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Pros: when this worked it was fine. My daughter loved using it at college
Cons: Second time completely dead. The first time, in Feb '15 the screen went completely blank - dead. Had to ship it back for repair. That took over a month.
Now the wifi is completely dead. Even Windows notes it is a hardware issue. Acer changed the SNID sticker so that it is no longer a valid SN. I had to find the March return info and previous S/N in order to place a repair order.
I am seriously disappointed this time.
Other Thoughts: We have an old Acer laptop that is still running and works excellently. That is why I bought this. They get one more chance...I buy way too much electronics to get burned by the same company twice.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This ran excellently for a few months...
Cons: I am finally giving up. This was D-Link's top router for a while but it is too much of a headache. Besides the inability to connect to Apple products, now the 2.4 Ghz band is becoming erratic with laptops as well as the phones and iPads. I must constantly (every two days or so) disconnect and reconnect adapters, reset them, etc.
As I look back on my ownership of this, I had problems with the 5GHz band, then constant problems with Apple products, now it is starting to give me connection issues on a laptop 8 feet away from it.
Other Thoughts: This is an update to my August review.
This situation is irritating because I still have a D-Link AP and a pair of switches in my configuration. I tried to stick with this since I am an OCD techie and a cheap skate but I can't spend 30 minutes every two days resetting a router, fiddling with configuration, especially when I experience none of these problems on the devices with a Linksys configured as an AP located downstream of the D-Link (via a switch).
FYI - we have a floor plan with lots of walls, windows, and mirrors obstructing my wi-fi signals but our neighbors are all pretty far away, so I have isolated the issues to the DIR-857. As the primary router - with everything else configured as an AP on variable channels I should not be experiencing these issues.
Pros: A very nice laptop - so far relatively fast, lots of storage - definitely the best bang for the buck which is why I chose it.
Cons: Windows 8 is having update problems...I really wish there was a downgrade option to Win 7 on this laptop. I am going to try to get this fixed over the weekend otherwise I may have to return it...
I hate Windows 8 - in fact, if I return this laptop it will be exclusively due to Win 8. It may be the worst example of monopoly power being exerted over the development of a product I can cite in modern times.
Fortunately there are other laptops with Win 7 installed or with a downgrade option.
Unfortunately I did not see any of these sold by Gigabyte. So if I can't make this work by Monday I will return it and buy another brand.
Other Thoughts: Kudos to Newegg for their Premier program. It is worth every penny.READ FULL REVIEW