- Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 2.26G
- 4GB Memory 320GB HDD
- Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
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Best bang for any buck on the market. 12/22/2008
There are many more pro's than cons here:
1.) 4GB of RAM included
2.) 64bit OS (which takes full advantage of that 4GB of ram, unlike may competitors.
3.) Chipset that is well documented and fairly error free.
4.) Undocumented Acer/Gateway modular laptop design.
5.) 1920x1200 resolution in a 17" portable screen. (1080p is 1920x1080.. which puts this screen a bit higher)
6.) Price is insane for the specs given.
8.) Express card slot, no standard PC Card bus to slow down OS operation.
9.) E-SATA port (never thought I'd actually have a use for one.. I was wrong ;)
10.) 1GB VIDEO RAM. This is something you're hard pressed to find on many new Desktops.. little lone a laptop.
11.) 7200RPM SATA Drive.
So far so good.. what's the bad?
1.) Screen 'blotch'? As another review pointed out, the screen has a rather large 'blotch' in it when looking at it on a pure black screen. However, one thing to note: MOST LCD panels have this 'problem' straight from the factory. What it tells me as a professional, is the laptops aren't 'burnt in'. You'll also probably notice it's mostly viewable from 1 angle only. (right or left side of laptop will make it look worse) Get a high contrast screen saver going, or a 'pixel tester'. As an LCD panel is 'broken in' that blotch will disappear. Trust me :)
Left keypad button sticks occasionally. Upon examination, the plastic molding tab that should have been fully cut off, was slightly skewed. Using a small exacto knife, I was able to finish trimming it, and it works fine.
3.) AC Adapter had a bad capacitor. Ok, this is a nitpick, but upon using the laptop for about 12 hours, the ac adapter started 'whining', a sign there's a bad capacitor within it. Gateway/Acer replaced it with 1 c
I could produce a very long, drawn out review of this laptop, to be honest.
I am a certified repair tech for Acer/Gateway's direct competitor, and have been doing this for the last 12 years. In the past, Gateway computers have been somewhat questionable in the eyes of the gaming market. Since Acer has purchased Gateway, they've been making strides to repair that image.
I originally had no plans of EVER owning a Gateway, but after pricing and speccing gaming laptops (I AM a gaming junkie, I'll admit), I found myself getting irritated at the prices. I work with these components that laptops use on a daily basis (and routinely see REAL prices), and seeing what some of these companies charge for a 'gaming' laptop is just absurd.
All said, I stumbled across this laptop on accident. WoW runs maxxed. Crysis on High. Fallout 3 on high. It's not as awesome as some ultra high end PCs, but it's not supposed to. It's the best laptop for the buck on the market right now.
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