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Pros: 4 GB of RAM, still a mainstay for many modern desktops and laptops. Display has not so much as dimmed over years of heavy use. Wireless signal reception is excellent. Video more than keeps pace with Aero and HD video. Can handle games of yesteryear such as Half Life 2 very well. Surprisingly durable.
Cons: Battery life compared to many modern units is unacceptable. On a full charge with a replacement battery I manage roughly two hours of use. Acer customer support was horribly unacceptable on the two occasions I dealt with them.
Other Thoughts: This laptop is five years old now. It is an understatement to say it is reliable. This system has been subjected to temperatures, drops, and use that would have fried many other laptops from higher reputed manufacturers. I could fault the wireless for only being 802.11g. I could fault the WD hard drive for only being 320GB, but today people are willing to accept 64GB so who knows. I've upgraded the HDD to a 500 GB for added capacity. The display has keyboard marks from being sandwiched into a laptop bag with an Asus Transformer TF101 (with the dock), but overall it has survived respectably. It has no bluetooth, but a USB adapter solved that. All I can say is that this laptop deserves credit where it's due. It has served me fantastically well. It just felt right to acknowledge when a company gets something right. Professional business laptops I configure on a daily basis feel flimsy and poorly made in comparison to this thing. If I could buy another Acer like this, I would, if it weren't for their support issues. My first battery completely died two days after the warranty. Before that, it had been working perfectly and still had a two hour run time. I would've bought Acer religiously had it not been for that. All disparities aside, this has been a truly remarkable laptop. I use it to stream videos to my HDTV via the DLNA protocol. Never skips a beat.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Not sure.
Cons: The terminals on the battery are pretty scratched up. I'm pretty sure I just bought a used two year old battery. We're not talking a little scratch on one connector, all four connectors have a good amount of visible wear and tear.
Other Thoughts: Coincidentally the same thing happened with a battery for a Motorola I bought at some random "Authorized Verizon" shop about six years ago. Pretty sure batteries should be able to be sold loose like this, you've got no guarantee they weren't just popped out of another phone. Not returning it, just not worth the effort. You're probably thinking "wow all of this over a $6 battery". That's cool, go buy a used sandwich for $6 and see if that bothers you a bit.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Belkin F7D2102 N300 Micro Wireless N USB Adapter
Pros: Small and definitely capable of being fast. Wireless to wired transfers between computers average 6-7 MB /sec in my super congested apartment complex, whereas G speed wireless was only capable of producing about 1.5 MB per second on rare occasion.
Cons: I am a little suspicious of the speeds this device reports to the computer. It seems to constantly say 300 mbps or 54 mbps depending which type of network you're on, and the speeds I actually experience don't come close at times, so bear in mind it will be faster than your traditional 802.11g adapter, but difficult to say how much faster it actually is without running your own tests. There are more than 30 available networks in range of our apartment, so I *really* doubt this adapter is connecting at the full rate.
Other Thoughts: The adapter has another constantly blinking blue LED I wish I could turn off.READ FULL REVIEW