|Screen Size||15.6 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1366 x 768|
|Max Screen Resolution||1336 x 768 pixels|
|Processor||2.3 GHz Pentium|
|RAM||2 GB DDR2|
|Memory Speed||1066 MHz|
|Hard Drive||250 GB SATA|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Intel HD Graphics|
|Card Description||Graphics Media Accelerator 4500|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||3|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||3.5 hours|
Acer AS5736Z-4427 15.6-Inch Laptop (Mesh Black)
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- 2.3 GHz Intel Pentium T4500 dual-core processor
- 2 GB of installed DDR3 RAM (1066 MHz; upgradeable to 8 GB)
- 250 GB SATA hard drive (5400 RPM), 8x SuperMulti DVD±R/RW drive
- 15.6-inch HD widescreen CineCrystal LED-backlit display, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M
- Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
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Acer AS5736Z-4427 Notebook comes with these specs: Intel Pentium Processor T4500, Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit), 15.6" HD Widescreen LED Back-Lit Display, Mobile Intel GM45 Express Chipset, 2048MB DDR3 Memory, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M, 250GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive, 8X DVD-SuperMulti Double-Layer Drive, Built-in 1.3MP HD Webcam (1280 x 1024), 2-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader, 802.11b/g/n WiFi CERTIFIED, 3 - USB 2.0 Ports, HDMI Port, Multi-gesture Touchpad, 6-cell Li-ion Battery (4400 mAh), up to 3.5-hours of battery life, 5.74 lbs. | 2.6 kg (system unit only), AC Power Adapter, AC Power Cord, Wireless Setup Card, Registration/ Limited Warranty Card, Microsoft Office Starter 2010, McAfee Internet Security Suite Trial (60-day trial). Complete your PC. Buy full-featured Microsoft Office 2010.
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That being said, I am completely satisfied so far. It came with an unhealthy amount of bloatware and the HDD was partitioned into 3 sections for 'recovery' so I did a fresh install of Win7 and got rid of the BS partitions. I noticed it was much snappier after the fresh install. Acer didn't have the wireless driver on the site with the rest of the drivers but a google search lead me in the right direction.
The keyboard is great! A big selling point was the built-in keypad. The only problem with this is when you are in normal typing position (ie. not using keypad), your hands will be on the far left of the computer so if you're using it on your lap, it's a little awkward because your hands are shifted to the left side of your body. It feels a bit unnatural. The exterior is aesthetically pleasing. Mouse click buttons were a little stiff toward the middle but are fine on the far left or right - no big deal.
I was able to stream a 1080p video to my 42" TV using the HDMI port and the computer didn't struggle at all. We watched ZombieLand + another hour of just messing around on it all on battery.
Aside from the bloatware and the offset keyboard, I really have no complaints thus far. For the price, this is an amazing deal!!
I have to say that I am somewhat disappointed with this machine. I didn't expect stereo speakers and I didn't expect a fast machine. What I did expect is a machine that can do what I want with it: Write.
The keyboard is laid-out alright but after a surprisingly short time, the joints in the fingers can get sore. That is indicative of less cushioning than they should have. Okay, it's a laptop. I can plug in an external keyboard. Fine. But, my main problem is that the keyboard seems to be wired just like an USB keyboard would be. Probably for design concerns. I haven't checked it out but the end result is the same. Sorry, I have been using keyboards since the early 1970's - started with type-writers. And no, I don't have any old habits from them because I switched to computers almost exclusively by 1980. My big problem with USB keyboards is, frankly that they cannot keep up. Ever since PCs went that route, I noticed dropped characters or words with all the letters, they were just in the wrong sequence. At first, I chalked it up to age, but after having used a friend's old desktop computer with a PS2 keyboard, I noticed those problems were not there anymore. The buffer seems to be holding keystrokes until the scan gets back to them. The misspellings are ones I never did before and never do if I use a PS2 wired keyboard. Funny, they say USB is faster, but maybe it is the software. My tests showed that I have to hold down the shift key as long as a second before it takes effect. That is very annoying to a writer. (Okay, so "autocorrect" on the WP fixes this at the beginnings fo sentences, but on people's names for example, they come out lower case....) Also, the arrow keys sometimes need to be pressed as many as 9 times (usually 2 or 3 when it happens, which is often) before they are 'noticed'. I think the software is trying to optimize the keyboard scan. So maybe they know about the problem and think that they fixed it. For the record, it still happens with external keyboards. I tried three. Same results. I have had to slow down my typing speed, and now I cannot keep up with my thoughts. Another annoyance.
This is the last computer I will buy without checking it out in person first. Perhaps I need a "Gaming" laptop to get a keyboard that is responsive. Plugging in USB keyboards does the same thing, and I got an adapter to plug in my good old IBM PS2 keyboard. Same thing. It's the machine,(probably the driver) not me.
On the plus side, it works okay for a general laptop. No bluetooth or stereo speakers, but I can live with that. It is a bit slow, but serviceable. The wifi works fine, in fact, it seems a tad more sensitive than my previous machine, so I can use signals at a greater distance that I could before.
Light, slim, with a big beautiful screen, all in all worth the money. I paid just short of $400 for this one, I should have purchased a $1,000 machine at this rate. I intend to, but not any time soon. I have far too many computers than I should. It is really tempted to go back to my old Pentium II 400 MHZ desktop machine because it never let me down in the area that matters. But I needed a portable machine to take with me. I was using a netbook running XP and that had a similar poroblem, but the arrow keys and the shift key workd fine.
One more thought: The touch pad seems to be okay, but the built-in scolling function on the right side edge is more of an annoyance than a convenience. Too many times I have wanted to move the pointer, but I managed to scroll the screen instead. I hope I can find a way to shut that feature off. Yes, I have had plenty of time to get used to it, but it is like an uneven stair - something that gets tripped over a lot.
Light and compact
Incredible AV experience through HDMI
Inexpensive to replace power adapter, battery
Low price for dual-core, 64 bit Windows 7 laptop.
Keyboard is below par
Track-pad driver is horrible. I had to install a different driver off the Acer website to fix this problem.
Screen color quality and crispness are below par.
Comes loaded with a bunch of bloat software.
Unusually slow with memory-intensive tasks, but fast for general use. A race-horse, not a work horse.
Would buy again and recommended to friends.
Several confusions about its memory to be clarified:
1. Its memory type should be DDR3 SDRAM, rather than DDR2 SDRAM as listed on the Acer official website;
2. There are two slots that can take 2 memory chips. According to the Acer website, as well as my contact with their technician, the max memory should be 4 GB (each chip 2 GB), rather than 8 GB as posted on the Amazon website.
3. There are not instructions how to replace the memory. After removing the two screws, use a credit card to open the lid gently.
I have replaced the original 2 pieces of 1 GB chips with 2G DDR3 SDRAM, so now I got 2 extra pieces of 1G chips for no place to put. Hope this situation will be improved.
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