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Great performance for the price.,
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This review is from: Acer Aspire V3-571G-6407 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black) (Personal Computers)
To begin, I've owned laptops in both 14" and 17" sizes and specifically chose this 15-inch model based on my previous experiences with each. The screen size is perfect for productivity while keeping the machine small enough for lugging around. At around 5 pounds, I have no trouble carrying it to the next room or outside so portability is great. My first impression out of the box was that this is an elegant looking machine but you probably won't draw attention like you would with an ultrabook (which I actually like!)
I really like the responsiveness of the keyboard, though I feel like it will take some "breaking in" before the keys are well-suited for typing long documents. The display is crisp and colors are showing up nicely. I'd probably rate it a 7 or 8 based on the display quality alone.
Several reviews have stated that the touchpad is difficult to use, and to some extent I would agree. However, there is one setting, namely the horizontal scrolling setting, that can be turned off in the Elan touchpad configuration (from the taskbar) which will almost eliminate the touchpad issue that the CNET and notebook review sites don't mention. I believe Acer simply didn't factor in the horizontal scroll ability from Elan because there are arrows for the vertical scroll on the touchpad, but none for horizontal.
Windows 8 has some issues, but they aren't related to the notebook itself and this isn't a windows 8 review so I won't badmouth nor rate Acer on these grounds. Specifically there should have been better support for users without a touch screen device (I refuse to use a display with fingerprints on it) but that blame should fall on Microsoft, not acer.
There is a good deal of pre-installed software, but much of it seems somewhat useful. I usually remove about 80-100% of pre-installed manufacturer programs on the first boot, but with this machine I kept about 40% of the software to at least give them a chance.
Solid performance, zero lag, and everything just seems to work. No trouble with any of the hardware thus far (still first day of use) and I'm generally feeling really good about this purchase with the help of those black Friday discounts!
I may update this review in a few weeks once I've had some more time to get used to it, but I wanted to average out the overall ratings of this system because at least the first review was completely biased based on the experience of the operating system alone and the ability to play games. Please don't waste our time and badmouth the entire system in your reviews because you had a bad experience with a few aspects of it.
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Initial post: Dec 6, 2012 5:17:25 PM PST
John F says:
I'm glad that at least one reviewer of this laptop was smart enough to change the settings on the touchpad. People in other reviews for the previous model spent 3 paragraphs ranting about a settings that literally takes 5 seconds to fix.
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