|Screen Size||15.6 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1366 x 768 pixels|
|Max Screen Resolution||1366 x 768 pixels|
|Processor||1.9 GHz A-Series Quad-Core A8-4500M|
|RAM||4 GB SDRAM|
|Hard Drive||500 GB SATA|
|Graphics Coprocessor||AMD Radeon HD 7640G Graphics|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||512 MB|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||2|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||1|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||5 hours|
Acer Aspire V3-551-8469 15.6-Inch Laptop (Midnight Black)
- AMD A-Series Quad-Core A8-4500M 1.9 GHz (4 MB Cache)
- 4 GB SDRAM
- 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
- 15.6-Inch Screen, AMD Radeon(TM) HD 7640G Graphics
- Windows 8, 5-hour battery life
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It's a big, heavy, shiny black plastic thing, portable but not light. Hinges and latch move well. The screen is bright and sharp, with adequate but not great viewing angles. I wouldn't mind watching a movie on this screen, but it would be difficult to share it with someone else given these viewing angles. I suppose you could consider this a privacy feature. The chiclet style keyboard has full size keys with good tactile feedback and an intelligent layout. The full-size number keys are particularly welcome. I wish it were backlit but that's something for a higher-end machine. Functions such as media playback, volume control, and brightness control require two hands -- one to press the function key on the left side, and another to press the desired action. Not optimal but fair enough considering the price.
There's a webcam with microphone and a "Dolby Home Theater" speaker grille up front, both of which work as expected. The large trackpad is off center with the screen but lines up nicely with the keyboard, and is responsive to touch. The trackpad buttons are easy to hit with your thumbs. Up front is an SD card slot, which SHOT THE COVER ACROSS THE ROOM when I tapped it to eject it. Be careful with your photos when loading them onto this machine!
Ports on the left side of the machine: Power (where it should be, near the recessed power button), gigabit ethernet, a large exhaust vent, a full size VGA port, HDMI out, USB 3.Read more ›
Right off the bat I should say that I upgraded to 8 GB of RAM. There are two RAM slots and you can throw up to two 8gb SODIMMs in this thing for a total of 16gb if you'd like. Although, I would recommend just 8gb. If you want to optimize your graphics performance (which uses the system RAM) spend a little extra and get memory clocked at 1600mhz. I always recommend G.Skill memory products and after installing 8gb of it into this laptop, (for gaming) I jumped an entire preset up in most games, sometimes two presets. I mention this right away because I want to make it clear that upgrading the RAM in this machine will make it shine.
The included HDD is 5400rpm. It's passable, but will slow down loading for larger programs where a lot of data is involved like Photoshop, video editing software, and games. I wouldn't necessarily recommend an upgrade to an SSD unless you want to put up the cash for a high capacity drive. I'd stay away from 7200 rpm HDDs unless you want to cut your battery by 20% or if battery capacity isn't important to you.
Speaking of battery life, It's alright. It's average for it's class, getting around 4 hours on a full charge - more if you conserve with no audio, video, or heavy use. Less if you are doing any gaming while not plugged in. Keep screen brightness down for best results.
The keyboard is fine. It's comfortable to type on and the trackpad is well positioned and sized.Read more ›
I was hesitant about Windows 8, but she loves it! We're learning through trial and error what programs work with Windows 8 (LibreOffice won't install, yet OpenOffice will).
Still, a real good laptop.
The laptop itself is very functional, looks great (but is a fingerprint magnet), and so far has no heat issues. Everything works as it should, software installs and uninstalls without a hitch, and there doesn't appear to be an overabundance of bloatware pre-installed.Read more ›
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Two years of constant use, and the computer is still going strong. Great computer for the price.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Bought this laptop 3 years ago, and three days ago it finally crapped out on me, failed to hold a charge, and won't even turn on anymore. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Dalton
I bought this computer two years ago to mainly play games and watch videos. It has performed above and beyond my expectations. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Derek
The laptop itself is pretty decent its not anything to be excited about considering the price is cheap, specs are alright though the CPU could be a little better. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Justin Song
A cheap laptop, construction is a bit on the poorer side. The keyboard is nice, I would recommend getting a laptop with an Intel processor.Published 14 months ago by Raymond Wu
Let me start of by saying this computer isn't really a good gaming laptop which is why i purchased it. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dave W.
For the money, this is a good laptop. Have problems with the audio working when it feels like it, and Windows 8 doesn't help much with settings. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Edward Oldziey
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