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Acer Aspire V5-131-2887 Notebook Intel Celeron 847 (1.1GHz) 4GB DDR3 Memory 320GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 11.6
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Wonderful little notebook computer. Rock stable, regular size keyboard (no number pad), long battery life, adequate screen size, runs well. This is not a netbook, this is a notebook with a dual processor Celeron, Mine came with a 1007 1.5 Ghz chip. I am using it now to write this review.
The battery is in back bottom and lifts the machine at just the right angle to type and also provides airflow. Smart engineering. And a big enough battery to give it some operating time. Be sure to cycle it properly, charge all the way up and then run it down to 20%, at least for the first few cycles.
It is a dandy size to take along, not big, not heavy, exactly what one needs for portability. Using full Suse Linux and it runs great. Enjoy using it.

Cons: It does generate a little heat on top left of the touchpad and in the center on the bottom. Not that much, but would be a good idea to use on a table or cooling pad. One has to expect that. I think that all notebooks/laptops do that, and this one is not hot.

Other Thoughts: The Linux that it came with is really not an operating system. A loop device was installed and a stripped out Linpus Linux text mode only live disk was copied onto the hard drive. If one is expecting to really use this machine, then one would need to be adept with installing a Linux distro. Everyone has their favorite, and that is what should be put on. But do not expect to buy this machine and use it as is. And if you are a windows user and just want to save money, this is a real OS but requires some knowledge. There are plenty of good books in the library, lots of help on the web, but this is a linux machine. I love mine, it runs great, never been so happy with a notebook. I am really enjoying it. Best little notebook that I have ever used.

About the memory, this one has 2 sockets (per info on web), no easy access door, but with 4 GB I will not need to fiddle with it. I watch the usage with system monitor and it used it all during OS install, but since then it never goes beyond 2 GB, so that is plenty to spare.

Wonderful little machine. I am happy.

You will need an external DVD drive to install the OS, but they are not expensive and handy to have around.

The battery comes out easy, not like many of the new laptops that require a service shop to install it. Good for long term ownership.

Sound is adequate, remember that this is a small unit, not a full tower computer.
This is for portability and it has worked well for us.

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Lenovo IdeaPad S400 (59371476) Notebook Intel Pentium 2127U (1.90GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 14.0
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very nice lightweight computer.

Cons: My biggest mistake was not buying it from Newegg, because they would have taken care of me.
It had some problems brand new, so I called customer service at Lenovo, wound up talking to people in the Philippines, and sent it to their repair depot in Grapevine TX. After 4 weeks, it came back with many things broken. Totally worthless now. Sent it back again, and it has been over 3 weeks, and still nothing. I keep calling and they promise to call back but do not.

They have almost had it longer than me. This is not right, they obviously can not fix it. They owe me a new machine. What awful service. I have never had such a problem in my life. I will never ever buy anything Lenovo again. And on top of that, it has been in the news that they have a chip in them that allows people to hack into the machine.

Other Thoughts: I should have bought something else, and I have learned my lesson and will only buy from Newegg.

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Ematic 3 Inch Touch Screen 4GB MP3 Video Player & 5MP Camera - Black
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I bought it for the ability to watch AvI and MP4 movies while sitting on an airplane. I do not expect it to perform as well as something costing 10 times as much.
I have used it on 1 trip so far and it worked just fine. Audio quality, on an airplane with the ambient noise, does it make any difference? It worked just fine. I put in a 16 GB chip and it sees and uses all of it. I recommend it for this use. Do not expect it to sound like Nakamichi, Denon, Onkyo, etc.
And the screen is much bigger than most other units. And it fit in my shirt pocket, which a tablet computer would not do. It did what I needed. Glad that I bought it.

Cons: As others have pointed out, the touch screen is not the friendliest, but it works.
The manual seems to have been written a few years ago and seems dated.

Other Thoughts: I am happy that I bought it. I have enjoyed it.
I also use it some nights when the boss is asleep, as I can watch a movie and not disturb her, until I fall asleep. It stops where you stop it and when you start again it gives the option of either starting from the beginning or where it left off. Also has a slider scale to show how long the movie is and how far along you are.

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Display Name: Dr H.

Date Joined: 01/16/08

  • Reviews: 9
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  • First Review: 06/11/09
  • Last Review: 10/30/13
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