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Pros: Same as my other review
Cons: Same as my other review
Other Thoughts: Figured out the beeping and screen dimming problem. The warehouse help at Acer in Mesquite TX probably didn't pay a lick of attention when they boxed this laptop up and just threw in whatever power adapter was closest at hand when they also reached for the tape to wrap it out and send it out. Their high efficiency isn't as high as I thought, and it ought to cost them a new AC adapter, since the 65W they sent is only slightly insufficient to power this computer which can take up to a 120W power adapter. I determined that if I unplug the computer the screen dims and makes that beeping sound. Thought it was heat related but no, it's just the AC adapter overloading. Bad form, Acer, bad form, sending out a high end computer with an adapter made for the $300-$400 computers you sell (which are great; I own five more i3-powered Acer laptops, an i3 desktop, and three A6-powered Acer desktops as well). I would appreciate a contact back from Acer on this. I'd like to get the right adapter without spending $55+ elsewhere to get one of the universal 120W ones and then have a dozen extra tips floating around.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Quad Core i7, 8GB memory, two hard drive bays, good screen resolution, snappy graphics card with extra video memory, easy to turn off trackpad (Fn-F7), has full size SD card slot up front, keyboard has full sized number pad, has Windows 7 and not 8, beautiful glossy finish, 2 USB 2.0 ports *and* 2 USB 3.0 ports (a lot of laptops give you 3 ports total so you get one of one kind and two of the other), has *both* HDMI and VGA ports.
Cons: Pokey 5400rpm hard drives ruin the speedy experience of the quad core and GT640M graphics. Glossy finish is going to be impossible to keep clean and glossy for long. Trackpad is very sensitive (issue for some - I use a mouse so I don't care). Bloatware has to be removed (McAfee, WildTangent, other typical Acer stuff). It is heavy, but it is a 17 inch laptop so that is to be expected. Panels on bottom do not expose enough of the workings of the laptop to change processors (the 2670 is a speed demon but 28x0 and 29x0 versions could be an improvement). Speakers are very tinny sounding for being "Dolby" and "Performance Tuned" but I love the speaker grill, it's very sexy. See Other Thoughts below for gaming info.
Other Thoughts: Purchased refurbished on that auction site from Acer themselves. I live in Wichita Falls TX, won the auction at 1pm on a Tuesday, they shipped ground from Mesquite TX, and it arrived 1pm Wednesday afternoon, very impressive speed there! Once I got the bloatware off the only speed hangups are from the hard drives(s) spinning up. I can't wait to pull one to replace with an SSD. Shopping for one now. Of course I'm on NewEgg for that. I paid $619 for this laptop, if you see it under $700 anywhere it's a screaming deal. Sure it's not Ivy Bridge but look at Passmark. This i7-2670QM gets 6109. The Ivy Bridge 36xxQM models get anywhere from 5700 to 7800. This Sandy Bridge chip beats two of the five Ivy models. One other slightly annoying thing, the power cord plugs in on the back right side, so if you don't get it out of the way it'll hang up on the optical drive when you open it.
GAMING: first thing I did after setup was play GTAIV with my Steam account. When it hits 80C it beeps and the screen dims for a second. Now mind you I was playing at max settings, 1600x900, 4xAA, detail and density all the way to 100, and I was getting 31-35fps with FRAPS running, and I don't have the cooler stand I ordered yet. This thing is gonna scream once it's on the cooler and I cut back from Very High to High and cut the detail/density down to 50. When not gaming, it idles between 38C and 45C, typical readings from Core Temp are in the high 40s low 50s while doing non-gaming things and about 55-60C when running updates or virus scans or playing DVDs or other intensive tasks. The thermal limit for the SBi7 is 100C. I just wish it wouldn't do that beeping thing until 90C instead of 80C.
So cliffs: change out the drives, don't think about upgrading the CPU, and use a cooler when you game.
Pros: It works, it's bright, it's clear, no dead pixels, and has DVI and VGA ports. The response time is fast, it powers up quick (if you can make the power button work in the dark and all), and my keyboard rests nicely on the monitor's base when I'm not using it. Works for me, for the most part*.
Cons: Stand seems a bit flimsy to me, but maybe that's because my house is falling apart and the floors are weak and even a toddler jumping two rooms over makes this thing shake like crazy.
Other Thoughts: *Personally, I don't like the touch sensitive controls. I run an alarm clock on my computer to wake me up for work each morning and leaving the monitor off to save power makes it more difficult to turn the monitor on so I can click off the alarm. All while the rooster crows right in my ear. I'm going back to my ASUS VH242H but this P2250 is nice and will get used on another computer.READ FULL REVIEW