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Pros: I was a little nervous because similar (older) models from Dell had bad reviews, mainly about the WiFi. However, I had no such trouble with this model, which replaces the other 13Zs, and is cheaper anyway.
Lightweight, compact, decent battery life (about 3 hours on max brightness, internal speakers set to loud, streaming 720p/1080p YouTube videos on full screen, or about 5 hours on light use at full brightness). The advertised 7 hours is possible on medium brightness, WiFi off, just doing Microsoft Word.
Given the cheap price (I've seen similar models from other brands at around $500+), this is a great deal at the current price.
Speakers can get pretty loud.
Not a lot of bloatware!
Microphone and Webcam are surprisingly decent.
Also, I picked it up using Will Call. Newegg's staff is very friendly and quick.
Cons: Stupidly enough, this thing doesn't have an optical drive, yet Dell gave all of the drivers on a CD... Really? To be fair, though, you'll probably reinstall drivers from the web anyway if you ever needed to.
The 3227U is a little slow, but if you remove the bloatware and disable unnecessary startup programs, this thing is more than fast enough for your basic tasks.
The trackpad honestly sucks. It is small and is high friction, requiring more effort than necessary to scroll around. In addition, the multitouch features seem to go to sleep if you don't use them for a few seconds. Basically, read a paragraph on a web page, then try and scroll with two fingers, and it takes about 1.5 seconds to move. Pretty annoying, and I couldn't find any feature to fix this, and I've installed all the latest drivers.
All of the ports (HDMI, ethernet, USB) have these really annoying flip-up plastic covers that you have to bend out of the way to actually fit a USB cable in there. They will almost certainly break off after a few weeks use (Possibly from me tearing them out from frustration). Did anybody at Dell bother testing this before actually mass producing? Sheesh.
It has this brushed aluminum look, but is actually plastic.
Other Thoughts: In case you care, the Windows 8 Experience Index scores are: Processor: 6.4, Memory: 7.3, Graphics: 5.2, Gaming graphics: 6.4, Hard Disk: 5.9.
Haswell laptops are going to come out soon (the first few already have, but are higher-end models), and those are supposed to have really good battery life. Unless you really need a computer, I recommend you wait a month or two!
Given the price, the cons are really just minor quibbles. I give this a solid 4.5 eggs.
Other Thoughts: I know that's a lot of cons, but the laptop is still overall pretty good; the pros are more meaningful than the cons.
In case you want to do a reinstall, there is a hardware utility on Acer's website that tells you which drivers you need (because, even in this model, the laptops have any of 4 different wireless cards, all with different manfacturers)
WEI scores: 6.9, 5.9, 5.9, 6.2, 5.9
I usually purchase from newegg, but they're not participating in microsoft's buy a PC, get an xbox360 program. I STRONGLY encourage newegg to do that. there's no need to lose sales during the back to school season simply because of avoiding that program. it pains me to buy from anywhere else, seriously...
This review is from: Brother HL-2270DW Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer
Other Thoughts: Future designs should incorporate a mini lcd screen and setup utility ON the printer. even my $40 el-cheapo HP all-in-one has that, and the unit cost of adding such a feature to an already $140 printer would probably be 1 or 2 dollars. Jeezus, it's 2011!READ FULL REVIEW