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Micah T.

Micah T.

Joined on 01/16/14

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Can't be beat for the price.

Acer Laptop Aspire V5-561G-6407 Intel Core i5 4th Gen 4200U (1.60GHz) 6GB Memory 500GB HDD AMD Radeon R7 M265 2 GB 15.6" Windows 8.1
Acer Laptop Aspire V5-561G-6407 Intel Core i5 4th Gen 4200U (1.60GHz) 6GB Memory 500GB HDD AMD Radeon R7 M265 2 GB 15.6" Windows 8.1

Pros: This computer is pretty fast! I replaced the hard drive with an SSD and did a clean install of Windows 8.1 Pro when I received this. So my perspective may be colored by those facts. Prior to installing the SSD, it still seemed pretty speedy. Between pressing the power button and getting to the login screen is probably 5 seconds. Going from login to the desktop finishing loading is probably about 10-15. Doesn't get hot. I had a laptop cooler for a budget HP laptop that would've made Lucifer squirm. But I can put this laptop directly on my lap and not worry about my tadpole count. More importantly, I don't have to worry about it cooking itself to death the way 4 HPs in my family have. I don't generally run intensive applications, but I bought this to replace my ancient gaming computer that could only run Eve on the lowest settings (yeah, it was that old). While I could run Eve on high settings with this, some of the in game graphics settings needed to be tweaked for everything to be ideal (that is to say, battles posed a problem, as they are prone to do with any computer in that game). Be that as it may, I was quite impressed with its performance. Battery life is also pretty good. I'd say I average about ~4 hours on battery. Not too shabby. No disc drive. Reduces cost, weight, and energy use.

Cons: My biggest gripe with this computer is the fact that there are no LEDs on the keyboard whatsoever. That means, no caps lock led and no num lock LED. This doesn't sound significant... It drives me feckin crazy. I ssh into a few different linux machines all the time, so if I accidentally hit num lock and turn it off, then go to use the keypad, you never know what will happen! Similarly, I use caps lock a fair amount. As you can imagine, it wreaks havoc in vi if you enter command mode with it on.

Overall Review: I've had this for 3 or 4 months. So the question of reliability is still an open one. So far so good though.