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Acer made a good name for themselves by providing reliable desktop computer components, and that reputation carried over when several years ago, the company advanced into providing laptops. Now after owning three of them, I have never been disappointed in the operation or reliability of any of them. This one is very small and solidly built and it has a brushed aluminum finish I really like in contrast to the nice shiny metallic finishes usually associated with Acer laptops.
So now we enter into a new era of Tablet computing and Windows 8, and it is a definite change from the previous computing we learned so well. Advancing cautiously with the help of Acer's desktop, Windows eventually revealed that it is still the same old Windows inside with a new graphical sugar coating and some new enhancements that make it very appealing for use with the new Touch Screen Tablets that are steadily gaining in popularity.
Windows 8 has your back if you still find better use for a computer than a Tablet, so this Acer has the familiar touchpad mouse built into its keyboard, but I still prefer using a BlueTooth mouse whenever possible. Additionally, many Android users may find Windows 8 is very similar to using the data provisions of their cell phones, complete with an endless number of available apps.
This little 11.6 inch wonder in electronic wizardry will always remain readily available whether I am at work or travelling. Sized the same as the newer Tablets, I consider this laptop to be better provisioned, and best of all, it sells for about half the price of a top-rated Tablet. It is provisioned with the least expensive version of a set of three new CORE Intel processor configurations that increase in cost at each level of complexity, but really don't provide enough in additional abilities to warrant a higher price over what I already have in this very basic laptop computer. This i3 runs very cool and is built into the smallest laptop frame Acer provides, and I even have a little accessory carrying case for it.
This laptop is too small to accommodate a mounted optical disk drive, but that is easily fixed since there are several external CD/DVD RW drives available at a nice price, all provisioned to plug into a laptop's USB ports for immediate use. Regardless, Acer Support provides a Recovery Flash Drive for this computer that can be plugged into one of its USB ports if a recovery to factory specs ever becomes necessary.
With a little more time researching some of the other similar laptops available from Acer before purchasing this one, chances are I would have also seriously considered the Acer Aspire One laptop. That would have saved another couple hundred $$ since it is a very close duplicate to this one. The only real difference is its slightly slower Intel processor, but it also has a smaller but more practical 320 Gig hard drive, which for all my needs is still HUGE. Either one of these laptops is perfect for students who must store and do their work on a fully provisioned computer, and there are also some AMD provisioned 11.6 Acer laptops as well at an even lower price.
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Initial post: Nov 19, 2012 7:53:50 AM PST
Anyone have upgradeability specs? Max RAM? SSD drive? Replaceable battery?
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2012 5:28:48 AM PST
Bob Derga says:
Found this info as to upgradeability for the memory:
Memory Type: DDR3 PC3-10600, DDR3 PC3-12800, DDR3 (non-ECC)
Maximum Memory: 8GB
Each memory slot can hold DDR3 PC3-10600, DDR3 PC3-12800 with a maximum of 4GB per slot
It should be able to take a 2.5" SSD drive with no problems. I ordered this pc on lightening deal and will be doing both 8GB memory and SSD upgrades. That should really make it perform. Sorry no info on battery upgrades.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2012 10:55:29 AM PST
From the pics posted on another site, it appears that the battery is not sealed, and can be easily replaced. What did you pay for with the Lightning Deal?
Posted on Nov 23, 2012 10:05:06 PM PST
Mike in NYC says:
How's the keyboard. Acer's I've had recently have the cheapest squeaky keyboards around. I've also heard of some internet connectivity issues on some laptops. Mine has lost connection a few times which requires an annoying reboot.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 3:18:25 PM PST
So how did the upgrades go? I recently retrofitted an Asus netbook with an SSD, and it was like doing brain sugery. I'm hoping this one is a few screws and 10 minutes?
Posted on Nov 26, 2012 9:50:06 PM PST
Amazon Customer says:
Does this come with a charger cable? I did not see that listed anywhere on the Amazon page. I got one via lightning deal
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 10:38:09 PM PST
Yes, it does. I also got the lightning deal. It is a dual plug including a US adapter.
Posted on Nov 28, 2012 4:12:47 AM PST
C. Duquette says:
Would this laptop be good for gameing.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2012 8:47:40 AM PST
I can't imagine that this would be a good game in laptop. It does not have the GPU power to run the more recent titles.
Posted on Dec 3, 2012 8:48:33 AM PST
So has anyone physically taken one of these apart to upgrade the RAM and hard drive?