I Brought this online from Comet a couple of weeks ago for just over £700, in my view this is a bargain. When shopping online I couldn't find one any cheaper than this.
When I first had the laptop it had to load everything up, then tells you to put in a dvd-r for back-up purposes. This is good because other computers I've had haven't done this. It means that if anything goes wrong I can restore the laptop to how it was when I first brought it. After this though, the laptop is moderately fast at startup.
The laptop comes with Windows XP and basic software which you usually get free, such as Microsoft WORKS, I'd aways recommend to install Office instead if you have a copy. Also included is NTI CD & DVD Maker. There is also a copy of Norton Internet security, but I don't particularly like this as it slows the pc down and is only a trial for 6 months. I'd recommend trying to find other software that is free.
This laptop comes with a dvd-ram drive which means it can read and write on all disks!I can listen to music, watch dvds, copy cds or dvds all with this laptop. The screen is good quality and comes in wide screen, making it more suitable to watch dvds than other laptops.
I Like Acer Arcade, a program which also comes free with the laptop, it enables you to access your mp3's your videos and photos stored on your computer. You can also use this program to play your dvds and music cds. This program is compatible with the buttons on the side of the keyboard. Here you can play, stop, forward or go back a track, as well as adjust the volume. These will also work if your doing something in another program at the same time, i.e. you can multitask!
I use the internet on this via a wireless router, which i purchased from amazon for £49.99. The setting up of this was rather complicated, as I use BT, This is only the settings that are complicated though, and no fault of the laptop. Once setup I have had no problems. I have the router downstairs and the internet works fine, infact it even works outside!
The Battery is efficient and you can monitor how charged it is through a program called Acer ePower Management. When fully charged the battery lasts over 3 hours, which isn't bad.
So far I can't say theres anything wrong with this laptop, but then I haven't had it that long! The only thing is it does get hot and I'd recommend using it at a desk rather than on your lap. Also although it comes with speakers, I'd recommend buying some if you want good quality sound from your music, as this is not always that sharp. If I get any problems I'l be sure to update this page. I would definatly recommend this product.
There are more expensive versions of this laptop, where you are paying for extra harddisk space, I think 1 model comes with a built in webcam, I didn't feel this was necesary as mine came with 80 Gig.