|Screen Size||14 inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1366 x 768 pixels|
|Processor||2.66 GHz Intel Core i5|
|RAM||4 GB DDR3|
|Hard Drive||640 GB SATA|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Intel HD Graphics|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||128 MB|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||3 hours|
Acer Aspire AS4743-6628 14-Inch HD Display Laptop
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Acer Aspire AS4743-6628 Notebook comes with these specs: Intel Core i5-480M Processor 2.66GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.93GHz, Windows 7 Home Premium, 14.0" HD Widescreen CineCrystal LED-backlit Display, Mobile Intel HM55 Express Chipset, 4096MB DDR3 1066MHz Memory, Intel HD Graphics, 640GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive, Built-In HD 1.3MP Webcam, Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader, Dolby Advanced Audio v2 Audio Enhancement, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED, 3 - USB 2.0 Ports, 1 - HDMI Port, 6-cell Li-ion Battery (4400 mAh), Up to 3.5 hours of battery life, 4.96 lbs. | 2.25 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 (60-day insert)
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I bought this Laptop back in 2012 and It genuinely has not missed a beat since. I'm actually writing this review on it right now and I just checked... I have 80 browser tabs open at the same time between firefox and chrome and the performance has not even shown a hint of slowdown. I can easily open two more windows and stream HD content in both simultaneously and this laptop would simply yawn at such a task as if it was a stroll in the park. This is easily and by far the best laptop experience I've ever had from the touch-pad sensitivity to the tactile feel of the keyboard. I've extended it onto a 40 inch HDTV monitor from time to time via the HDMI connection and everything worked without a single hiccup. It's a shame that it's no longer available for purchase as you can rest assured I'd gladly get another one as I feel this is the best money i've ever spent on a laptop hands down... Except for one small thing!
The exhaust temperature of my rally car was probably lower than the exhaust temperature of the fan on this thing during video playback. While viewing standard web pages or working in Ms Office it's not that bad. Fire up a youtube video or pop in a DVD and it all goes to hell. I've actually designed a heat exchanger for it that utilizes 250ml of water and even that can't keep the temperatures down during video playback. The performance is astonishing but the heat output is equally mind boggling. To demonstrate my point I have just taken an alcohol thermometer out of my fridge and it is reading zero degrees celsius (32degF)
as I place it under the fan exhaust port of the laptop.In the time it took me to type this sentence it has already shot up to 36 deg C (96.8F) mainly because I was watching an episode of the flash a short while ago. I just reloaded the same episode... Waaaiiit for it.... 3 mins and 45 seconds into the episode the temp shot back up to 50 deg C (122F) and still climbing. this is without the laptop making direct contact with the bulb of the thermometer just the exhausted air caused this temperature climb. This laptop can cause serious burns and should come with some type of warning about the temperatures at the exhaust as i've received more than one burn from direct contact with the exhaust port during video playback. I have to get a more precise mercury thermometer that goes to 100 deg C to see how high the temp actually goes because my thermometer stops at 50 deg C(122F).
Apart from that The LEDs especially the blue ones are way too bright and it will get very irritating if used in a dark room at night to watch movies etc.
The BB models look tempting because they have a newer i5-2430M processor compared to the i5-480M in this Acer. But you are not going to see much real-world difference unless you start doing something intensive like compress video or transcode audio. But keep in mind that the slow laptop hard disks will limit performance, thus blurring the difference. If you do that type of work, you should head over to BB. The older i5-480M runs at a higher clock speed of 2.6GHz (turbo boost to 2.933 GHz) compared with the newer i5-2430M running at 2.4GHz (turbo boost to 3.0GHz). The processors both have the same cache size of 3MB, but the newer i5-2430M has a faster system bus and memory type, though the difference in memory bandwidth is not large (17.1 GB/s vs. 21.3 GB/s). On paper you don't see too many differences that are important.-= some gimmickry with the integrated graphics like wireless display and some further wifi integration with the cpu. 99% of people will not know those things are there. To summarize... if you do graphics, video, simulations, etc, please navigate away from this page and get yourself the newer i5. (it has a 256bit instruction set extension called AVX that is optimized for this kind of work). If you don't do those things heavily and just watch videos (not edit them), browse the web, and use office, you are not going to get much benefit from the i5-2430M.
You might be thinking that even though you don't need those extra features of the new processor, you should have it anyway. You are absolutely correct, but the catch is that these manufacturers reach the low price by navigating a minefield of trade-offs. We decide who makes it and who doesn't. If you are getting the later processor, you should expect to lose something in return. A quick list is that this Acer has a 640GB hard disk (vs 500 at BB) and 1.3MP webcam (vs 0.3MP at BB). There are a variety of subtle differences where the BB models start to go cheap on things you do use. First is the display quality and contrast, the Acer supports 10/100/1000 Gigabit LAN (BB Toshiba model only 10/100), the Acer has 802.11b/g/n wifi (BB Asus model 802.11n only; Hope your campus and work wifi are all 802.11n or you have a problem!). That killed the Asus option for me (and maybe you too). If you made this far, we are getting to why I picked up this Acer. The build quality is soooo much better and it is 0.6-0.8lbs lighter. The Asus was the worst build quality, but darn that 802.11n which probably isn't in the Starbucks or the airports yet. The Toshiba was easier to eliminate on the basis of weight, build quality, and the multi-gesture touchpad present on this Acer. And that is where I'll end the comparisons by saying that Acer did a fantastic job implementing the apple macbook-like scrolling and swiping. I have demos on more failed attempts to copy Apple's magic than I care to remember. Given how it is a laptop and I don't like those little touchpads to begin with, this is a huge relief!
If you are considering different models this Holiday season and are not sure what to buy, break up the problem and compare each point to make sure it will work for you. It is really best if you can handle them a bit before deciding. I can tell you though that this Acer is solid in comparison! Finally, please remember that if it seems too good to be true, it is. What I mean is that this $500 area is the sweet-spot and they compete like you wouldn't believe. Most of us read specs and think the answer is obvious. Look for where they are saving money and if you can't find it on paper go pick these up at BB. Unfortunately for Amazon the best features of this model are revealed in your hands.
Anyway, best of luck fellow laptop hunters. I do want to close by saying that Amazon does look stupid with this $629.99 vs $499.99 MSRP gaffe. However, many people are incorrectly arguing that the price of $499 (0% discount) means it's a bad deal. Had Acer and Amazon both both posted a $659.99 MSRP, and then this went to $499.99 for the LD -- it may feel different but it would be the same computer at the same price. I'm pretty sure Amazon makes their money on these LDs while people are impulse shopping in between the headline items. I picked up a few things that way. This computer would have sold for at least $600 3 weeks ago. But if time is on your side, this will definitely get to 400 and down after the Holidays. This laptop was produced solely for this deal. They will burn off whatever inventory survives. Happy Holidays!
Cons: Webcam is not as good quality as reported. Microphone is very bad and has a lot of feedback. Small particles get stuck under keys. Keyboard stopped working randomly, after determining it was some sort of user account problem, I just made a new account and it worked again.
good for the price.
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