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Great bang for your buck,
This review is from: Acer Aspire V5-552P-X617 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop (Cool Steel) (Personal Computers)
I bought this laptop from a different retailer for a much cheaper rate than what's listed here but I thought I'd write my review here as well.
Keyboard is very pleasant to type on
AMD A10/8560G Graphics APU
Powerful speakers, says it has 4.
6GB ram, better than the usual 4GB, up to a max of 12, which is pretty good.
Dpad is the half key style which is terrible and barely usable being so small
Touchpad drivers aren't the best. 3 finger tapping can be enabled but doesn't work right.
Touchpad has too much friction is nearly impossible to use with default settings for scrolling. (I reversed 2 finger scrolling for usability); If the touchpad was smooth instead of this texture it'd be much more easy to use.
Battery life is a bit short but does meet the 4 hour usage time.
Screen resolution is a bit low at 1366x768
Could have better viewing angles.
These aren't cons because these are things are pretty standard.
This laptop has an APU rather than a regular CPU, this means that the graphics "card" is built directly into the Cpu's chip; both the cpu and gpu being on that single chip. Intel has started to do something similar but currently AMD is leading in graphics of course. This particular APU is the best AMD offers and at a sub $600 price is better than the intel offerings. To beat the performance of this chip, you'd need an i5 (no i3) or better and a powerful nvidia graphics chip to compare.
I am not one who is fond of Acer and for a long time this company has had quite suspect quality. But recently Acer has changed and have been paying more attention to quality, this notebook is proof of their efforts that has few complaints against it. This notebook looks well built and has powerful hardware that is hard to find at these lower price ranges, I believe I got a pretty good deal until the next generation of cpus and DDR4 comes out.