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Pros: i5 pulls very well, but does not clock down automatically as much as I would like - lowest is 1195 MHz To save power and reduce temps, graphics are the HD 4000 on the CPU normally and switches to the 730M for more stressful applications Has space for a second 2.5" HDD/SSD as well as two more RAM slots A slower double tap acts as a held down mouse button so that you can drag and drop without it being awkward Speakers are very OK Full numpad Plenty of external ports including HDMI and USB 3.0 Monitor hinge feels very sturdy Entire laptop feels like it will last a while Wireless N is plenty fast and reliable Does every thing it should
Cons: TERRIBLE vertical viewing angles - my biggest complaint Lowest brightness level is still very bright in a dark room Trackpad scrolling is choppy and not smooth This one is obvious, but it is big and was not intended to be very portable There are no Caps, Num, and Scroll lock lights so you don't know when they are on and off directly It takes two hands to adjust the volume and brightness DVD drive is extremely noisy, however you can hold it,but that is quite annoying after a while Glossy front and parts of inside are fingerprint magnets without considerable care taken to avoid it Mountains of bloatware Webcam is clearly not HD The reflective coating on the monitor means you cannot use this comfortably outside or in a bright room Windows 8
Other Thoughts: This is my first own laptop and I only really have my brother's 17" MacBook Pro to compare to, but this Aspire felt less refined with fewer bells and whistles. Maybe my comparison is unfair, but it is what I have to compare to.
One big thing I liked about the MacBook Pro is that it had a battery charge meter built into it so the battery charge was easy to see from the outside whereas the Aspire's battery life can only be determined through the OS. The not having a caps lock light or indicator is very annoying at times and the MacBook Pro had much smoother trackpad scrolling capability.
The battery life wasn't bad considering it's size. Youtube videos over wifi reduced it to 2 hours 45 max, but unstressful applications in airplane mode allowed well over 4 hours of life.
From a hardware standpoint, it's great, but if you plan on using your DVD drive frequently on this, consider alternatives.
I also think that Windows 8 best fits on tablets and touchscreens - not home or personal computing. I installed Windows 7 after a week. That being said, Windows 8 uses much less RAM and will boot up in about half the time as Windows 7.
Benchmarking showed that this was only a touch faster than my desktop CPU and RAM side, but not graphically; no Crysis for this. Desktop: i3 2120, 4GB DRR3 1333, AMD Radeon HD 7750 Black Edition
However, the reason I cannot recommend this laptop is that even if you are viewing it from a distance of about two feet, the top inch or two will be noticeably darker than it should be and the bottom inch or two will be noticeably lighter than it should be. If something like that doesn't bother you and the price is right, buy this Aspire, however I won't give this a thumbs up because of that.
That 's all, everything of note I hope I included.
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9/8/2013 7:26:37 PM
Tech Level: 3/5
Pros: I love my new acer laptop. It's everything I need for college and more.
Cons: I have no cons at this time
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