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Acer Laptop Aspire ES1-411-C0LT Intel Celeron N2840 (2.16 GHz) 2 GB Memory 500 GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 14.0
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It is slow out of the box, but CAN be helped

As stated in my previous review I purchased this laptop solely for the purpose of research and to be able to deliver an economical, and yet efficient laptop for those that only do the basic things with a computer (web surfing, letter writing, e-mail, and picture viewing).

Things to consider:
(1) The machine does not ship with an optical drive and after extensive use I believe that is a non-issue. For those that believe a DVD is required a Model “UJ8D3 SONY” device fits and works perfectly, but the fascia plate will be a challenge.
(2) It is NOT a Touch Screen
(3) It ships with only 2GB of Ram (1 memory slot only), and Windows 7 x64 will not install well with less than 3GB installed. After several memory attempts I obtained a Kingston M1G64KL110 (8GB) that works flawlessly
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I installed Windows 7 Home Premium x64 successfully (after several evaluation attempts), but the required drivers are a small challenge. I always download all of the drivers that I need, extract them if compressed, and put them in an installer folder on my desktop. Further I categorize and order the drivers according to what makes best for me. In this case, because of earlier issues, I chose to reboot with every driver if prompted. An absolute must is to install the “00” file first. This file actually sets the stage to prevent driver errors down the list. I tried it both ways and it works properly if installed before all others.
. . .
My install started with a USB installer for W7 with SP1 I then set up my downloaded installer drivers in a desktop folder. As stated above I installed the files in numeric order as listed below and had absolutely zero errors left in my Device Manager. Windows 7 retrieved updates without issue.

Below is my list drivers that required to keep the Device Manager error free. Also note that the “xx 16” file is a lengthy install and also installs the wireless network driver (WLAN). I chose to “YES” to all when prompted. The Acer Model Specific page has additional drivers that are not needed for this particular device. The Elan Touch Pad Driver is only needed if you want to get all of special gesture support
Driver folder (I labeled it 000-Install Drivers)
If not otherwise noted all drivers come from the Acer Model Specific web page.
yy 00 kmdf-1.11-Win-6.1-x64.msu
11 Chipset_Intel_9.4.4.1006_W81x64_A
zz 12 PROC_IO_Win7_64_1.1.5.1021
xx 13 USB 3.0_Intel_3.0.1.41_W7x64_A
14 VGA_Intel_10.18.10.3621_W81x64_A
15 Audio_Realtek_6.0.1.7288_W81x64_A
xx 16 Bluetooth_Broadcom_6.5.1.5300_W7x64_A
17 CardReader_Realtek_6.3.9600.21253_W81x64_A
xx 18 Lan_RT_W7x64_A
20 TouchPad_ELANTECH_13.6.1.1_W81x64_A
99 User Manual_Acer_1.0_A_A
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read Other thoughts section to finish assessment:

Cons: Really none for the price point

Other Thoughts: . . .fish assessment!

. . .
xx download from Acer for Aspire V3-572 (W7 x64)
yy download from Microsoft
zz download from Intel
...... drivers above for different Acer Model

As to “Windows 10” this machine will successfully update from a Windows 10 USB-ISO, but would not do a “Clean Install” from same ISO. It worked remarkably well when configured from the update install and no additional drivers were require to clean up the Device Manager.

My overall assessment, with 4GB or 8GB of memory, this laptop is more than capable to run any of the Windows 7, 8, or 10 versions efficiently. I had MS Office Enterprise 2007 installed and used most of the appications (as in Word for this doc). The additional memory clearly resolved the patchy and searching operation occasionally engaged while working on minimum resources and turned it into a rather responsive unit. I would recommend the 8GB, but 4GB is probably all most would need.

Acer Laptop Aspire ES1-411-C0LT Intel Celeron N2840 (2.16 GHz) 2 GB Memory 500 GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 14.0
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Windows 8.1 that works with only 2GB of RAM
Reasonably efficient
Exceptionally Low Price

Cons: Only 2GB of RAM

Other Thoughts: This machine was purchased only tovalidate, or invalidate as it may be, the low memory and functionality.
I am a small business for PC/Laptop Repair/Service and I am always looking for answers to help or those that can't afford much.
After watching several U-Tube Videos for upgrading the memory in an ES1 series Acer I decided to separate the case to examine the difficulty level. Unlike seeming all of the ES1 series on display, the ES1-411-Colt is exceptionally simple. There is no magic once the case is opened. Every upgrade-able component is readily available. The case has "NO" hidden tabs or special cables/connections. Unbelievably straight forward once the 17 case screws are removed from the base cover.
Changing the system to 8GB of RAM vs. the 2GB installed made a huge difference.
Also add START8 menu software by STARDOCK dot COM and it is a rather remarkable little machine.
If one doesn't expect a race horse and uses this system accordingly they will not be disappointed.

Mini Clip On USB Stereo Speaker Sound Bar with 3.5mm Audio Plug & Noise Suppression for Toshiba, Asus, Mac, Macbook Pro, Macbook Air, HP, Samsung, Acer, Dell, Sony, Lenovo Laptops MP3 MP4 Tablet PSP
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: These things are surprisingly efficient. They worked the first time without any driver requirements.
This speaker set has relatively smooth sound/tone qualities and great volume control.
They clip together to make one longer speaker, or snap apart to serve as two smaller speakers with ample wiring to clip to either/both sides of a laptop lid.

Cons: None . . .especially for the price point.

Other Thoughts: I bought this speaker set to be used as a set of test speakers while doing bench repairs on PC's, more so than for laptop speakers, but they serve well during either use.
I was quite skeptical when I saw the packaging and truthfully wondered if they would even work.
Pleasantly surprised.


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Display Name: Ronald S.

Date Joined: 07/19/06


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