- Intel Core i7 2670QM (2.20GHz)
- 8GB Memory 1TB HDD
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
- 1600 x 900
- Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
- 8X DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive
Everything you need, almost 02/21/2013
Quad Core i7, 8GB memory, two hard drive bays, good screen resolution, snappy graphics card with extra video memory, easy to turn off trackpad (Fn-F7), has full size SD card slot up front, keyboard has full sized number pad, has Windows 7 and not 8, beautiful glossy finish, 2 USB 2.0 ports *and* 2 USB 3.0 ports (a lot of laptops give you 3 ports total so you get one of one kind and two of the other), has *both* HDMI and VGA ports.
Pokey 5400rpm hard drives ruin the speedy experience of the quad core and GT640M graphics. Glossy finish is going to be impossible to keep clean and glossy for long. Trackpad is very sensitive (issue for some - I use a mouse so I don't care). Bloatware has to be removed (McAfee, WildTangent, other typical Acer stuff). It is heavy, but it is a 17 inch laptop so that is to be expected. Panels on bottom do not expose enough of the workings of the laptop to change processors (the 2670 is a speed demon but 28x0 and 29x0 versions could be an improvement). Speakers are very tinny sounding for being "Dolby" and "Performance Tuned" but I love the speaker grill, it's very sexy. See Other Thoughts below for gaming info.
Purchased refurbished on that auction site from Acer themselves. I live in Wichita Falls TX, won the auction at 1pm on a Tuesday, they shipped ground from Mesquite TX, and it arrived 1pm Wednesday afternoon, very impressive speed there! Once I got the bloatware off the only speed hangups are from the hard drives(s) spinning up. I can't wait to pull one to replace with an SSD. Shopping for one now. Of course I'm on NewEgg for that. I paid $619 for this laptop, if you see it under $700 anywhere it's a screaming deal. Sure it's not Ivy Bridge but look at Passmark. This i7-2670QM gets 6109. The Ivy Bridge 36xxQM models get anywhere from 5700 to 7800. This Sandy Bridge chip beats two of the five Ivy models. One other slightly annoying thing, the power cord plugs in on the back right side, so if you don't get it out of the way it'll hang up on the optical drive when you open it.
GAMING: first thing I did after setup was play GTAIV with my Steam account. When it hits 80C it beeps and the screen dims for a second. Now mind you I was playing at max settings, 1600x900, 4xAA, detail and density all the way to 100, and I was getting 31-35fps with FRAPS running, and I don't have the cooler stand I ordered yet. This thing is gonna scream once it's on the cooler and I cut back from Very High to High and cut the detail/density down to 50. When not gaming, it idles between 38C and 45C, typical readings from Core Temp are in the high 40s low 50s while doing non-gaming things and about 55-60C when running updates or virus scans or playing DVDs or other intensive tasks. The thermal limit for the SBi7 is 100C. I just wish it wouldn't do that beeping thing until 90C instead of 80C.
So cliffs: change out the drives, don't think about upgrading the CPU, and use a cooler when you game.
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