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Excellent laptop for the price
on May 31, 2009
I bought this laptop about a month ago (April 2009) and so far it has been a great computer.
This is my first ACER, I think it is worth mentioning that my HP dv6000 gave me 2 years of pain since the very first 3 months, so, after the HP did not want to turn on I was on an emergency situation. I also want to mention that I have had VAIO, Compaq and ASUS between my wife and I.
Normally I sell them used, in very good condition -excepting the last HP... I consider these brands very good, but for the sake of evaluating this device I might compare them with the performance of the other brands. For reference I paid more than $1200 for the less expensive of the brands mentioned above, and less than $550 for this one.
What I like about this ACER Aspire:
1.- The computer has a full size keyboard, so that is a good start.
2.- It does not come with lots of bundled software (normally I delete most of it anyway)
3.- It boots fairly quickly, compare to HP and VAIO more expensive laptops.
4.- The screen is clear, fairly bright, not reflective, and, to my preference, it has a 150° or so angle of view.
5.- It is fairly light weight, (actually lighter than a 14 inch HP or VAIO)
6.- It does not get hot at all, and those of you who have tried the HPs know what it feels to burn the fingers while using the mouse.
7.- The fan is low, actually so far I have not heard it yet. Now, although I keep it turned on for most of the day and part of the night, I normally don't place it over soft surfaces like beds or couches, since that covers the vents.
8.- For those of you who know about the Windows Experience Index, it scores 4.0, what is fairly fast for the price.
9.- The webcam is really sensitive to low light conditions, so you can chat with the lights off in your room and illuminate yourself with the light of the screen. Microphone is good.
10.- Speakers are loud, forget about HP or VAIO or ASUS low volume ones
What I dislike (but still acknowledge that I paid less than $550):
1.- Keyboard feels less solid than Vaio or Asus
2.- Battery life is around 2 - 2:30 hours
3.- Does not have bluetooth (I bought a little IOGear Bluetooth 2.0 USB Micro Adapter)
4.- Honestly I don't have any other dislikes so far...
So bottom line, I am very impressed with this laptop, and although hesitant at the beginning for the price "too good to be truth", I would definitely recommend this computer to anyone; it is fast, lots of memory, good ram and great video experience.