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I am an absolute Power User of computers: tonnes of browsing, photoshop and video editing, sound editing, skype, gaming, music: you name it, I do it on my trusty Acer Aspire. You can definately trust this review.
15.6 inch, Intel Pentium Dual Core Mobile Processor T4200 2.0 GHz, 3 GB RAM, 250 GB HDD, Vista Home Premium.
If this doesn't mean much to you, this is a moderately powerful laptop computer, with plenty of memory. The processor is designed to be less of a drain on battery life. Measured diagonally, the laptop measures 15.6 inches (fairly big, really).
It has a microphone and a good quality webcam. It has 4 USB ports and a CD drive. IT has HDMI-out, somewhere to plug in headphones/external speakers, and somewhere for a microphone.
The keyboard is different to most: the keys are quite separate and are "floating", which makes it quicker and easier to type but is a little noisier.
- Hugely reliable. I think it has broken down once since I got it in October 2009 (a year and a half ago)
- Stand-out "Dolby home theatre virtual surround sound" speakers. These occupy a long strip next to the keyboard, under the screen. My friends' laptops have a woefully weak set of speakers, with little volume. On this laptop,however the speakers pack a punch and can really fill a room. If you're watching films or listening to music, this is a real selling point!
- HDMI-out - this means that if you buy a HDMI cable, and have a HD tv, you can use the TV as the laptop's display, and work off that. Alternatively you could use the HDTV to increase your desktop space by using the Tv as a second display.
- It has a numpad - this is the 'calculator' layout set of buttons which on a desktop keyboard are found on the right hand side of the keyboard. I bought the laptop for this reason - a numpad is invaluable is you want to type accented characters quicky.
- The built-in camera and microphone is really convenient. Just stick on skype and as long as there is a connection, fire away!
-Quiet as a mouse. I occasionally hear the whirr of the CD spinning, but no noise from the fan or processor.
- 1.5 years I've had it and the battery is really giving up the ghost. The computer is telling me that it needs replacing and now only lasts about 45 mins on full charge. At the start the battery life was really quite excellent, especially with the backlight turned down.
- The placement of the trackpad (to control the mouse) is pretty stupid. It runs the length of the spacebar and is directly below it. It's not lowered in the case to stop the fleshy part of your hand from touching it. There IS a button next to it to disable it, but i find myself forgetting and the cursor sometimes interrupts my typing - how annoying!
- The cardreader on mine occasionally malfunctions. I don't think this is a common problem, but it may happen. It doesn't
What this Laptop ISN'T:
This laptop is not a gaming powerhouse. Titles that run perfectly include: Conquer online MMORPG, Warcraft III, Braid, Project 64 (The N64 emulator), Machinarium. I could play "Company of heroes", however not on the maximum settings. The laptop does not boast a dedicated graphics card.
It does not have bluetooth, or 3G, but you can get a cheap USB dongle to repleace either. It does not have a blu-ray player.
What this Laptop IS:
A good all rounder that will satisfy 99% of users.
Other than a better graphics card, this laptop wants for nothing. I have never had memory problems. My Ram is currently tolerating 5 tabs of firefox, spotify, 2 tabs of google chrome, windows media player, and adobe photoshop which has a 14megapixel photo in it. No slowdown at all.
You may want a faster processor If you want to render a lot of videos (that is, you are creating videos) because this lappy can take a while
Acer have done it once again. This little laptop comes in a a great price but still offers brilliant performance with a giant screen and full keyboard that makes writing this review very easy! Although you can very quickly see your hard drive filling up and the battery life on the laptop is not it's greatest area it still delivers! It is not specifically designed to be a gaming laptop however I have had no problems playing on games like Half-life 2, Portal and Counterstrike: Source with hardly any lag!
When watching anything on this laptop, whether it be BBC iPlayer, DVD's or Youtube, the sound is top quality and probably the best I have heard from a laptop without external speakers. The 16:9 screen can occasionally be a bit awkward to use, for example, when playing games designed to be 4:3, but when watching films it is fantastic!
I bought this laptop as a first laptop and I can thoroughly recommend it as a great one. The battery life lets it down.
I own this laptop and I frequently use it. It is fast and it can store a lot of memory!
It's fast and easy to browse the internet on. The device stores a lot of memory and it is nice looking. The graphics are great and it is compatible with many games, so forth. It has a built in web-cam and it comes with a web-cam programme which is easy to use. The web-cam has a good picture although, it is not the best web-cam ever. (It does not include any extra features on the web-cam programme. It only takes simple videos and photos.)
Although, I use this laptop at least a few times a week, with no hassle I do not think it is the best laptop.
The key's on the keyboard are quite far apart hence, lots of dirt and so forth gets stuck in-between the keys and the dirt is very hard to get out.
The mouse also sometimes switches through web pages when you touch it, when you don't want it too. This is sometimes frustrating when it logs me off a site.
It also runs out of battery very quickly. So, I have to keep it charging when I'm on it.
This is an excellent lightweight laptop with many functions. It includes a built-in webcam, microphone and speakers. It has a HDMI out and can easilly be connected to a HD ready tv using a standard HDMI cable for optimum viewing of video clips and movies in high quality although this is not normally required as the screen size of the laptop is substantial.
The keyboard is more or less equal to that of a standard computer and is really easy to use.
The touchpad is also easy to use but requires a bit of getting used to as it sometimes zooms in or out if two fingers are accidentally placed on it. However, the touchpad allows for scrolling pages really quickly which is great for when you need to skim read lots of text.
It is a fast and powerful machine and doesn't slow down when there are lots of different programs running at the same time. Unlike a lot of other laptops, it is also compatible with the wireless "N" router which is good if you need a fast and long range internet connection.
One of the disadvantages of the laptop is that it has a very low battery life which is normally around 2-3 hours depending on what you use it for. This is why I usually have to either carry the charger with me around the house or just keep it plugged in to avoid the hassle. It does have a powersmart button which can be pressed to reduce the screen brightness and prolong the battery. It also has 3 power plan options.
Something I found surprising when I bought the laptop was that the user manual wasn't in the box, but actually pre installed on the machine which meant that if something were to go wrong with it then it would be quite difficult to actually access it and try to find a solution to the problem.
I have always been a big acer fan; they make some brilliant machines at very low-end market prices. Although they are a usually a lot cheaper, you do definitely not loose any of the high quality computing power. This laptop is based at mid range users, ideal for internet and email usage, but also very capable of document creating, downloads etc. The only problem you may have with the laptop is gaming capabilities. I have not tried any games, but the specification and previous experience with similar machines suggests so.
However, on to the positives. The processor is very much capable of basic tasks, with a very quick response time. This is due to the intel processor (CPU) have a very quick speed of 2.0GHz (the speed at which is can perform operations) and this is also combined with the 3GB of RAM memory to maximize its potential speed. The hard drive is 160gb, which is a lot of songs, roughly 40,000, but can be quickly filled up if other files or videos are also been stored. It does however, run at a fast speed, so copying and transferring data doesn't take you all day to do!
The new screen technology, becoming more popular in the market is called LED. This is fantastic for viewing photos and videos, as it is a lot brighter and sharper for still and moving images. It also uses less power from the battery, hence allowing a longer battery life. The battery life is around the 2 and half hour mark on average usage, so isn't the best, but is very good compared to similarly priced laptops.
I have been very happy with this laptop and would definitely recommend it to anybody!
Hmmm, where to start... Well, Acer has done it again by producing a laptop with decent specs at a low price. In fact, the laptop is so cheap now, that it would be hard to take any notice of any disadvantages, because it's such good value for money. Ebuyer are currently selling this laptop at £320.
As usual, it's full of a lot of trial software, which is a shame, but nothing to worry about because it doesn't take long to remove. This is a minor inconvenience which you will get with any laptop that you buy.
A very nice looking laptop with a decent specification that is suitable to most people's needs. I must mention that the laptop does look very nice, it might smudge a bit, but still... It's upgradable to windows 7, which is a must have... why have Vista when you can have 7? With an Intel dual core running at 2ghz with 3gb of ram, you're definitely safe multi tasking, although I found that doing this with demanding programs will push this laptop a bit too far - I used Internet explorer with 4 tabs, excel, word, google sketchup and Dreamweaver. There are two ram slots with a 2gb and a 1gb stick in place, with the possibility of an upgrade to 4gb - great. As always, never buy a laptop based on it's hard drive, there are far more important components to watch out for. A 160gb hard drive is ample space, and if you're using more than this, you're probably looking for a 500gb+ hard disk, which you don't get in many laptops anyway. Acer provide their own utilities, which work well, and make sure you make recovery disks, just in case.
Multitasking, as mentioned above can be a bit difficult, the lid is shiny and attracts fingerprints and smudges, although it is easy to clean. At 2.8kg it's slightly heavier than I am used to, and the shared graphics is really going to rain on any gamers' parade. Yes, yes, I know it's not designed for gaming, but it's worth mentioning that it wouldn't play a single game with frame rates that I was happy with. No webcam.
As mentioned before, it's great value for money with a large hard drive, 3gb of ram and a 2ghz processor. Although the processor isn't a core 2 duo, I wouldn't worry about it, it's still very good. The integrated graphics are ok, fine for regular use, but no games I'm afraid. A nice case, the keyboard flexes in the middle slightly (not an issue), but it's nice to type on and the finger pad is also nice to use. It has a suggested battery life of 3.5 hours, although I found it was nearer 2.5. Make sure you utilize the power settings in windows 7. On a budget it's a damn good laptop.