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Acer Aspire V5-561G-6407 Notebook Intel Core i5 4200U (1.60GHz) 6GB Memory 500GB HDD AMD Radeon R7 M265 2 GB 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: As a passive gamer I wanted a laptop that could play MMORPGs decently (even if it had to be on low video settings) and this machine has been very good for the price. I can run Rift with medium video settings and it runs smoothly without becoming too hot or unstable. Planetside 2 runs well also. The machine is quick; starts up in <30 seconds and is ready to go.

For the limited gaming I do, the 6GB of ram is plenty and the sound is AMAZING. In 15 years of computer ownership, this is the first computer setup, let alone LAPTOP with ON-BOARD SPEAKERS, that has demonstrated the lousy quality of MP3s!

Overall, I'm pleased with the machine. The battery life is great so far, and the hard drive is plenty for my needs at 500GB.

Cons: If you're a purveyor of "vintage" software - i.e. anything that comes on CD or DVD, prepare to be disappointed. There is an empty bay for an optical drive (I assume it is, with a SATA connection and easy-to-remove plastic piece shaped like an optical drive!) but when I ordered an internal slim optical drive from another source, it didn't fit. Judging by the shape of the plastic piece as well, nor will any of the other slim optical drives out there! I am still searching for a resolution to this problem that doesn't involve buying an external optical drive.

The construction leaves a little to be desired. The machine is nice and light, but the plastic is light and the aluminum skin on the back of the screen is thin as well. This would not be a good choice if you're rough on your computer.

Keyboard lighting is another place that Acer cut corners with this machine. While it's not critical, it is nice sometimes to have a back-lit keyboard or a lamp at the top of the screen.

Lastly, while I know this is the way it goes now-days, the computer does not come with any recovery media. It does thankfully give you the option to create a backup 'disc' on a removable flash drive (16GB free space required).

Other Thoughts: Overall I'm happy with this machine and I'd recommend it to others - IF they were prepared to do without an optical drive or buy an external one. In my opinion a laptop meant for entertainment ought to have a blu-ray drive. It's good enough for light gaming and will keep you entertained without breaking the bank.

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SanDisk 1.8
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Doesn't last forever 03/26/2009

This review is from: SanDisk 1.8" Black 4GB MP3 Player Sansa e260

Pros: Simple interface, long battery life, decent sound quality, plenty of storage for what I need. Scroll wheel is fairly sensitive once you get it going. Micro SD card slot is a big plus. It's also very easy to navigate.

Cons: Not the longest lasting piece of electronic equipment I've ever owned. I bought this player when my last sansa bit it. This little baby just quit on me too after about a year of use. I had it going 3-4 times a week for several hours at a time at work. It now freezes all the time and I'm unable to add files to the sansa's memory, though I can still write to the micro SD card. I've tried reformatting the thing to no avail. It also scratches fairly easily. Also, it could use a clip in addition to the lanyard attachment.

Other Thoughts: Compared to cheap ear buds, the ones that came with this are pretty good sound-wise, though not the most comfortable and certainly not the best on the market. It was fairly easy to set up a play list but I wish it had allowed more than one. Also, it didn't come with much by the way of instructions. Overall I'd say it's a decent player, but don't plan on having it forever.

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Display Name: Kristina P.

Date Joined: 08/05/05

  • Reviews: 2
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  • First Review: 03/26/09
  • Last Review: 04/25/14
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