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I found looking for a laptop so hard, loads of different technical specifications. CPU, GPU, RAM, HDD, WLAN and on and on and on.
Finally, I came across this little beauty a year and a half ago, it was a little outside my price range but boy am I glad I went for it.
Let's boil all those horrible acronyms down to what actually matters.
1/ It's fast - super fast, it's got a nice dual core 64 bit processor from Intel, couple with 4 Gig of DDR 3 ram.
What does that mean I hear you ask? It means it'll chew through pretty much any programme you throw at it, it'll let you watch HD movies on youtube or anywhere else on the internet and it'll keep you set for the next few years at least.
2/ It's got a really nice, 15.6 inch HD screen, so everything looks beautiful on it - It's not too big and not too small, make no bones about it I wouldn't enjoy lugging this thing around everywhere, but I have and continue to make the occasional trip out of town with it, and it's not too big and cumbersome that it becomes a problem.
What does this mean for you? Well it means you get a future proofed laptop with a nice big screen that can be used by all the family for the years to come, yeah its slightly more expensive than the average entry level laptop but trust me you won't regret it.
I spent quite a long time selecting a laptop and finally settled on this one from Acer. What attracted me was the value for money. A fast processor, enough RAM for my needs (as I'm not a gamer) and plenty of hard disk space. I also liked the fact it has a HD (albeit 720p) screen.
I wasn't disappointed - the screen quality is a big improvement over my two older laptops (Advent and HP) and, initially, the speed was very good.
However, I did find after several months that Windows Vista became slower and less stable (despite stripping it of all but essential apps and services).
Fortunately, it came with a "free" (there is an "administration fee) Windows 7 upgrade so I sent off for the DVD and found a vast improvement in responsiveness and stability.
I think that this laptop now comes with Windows 7, although I recommend checking before purchasing.
If you want a laptop for general purpose uses then this is a good one to go for. It wouldn't be suitable for anyone wanting to play the latest games, though.
This model also doesn't have bluetooth, but you could always get a USB dongle for this (if you really require it).
A very important point is the wireless card and I have to say that it's brilliant. The quickest and most reliable one that I've used on G so far. No drop outs or reductions in speed at random. I haven't tested the N yet, but if the G performance is anything to go by then it should be equally as good.
It comes with a 1MP HD web cam. I haven't used it much yet, only once to test it out. Seems worth a mention as it doesn't seem to be mentioned in the technical specs that it's HD, only the fact that it's 1MP.
The battery life is very good, so far, considering it's spec.
Overall, I'd give it a 5/5 (now that it has Windows 7). 4/5 for reliability in its default form (Vista) and a point knocked off features due to the lack of bluetooth (seems a bit strange for such a modern laptop). Don't let this deter you though as I am very happy with my purchase and it has led to me recommending Acer to my colleagues.
Quality on a budget - With Win 7 rating of 5.4 (upto 7.9 scale) this is a great looking and top quality machine. I spent 3 weeks looking for the laptop that suited me and eventually got this one. Plus - Its got a great Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB DDR3 Ram, 1GB dedicated graphics card, HDMI output, 5 in 1 card reader, looks quite cool as well.Negative - HDD only 320GB and fairly slow, colour in display isn't 100% great ( i'd say 85% ) but these are only small moansOver all i'd recommend it to anyone looking to play decent games or for business use as its pretty powerful.