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Pros: Works great. Plug and play for Mac OS X and Windows. Im not quite sure what the driver disc is for, maybe extra software for burning CDs and DVDs though. It's very small, thin, and quiet. Very light and portable.
Cons: Not much to complain about. It's USB 2.0, but Im not sure if USB 3.0 would be any faster for writing/reading CDs and DVDs anyway.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Great laptop for the price. Very thin and light.
I already wrote a review but I wanted to add to it with my notes below that may help others downgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 7...
Cons: Windows 8 still isn't where I want it to be.
Touchpad and keyboard are a bit odd.
Other Thoughts: I took my own notes so I can post them here for anyone else who wants to install Windows 7 on their Acer V5-552.
* Acquire a Windows 7 USB install drive. If you only have a disc then convert that to a disk image and then copy the disk image to a USB drive. NTFS format worked for me, Fat32 probably will too. If youre not sure how to do this, do some quick Googling. There is a lot of documentation out there about this step.
* Once you have your Windows 7 USB drive, boot into the BIOs by restarting the computer and pressing F2 as soon as you see the Acer logo.
* Go to "Boot" menu and change "UEFI" to "Legacy"
* Save and Exit the BIOS.
* The computer will restart again. Press F12 as soon as you see the Acer logo.
* Select USB HDD. The Windows 7 installation setup should begin to load.
* When you get to the screen with your Windows partitions, "Delete" all of them. Then click "New". Then click the "Next" button and Windows 7 should begin to install.
* After installing Windows 7 successfully you'll need to install the necessary driver software. On another computer go to Acer's website and go to the "Drivers and Manuals" section. Search go to Ultra-thin > Aspire > Aspire V5-551. Download the Atheros and Broadcom Wireless LAN drivers. Put the files on a USB drive and then transfer them to your Acer and install. If they do not work then go to the drivers for the Aspire V5-471, select Windows 7 64-bit, and install these Atheros and Broadcam Wireless LAN drivers instead.
* Now you should be able to connect to the internet on the Acer! Go back to the Acer website and download the AMD VGA Driver for the Acer V5-552. Even though it says it's for Windows 8, it should work with Windows 7. Install it. Now you should have all the required drivers!
* Run Windows 7 Updates (you can do this by opening IE and going to the "Safety" menu and then click "Check for Updates" or something similar.
* Audio seems to work without any drivers downloaded/installed from the Acer website... but if you want, go ahead and try to install any other drivers from the Acer website such as audio, bluetooth, card reader, LAN, touchpad, etc...
That's about it. This took me a few hours to get set up... mostly due to the Windows 7 updates taking so long to download/install. It's 2AM and Im going to sleep.
EDIT: Dec 7, 2013
Everything is still working. However I found that I needed to install the audio driver because I was hearing strange fragments when audio would play sometimes. The Windows 8 audio drivers for the V5-552 from the Acer website seem to work just fine with Windows 7.
I also wanted to install the LAN driver so I could plug in the ethernet cable directly to my router. However I found that the Windows 8 driver for the V5-552 on Acer's website DOES NOT work with Windows 7. It requires the Atheros LAN Driver 22.214.171.124 but again the Acer website only seems to have the Windows 8 ve
Pros: * Very light and thin. It's a pretty sleek looking laptop.
* Great components for the price. Check the PassMark benchmarks!
* Speakers are decent for a laptop
* Touchpad has Apple-style gestures
Cons: * Crazy amount of bloatware.
* Doesn't come with any type of system restore disc or USB drive. I guess that's becoming the norm these days though.
* Keyboard is too soft and spaced awkwardly
* I'm not so sure I'm a fan of Windows 8 (yet)
Other Thoughts: I bought this for my Dad (who struggles with computers but needs it for day-to-day stuff) and I plan to put Windows 7 on it. It came with a ton of bloatware and I figure Windows 7 will probably perform better on this machine anyway... a fresh install will probably be beneficial.READ FULL REVIEW