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Pros: Good laptop with two issues that Acer is currently choosing to ignore :(
Cons: Acer will not do anything about the problem with the 2nd hard drive bay except provide a part number and phone numbers for campanies where you can buy a new one. (just getting that information took well over an hour with customer support). They will also not do much to fix the issue with the wireless card. I lose my connection from time to time and have to restart even after I updated the driver that "fixes" the problem.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The pro's are plain as day - 1080p on a notebook is pretty rare. Manufacturer's don't seem to wanna bother with full HD for various reasons. A Blu-ray drive is also a pretty uncommon feature for notebooks. The screen! 18.4 inches! WOW most people who see it are astonished by its size ;) The speakers sound great to me. Six speakers in this thing? crazy! Also backlit icons in the touchpad for media controls is pretty slick. Overall this thing looks nice and feels as nicely built and sturdy that a plastic notebook will ever feel. Ignore the haters about that one.
Cons: Like everyone else says the 2nd hard drive bay is idiotic. One simple but painful solution is to put an opened (voiding the warranty) ssd in there with the braces on the lid clipped off. You suck acer engineers! Upgrade the ram and add that naked ssd to the 2nd bay to boot from with a fresh install and this thing becomes one beast of a notebook. When tying to register this thing acer told me that it was refurbished??? This is pretty upsetting. I contacted newegg about it. We'll see how that goes :( I may revise this review if that situation isn't rectified...
Other Thoughts: WEI scores after I added a mushkin ssd and 16 gb ram - Processor: 6.9 Memory: 7.3 Graphics: 6.8 Gaming Graphics: 6.8 Primary Hard Disk: 7.6 - I haven't checked the ssd read/write speeds and there are a few other things I need to tweek but really I couldn't be happier with this purchase.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The main pro for this card right now is the price. Gets a 7.9 WEI (the highest rating possible). I know that number doesn't mean a lot to all you benchmarking pc gamer types but it's good to know anyways. I read another (negative) review regarding mulit-monitor setups and this card but have not had a similar experience. I have a 25" HANNS-G monitor and a 60" LG plasma connected to this card as well as a 19" 4:3 viewsonic monitor run by my old 9600 GT. So my setup suns three monitors - the two biggest and highest resolution screens running off the EVGA GTX 480 and everything works beautifully. I played a little Arkham City on the big plasma and the picture looks awesome with the tessalation all that this card provides.
Cons: Does run hot just like all the other reviewers say... I took the thing apart and put my own thermal compound on myself and saw no changes in temps :( I just fired up Speedfan and it tells me that the GTX 480 is at 47C right now whereas the 9600 GT which has only a bigish heatsink and no fan and sits right next to my 1000W power supply is only 31C. I've got great airflow in my big ol' ATCS 840 case so yeah... these cards are hot but I don't think it'll ever hurt anything.
Other Thoughts: Right now after rebates you can get 2 550 ti's for the same price as this one gtx 480 but you wouldn't really get better performance. It's not particularly loud in my case and I like the blower style fan in these cards.READ FULL REVIEW