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Good: Light, powerful all-round
Bad: Things you don't normally expect to go wrong
Comment: Had this for a year now and am quite satisfied with the epic performance regarding gaming and 2D/3D creativity.
Keyboard feels really bad though (gaming fine, typing not), and adding to that I have a few keys refusing to respond and a malfunctioning battery meaning no portability. All of which makes you really want to consider getting a good warranty for this. (I do treat my laptop very nicely so it isn't just me)
Good: battery life,low price,high performance
Comment: a wise choice
Good: Lightweight, great for gaming, relatively small to be carried around in a backpack
Bad: Overheats easily when playing games, air comes out at the bottom and not the sides, trackpad is not that good
Comment: I got this computer last summer. It is a very good computer, at least I think this way, and it can run many games with high graphics settings.
One of the negative things about this computer is the fact that it overheats very easily. I fixed this problem by buying a 33€ cooling pad, and it hasn't overheated when playing games with the cooling pad on.
I'd recommend this laptop if you are ready to spend a bit of extra money on a cooling pad.
Good: Good For School: light, compact, easy to use, awesome features
Bad: track pad isnt great but thats about it
Comment: I have found that this laptop is perfect for school, cheap for what it can do, and runs well i recomend rent one to see if you like it then buy it if you do.
the one bad thing is that the trackpad isn't great but that aside it is a perfect computer
Good: Battery life, Decent GPU for gaming, CPU Speed
Bad: USB Ports on the back, Overheats when gaming (fixable), Sound (tin can tinny)
Comment: I've got this laptop for a while now, and one of main things I bought it for was gaming performance, and I think it does great. I've been playing Borderlands 2, X-COM ET, Civilization V on it with good graphics settings. One little nag though it overheats when gaming if set on flat surface, heat dissipation vents are mostly top--down. I've solved that by buying one of Belkin laptop cooling stands, even without assist fan (which is very loud on Belkin stand) it helps a lot, I've had no shutdowns or crashes due to overheating.
When using productivity apps, browsing net, watching movies laptop keeps cool, and can work off battery for almost 6 hours. I think that's great. I would not game when running of battery it's not a good experience.
Few more things I should notice,
I've got i5 series CPU and it's great for everyday work and gaming. Also my model had 4 GB RAM, note 2GB is integrated into laptop and you cannot replace it, another 2 GB is replaceable 204 pin SODIMM DDR3. I've replaced it with same CAS Latency and speed 8 GB stick so now in total I have 10 GB, which is more than enough for windows 8 and all apps. There's usually 2-4 GB of memory usage, and some more when gaming.
It should be possible to replace hard drive (though I haven't found a way to unscrew side screws no way to access them, but I wasn't thorough about that). But it should be noted that hard drive is 7mm thin and you cannot get more than 500 GB drive (installed) in this form factor yet. Internal SSD is 20GB and it should be easily replaceable with bigger capacity one, it's used for cache and hibernation partitions. But it should be possible to make it main boot drive and install windows on it.
All in All great little laptop.
Good: Battery duration, screen, quick switch on
Bad: Terrible power button, terrible touchpad, no VGA port
Comment: Would have been a good laptop if it hadn't had the 3 following major defaults in my opinion.
I wouldn't not recommend buying it :
- The power on/off button is located at the front. It happens to me many times to logoff the computer in the middle of my work by accident. The ACER Engineer who had the idea of putting the button here should find another job, clearly.
- The touchpad is Terrible ! Countless times it has doubleclicked when I was simply trying to scroll down or move the mouse
- Finally, I am missing the old VGA socket at the back. Because of this I cannot used my clients projectors or large screen which still use a VGA port
Comment: Acer have a cool Olympic promotion running at the moment, you can winning a gold coin worth £1200.
Good: Its graphical capability and the fact that the battery lets me trawl Youtube and listen to internet radio, with the occassional fil'm in bed and blast on an old game (I mean OLD, like Syndicate or Monkey Island) and I can get about six hours out of it before it cries for mercy, plus proper gaming on it is amazing
Bad: It's bloody heavy on the old legs when you're watching it in bed. And you can't take the battery out before using it on the mains for proper gaming
Comment: This is my first laptop so I can't compare the screen against any others. I will say that it's bright enough for me to use in my conservatory on a sunny day or with my back to the living room window and I can still see it clearly even using the economy settings to preserve battery life. The missus and I can sit in bed with it between us and watch a film without any problems too.
It'd be nice if the battery was removable so I could take it out and use it on the mains for extended proper gaming sessions (or if laptop manufacturers could release batteries that'd stand up to 3-4 hour gaming sessions) as despite the manufacturer's assurances that it's safe to use on mains power, I still find myself keeping mains usage to a minimum, even though it's the only way to experience the full power of the GPU. And it IS powerful.
If you plan on using it on your lap, I'd recommend getting a cushioned laptop tray.
Comment: yeah leon looks like we've come across the same points, notebookcheck now has a review that says exactly your concerns.
Good: usable graphics and portability
Bad: small ssd's and poor heat sinks
Comment: there's a £727 version going with a 128Gb ssd (from save on laptops.co.uk, some reviews have highlighted over heating issues and throttling of CPU's and disbaling the turboboost feature when optimus is off (ie. dedicated chip(640m) in use).
though highly tempting the poor screen and the fact that if it did have a full hd the 640m wouldn't keep up tipped the scales for me.
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