Pros: This screen is awesome. It's so big. It looks reflective, and it IS reflective, until you actually have something up, and then it's totally not anymore. It's magic.
The video card switcheroo is great. When I'm not taxing the laptop's basic video capabilities - facebooking, kongregating, writing, photoshopping, whatever - the good ol' intel whatever chugs happily away. Then when I log into TSW or start up premiere or something, the nvidia smoothly takes the lead. No problems. I run games at max quality with no regrets.
Man I love this keyboard. It's a little big for me, but my hands are like 4/5s the size of normal hands and are happy with netbook sized keyboards. For normal people, this keyboard is probably nicely sized. I love the big flat keys a lot.
The look of this thing is neat. There's aesthetic interest in the design of the keyboard inset. I think you either like it or don't. I like it.
Oh, there is NO lid latch on this laptop. I don't know if that's a thing laptops are doing these days or what, but what I DO know is that a laptop designed without a lid latch is probably designed with stiffer hinges so it doesn't pop open. A laptop designed with a lid latch is probably not, so when that lid latch inevitably breaks, you are going to have to start getting those big mailroom rubber bands to hold the thing together. So I'm making this a pro.
Okay, it's obvious I love this laptop and there are more good things about it, but let's move on.
Cons: Both hard drives are 5400 rpm and they probably should be 7200. That being said, I don't even notice the speed, and if I really wanted to fly, I'd install SSDs. I might do that in the future, but for now, I'm fine.
Listen, the fan can get loud when you're playing games, especially when the video card first switches over. I don't even notice it anymore, but if fan noise is an issue for you... Also, it gets warm, but only at the vent. If your gaming loved one is the "I'm always cold" type, sit him or her on the vent side of you and you're all good.
I always plug a mouse into this thing; a wireless dongle sits in one of the USB ports at all times and I have a lapdesk with a pull out mouse tray. The mousepad on this thing drives me nuts and I leave it off all the time. To me, it's a non-issue, since I'd be plugging in a mouse to game with anyway, but if you're getting this for ultra-portability, then --
Actually, if you're getting this for ultra-portability, you are built like an ox or you're crazy. This thing is huge. I actually wanted a smaller one, but the smaller version with the specs I wanted was more expensive. It was difficult to find a good bag to carry this in (I love the one I got, but the velcro over the laptop compartment barely latches). And it's fairly heavy. I am a shortie with back issues, so maybe I'm not the best judge of that? But there it is. This isn't for slinging into your cute messenger bag and toting to the coffee shop for some light writing. It is for putting on your back and setting up at a friend's house for a LAN party or a long weekend. (As an update, I have now developed the upper body strength to carry this thing around, so I take it upstairs and downstairs and occasionally to the porch. IT CAN BE DONE.)
But seriously, it's huge.
And it's SO SHINY. For me that's usually a pro, but for normal people, there could be a fingerprint issue. Look, I LOVE to shine things. I have so many of those microfiber cloths it's unbelievable. This lid will give you lots of polishing opportunities! It's going to get smudgey! If that really bothers you though, enlist the help of one of those graphic sticker places that makes skins for laptops and you're good. Come on, you were probably sizing up designs in another tab anyway, right? Admit it.
Oh yeah, there's some bloatware that you can just get rid of. It also comes with Windows 7 Home rather than Pro, and although it says in the desc that you can upgrade, I didn't see anywhere that allowed me to do that. I AM, however, going to take advantage of the whole upgrade to windows 8 thing as soon as my favorite games make the necessary updates.
Overall Review: Okay, clearly I love this thing, so take my positives with a grain of salt. I have never had a problem with Acer products, but other people have. I also own an Acer netbook so old that its presence has been scrubbed from the internet and they're erecting a museum to document its existence lo these ten years ago. My point is that that little netbook is still alive and kicking. I use it for those "toss in your cute messenger bag and to write at the coffee shop" moments. The little thing has been through at-home netbook surgery to replace a harddrive and upgrade memory by a hack watching a youtube video and come out like a champ. I've had cars fewer years than that thing. So I took a chance on this big faux-gamer laptop, specifically because it had the stats to play a game I wanted to play but that had out-leveled my desktop PC. I was drawn in by the ability to upgrade to 16 mb of ram, but I haven't felt the need yet.
I have never had a problem with this laptop or the netbook, nor either of the couple of Acer monitors I have had in my life, and so I can't speak to people having what seems to me to be bad luck. I've also never had to call technical support for anything. So... Good luck? Take the chance because it's an awesome laptop? I don't know. All I can say is that I recommend this beast to everyone I know, even mac users.
Pros: Fast, Great for games and school, big screen, sleek look, numeric keypad, fast charging time
Cons: Battery life isn't great, no volume knob
Overall Review: This computer is great for moderate gamers like myself. It performs well and I highly recommend it for people looking for a laptop in the $900 range
Pros: I purchased this laptop a little over a month ago and so far I've been pleased with it's performance. I immediately replaced the first HDD with an OCZ SSD and it's smoking fast. I use it for photo and video editing and it seems to keep up well enough. Battery life also seems pretty good.
Cons: The biggest drawback to this laptop is with the keyboard and touchpad layout. I've never used a touchpad so annoying as this one. I pretty much have to disable the touchpad whenever I type (Fn+F7) otherwise I'm jumping all over the screen, even with the timeout to turn off the pad when tying set to shortest. Super annoying. In my experience, Synamptics makes a WAY better touchpad than ALPS, which is what this has. The general use is just not very friendly (scrolling, ett.) Also, occasionally something glitches out and the pad starts behaving like something is stuck (although I don't know what) and when I click on tabs (using either the pad or the left button) it simply closes them. To fix it I had to plug in an external mouse and click the middle button - this seemed to "un-stick" the problem. Also, while the 10-key is nice, I'd rather have the keyboard centered and the commonly used Fn buttons converted to actual buttons, such as the volume up and down. For me, all adding the 10-key does is offset the keyboard to the left, along with the touchpad. And now the Page up, Page down and End keys are completely inconveniently placed (which I used a lot on my old laptop) and the arrow keys are these dinky little things that are too small to conveniently use. I've been running an old Asus S96J for years now and as far as I'm concerned, the keyboard layout and touchpad were perfect so this new Acer definitely fell short in this regard. One last thought, I sure liked the fact that my S96J had a standardized replaceable keyboard - I certainly hope I never have to replace this one because it appears to all be built into the shell of this notebook and I'm sure it will cost a fortune. I wish Intel had been successful with the VBI program that standardized all the main components of laptops. Proprietary sucks.
Overall Review: In general, I'm happy with the purchase. For the money I spent (around $1K including OCZ SSD) I feel like I've gotten an excellently performing laptop. I'm definitely disappointed with the touchpad and keyboard - they constantly drive me nuts, but I'll deal, and probably end up with some strange nervous ticks in doing so. The speakers are also decent, not great, but for laptop speakers they're generally adequate. If your'e looking for a cheap, fast laptop with a nice screen, this is a good purchase. If you're going to be doing a lot of typing, get yourself a nice ergo USB keyboard and mouse, otherwise you may go crazy dealing with the stupid design of this one.
Pros: Super Fast! Super Stable! Computer Upgradable! Upgradable OS! Easy To Use Keyboard & Trackpad! Sleek Design! Good Battery Life! Can Use With HD Monitor Or TV! Great Storage Capacity! Plays Games On Ultra High Settings! Doesn't Get Hot! Large Display!
Cons: Only Comes With Home Premium! Laptop Absorbs Fingerprints!
Overall Review: I like to game and do other things with my computer, but I don't need a hardcore gaming rig to do it. I decided to step up to my real first gaming laptop and I am glad I did. They finally got the technology down to where I can afford a fast gaming machine for under a grand.
The laptop is super fast with its Quad core processor and the Nvidia graphics engine makes for very smooth gameplay. I am able to play all games I have on Ultra graphics settings, that includes BF3 yes. Even while gaming the laptop runs cool and stable.
The quad core processor also allows me to do many operations simultaneously. I can run an anti virus scan, while rendering a video, while also surfing the web, pretty fancy for me since I have upgraded from a single core bit 3500+ desktop computer!
The only thing I wish is that these computers came with the ultimate edition of Win7, and I also wish they came with a backup copy of the OS incase of failure. Make sure to create your recovery disks after you bu
Pros: I have owned some awesome desktops. Then I have owned some good laptops. The day finally has come I can do one. ACER did a great job putting this together. It performs perfectly. The 2 GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M works great. I love how it switches according to the applications used from the Intel or the dedicated video card. This saves the battery and increases its use time. I play games like Second Life and Diablo. Even some Nexon games and the card works on all high settings flawlessly. It has dual separate 500 GB hard drives. This is nice as you can store all the stuff you have in the spare and keep the one with the operating system clean. For me I can’t tell you enough how happy I am. ACER is my favorite laptop company.
Cons: There really aren’t any to be honest. The laptops layout was well thought out. Only things I will be doing is changing the operating system hard drive to a SSD drive to improve the speed of the laptop. I do see that many companies push these 5400RPM drives and should be putting 7200RPM drives. Also will be changing the 8GB memory to 16GB. These are all preferences but don’t reflect what I call Cons.
Overall Review: !!!NewEgg Rocks!!!
Pros: -Slick design, very flashy
-4 hour battery life running integrated (roughly an hour @ 100% usage)
-About an hour or so running on the Nvidia GPU @ 100% usage
-Two HDD slots
-Supports up to 16GB of RAM
-1600x900 resolution as opposed to the 1366x768 resolution on other laptops
-Vent on the side rather than in the back
-Speakers have excellent sound quality being a laptop
Cons: -Finger print magnet
-Both HDD's @5400RPM, quite slow for today's standards
-Power button feels flimsy
-Touchpad is slightly unresponsive, although I just use my naga so this is no problem to me.
-Webcam has very poor quality, microphone is OK
-The keyboard has very small arrow keys, although it's not really a big deal.
Overall Review: I'm able to play Skyrim on High 1600x900 with the HD textures Addon at around ~40FPS average.
It runs Borderlands 2 maxed (Low PhysX) @ ~45fps
I recommend upgrading the hard drives to SSD or higher rpms and purchasing an external mouse.
Also, I reformatted to a fresh copy of Windows 7 64bit to save some time removing bloatware, which this thing came with a ton of it.
Overall, great price for a laptop.
Pros: Loading is fast. Great Resolution. Is to setup. Keys are well spaced with an easy flow. I haven't fully took for a run around the block yet. Even for its size it is not as heavy as I expected or read it to be. Love the screen size will be great for gaming and movies. I can see myself toting it with me to work and over night stays.
Cons: Fingerprint magnet. Will probably purchase a clear laptop skin for it.
Overall Review: Great so far.
Pros: -The specifications are great for the price.
-Large screen, great for watching videos.
-Charger doesn't get as hot as ones I've used in the past.
- Finding a laptop bag for a 17" laptop is not hard.
Cons: -Microphone quality is lacking, everyone I talk to complains about it.
-Glossy Finish attracts dust and fingerprints. I would suggest buying a microfiber cloth for it.
-Keyboard can be finicky, isn't that much of a problem.
Overall Review: I bought this laptop with gaming as a secondary objective. I had hoped that it would be able to at least run any game I threw at it well, it exceeded that expectation and plays games like Battlefield 3 on Ultra.
-The GeForce GT 640M it has is the GDDR3 version I beleive.