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Acer Aspire V3-551-8469 Notebook AMD A-Series A8-4500M (1.90GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD AMD Radeon HD 7640G 15.6" Windows 8 64-Bit

  • AMD A-Series A8-4500M (1.90GHz)
  • 4GB Memory 500GB HDD
  • AMD Radeon HD 7640G
  • 1366 x 768
  • Windows 8 64-Bit
  • 8X DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • James T.
  • 2/19/2013 9:28:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDecent Hardware, Acer Spamware

Pros: Decent Specs for it's price range.
I love the way the keyboard feels.
Numpad.
Screen and colors are great.
Nice design and feels like decent quality to me.
Once a retail copy of windows 8 was installed it runs amazi

Cons: Touchpad is horrible. It keeps clicking things even without me near the laptop. I disabled it and use a mouse.

On first boot it locked up due to all the preinstalled spam from Acer. I decided to go with a retail install, but acer seems to have jumped through hoops to stop you. The laptop is so slow with built in software the mouse skips as it moves across the screen. It's like this right out of the box.

I eventually just bought a windows 8 pro key and deleted all acer partitions and installed a retail copy. To do this you will have to put a PID.txt file in the root/sources/ folder of your install media as acer has their OEM key imbedded in the bios. Windows 7 and below can install like normal however.

Graphics aren't quite what I was hoping they would be, 4.3 score on windows index. I bought this mainly to handle some app programming on the go and check my email so it doesn't really effect me.

I did order 8GB of DDR3(12800) for it, with that in place I will be happy with my purchase

Other Thoughts: If it wasn't for the limitations Acer tries to impose, as well as the preinstalled software making the computer literally almost unusable right out of the box, this would have probably gotten 5/5. This doesn't affect me very much, but normal consumers and students who don't play in a BIOS every other day, or know a lot about computers would have a horrible experience using this laptop.

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  • william b.
  • 1/30/2013 3:17:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood price

Pros: Windows 8 sucks. But this is a great little laptop runs a little hot so a chill pad was ordered. I am getting used to windows 8 but still thinking about wiping it out and going back to windows 7. I am going to try classic shell first then ditch it all together if that does not work for me.

Cons: Some bloat ware but easliy removed.

Other Thoughts: Nice price for a school laptop not a gaming rig but a nice all around surf the web do your course work laptop.

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  • Brandon B.
  • 12/31/2012 7:18:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent value for the price

Pros: - Very fast when doing general tasks and web browsing.
- Boot up speed is pretty snappy.
- Very well designed and sleek.

Cons: - None.

Other Thoughts: I bought this laptop as a Christmas present to my parents and I admit I may have overspecced for what they would be using it for. However, I can see this laptop being used for many years to come.

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  • Matthew B.
  • 12/26/2012 11:18:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggsDisappointed

Pros: Looked great for the price..
Keyboard is well built. Over All
seemed a great deal with dedicated graphics card & 15" display.
New Egg price was $100 less than the retail store.

Cons: Mouse & trackpad dead out of the box. Tried all tips & suggestions from websites & phone tech support. Now have to send it in to repair. Was a christmas gift for my son. My gut told me the price was too good to be true. Come on Acer.
Dont you test something like this in the final QC process.??


Other Thoughts: New Egg will call employees are
very nice & ordering process was smooth. Hoping Acer will take care of this.

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  • Thomas C.
  • 12/6/2012 8:59:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat laptop for the price

Pros: The integrated 7640 graphic core is capable of playing games on medium settings with a decent FPS. Be sure to update the APU drivers on AMD's website. I dunno why newegg states the max memory is 8GB. I have 16GB in mine right now, and windows detects all 16GB of it (although 512MB of it is dedicated to the graphics core on the APU). If you want to really boost your performance in games, invest in some low latency 1600mhz ram. These processors really benefit from upgrades like this.

Cons: The touch pad is in a really strange location in relation to the keyboard. It almost seems like it was designed for left handed users.
Windows 8 is garbage, I purchased a copy of windows 7 when I dropped a samsung 840 SSD in place of the HDD. You can find all the drivers on the acer website if you choose to do a clean install like I did. You'll need a separate computer and a flash drive to transfer the NIC drivers to the acer. Afterwards you will be able to conect to the internet and dowload the remaining drivers directly to the laptop.

Other Thoughts: After the upgrades, this laptop is a total beast. In stock form its an amazing platform, but there is a lot of potential if you have some extra cash for goodies to go in it. It's like the Mitsubishi EVo of laptops.

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