Pros: i5, 4GB, and a 500GB Hard drive. This computer has all the components of a very good budget minded laptop with the added bonus of the Broadwell i5. Very few computers in this price range have a Broadwell chip, much less an i5.
Cons: None. People need to stop complaining about lack of information and reducing the rating of a very good laptop. I found all the information I needed within 5 minutes about this computer.
Overall Review: If you want a basic computer, don't want to pay a lot, like the flexibility of an i5, want some upgradability for RAM and SSD. Go with this one. You can't go wrong
Pros: -Cheap (got mine on sale, only reason I purchased)
-i5 (moves surprisingly quick)
-Amazing battery life (seriously.)
-Decent size HD
Cons: -No CD/DVD drive
-Weird trackpad, but I use a mouse anyway
Overall Review: I bought this laptop on sale for three hundred and eighty bucks. Worth every penny. Like others mentioned, the Windows 8 install comes loaded with crapware, but I slapped a copy of Windows 7 on it via flash drive. Plays a few of my low-end Steam games fine (including Dota 2), which was just a bonus.
A couple tips if you decide to reformat:
-To install an older version of windows, you have to use f2 on startup to access bios, and swap the boot to legacy.
-Up on reformatting, all the drivers from the Acer website should install smoothly, use Atheros for WLAN. Be sure to hit FN+F3 to turn your wireless card on, it's off by default.
Pros: great laptop for the price when I saw it on sale. thinner and lighter than i expected
Cons: really don't like the touchpad and it was a hassel to upgrade to ssd and 8gb ram.
Overall Review: tip for anyone taking this apart you will need to pop the top off to access the harddrive. remove the battery and all the screws from the back (might not need to remove all but just makes it simpler) under the battery there are some tabs you need to depress and then start peeling up the top case.. it is kind of tough to get started. once all the tabs are loose there are 3 cables connected under that need to be disconnected and then you can remove the top case and access the harddrive...still in process of upgrading ram which appears is underneath the mobo
Pros: - Decent processing power (1.7 ghz overclocked to 2.7)
- Very long battery life (I average 8 hours per charge at medium brightness.)
- Keyboard and mouse pad feel good. Not particularly that amazing. (Full number pad though.)
- Ram upgradeable, but it's not easy.
- The 4400 Intel graphics chip is okay for regular use, but don't expect to play any intense games on it.
Cons: - Upgrading that machine is not simple. You must unscrew the entire motherboard to add memory.
- The screen is not really that great. It's not the worst, but it's definitely a downgrade from my other laptop's 1080p screen.
Overall Review: This is one of the best values you can find right now. Though it's tough to do, once you upgrade the RAM this machine is on par with laptops that are $100 - $200 more.
Pros: Excellent laptop for the money. The i5 boogies (outruns my older i7), the screen is bright and clear (though low res), wifi is snappy, and it's relatively portable (lightweight and lasts on battery). The slow hard drive is a crippler. Watching the different stats in Task Manager, you'll notice the hard drive is the hang up for most activities.
I added a matched pair of 2x4GB GSkill sticks (didn't want t risk buying a single 4GB stick that didn't match specs of the stocker)
and a 256GB SSD. The other reviewers are spot on - upgrading this little fellow takes care and patience. I found a YouTube video of a guy from Germany who performed similar upgrades, and I just followed along. It wasn't this same model, but the guts were in the same spots under the keyboard. Unless you're tech savvy and fearless when it comes to this stuff, I would leave it alone or buy one that's easier to crack open.
The laptop comes full of Acer bloatware that I removed one-by-one until only the core apps were left. After Windows updates and miscellaneous tweaking was done, I could tell a difference in response times even with the OEM HDD. With the RAM and SSD installed, this thing flies.
We'll see if this passes the test of time. My first Acer laptop. So far so good.
Cons: Details added in PROS. Low res screen isn't ideal for everyone, pre-loaded software was resource hoggy, and the 5400RPM hard drive was a crutch. Again, this laptop was not designed to be upgrade friendly.
Pros: full with numeric pad. i5, and good specs all around. 500 GB HD, better specs than the Aspire E5-571-5552 Intel Core i5 4210U sold here for $599. it does come with win 8.1 enhanced start with start button feature instead of tiles. it also uses AC wireless and connects full bars to my Asus AC router. better than all my other network devices. the 599 model is only N wireless. can't beat it for the price.
Cons: Opps, no DVD player, but it looks like a spot is available for one. I don't love the keyboard but that is mostly a matter of getting used to it. the num pad tricks you into placing hands too much in middle of keyboard. Occational curser jump due to palms touching the touchpad while typing.
Overall Review: uninstall the bloated 30 day trial Mcafee Antivirus and update the built in windows 8 AV. Same with the bogus office 30 day trial.
Pros: Great deal on a low priced laptop. How can you expect to get better than core i5 with 4gb ram for less than $400?
Cons: Could have more RAM. Could have 7200rpm hd or ssd but upgradeable.
Pros: Intel Core i5 processor. 500gb HD. 6 Cell Battery. Good battery life. Light weight.
Cons: Not easy to upgrade. Must disassemble the laptop to access the HD, RAM, Battery and CPU. No Disc drive.
Overall Review: This laptop is a great deal for the money. This dual core Intel Core i5 4210u has good performance. it's as about as fast as my 4 year old Intel Core i7 840QM that has 4 cores! Amazing how far cpu technology has gotten in just 4 years when a dual core can perform as well as a quad core just a few generations old.
The Battery life on this cpu is very good and this laptop comes with a 6 cell battery to boot, where many laptops in this price range only come with a 4 cell battery.
The laptop is thin and light weight as well which is always a plus if you use your laptop on the go often.
This laptop doesn't come with a Disc drive, but there is a slot to put one in, if you so choose which is nice. I myself, hardly use a disc drive anymore, so it isn't a big deal to me.
The only drawback to this laptop is accessing the ram and hard drive if you want to upgrade those or replacing the battery once it dies. In order to upgrade or replace these components, you have to disassemble the laptop to get to those components. But many laptops in this price range seem to be like that. I just looked at a few HPs, Lenovos and Asus laptops around the same price range as this Acer laptop and those too had no easy access ports at the bottom panel to get to those components either without having to disassemble them first, which seems like the norm in this price range.
All and all it's a good deal. for people just wanting something that is light weight good on battery life and has a good amount of processing power to handle typical everyday use with ease and then some, for sometime to come.