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For the price, it's not bad. But it does have its drawbacks.
on October 31, 2013
I specifically bought this laptop for my wife to use for our small business because it was rated the #2 most reliable Windows laptop by Soluto in their 2013 reliability study (outdone only by a MacBook that cost more than twice as much--and which probably didn't clock nearly as much time running Windows as this Acer).
What I like:
- rated #2 most reliable Windows laptop in Soluto's 2013 reliability study
- fastest CPU in its price range (according to CPUbenchmark.net)
- power cord has a right-angle plug on the laptop end
- speakers, though mediocre, are at least audible in a household environment and are better than I've had on past entry-level laptops
- not overly bulky or heavy
- decent battery life
What I don't like:
- hard drive is extremely slow, even compared to other spindle-based laptop drives (a faster hard drive or SSD would be a welcome upgrade)
- touchpad buttons require too much force to click (they're not horribly stiff, but they did cause my thumb's existing repetitive stress injury to fire up again)
- touchpad performance is inconsistent
- glossy screen
- low resolution (1280x768)
- keyboard could be better
- power connector on the laptop is wobbly (might be prone to failure...but I guess we'll see)
- wireless connection is flaky (disconnects periodically, but turning WiFi off and back on always seems to fix it)
- comes with some crapware/bloatware preinstalled
The bottom line:
Unfortunately there are too many negatives for me to say I like this laptop out-of-the-box. If you need a cheap, no-frills laptop and you're on a strict budget, then this is probably the best entry-level laptop you'll find based on the specs and Soluto's reliability study, but it does have its flaws. If you're willing to spend $200 or so upgrading the RAM and replacing the hard drive with an SSD, you're probably better off stepping up to a slightly higher-end model with a touchscreen and more RAM (such as Acer's V5 series), and upgrading that laptop's hard drive to an SSD.