My old computer had become increasing slow no matter what i did so this was a very welcome prize from a competition I had entered. I received glares of envy when it appeared at my workplace as acer is apparently a good brand to have. Previously, I had always bought my laptops on either the way they looked or the price at the time. (I had a white VAIO that matched my mobile when I had my first job and considered myself "rich"). I have looked for a price and they seem to sell around the £450 mark.
I'm not very technical at all, let me just get that straight from the start ~ RAM to me is a male sheep and memory is something which I personally seem to struggle with. The 6-cell Li-ion (No idea what that means, looks like it's LION misspelt) means that it gives a good battery life without the need to charge it all the time. The power cable is very long which means I don't have to sit huddled up to a socket. Briliant in my home!
Here is a bit of the specification if you are interested but, if you're like me, skip this bit.
*Intel Core i5-2450M
2.5GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz
*Intel HD Graphics 3000
*17.32 HD + LED LCD
*4 GB DDR3 Memory
*500GB GB HDD
*DVD-Super Multi DL Drive
*Acer Nplify 802.11b/g/n
*6-cell Li-ion battery
When I first took it out of the box, it was all set to go. It features Windows 7 and all the programmes you could ever need. Word, Excel and the usual Paint. (Can't go wrong with paint for keeping children amused)
I don't use my computer for much really other than surfing and for that it is exceptional. I have multiple tabs open all the time and it never fails to seemlessly go between them with ease and speed. I don't seem to get the waiting time that I have had to endure before even though my internet connection is the same.
The keyboard is the usual qwerty board with the numberpad integral to keys so there is no wasted space. The touchpad is in just the right place and I notice that I don't have to keep moving around the computer like with previous laptops. Random dirt and dust does get between the keys though but it is very easy to remove with a quick dust. The letters have shown no signs of wearing off as of yet.
The screen seems huge. I love it! There is no glare from it so it is perfect when watching youtube clips or gaming.
Looks wise, it is quite attractive. The keys are a matt black and the the screen is surrounded in gloass black. The surround of the keyboard is a grey colour with a a textured finish.
It has 2 USB ports and some other random holes which I have no idea what they are for but I'm sure they'd be helpful to some of you. There is a microphone port and a headphone jack too. I have hadno problems when using the USB options. It quickly recognises something is plugged in and guides you through setting it up.
I would highly recommend this laptop to anyone. I cannot award anything but 5 stars. I'm sure there are better computers out there but for what I need, I consider it superb.
(I will add to this review as I find out more about what it can do as writing this review has really shown me that I'm not using it to its full ability.)
We purchased this laptop as we don't have a TV and use a laptop to watch Iplayer and use for general internet surfing, game playing, and the usual administrative stuff.
It has a 17.3 inch screen - which was as big as we could get for our budget - and the screen is fantastic - even if you are on battery life, it is bright, and easy to see / use. It does everything is should do without issue - we can play games, watch TV and use for the internet. It has loads of storage (500 Gb harddrive) and came with Windows 7, which is easy to use.
One of the best thing things about this laptop is how quickly it switches on. I'm not technical at all, so I can't explain why, but I know its to do with the processor - and all I can do is compare how long this laptop takes to turn on and get internet surfing - a very brief and oh so fantastic 1 min 30 seconds - Unbelievable (especially when i compare it to my work laptop - a HP which is on a much older processor, but which takes over 5 mins to warm up and get going)
We've had zero issues with it since new - so technically its top notch. it was easy to set up, and get going with wireless, our existing printers and external hard drives.
Here's what annoys me though!
The power supply point on the laptop is on the right hand side of the laptop, to the back. very very close to the CD Rom Drive - so if you eject a CD - and your cable is in the wrong place you can and do get in a tangle. Its not a massive thing - but when you consider there are no ports on the back of the laptop, i think this is just a bit of a stupid design issue. we move this laptop around from room to room - so it is never perfectly set up with cables tucked away - if you did plan to have this at a desk most of the time I am sure this would not be a big issue.
The mouse - this is my biggest gripe with this laptop. It just doesn't work smoothly. It seems very sticky so if you need to scroll on website pages, which is so often the case, you find you have to stop and try and re-find the mouse or use the side bar to navigate down the page. We have got around this with using an external mouse - so its a fixable issue - but I do think this is a massive shame, when its such a key part of the laptop - and something you use for everything.
For a media laptop - the other moan is the sound quality. It is not brilliant. If you want to watch TV whilst cooking for example, you'll need to plug into an external speaker system (we use our IPOD docking station) as you'll struggle to hear. if it's just you in a quiet room, its more than adequate.
Summary: It does everything it should, but could be improved in some areas - however if they did improve those areas, you'd probably be asked to pay more!