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Pros: 5th gen i7 processor, 1 TB hard drive, decent amount of RAM, stand-alone 940M video card, Gigabit E-net, Bluetooth, USB 3.0 ports. Basically a decent bang-for-your buck traditional laptop. I had a good experience with an Acer laptop I bought for my wife about 4 years ago. 1920 X1080 screen with good color.
Cons: The hard drive is only 5400RPM (which I can't believe they still put in computers at a mid-to-high price point), Bloatware (but that's easy enough to delete). 940M isn't the best video card but I can't complain at this price point. RAM is only expandable to 16 GB max. No documentation comes with is.
Other Thoughts: I just set this up for my son to go to college with and it was very time consuming like most new computers.( Acer and Microsoft want to know everything about you just to turn it on.) It doesn't come with any discs, so be sure to buy a USB 3.0 Flash drive that's minimum 32GB with it and backup the system first thing.
It wasn't quite as peppy on startup/restart as I had hoped, could be because of the slower hard drive. Still it has a lot of nice features for a laptop at this price and should serve him well.
He likes to game a lot, but this computer is more oriented toward Medium settings on most new games. I have heard the Nvidia 940M is about the same as the 850M and that it performs similar to a Nvidia 660 desktop card. My kids currently play on an older desktop with a GTX 660 and it gets through most games fine so he should be good too for awhile.
I got my wife an Acer mid-line i5 laptop 4 years ago and she still uses it, and we have other Acer products at home that perform great. Budget brand but I have no complaints.
The outside is kind of cool. It is dark grey, and textured kind of like brushed denim. A unique look for sure. The build quality, though plastic, seems good too for a computer that's more budget oriented. The screen didn't have really bad glare and I could see it well from most angles.
The USB ports aren't labeled and there is nowhere to find that information easily, but so you know...the USB 3.0 are on the left and the 2.0 are on the right.
In all I am pleased with this purchase and hope it will serve my son well.
This review is from: SwissGear Black HIGHWIRE 17" / 43 cm Laptop Briefcase Model 28373001
Pros: Good construction, Plenty of pockets for what you need, High Quality, Nice asthetic/look. Good padding.
Cons: Not many. Wish it cost a little less or had bought it on sale at the time, but I needed it in a pinch. This model is one of their more basic ones but it's still great.
Other Thoughts: I have bought many computer bags over the years and have branched out to various brands, but I have to say that Wenger/Swiss Gear make some of the best. This particular bag I bought for my wife's work computer and it has been fantastic for her. She uses it quite a bit and it has held up very well. This bag was the third Wenger/Swiss Gear bag I have bought (not as replacements but each for a new computer) and I have decided for future purposes I will stick with them. It's worth the money in the long run.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: A4Tech G800V Anti-Ghosting 8-Key Rollover USB PC Gaming Keyboard with Wide Palm Rest
Pros: I honestly don't find many pros with this keyboard.
I guess the slightly padded gaming WASD keys are a little more comfortable than standard keys. I noticed my fingers were a little less sore than usual after long gaming sessions.
Cons: Very low angle when feet are up. It might as well be flat. I have mine propped up with my old wristpad.
Not normal sized keys. In order to make room for all the gaming shortcut buttons they compressed the size of everything else. The space bar is seriously only 2.25".
Feels cheap to me, but I also feel most keyboards are not made as well nowadays and feel cheap.
Even though I understand it is meant to be a gaming keyboard, I still wish the WASD keys were labeled clearly.
The enter key is very small.
The function buttons don't line up with the numbers below.
Other Thoughts: I wish I had studied the photos of this keyboard more closely and checked the size and layout of things. This keyboard has been very frustrating to use. I'm a fairly regular gamer (a few days a week), but certainly not what I would consider hardcore. This is my first gaming keyboard, and for my level of gaming I find it completely unnecessary. I would have been much happier with a more traditional keyboard that was of higher quality. I keep complaining to my wife how much I hate typing on this thing and she said just get rid of it and call it lesson learned. I may heed her advice and start from scratch.READ FULL REVIEW