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I have bought this smart black coloured, glossy laptop two years ago and believe me never been to repairs or had any kind of issues with. Came with Windows 8, didn't like the windows 8 at that time, had to change that but it got nothing to do with Acer, had no problems in changing to a different window.
The speed of the processor is very good and so is the memory. Battery lasts longer than my last laptop.
It comes with 15.6 inch HD LED LCD, DVD-Super multi DL driver, three USB drives, one HDMI, wi-fi and other connections and also HD graphics. Devices are easily connected, whether it's a mobile phone or tv, no hidden settings.
Downloaded films and photos on it, the speed of the system stayed the same, never seen this laptop slow down or taking ages to start up and even the updating time; it does not take ages and does not heat up quickly which I really like about this as I have also used Toshiba laptop in the past which used to get heat up so quickly that it would affect its system and programs running like in old days.
While using it, it gives me peace of mind with easy backup and restore system. Never had any issue with battery or anything else so no comments on repairing part and I hope that I never get it either.
Volume and screen brightness could be controlled using the keyboard as it has given the facility rather than using the mouse and go into a long thing.
I used this laptop for around a month. Do not be deceived by the ram and hard-disk size. The processor speed is too low and purchasing a new processor is far more expensive than buying an external hard-disk. Furthermore it comes with windows 8 which is in professional edition which i found to have many bugs and compatibility problems with some softwares.
In my time I have owned a number of laptops and computers, from the Windows 95 days to the present day Windows 8 era, and after my last laptop broke I'd been searching for a new laptop at a moderate price that would suit my everyday computer needs and after weighing out a few options, I decided to by the ACER E1-531 for a moderate sum of £350, which for a 8GB laptop seemed like a pretty good deal.
When the laptop arrived my first impressions were pretty good when I took it out of the packaging, the design of the whole thing looked good and modern as expected and with a HD screen whatever things you are viewing on the screen , it will look fantastic.
What disappointed me a little were the specs, which is partly my fault for not researching the specification properly, since I'd paid extra for the 8gb laptop it was fast when viewing pages on the internet and when your offline, but for high spec viewing the 2.2 GHz processor seems a little lacklustre and doesn't back up the 8GB you have paid for, so if your thinking about getting this laptop I'd go for the cheaper 4GB option, and if your a gamer stay clear, the graphics engine is rating at 5.7 out of 10 so for modern PC games the laptop just won't be able to handle the graphics, this to me was really disappointed as ACER say it has Intel HD graphics capabilities which are poor.
The laptop comes with the new windows 8 which can be a very annoying program to have, it doesn't come with a basic Microsoft office either for all you people who need office, you'll have to shell out big bucks for the programs. There is a inbuilt Super Multi DL Drive for all your burring and DVD viewing needs. You will find yourself having to download a lot of the basics programs you expect with a laptop like media player, paint etc..
The keypad to me with my job is important, it has to be good quality and last, but when you first start typing on this laptop they keys do feel pretty cheap, especially compared to Samsung and other leading laptop makers and with the windows 8 program installed you'll find that random apps keep appearing when your moving the mouse which after awhile will really get on your nerves, clearly not much time has been spend on a good quality keyboard which makes your experience with this laptop suffer.
Yes there's a lot of little issues with the laptop that bring it down, but if your just looking for a basic laptop to do everyday normal things then I will recommend this laptop to you, it does the basics well but is far from spectacular compared with rival machinery. And for the £350 I bought it for I feel I should have gone with another, unless you can get it cheap I'd for a Samsung for a similar price.