First of all, I should say that I am not a computer geek, so I will be reviewing this propduct from quite a simple person's perspective.
I bought this as a replacement for a 7 year old Sony Vaio laptop. Since I bought the Vaio laptops have come down in cost considerably, and from doing my research this Acer is one of the best machines available in this price range.
I got mine through a supplier at work, so had quite a discount - from searching the net quickly you can pick up the same spec model as I have for about £450 - £500. One thing I would say is that there are quite a few different specs of this particular model number available, so if you are doing price comparisons make sure you are comparing the same specs, otherwise your results may be inaccurate.
A lot of thought has obviously gone into the design of this unit - the outer shell looks very clean, smooth and sleek.
The keyboard has the traditional QWERTY keypad layout, but also has the extra numerical keypad on the right hand side. It does take a bit of getting used to having this on a laptop keypad, strange as it may seem. Underneath the keys is the feather touch mouse with the single bar click underneath. The keypad is well designed and is clear and easy to use.
As I said at the beginning, I'm not a omputer geek by any means. The laptop thus far has donee everything I need it to - it is a nice change for me to have the in-built wireless receiver (which operates very well) and built in webcam. The pitcure quality on the screen is excellent - I work away and stay in hotels a lot and have started taking the laptop away with me to watch films on.
Overall, this is an excellent machine for the money - I'm sure the techno geeks coulc pick holes in it but for me it is fine!