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Pros: -Maxed out memory between the RAM and video card (supports 8 GB)
-Had dedicated graphics card AND intel graphics. There is a cool driver it comes with that allows you to determine which graphics processor to use. The intel one is great for any non 3D work you're doing and doesn't use much battery power (Movies, internet, word processing, etc.). Then you can switch over to the 640M for any gaming, image or video processing.
-Video card is powerful enough for a moderate gamer. Most games play fairly well at medium to high settings. I loaded up portal 2 with high settings and had no issues getting a good FPS
-Runs very cool for a laptop. After having it in my lap for two hours working on installing software the air it was blowing out was still cool.
-Fan is very quite (for a laptop) you can hear it but its a low fan whorl
-17" screen is larger than average. Note that this does make it harder to move around and not all carrying cases will fit it!
-Has a full number keyboard which is nice
Cons: -Comes with a lot of bloatware (sadly nearly all laptops do)
-Didn't have windows 8 CD Key on the laptop for your records (see other thoughts for the story).
-Battery life a bit short 2-4 hours depending on usage (2 hours if you're gaming or doing heaving processing)
-Glossy finish on the laptop shows a lot of finger prints which is annoying.
-Can't seem to find any indicators on the keyboard that caps-lock, num-lock, etc are on.
Overall Review: Bought this Laptop for my wife for Christmas and I got it out early to set it up and configure it for her. I went to re-install the OS is comes with, windows 8, to get rid of all the bloatware it comes with. When I tried to find the CD key, usually located on the bottom of the laptop on a sticker, I found a windows 8 sticker but no key. After a chat and phone call with Acer support the best I got was "contact Microsoft" and it's an OEM product it doesn't need a key. So I ended up downloading Magical Jelly Bean to get the key from the registry. Not a big deal just annoying it doesn't come with. The windows 8 re-install went very smooth, only had one driver it didn't pick up (which is impressive for a laptop).
No major issues to justify taking off a whole egg IMO (maybe a half). Over all a very nice laptop I am quite pleased with so far.
-Screen is high gloss
-Keyboard is "chicklet" style
Pros: nice laptop, large, plays the majority of games on high settings with ease; e.g., Skyrim, Darksiders II, Max Payne 3, Borderlands 2, and more. nice features, good CPU for the cost, and beautiful picture. overall solid and little to gripe about...
Cons: highly prone to fingerprints and small scuffs are easily apparent; whereas, the shell is a piano black high gloss. also, the keypad feels to noisy, and it appears to have a MM or two more space than its counterparts around the touch-pad mouse keys, as well as the keys on the keyboard-> which allow for dust and debry entry.
Doesnt come with WIN 8 Pro, thats extra if you want it, so tack on extra 14.99 f you look in the right places.
Battery life is very short, even when not using it to game, approximately 2 hours time before concern becomes immement. Also, the speed of which this has been discontinued is somewhat alarming, it hasn't been availible for long, and shortly after Black Friday, its DC'd.... can one say red flags?
Last the event logs on the PC were full as far back as 9.3.12, some are critical errors, re: service startups, and suggests a used PC, refurbished, or something similar. Others occur in October 2012, and there are a total of over 1400 events registered when i received the laptop, supposedly brand new!!!!!! This is the first instance I have ever encountered something like this, and logic points to the installation of the OS, however, I had presumed they were imaged, assembled, and sent out the door after a brief power up or similarly related test. I don't know why there are so many over so many dates before I received it. Installs and testing should be limited to a period of time, not over the course of a number of days spanning a month and a half. -1 egg for the peculiarity
Overall Review: Id be happy to be wrong about my aforementioned speculation, though I cant help but wonder. A simple google search may reveal enough information to deduce, but time is limited for such research. never-the-less. good laptop, despite the interesting facts surrounding its short lived lifespan....
Pros: Runs very quietly when gaming
1600x900 17.3" display makes anything look beautiful
6GB memory makes gaming smooth and fast, but I'm going to upgrade to 8 to get the best possible experience
750GB HDD is more than enough for me atm, but I may upgrade to 1TB SSD in the future
the core I5 processor makes multitasking easy and also helps with gaming
the aluminum finish on the keyboard area is very stylish and sexy
Cons: the "backspace" key clicks a little loudly for my taste
the glossy area around the keyboard is very fingerprint-prone
the track pad for the mouse is a little in the way and sometimes clicks somewhere else when typing.
Overall Review: This is the first real gaming laptop I've bought and I'm very pleased with it. It runs most of my games on the highest settings with no lag whatsoever.
*In regards to the track pad, that can be fixed by plugging in a mouse and altering the settings so it turns off the track pad when a mouse is plugged in.
Pros: Great graphics card GT640m
Great processor i5
Windows 8 not to sure about it yet screen looks amazing true HD great fast gaming laptop. most games ive played( left for dead 2, skyrim, minecraft,TF2 all stay around 30+fps on high settings.
Cons: Awful finger print magnet.
Battery life sucks but if your gaming youll usually be plugged in constantly.
Overall Review: In all honesty this was a great cheap gaming laptop
Pros: -You already know about the great processor and graphics card, and if you don't know, their amazing.
-The screen is amazing, simply put.
-Very quiet! I can't hear over all the usual noise in the house. My old laptop was like an airplane turbine compared to this.
-The keyboard is very nice, and quiet (I hate loud button clicking).
-The mouse track is nice as well.
-The build it speakers are not amazing, but better then most I've seen on laptops
-Good cooling. It's going to take quite a bit to get this thing to really heat up. Quite a bit.
Cons: -The glossy finish on the front of the laptop bugs me (finger prints). Same of the top (when closed).
-No visible, on the laptop, way to tell if Caps/Num/Scroll lock is on.
-Having 2 USB, the mic, and audio ports on the bottom right side of the laptop can get in the way if you are suing an external mouse.
Overall Review: -It was a really, really good deal. I feel bad for you folks that missed it (discontinued now, maybe it will be back one day).
Pros: Really good, can play heavy duty games such as Skyrim no sweat. Battery is okay definetly would recomend to a friend.
Cons: Fingerprint magnet and a bit heavy
Pros: -awesome HD LED True Cinematic View 17.3" screen with crisp visuals
-love the NVIDIA Geforce GT 640M Dedicated 2GB graphics
-Windows 8 (possibly) a good thing?
-Pretty nice 1.3mp webcam)
-Switches between the integrated graphics (when not gaming) and the dedicated GT 640M (when gaming).
-Can play pretty much any game I want (not too much of a gamer) on high settings (League of Legends Highest settings ~60fps, will update if i play more games)
-PROS FAR OUTWEIGH CONS (imo)
-overall a great Gaming/entertainment laptop under 1000 dollars!
Cons: -mic isnt that great, but I use a headset when gaming
-battery life isnt that great (no big deal for me) Currently 59% and 2hr 17mins of battery life left
-Came with a bit of bloatware, but I kept most of the Acer programs that came with the machine and removed things like Norton
-Windows 8 will take some getting used to
Overall Review: I was going to originally purchase the Acer Aspire V3-571G-6407 listed on newegg, but then found this product and thought for 50 dollars more, I get a better graphics card with 2GB, 2 additional GB of memory, 250GB of HDD Space and a bigger screen! (I'm of avg tech level but that sounded too good to pass up).
Ive owned another laptop for about three years now and was looking for a laptop from either Acer, Asus, Lenovo, MSI because I was tired of the specs on alot of overpriced HP, Dell, Sony. This laptop fit that description perfectly!
Pros: *Large screen; 1600x900 resolution
*Great Processor, Nice RAM, good Graphics card
*plays all of my games on highest graphics with no problems (LoL, GW2, D3, minecraft)
*Dolby Home Theater; the sound bar sounds almost like surround sound. The sound is simply amazing.
*HD camera / Mic
*Windows 8 is AMAZING
*Fantastic internet connection
*Dual Hard drive support
Cons: *Kind of slow Hard drive; this is okay because there is support to put in an SSD
*ultra finger print magnet
*Being a gaming Laptop, you are going to have a low battery life and there is really nothing you can do about this no matter which gaming laptop you get, even being low end as this one is. However, this is okay because you will have it plugged in all of the time anyway since the laptop can run in high performance when it is plugged in.
*Being a glossy type screen, the colors are brighter, but it is very glary outside. This is also not a big deal because you will need it plugged in most of the time anyway.
Overall Review: I love to play games, but I needed a laptop over a desktop and I needed it to be cheap. $700 for a low end gaming laptop is an amazing price (This would be a good price for even a desktop). Other laptops with the same stats should go for $900-$1000, but Acer is a great company with an amazingly low price. With all of the extra features, this is, BY FAR, the best laptop you could possibly buy for only $700. I would suggest this to anyone looking for a gaming laptop on a budget.