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Daniel H.

Daniel H.

Joined on 11/06/02

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Acer Laptop Aspire Intel Pentium dual-core T2370 (1.73GHz) 2GB Memory 160GB HDD Intel GMA X3100 14.1" Windows Vista Home Premium AS4715-4053
Acer Laptop Aspire Intel Pentium dual-core T2370 (1.73GHz) 2GB Memory 160GB HDD Intel GMA X3100 14.1" Windows Vista Home Premium AS4715-4053

Pros: outstanding value for the price: - high quality components from known companies: intel 960-965 mobo chipset, 800mhz bus, atheros wifi, realteck HD audio, yukon gigabit ethernet, mitsushita DVD-RW, glossy bright screen - excellend built, matte plastics: no fingerprints, very sturdy, not heavy - 3hr battery life not bad at all. - All componets are supported in major LINUX distros out of the box, just have to compile the Webcam driver by hand - overall good body design, speakers are by the screen, no muffed sound - 65w power supply is very small and light. + - VGA webcam but excellent pic quality. Mic is clear too. - large HD & webcam + mic - doesn't get hot at the bottom, vent at the back.

Cons: - Vista (duh!) and loaded with junk .. arent they all.. - No dedicated volume controls, have to use Fn+ UP/Down keys. - Speakers are NOT loud - Power jack is on the right side :( although all the way at the screen ...

Overall Review: got this for my GF .. movie watching, web browsing, photoshop CS2 editing ... skype with her when I'm away. Can't beat the specs for the the $499 promotional price (i think it's $500 at walmart with lower specs) runs Redhat, Slackware, Suse etc.. out of the box. XP drivers are available from Acer Europe. Even though vista is usable after being optimized, I still find it very sluggish (isn't it always though) and the new atheros driver installed from latest MS update is 'dying' so have to reboot. XP is extremely fast on it. advantage of 960chipset is almost identical to 965, so it's possible to upgrade later on and flash the 960 chip to be compatible with better P socket chipsets. This baby will last for years, and later can be easily converted to a home theatre, car pc or home file server . ( lower power consumption, built in battery. Built in Atheros wifi card has excellent reception. Great for wardriving too :)