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Pros: Small, lightweight, incredibly inexpensive, works like a charm, decent touchpad, very comfy to use, Acer's placement of FN keys is intuitive, ~5hr battery life is admirable, gigabit ethernet
Cons: Memory too low, memory slot located on difficult-to-access side of motherboard, no internal storage expansion options (SATA/mSATA, M.2, etc.), only 2 USB ports, a little slow (occasionally hangs when opening programs or task switching). Difficult to install other operating systems - couldn't get OpenSUSE 13.2, GhostBSD 4.1, PC-BSD 10, or Mint 16 to install - only Ubuntu 14.04.
Overall Review: Installed a fresh copy of Win8.1 after several failed attempts at removing the recovery partition (which is not removable after creating a recovery USB). The fresh copy of Win8.1 took up nearly as much room as the original copy + recovery partition, so it really wasn't a solution. Furthermore, the drivers from Acer's support site didn't work as well as the ones included on the factory install, and the overall feeling of the OS was less responsive on the fresh Win8.1 install - so I opted to reinstall the original OS from the recovery USB and have been happy with it, despite the lack of room on the eMMC.
The way I found around the storage limitations has been through getting a Sandisk Ultra Fit 64GB USB 3.0 drive, which has faster read/write speeds than the internal drive, and relocate the program files / (x86) directories to it via the registry. It sits close enough to the case of the laptop that it can travel installed without fear of being pried off like a conventionally-sized USB flash drive. Of course, this means there is only one USB 2.0 port left, but I do not use USB peripherals often, so I don't really mind.
For around $200, this laptop truly is a great value.
Pros: For those with Acer ES1-111M-C40S.
If your having BSOD or just freezing, try changing your your Power settings.
Go to Control Panel> Power Options> Change Plan settings (on the right hand side of your chosen power setting (Balanced is default). Near the bottom, click Change advanced power settings. Scroll down to Processor power management . Click the + button, click the + button on Maximum processor state and change to 95% for both On battery and Plugged in, click Apply and OK.(make sure you click in the body of options or your power plan will change (Balanced..High Performanced..Power Saver. I just changed them all).
This changes the maximum processor speed from 2.66ghz to 1.99ghz (spec says 2.16 but mine showed 2.66 @ 100%) and has solved all my problems except for touchpad freezing once in awhile (just press Fn+F7 to turn touchpad OFF then Fn+F7 again to turn ON).
Hope this helps because I was very frustrated with this laptop before (could not go more than a day without crashing).
Cons: See other thoughts
Overall Review: Other than that, I'm now very happy. This laptop is only used to surf Internet and read news. There is not enough disk space for anything else (get USB or SD card for storage). Boots fast, dead silent and plays all vidieos.
Pros: Slim, Fan-less Design, SSD, DUAL CORE.
Cons: What can i say...... IT WAS 180 BUCKS.
Overall Review: ***** This laptop will need the 1.10 bios update. The trackpad and the screen resolution will have issues untill updates*****
Pros: Lightweight. You can carry it around with one hand and you don't feel like you're going to drop it.
Battery life. I streamed live Flash video on full screen brightness for over 6 hours and still had a 25% charge left. It only takes about 3 hours to fully charge when it's not running.
Boots up in about 15 seconds from the off position after you get all the Windows updates installed.
Runs cool and quiet since it has no fan or mechanical hard drive.
Speakers are loud and clear.
The keyboard is almost full size and not bad to type on.
Cons: Limited storage. 13GB was available on first startup. All the Windows updates quickly ate into that. Also you can't remove the recovery partition for 10GB of additional storage after backing it up to USB. People are saying it won't boot up without that partition.
Screen. It only looks good at just the perfect angle. If you move your head up or down or side to side the screen washes out or goes black. Even at the best angle the colors look washed out to me compared to my 6 year old netbook. At least it's matte and not glossy.
Has an empty bay that could accept an SSD drive but it doesn't have a connection to the mother board so the hard drive is not upgradeable.
Touchpad takes some getting used too. I turned off the delay which seems to help. It doesn't have the three finger back or forward swipe my old netbook had and I miss that when surfing the web. Windows 8 gestures are supported though.
Overall Review: I did have an issue with the touchpad locking up. It seemed to happen after I was streaming video at full screen for an extended time. The first time a few reboots fixed it but the second time it didn’t. I plugged in a USB mouse and upgraded the BIOS from V1.03 to V1.08 and so far so good. The new BIOS is on the Acer Support site
Pros: It is lightweight, sleek, small, and a great notebook for schoolwork on the go. It is very capable of doing what I need it to do. The battery life is pretty good. The track pad motions with Windows 8 makes it very convenient even if you're not using a mouse. It is cheap for what it can do.
Cons: Low storage space - you can't install much on this notebook. With only 32GB on the drive, you will only be able to install 2 or 3 applications. I only have Chrome, MS Office, and Eclipse and I have 2GB left. It is really only good for light users who don't need much storage.
Also, the 2 USB ports are so close together that it is hard to squeeze my USB drive and my mouse receiver in at the same time. The USB is in the back and my mouse doesn't have good enough range to use with this notebook.
Overall Review: You won't be gaming or developing much on this, but it's good for a webcam for your grandma or a student on a budget.
Pros: Nice hardware for the price. Completely silent and runs cool.
Cons: Disk is too small for Windows.
Overall Review: I bought two of these to run linux on. I tried to upgrade to Windows 10 before I wiped it, just to see what that was like. That didn't work because there's not enough disk for the upgrade to install without an external drive, so -1 egg for that.
The drive really is 32GB but the way Windows is installed, you can't access all of that. It's plenty for linux.
Ubuntu 14 wouldn't install due to an eMMC drive issue. Ubuntu 15.04 installed OK, but won't shut down properly so maybe the bug isn't completely fixed. I force power off by holding the power button down for a few seconds. No issue with that corrupting file system... so far, but I usually just leave it running all the time.
I used Boot Mode 'Legacy' and Touchpad 'Basic' in the BIOS and the ubuntu 15 install went smoothly.
"Disk" performance is roughly between a spinning platter disk and an SSD.
CPU performance is outstanding considering the price, it has 2 cores. I didn't try any games so I can't comment on the graphics. The LCD is just OK, the contrast changes quite a bit depending on the angle of the screen.
The keyboard has decent tactile feedback. I didn't notice the spacebar issue that someone else commented on.
The trackpad is huge, a little too large for my liking since I occasionally brush my palm on it. I never had that problem with other laptops. There are no buttons, the trackpad itself gives slightly at the bottom corners to click. I prefer real buttons but it works OK most of the time since I usually touch to click anyway.
I gave no thought to the fanless feature at the time of purchase. I really, really like that now.
I measured the power draw at the wall socket at 5 watts idle and 10 watts running both cores at 100% PF 0.5 The internal battery is huge and will run it for hours.
Pros: Light weight < 3lbs , Long battery life 5 - 7 hours , RAM expandable to 8GB , USB3 port, HDMI port, the battery can be replaced by any one comfortable doing the memory upgrade.
Cons: No SATA connector omitted from the motherboard on this model since its has a eMMC flash drive mounted to the motherboard. But it does have USB3 I purchased a low profiles usb3 64GB flashdrive for mine and there are 128GB models available.
Overall Review: This is a take it any where laptop its slightly smaller than a standard 8.5 x 11 notepad, very light, and surprisingly fast. I upgraded mine with 8GB of RAM and 64GB low profile USB3 flashdrive. This is by far the best and least expensive laptop I have owned.
Pros: This thing is amazing. You press the power button and it's on in a matter of seconds. The battery lasts about five hours under normal use and it runs windows 8. This thing isn't that great out of the box and I highly recommend replacing the 2GB of ram that's in the computer with an 8GB stick as soon as possible. After that this little guy is incredible.
Cons: Screen is less than stellar. Not that great unless you upgrade the RAM.
Overall Review: I use this thing for work and a charge lasts the whole week. Price is good and I'm not afraid of dropping it and losing a bunch of money.