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Very Good, A Strong 3.5. Why Doesn't Amazon Let You Put Halves?
on December 7, 2013
I've been using Acer products since back in 1998 or so, and I've never had any significant problems with them. Every system goes a bit (out of style/date) with the hardware it has inside of it, especially when it comes to laptops. I have a very nice Acer Desktop I've had since 2009 with a Core 2 Quad, 8 gigs of DDR3, which I upgraded with a 600w power supply and Nividia 660 GTX Graphics card. So it's a beast for gaming. These computers are just as if not more reliable than many/any out there. Especially HP, Dell and even Asus (especially the cheaper models). I've owned about 4 different Asus Republic Of Gamers laptops and had, DVD Burners fail, GPU's constantly fail, track pad failure, smashed keys and just super overall glitchy computers. Not saying they are all bad, but I think they rate them a bit to high. Acer should be higher up on the board. Everyone makes "cheaper" model computers, no matter what company.
Acer have always been about a good budget computer that gives you the most band for your buck, and this is no exception. Here are a list of the things I like and don't like. Also I will add my Mother has a similar 17.3 inch model I've owned for over 3 years and gave to her, along with an older 2007-08 model which is still working fine.
Great Keyboard, although trim your fingernails or you'll get that scratching nail on the chalkboard feel. I like the way they are built into the "body" of the computer as well. Which means they'll never "pop off".
The silver on glossy black is very sharp looking, actually one of the best looking laptops out there, especially since the 17.3's are becoming very obsolete.
DVD-Burner, never thought I'd see the day people live without discs, VERY important for back up, believe me the USB recovery rarely works. I've been working on computers for many years, i know this.
Speakers sound good depending on what your listening too. Music is pretty good, loud, somewhat tiny based on the Dolby Audio Center adjustments. Movies sound incredible, also depending on what it is. Overall B+
Screen is nice and actually overly bright in a darkened room, good color. More about it under Cons
Decent processor, it's no slouch for an entry level Pentium Dual Core, comes close to the "lower end 1st gen i3s", so nothing spectacular, but it gets the job done.
Some rare in a budget laptop, extra empty hard drive bay for dual drives, also extra RAM slot, instead of RAM on RAM. Very nice feature.
It's larges, but not really that heavy. fits on your lap comfortably without feeling like it's going to slide off of your lap. Runs quiet and cool.
Small bass woofer, would call it a sub, but does add dimension to the sound.
Downgraded mine to windows 7 going under the bios and using the legacy bios settings. Had an "extra" copy of windows 7, or you can use an modern Acer restore discs on it.
Upgraded to 8 gigs of RAM. Very quickly and easily.
Two 3.0 USB ports on one side, and two 2.0 on the other. Very well positioned. Of course HDMI is great.
Wireless is strong, but I have a Netgear adapter that adds even more, if you need it.
Keyboard while good, takes some getting use to for a speed typist like myself, very spread out over a large area. I'm just use to smaller keyboards.
Definitely a finger print magnet, can be removed easily with a microfiber rag, which should have came with it. Lost off a star for that, looks great but it a major pain IMO.
Good mouse/track pad, but a little on the sensitive side. Doesn't jump around, but the cursor slide is super sensitive. And when typing something like this review, you may as well just turn the whole thing off.
Not heavy but really bulky, keep away from children as they will/can scratch the top very very easily.
Screen viewing angle, well it looks magnificent for colors, brightness etc. But horrible in a dark room when black is present on the screen. Lots of blurred gamma at the bottom. Especially during a movie, and the viewing angle is really awful and you have to constantly adjust the screen accordingly. Loss of half a star.
So other then the forementioned this computer (especially for the price) is just great. I really liked the appearance, with the black and silver as I said one of the best looking large laptops you can find. Great design. I actually give it a 3.5, which is very good. I love Acer and will keep buying their products for as long as they make them. Had all the other brands and just, no. My father has an HP, less than a year old, already has issues, horrible track pad, screen is starting to dim, then lighten, very very slow. And feels super generic, compared to this. So if you're looking for an everyday great computer that will last you a long time, and isn't built for super video editing, or hyper gaming, this laptop it for you.