is driven by a duel core Intel Pentium processor 2.2 ghz with 3 GB of RAM which is about enough for most things.
Mine has 250 gb of memory but you may be able to get yours upgraded before purchase or buy a flash drive or separate hard drive, or use the cloud which a lot of people are now.
I find this laptop pretty quick, thanks to the Pentium duel core, very quiet, the hard drive is only two thirds full , and I use it every day.
There is a built in card reader at the front that is concealed with a plastic card inserted that you have to push in to remove. The card reader is 5 in 1 covering SD//MS/MS-Pro/MMC/xD-Picture card.
It also has a dvd rewriter as you might expect, the keyboard is nice and quiet but my mouse stopped working after about one year so I had to buy a usb one.
It also has a built in Acer Crystal Eye webcam, which I forgot about as I do not use.
I am not fussy as far as gadgets are concerned, they have to work and do what they say they will do, which this does, apart from the screen going after just 14 months which was a bit annoying.
As far as gaming goes, you can play call of duty 2 no problems but try playing something like Avatar and you are in trouble, but that would happen on most non gaming computers. Apart from that it is quick to load and use, overall a good laptop.