I purchased this machine back in January as I was looking for a new laptop and this happened to be on sale for £499 rather than its RRP of £699. Bargain. This is my third Acer laptop; the previous two are still working fine, the first with my Nan and second with my Mother.
I ordered my laptop from Acer Direct; a great company I have used many times for the odd peripheral here and there. The laptop arrived the next day.
From the box:
The laptop came in a black, Olympic logoed box which detailed the laptop. Inside the laptop was well secured and included the charger, battery, instruction manual and details of how to purchase an extended Acer warranty of which would cover the laptop for three years on top of the original manufacturer warranty of one year.
The setup went swimmingly. It was done within 30 minutes and I was up and running. As usual it required me to fill in all of my details so I could register with both Acer and Microsoft in one go.
The laptop is excellent in comparison to my older Acer. It boots the operating system within 30 seconds and allows me to run multiple applications. As one would hope considering the duo processor and 4GB of memory. Furthermore, I am able to run Flight Simulator X at high quality which is welcomed as I was running low before. The signal up technology ensures that I do not lose connection from my wireless router, even when I'm in the garden pretending to be working but instead sucking up the sun! The webcam and microphone (I have been told) are very clear when partaking in video conferencing with various family members and the HD screen is great for watching online content. However, as this version is lacking a HD/Bluray disc drive I am unable to watch HD movies from DVD - though for me this is not a problem as I am not a huge movie fan. However, the inbuilt speakers are excellent, boasting Dolby home theatre technology and virtual surround sound which give a great base and super clarity. An interesting design add is the finger print reader which comes alongside Acer's own biotechnology that stores login and password details and recognizes when you are on certain websites to allow easy login via a finger print. It works very well. Occasionally it requires you to scan your finger twice but I can forgive this.
Unfortunately, the battery life is not excellent, but this again can be forgiven. There is a great energy saving button which extends batter life to around 2.5-3 hours.
Ultimately, this is a great laptop with tons of storage space by a very reliable (in my experience) company. I would recommend spending £499 on such a great machine as with Acer you certainly get more than money's worth. Excellent!