Product Type: Acer laptops
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Good, low cost machine that will cover all your basic needs
Acer Aspire 7720
Member Name: bekihandcock
Acer Aspire 7720
Advantages: price, battery life, peripherals
Disadvantages: had a couple of crashes and a flashing screen
I have only ever owned Acer laptops and have been really happy with them in the past, so when my old one packed up after 4 years of dutiful service, getting an Acer was high on my list of priorities. I'm a student and as such I'm pretty much completely reliant on my laptop - it serves as a workstation, games console, entertainment system and provides the much needed access to the internet. So obviously I'm big on reliability.
On the whole, this is a very reliable product. My screen flashes from time to time (probably due to a loose connection or a hardware issue, and not actually a design flaw at all). Also a few weeks ago my operating system (windows vista comes pre-installed) crashed completely and I thought the hard drive would have to be wiped, losing all my files. I did manage to back-up onto a portable hard-drive, have replaced vista with ubuntu and all is well.
3 usb ports is a handy feature, as are all the nifty little buttons on the side and front. It's not too heavy and the screen is a good size, making it good for on the go. Battery life is also significantly better than you'd expect (I can get up to 3 hours out of it in power saving mode) and it doesn't get too hot.
Overall, a good machine, and I would definitely consider sticking with the series when the time comes to replace this machine. I would echo the complaints made by the other reviewer that windows vista is more trouble than it's worth, but that's a problem that's easily fixed.
Summary: great for students/regular users who just want the basics at a good price
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