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This review is from: Acer Aspire V5-571P-6604 Intel Core i5 3337U (1.80GHz) 6GB Memory 500GB HDD 15.6" Touchscreen Notebook Windows 8 64-Bit
Pros: Beautiful casing(I bought this for my Mac loving wife) Great hardware. 3rd Gen i5 is snappy when combined with the 6GB of RAM. The touchscreen makes Windows 8 tolerable and adds an element to computing that wasn't there before. The touchscreen is quite responsive and very easy to use.
The specification of this laptop are killer when you consider the price. To get similar hardware in a Mac you would pay $2000+! Even compared to other PCs the price is very reasonable.
I purchased this for my wife because she went back to school with me. She has liked it so far. I think she loves the laptop itself, but doesn't care a lot about the Windows 8 operating system.
The backlit keyboard is a definite plus. My laptop doesn't have one and when we were laying in bed she could easily type away and I found myself struggling a lot more. It is a feature you don't always think about, but it is a definite plus.
My wife appreciates that the computer is so lightweight and yet still offers a large screen size. She also appreciates how durable it seems to be. I'm not sure if the casing is Aluminum or some other alloy, but it far outperforms plastic casing that is common in the laptop world.
The speakers are also very good speakers for a laptop. They produce a wonderful full sound that almost immerses you. It's kind of like trusurround in a way. Very well done.
Cons: The number one con is the lack of battery life. It will only run 2-3 hours on a full charge which is not nearly long enough for a school day. This means you'll have to spend a bit more time attached to a wall. The charging cable also seems to be a little shorter than normal. I have an Acer as well and the cord is about 2ft longer.
Please recognize however that those items above can be rectified by buying 3rd party cords/batteries.
My stock battery was also not very good for my Acer. I upgraded to a 9-cell battery and almost doubled my battery life. We are going to look into doing the same. And with how cheap the purchase price is for this laptop adding in $50 for a second longer lasting battery is not outrageous.
The stock harddrive is the last complaint. It is a 5400 rpm drive and because of that the computer itself seems slow, but the reality is that the processor and RAM are waiting on the drive. I recently put a Seagate SSHD in my own Acer and that doubled my performance I expect that this laptop could experience the same blessing. For those who aren't very tech saavy, but would like a fast laptop, I don't think you will notice much of a difference in speed. It still runs very quick. Even a 7200 rpm drive would be nice though (if an SSHD or SSD is not an option).
Other Thoughts: Fantastic buy and with very little modification this could become an awesome buy for years to come. Makes a fantastic school laptop.
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