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Acer Aspire AS8951G-9630 Notebook Intel Core i7 2670QM (2.20GHz) 8GB Memory 750GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M 18.4" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • Intel Core i7 2670QM (2.20GHz)
  • 8GB Memory 750GB HDD
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
  • 1920 x 1080
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • BD Combo

Pros:

Fantastic screen, very comfortable and responsive keyboard, nice sound for a laptop, holds 16GB of RAM, 8 logical core processor and surprisingly well balanced for an 8.5lb beast.
Amazing battery life for having such a large screen! I use the fingerprint reader more than I expected.
Overall a gorgeous machine.
Glossy screen is a con if you work outside, but I personally love a glossy screen.

Cons:

The removable touchpad/remote is just hokey. I use this for work, not for entertainment so I see nothing useful about this feature. Also the touchpad surface is completely unusable unless your finger is ultra-dry. Leave the sticker on the touchpad and it's actually better. I'll look into a smartphone film at some point to put on the touchpad to help. Since I use a mouse anyway I don't consider this to be worth deducting an egg. Integrated battery is a bummer but looks simple enough to replace.
The touchpad button is HUGE, like 4.5" or so huge and toggles in the center, making it difficult to precisely left or right click with a twitch of the thumb.

Other Thoughts:

I'm a senior-level software developer (.NET primarily - read resource intensive) and chose this laptop for my work machine. I immediately upgraded the RAM to 16GB (why not for $50?) and also immediately installed Windows 7 Professional.
Running multiple instances of Visual Studio(2008 and 2010), multiple browsers, multiple instances of Sql Server (2005 and 2008), Outlook, and various other Office applications and this thing is not phased!
I bought a Toshiba 18" laptop backpack as this beast will not fit in a 17" bag.
I did not buy this for the gaming capabilities, so I cannot review the video card.
Don't buy this for the webcam. It works OK but I don't consider it an impressive feature.

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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month


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