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Pros: -Good specs
-Sleek & light (for the specs)
-Seamless windows 8.1 reset and 10 upgrade
Cons: -Gets hot, sounds like a hair-dryer, and thermal throttles when doing anything super CPU & GPU intensive for long, but this is to be expected given the size and price.
Other Thoughts: Excellent laptop for the money, I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a viable gaming laptop under $1000. At $742 (the price as of writing this) it is an absolute bargain.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: -Excellent specs for the price. Seriously, this makes everything below worth it if not for the reliability issues
-Top-notch port availability with USB 3.0 all around and even one USB 3.1 type C connector
-M-keyed M.2 port for stupid-fast SSD action (I added a Samsung 950 pro)
Cons: TL;DR: Unreliable piece of garbage
Whoever thought it would be a good idea to use WHITE plastic for a BLACK laptop should be fired. The coating is fairly thin and isn't applied well around the corners so ANY scratches show right through, and even when new there is white plastic showing through in places.
Internally, the laptop is held together entirely with flimsy plastic clips so don't plan on taking this thing apart any more than once. I was very careful when installing my SSD and still managed to break off multiple clips. It still fits together OK but the gap around the edges is kind of wonky now.
I got off to a rocky start when I tried to reset windows 8.1 to remove the installed bloatware. The installation crashed at just the right point so that it wouldn't finish installing, couldn't be rolled back (even with recovery software), and nuked the product key (which doesn't come with the machine). Because there was no way I was paying $40 for a custom recovery USB from Acer, I had to resort to installing from scratch and hoping for the best. Luckily the product key is embedded in the software so it worked fine the second time, but not after being without a laptop for almost a week.
Then when I went to install the SSD, I discovered that the BIOS does not natively support NVMe. How do you think to add an M.2 slot but not support it properly? The lack of common sense still baffles me. Anyway, the workaround is to remove ANY bootable media from the machine and install windows. This works, but goodness knows if I'm getting full performance from the SSD.
However, this would ALL be forgivable if it weren't for the fact that this is the LEAST reliable laptop I have EVER owned. When resuming from sleep, there's about an 80% chance that windows will freeze and eventually blue screen. Plus, when booting up, there's about a 25% chance that the SSD won't be found at all. This, plus the blue screens always being storage-related and never showing up in event viewer made me suspect a loose SSD connection was loose. So I reluctantly opened up the computer again (snapping a few more clips in the process), cleaned all the contacts, and re-seated the SSD, making sure the retaining screw was tight. Notice how I refer to the fix in the past tense and the reliability issues in the present. It didn't help.
I figured I'd just live with it but since the return window has passed the problem has gotten worse. And since contacting tech support is futile because they inevitably won't be able to duplicate the issue, I'm now stuck with a computer that I can't move for fear of crashing windows. Sometimes I don't even have to move it for it to crash!
Other Thoughts: If it weren't for the infuriating reliability issues, I would wholeheartedly recommend this laptop. Get the VN7-571G-719D instead. I had that one originally but swapped it out because this one had better specs for the same price. It has a wicked-fast SSD pre-installed so no disassembly required, it's just as capable as this one, and (in my opinion) it looks better with its straight lines and proper power button. I regret not sticking with it.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: -Ludicrous speed SSD! Seriously, I cannot get over how snappy my computer is now
Cons: -My BIOS doesn't natively support NVMe, but that's not the SSD's fault
Other Thoughts: -Great value, definitely worth the price! Would highly recommend this to anyone building a computer.READ FULL REVIEW