Joined on 07/03/06
Excellent budget gaming laptop
Pros: *Fast CPU and GPU means good framerate in games, even with high quality, AA, etc. *Motherboard supports DDR3-1333 speeds and 8 GiB if you want to upgrade (but the RAM it comes with is 4 GiB of DDR3-1066). *Reasonably attractive looking. *USB 3.0 *Supports Nvidia's reference drivers, so you don't have to wait for Acer to put out their own builds.
Cons: *Ugly 1366x768 screen with signficant discoloration at different viewing angles (especially vertical), which is probably an expected compromise at this price point. It's usable, and looks OK when it's angled right, but definitely not impressive. No stuck pixels, though. *Slow 5400 rpm hard drive. *Gets hot under load. *Keyboard layout takes some getting used to (LCtrl should be bigger and I still have to glance at the keys to find the Delete key).
Overall Review: A nearly perfect budget gaming laptop. Would have preferred a nicer screen and a faster hard drive, but not enough to spend more. Recommended for gamers on a budget. Non-gamers might prefer instead to compromise on the CPU and GPU to get a nicer screen.
Pros: For a midrange LGA 1156 system, this board has almost everything you need, and nothing you don't. Well-built. SATA ports plug in parallel with the board rather than perpendicular to it, which is fantastic. Omits legacy stuff like PATA and PS/2, which most people won't need anyway.
Cons: No eSATA port. Not a big deal if you pair this with a case that has one up front, but it seems like an odd omission.
Overall Review: Not really built to be an overclocker's board, but the BIOS configuration will let you tinker to your heart's content.