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I purchased this laptop when it first came out for a round £1,000....I know, quite a bit of money but I wanted this laptop because it had the right specifications to run the new Sims 3 game which was out at the time.
It ran the game perfectly. The audio/sound quality was spot on.
The user panel where you can control sound etc was a bit dodgy. It looked good and was very flash however it was a bit sticky in places. Sometimes it would work and others it wouldn't. Bit temperamental.
Unfortunately for me, the laptop broke after two years which was a shame as it no longer had the manufacturers warrentee. I called acer and for them to come and have a look at it would cost £58. At the time I couldn't afford it so my other half is quite good at electronics so he had a look. Even he didn't know what was wrong with it so it's now sat up in the loft collecting dust.
One thing I will mention is the size too. We struggled to find a laptop case to fit it because it's so large.
Impressive bit of kit tho with a surround system built it. Just wish I hadn't of paid so much for it.
My laptop has an AMD Athlon Turion X2 64 dual core processor and runs Windows Vista.
What first strikes you is how big this laptop is - with a 17" screen, it's got to be. It's got a keyboard the size of most desktops' - it's even got a number pad! The colour is lovely, it looks really sleek and professional. However, what does happen is that you get fingerprints all over it rather easily, which is annoying. The colour scheme on the keyboard is black and blue - there are ethereal blue lights all over it. To turn down the volume, you simply swipe your finger across the volume lights and it adjusts accordingly. There are similar functions for play, stop, forward, back, et.c as well as for turning on/off the wireless (no, not the radio! :P)
The battery life is not too good, unfortunately; because its screen is so large, you'd hardly expect miracles, though. It does let you turn the screen brightness down quite a lot, although not quite as much as I'd like. It also has three power settings: high performance, for your harder tasks; battery saving mode; and one in between. It really does make a difference, you have about an hour of high-power tasks such as gaming without charging, or more like 2.5 hours when you're just surfing.
When I first got this, it was a powerful thing, dashing through games with ease. Now, after a year or so, it's slowed down quite a bit. Most notably, it's started to get really very hot recently; even playing flash games makes it heat up to something like 75 degrees! However, the graphics card (an ATI Radeon HD3650 with 512MB memory) is very powerful, and with 4GB of RAM, it can generally handle anything.
I've not really tested it out much on these lines (I tend to avoid dropping expensive equipment!). However, what I will say is that they must be reasonably cheaply made in terms of casing - the integrated webcam broke entirely of its own accord, which I wasn't happy with.
Overall, I think this is a pretty decent laptop - it's got high gaming power, it looks great, and it still maintains most of its performance, even with me not being particularly organised with keeping it clutter-free. My major problem now is its heat, but if I clean out the fan and vents, it should cool down much better in future.