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Good: Super Fast for a old computer
Bad: Gets Way Too Hot!
Comment: i like this laptop alot its from 2009 so yeah its not gonna be good for gaming current or recent titles but i game counter strike source , halo pc and halo 2 on this and it runs it smoothly and on high settings with 60+ FPS
Good: Wide screen, looks good, and is very fast.
Bad: Can get very hot, poor graphics card for gaming and keyboard
Comment: I've had this laptop since 2009. It's still going strong and is mostly in good condition, apart from the mouse pad, now I have never had any problems with it, it's decent, but the glossy paint that it's coated in has over time worn off to a blackish colour, just wear and tear I guess.
The laptops 4GB of RAM still keeps it going strong and fast.
The keyboard however is a burden, although the keys feel very nice, they are somewhat annoying to catch materials and debris underneath them which can cause a crunching or sticking motion when typing other than that the keys are nice and fluid.
The laptop can also get very hot reaching temperatures of 95C, so hot that the plastic air vent - some of the grid restraints have broken off.
(Just ordered a laptop cooler)
All in all this laptop as excellent if you need something for work, student life & all round day to day things, obviously bad for gaming.
Good: full keyboard hdmi socket cheap
Bad: cheap ,mouse pad
Comment: I have the one with 500gb hdd and 4 gb of ram which has now also died on me after 20 months .But up until then I have not had two many problems other than mouse pad placement when typing.It was fast and smooth running and is a good cheap laptop which can also be it's downfall .
Good: Decent specs
Bad: constant failures
Comment: I've owned this machine for nearly 2 years and every 10 months or so the hard drive has a catastrophic failure do to overheating, i have tried many techniques to keep it cool, but it gets hot very quickly. Aside from the Disk Errors every so often it runs rather smoothly, but having a heart attack every ten months because of fear that i've lost my lifes work isn't worth the trouble, wont be buying acer again...
Good: Screen, Keyboard
Bad: Battery Life, Mouse
Comment: I've had this laptop for over a year now and I've had so much problems with it! First the battery life does not last for 3 Hours! as soon as I stop charging it like 10minutes after I get a notification saying "Battery Low"! I tried getting it fixed but acer has said that there nothing wrong and the battery life is "fine". I have a few friends having the same problem with the battery life.
The mouse has some delay when you use it after the keyboard especially the "scroll up/down" sometime it freezes for a while before anything happens
Good: Cheap, Fairly quick, fairly light, good keyboard, good screen
Bad: battery life
Comment: A very good all round laptop for home use.
Bad: too much!
Comment: Chose this as high specification for HDD and memory. 11 months on ithas bee returned 5 times including not working twice and keys failing so keyboard replaced. It is not wireless configured and I lost it when it a virus invaded although covered with Norton! Have to ring techies again to reconfigure. Not robust even for occasional use and will not use Acer again.
Good: light weight, keypad
Bad: less battery life
Comment: Look wise there is no change in 5536. Its almost same as 6530. The 5536 has a full-size keyboard with a separate numeric keypad. The low-profile keys are similar to the 'chiclet' style favored by Apple and Sony. Including the 2.1 Ghz AMD, Athlon 64 x2 QL-64 CPU, 3GB of RAM and an ATI Radeon HD 3200 GPU gives a decent performance.
Good: most of it
Bad: abit slow considering the specs
Comment: for some reason i feel this is one of the best laps i have owned. i even puked on my lap and it stills works like a brand new. what else can i expect from this???
Good: Speed, weight, keyboard
Bad: Mouse, disappointing battery life, resolution
Comment: This computer is satisfyingly fast, very light, and has a good keyboard.
The most annoying thing for me is a fault in the making of the product. After you have used the keyboard, there is a slight delay before you can use the mouse. This is incredibly aggravating. The battery life isn't as long as I expected but it is still acceptable. The resolution could be better.
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