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Acer Aspire V3-551G-8454 Notebook AMD A-Series A8-4500M (1.90GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD AMD Radeon HD 7670M 15.6" Windows 8

  • AMD A-Series A8-4500M (1.90GHz)
  • 4GB Memory 500GB HDD
  • AMD Radeon HD 7670M
  • 1366 x 768
  • Windows 8
  • DVD Super Multi
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Anonymous
  • 11/13/2013 11:38:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsVery Good Overall

Pros: * Very good overall performance.
* Dedicated video memory.
* Dual graphics technology and video chip.
* AMD turbo core technology.
* Numeric keyboard.
* Sound System.
* Quality - Price.

Cons: * Windows 8 (I prefer Windows 7, just that).
* The laptop is a little bit heavy.
* McAfee Antivirus (Caused me problems with the boot).

Other Thoughts: * Works performance: More than enough.

* Game performance:

Runs very well at med graphics:
- World of Warcraft: 35-58 fps.
- Counter Strike Sources: 59-62 fps.
- Aion: 32-55 fps.

Runs well at low-med graphics:
- Dota 2: 30-48 fps

Runs regular-well at low graphics:
- PlanetSide 2 (Last upgrade 12/Nov/2,013): 28-45 fps

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  • Mr. H.
  • 10/14/2013 4:07:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsawesome for 10 year olds. Very fast. I am jealous.

Pros: 64 bit windows operating system
Plays minecraft at max settings, which is all my son cares about.
very fast. add the extra 4gb of ram. I bought this ram from newegg, and it worked great with this laptop.

G.SKILL 4GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Laptop Memory Model F3-10600CL9S-4GBSQ

very easy to connect wirelessly to my home network. Wireless connection works great.

Cons: runs a little hot. Don't put it on a pillow on your lap on the couch. the pillow will block the fans, and this laptop will become so hot it will burn your skin. We put a plastic tote lid on the pillow, and put the laptop on the plastic tote lid, and that works awesome.

Turn off the dual graphics unless you need it, that will make it run a little cooler.

Other Thoughts: buy a wired laser mouse. Then when you sit on the couch, you can use the laser mouse on the armrest, no problem.

I bought this one from newegg. It works AWESOME, and is only $10.99:

GEAR HEAD LM6000U Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser 1600 dpi Mouse

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  • Nely O.
  • 9/6/2013 4:32:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent Laptop

Pros: Vale la pena su precio considerando todas las especificaciones que tiene, ideal para trabajar por su teclado numerico,
otra de las ventajas es que se puede mejorar la memoria RAM, disco duro y duración de bateria.

Cons: En las teclas de caps lock y num lock no hay un led de identificacion, no es recomendable el Windows 8 ya que la pantalla no es touch lo que hace mas lenta la exploración de las aplicaciones en el teclado, al momento de jugar puede ser tedioso ya que las teclas direccionales
son muy pequeñas

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  • Miguel R.
  • 8/13/2013 8:48:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgreat purchase

Pros: great laptop, is handling everything i throw at it.
eve online, league of legends, skype, microsoft office, logmein. shogun total war 2 and a list of other things

everything with ease.

Cons: my only big thing that bothers me, is the E button, it sticks and it sticks alot, i always have to check to make sure the E was used.

Other Thoughts: the screen was bigger then expected, its slim sleek.
the dual video is a plus. i didnt relize that the A8 is a quad core. very happy with that. 1 egg short because that E button.

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  • TARO P.
  • 8/10/2013 3:02:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Powerful for the price
Nice speakers
Pretty quiet most of the time

Cons: Pretty big
Runs a bit hot - more of a "desktop replacement" than a "notebook"
Useless touchpad
Windows 8
Installing Linux is incredibly difficult

Other Thoughts: I spent most of a day trying to set up dual boot Linux and ended up just making windows unbootable too. SecureBoot is a nightmare.

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  • David S.
  • 8/6/2013 9:56:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsQuality Computer

Pros: If you are looking for a laptop that can run most games, while being more than capable of doing everyday work, then this is it. The dual graphics are great, and the processor does a good job being on par.

Start-up and sleeping the machine is fast and easy. Windows 8 goes along well with it, even without a touch screen.

The keyboard is great for a cheaper model. Pretty big, well laid out, I can go from a desktop keyboard to the laptop's keyboard with no problems, which I find to be a huge plus.

The speakers have almost no bass, but really, what laptop does? I can not stress this enough though, the default setting is bad! You can fix this by going down to your speaker icon (in the icon tray down at the bottom right of the desktop), right clicking it then going to display playback devices. From there, right click on your speakers and go to properties, then select "Dolby". Change the setting from "Music" to "Movie" and hit "apply". Try it, if you do not like it, just change it back. Try having music on while doing so that you can tell the difference when it changes.

Moderate gaming works quite well. Tried League of Legends on it, and Path of Exile (both are free and fun by the way if you need something to test your machine out on). Both ran at a constant 60fps (I kept VSync on) when settings were slightly turned down. Shadows kill most AMD cards, so if you are playing games with shadows, then I suggest sacrificing that part of the game for FPS. I got major boosts when I did.

Cons: A few cons here, but are expected to save money:

1. The screen: it does not display the best colors and this will take some technical adjusting for you to get the best out of it. The viewing angles are not the worst, but are not the greatest either.

2. The RAM: Only one stick of RAM is installed. If you are picky and really want to get the most out of this little machine, buy yourself a set of RAM to install. However; the computer is fully capable without this upgrade, it just would have been better to see them ship the system with two smaller sticks of RAM than one larger in my opinion to unlock the dual channel.

3. Bloatware: The same with any laptop. It was easy to get rid of though, and not all of it is terrible. Stuff like Netflix being pre-installed was pretty cool, but some free little games did not impress me. To each their own though.

I felt that no eggs should be docketed, due to comparison with similar items for the same price, the cons are a completely fair trade-off for overall performance of this laptop. Changing the RAM or screen as mentioned above could have drastically increased the price into the $600+ range.

Other Thoughts: The best advice I have for anyone buying a laptop is to be reasonable. I was dead set on buying a $700 laptop, but after really looking at what I was aiming to do with my laptop, I realized that I just could not justify spending that much. Unless you are looking to game with maxed out settings on the newest games, there is no reason to buy something more expensive. For people looking for pure office work, I'd suggest a more powerful CPU, like one an Intel I7 on an Ultrabook. If you are doing a moderate amount of both, this is the laptop I would recommend.

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  • Hang N.
  • 8/2/2013 9:22:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest Budget Gaming Laptop Ever

Pros: It dual graphic card, run most game on med or high, running cool, windows 8 boost up it a beast, take like 18 second to turn the laptop on.

Cons: Not yet cause i just got it for 3 days

Other Thoughts: Some people said windows 8 is suck i don't think so because of the extremely fast boost up, and i thought this laptop gonna run hot but no it 40 degree Celsius.

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  • David W.
  • 7/31/2013 3:29:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsRuns Very Hot

Pros: Graphics are great. They can handle almost anything thrown at them.
Install more ram and that slight sluggishness that comes normally with windows 8 goes away.

Cons: Runs very hot. The CPU at idle or while doing very little (browsing the web, watching a video) runs 90+ degrees Celsius, This is too hot for a brand new laptop.

It is running 90+ as high as 100 Celsius even though the processor is using 0-10%. And when it is put under stress, such as gaming, even light gaming, it gets 100-120 degrees CELSIUS.

I thought something was wrong with the computer so I sent it in for RMA. Newegg told me nothing was wrong. They said it could have been an issue with the driver and that a full reset fixed it. I got the computer back and it was still running the same way.

I sent it back for a replacement this time. The processor still ran at 90+ degrees.

I don't know how long it will last, but I am keeping it. I bought a coolpad, although that seems completely ineffective.

Other Thoughts: The hard drive and extra graphics card operate normally. It is just this A8-4500M processor that runs ridiculously hot.

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  • Hunter B.
  • 7/25/2013 7:08:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest Laptop in its Class

Pros: If you don't want to read any other part of my long review, just read this...

Affordable, Best Gaming Laptop for under 1000$, Doesn't feel cheap despite its inexpensive price.


+Price- If you are buying it for media, gaming, or using 3D Graphics programs like Maya this is the most bang for your buck I guarantee. This laptop is better for gaming and rendering than the standard Mac.

+Design- Sleek case, vibrant and glossy screen, the keyboard actually has individual keys unlike the flimsy HP keyboards. The design aspects of this device give it
the essence of a more expensive laptop.

+GPU- Yeah, this is probably why you are even on this page in the first place. It will play games, it will render 3D projects, After Effects, Photoshop, its a media machine through and through.

Cons: I'll begin by mentioning the cons that have been addressed by almost every single reviewer. I'll run through the list here because these concerns are trivial and SHOULD NOT impact your decision to buy this laptop.

- Bloatware and Acer Applications- Every Windows laptop manufacturer puts propitiatory applications like Media players and backup managers. All of these can be removed within a matter of hours.

-Windows 8- Again, any new laptop you buy is probably going to be a Windows 8 machine. Get over it, get used to it, and if you can't then just do a Google search online and find one of the many ways you can make Windows 8 less obtrusive. MORE IN OTHER THOUGHTS

- Fingerprints on case- Again, I don't know what people really expect. This is a con that should finds itself at the bottom of any list. Its a silly concern and the only way around it is to buy a Mac or to buy a laptop with a silver case. Buy some handwipes, a dust cloth, carry a sock around, carry the laptop in a backpack or sleeve.

Now for the real cons....

-Disc Drive- It's pretty noisy and causes the machine to heat up considerably when it is reading/installing from a disc. Most games/software is available in digital download form so not a huge concern.

-Personal Security- THIS IS MY BIGGEST WARNING TO ALL USERS OF WINDOWS 8 MACHINES! When starting up your laptop for the first time it asks you for the Default or Custom Installation of Windows 8. PLEASE PICK CUSTOM! If you pick Default, Windows 8 is allowed to watch over you and collect usage information whenever you are connected to the internet. Also, I advise creating a LOCAL account on Startup and then once your local machine is cleaned up you can head over to the App Store and make a Microsoft account.

-Speakers- Crackle and produce kind of a blow-out sound when certain sounds are played through them.

-Touchpad- This is honestly my biggest issue and it really won't effect me too much since I usually use a USB mouse but.... The touchpad placement is a little odd. In fact, the whole keyboard seems to be offset to the left a little bit too much. My guess is the inclusion of a NUM Pad caused it to be like this. The touchpad is also pretty big and there is not much space between the space bar and the top of the touchpad. Thus, if you rest your palms while typing ( like on a normal, full keyboard) you will frequently activate the touchpad and cause the cursor to move out of a text box or accidentally click on something. If you plan to use this device without a mouse and you have average-big hands, I would have to say this is not the machine for you.

Other Thoughts: So other than the Pro-Con which is pretty much the same across the board among reviewers and chances are, if you came here because its a "gaming" laptop at an economy laptop price then you probably don't need much convincing. All i will do is assure you that this machine performs as advertised by the site.

Last laptop I owned was an 400$ HP economy ( read: Throwaway) laptop. Every piece of it felt cheap and even though I know 400$ Is considered a low price for a laptop yet it is not a small amount of money. For 500$ this Acer machine feels like I'm getting my moneys worth in both design and performance. You can call this a gaming laptop but realistically any laptop under 1000$ isn't going to be a viable gaming laptop simply because high end games like Borderlands 2, Crysis 3 and Bioshock Infinite all use complex physics engines that require a fair amount of work from both the GPU and the CPU. On laptops under 1000$ the CPU tends to be adequate for most things, just not really for the demanding task of running high end games. If you really want a gaming laptop save up for something in the 1200-1600$ (you can always go higher for a better GPU, Solid state, better processor, larger display etc) range. All that being said, what really gives this laptop an edge over its competition in this price range is the fact it will play games better than any laptop in its class. Now you could get a slightly better GPU if you look for something in the 700-1000$ price range but again, the processor will still be a bit weak for the truly powerful games and you really have to think about how long this investment is meant to last. Buying a 500$ laptop that will be able to run most, if not all of the current games at at least Mid settings ( High or Very High for older/less intensive games) is a great bargain. However, in the next 1-3 years this laptop is going to get left in the dust by the next crop of games. BUT, so will the more expensive 700-1000$ models. The 1000$+ laptops will certainly have a longer shelf life and may be able to upgrade GPU's depending on the manufacturer.

For the ADHD crowd:

Don't buy this laptop if you don't play computer games or use any digital design applications. You can find a cheaper or equivalent machine that will suit your needs and give you better quality in other aspects, such as design, weight, data transfer speeds etc.

Buy this laptop rather than a slightly more expensive laptop branded as a "gaming" laptop. That 900$ Lenovo that is linked to on this page will last for the same amount of time and the performance gains are negligible.

If investing in this machine as your main PC/method of gaming. Save up for twice the amount of time and buy a high-end gaming laptop. It will last a lot longer and will have more features that are specific to your needs.

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  • Victor B.
  • 7/21/2013 6:20:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFrustrating for gaming

Pros: has a stylish appeal

Cons: the bios is locked so you cant overclock the cpu the gpu bridge dose not function properly when gaming fps will drop to 0 for several seconds during a game when in combat
windows 8 is awful to much acer bloatware pre installed it took me 6 house to remove the bloatware and update date the laptop and performance has been slow
the biuld quality is also super cheap

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