Date Joined: 05/15/16
Pros: - Matte screen
- Compact for screen size
- Very contrasty keyboard
- Includes numpad
- Not Chinese brand
- Metal lid
Cons: - Screen not super bright
- Display a bit faded
- No SD card slot
Overall Review: After an older Acer Aspire died due to faulty electrical wiring in Europe, we decided to get a similarly spec'd one for the sister-in-law. We are already impressed with the overall sleek build quality, considering the price of the laptop. When comparing with my Asuspro P5440 , this device's display was only mediocre. The black keys look great with the back light, unlike other laptops with a silver keyboard.
I would most likely go with Acer again. I find that American and Taiwanese brands are the most reliable.
Pros: - Performance for lighter games is decent due to dedicated graphics card
- Minimalist and professional design that doesn't look like a flashy gaming laptop
- Clever use of metal (magnesium alloy) and plastic, so it still feels quite light & premium
- Keyboard is an absolute pleasure to type on
- Comes with a USB-C port (with video output)
- 14-inch screen is a new sweet spot for many users on the go, and it's matte
Cons: - Bezel around the screen and keyboard is plastic, even though it resembles the magnesium
- Power button is integrated into the keyboard layout, so I never use the Delete key
- No ethernet port (even though it's becoming less common)
- Touch pad is sometimes a bit finicky, despite using Windows Precision drivers
- Speakers and downwards/side-facing and could be better for a device this size
Overall Review: My last Windows laptop had the first generation Core i7 processor, so I was overdue for an upgrade. This is a great device, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants great specs in a very professional-looking laptop. It checks off all the boxes when it comes to features, such as an SD card slot, top-of-the-line processor, sufficient RAM, and plenty of ports. I hope the laptop gets a lot of use out of it.
Pros: - Gaming performance is pretty decent due to dedicated graphics card
- Minimalist design that doesn't look like a flashy gaming laptop
- Smart use of metal around the keyboard, so it doesn't feel as cheap as it could
- Decent-sized hybrid storage with SSD with even bigger HDD
- Comes with a USB-C port (but without Thunderbolt)
- Refurbished Grade A quality is like new
Cons: - A bit on the heavy side even though most of the outer chassis is plastic
- Speakers are average
- Large bezels around the screen compared to other laptops
- Screen is average (but the matte is nice)
Overall Review: Got it as a gift for a sister-in-law. This is a great laptop, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants great specs in a decent-looking laptop. It checks off all the boxes when it comes to features, such as a backlit keyboard, numpad, top-of-the-line processor, sufficient RAM, and plenty of ports. I hope the laptop gets a lot of use out of it.
Update 6/11/20: It's being used in Europe, and one day the computer stopped charging. It may not be an issue with the power adapter, but so far the cause is unknown.