Pros: I purchased this laptop as a replacement to a high powered Asus 17" gaming laptop. My focus was on longevity and power while staying under $700. We'd all like to drop $1500 on a laptop that can make your desktop blush, but I simply couldn't afford to do that. This laptop has everything I wanted from it. It is light, fully half the weight of my old computer, and much more comfortable to use more spaces (I DM Dungeons and Dragons, and this is far easier to accomodate at my table than my old 17" beast).
I am not a cutting-edge gamer, but this PC runs Civ 5, X-Com, and Tera without a hiccup.
Cons: The only thing I would consider a drawback on this PC is the resolution. However, I'm not docking any stars from its rating for that. I knew what I was buying right from the start, and I decided the lower resolution was a worthwhile tradeoff to get the processor, RAM, and form-factor I wanted for the price I wanted.
Overall Review: Strongly recommend this PC for the middle-budget laptop gamer. My wife bought one from the same product line with a little less power for even cheaper. High quality for a great price.
Pros: My friend has had this laptop for 2 months, and it blazes through everything he's tried to put it through. For a laptop with a graphics chip, you are paying without a doubt the smallest penny that it can be sold for. Go do some research and it is obvious that you will not find a laptop with a current generation Nvidia chipset any cheaper. That being said, there are obviously going to be some drawbacks due to the price range. The screen resolution is not the absolute highest. This is a 15.6" screen. Not a 17". You're buying portability. You're buying lightweight. You're buying cheap. And yet, you're adamant that you want to be able to max out the graphics on modern games. This laptop is perfect for this. For this price range, you're getting a laptop that will tear through current and next gen graphics that is nearly as powerful as a desktop for the same price. You can't beat this deal. I see so many people spending 600 bucks on new laptops that slow down to a crawl within a month of use, have no graphics card, slow memory, and they wonder why my friend's laptop for the same price can blow theirs out of the water every time. A computer is only as fast as its slowest component, and if you completely leave out one component, it's obvious what happens. So this laptop lasts. Windows 8 is acceptable, however we wish we could install windows 7 instead with full driver support.
Cons: Windows 8 is still largely, in my humble opinion, not finished. It's buggy and it's full of garbage and changes that aren't needed. It was sold as a way to milk more money out of computer users. I've said the same thing about most of the versions of windows since XP was released. It took 2 service packs to finally fix XP to a usable state. Vista never reached fixed status, and windows 7 is actually decent. Windows 8 was designed for touchscreens, and seeing as how not all laptops are touchscreen capable, and not all users wish to utilize the touchscreen, this windows has all the bugs of new technology with none of the advantages of it.
Second is the screen resolution. 1366x768 isn't terrible. this is a 15.6" screen, which is rather small. You're going to be using the screen within a few feet of your face. so much like a smartphone, you don't need 1080p resolution for such a small screen to have an excellent picture. of course, the absolute BEST picture would be the higher resolution, but you don't want to drop $1500 on a laptop. You're not buying the best. But you are buying the best for your limited budget. That is why I am leaving this issue out of my overall cons.
Overall Review: You want power, performance, and portability. You want a low price. You can't possibly get any more of the first three for a price this low. You want a laptop that will last you 2-3 years at least. This can last you 5 if you don't physically abuse it and keep it clean. You don't want to have to do a system restore every month to make your computer run at anything faster than a crawl. This can run for months without a hiccup. This laptop will not only be around the same price as a far weaker laptop you can find at best buy, but will also save on maintenance costs over time, especially if you aren't techy enough to be able to diagnose your own laptop or do your own system restore. Computers are expensive. Do yourself a favor and make this your next buy.
Pros: - Good i5 processor and plenty of enough ram for a solid performance overall.
- Mid-range Gpu. Able to play League of Legends, DoTA 2 and Borderlands 2 all above 60 fps on low to medium quality throughout. Don't expect to run any super high quality games perfectly though.
-Solid keyboard. Feels very nice to type on and the number pad is good for excel, work stuff etc.
-Good camera, able to Skype with friends and family just fine.
-Stays cool overall. Only noticed it become somewhat warm during extended gaming sessions.
- Good battery life. From travel I got a good 6 - 8 hours after each charge doing work or just surfing the web.
Cons: - Didn't really delve into the touch-pad but from the time I used it it felt very finicky to me. Felt extremely strange from just pressing on it as the pad feels somewhat stuck when pressing down. Of course this is solved from just using a separate mouse.
- As to expect, the display is somewhat meh. With a 1366 x 768 resolution some things on the screen can look very pixelated and lower quality. Its not very noticeable unless you've seen a higher resolution but those who are very picky of there quality, I would stay away.
- Felt speakers were a bit below average but nothing to deem it terrible. I'm primarily a headphone user so take that into account.
Also bloatware, 5400RPM HD and no CD/DVD drive but that shouldn't be that much of a a problem as it can be solved easily.
Overall Review: Overall this is a solid mainstream laptop able to do work as well as some gaming on the side. I got this during a lower price point so regardless of the cons I'm pretty satisfied with my purchase. However if your looking for the same laptop with a better display resolution (which I highly recommend) you should just put down the extra money and get the Acer Aspire V3-572G-54L9 which boasts a 1920 x 1080 resolution.
Pros: Good display, weight feels just right, good specs. If you have the money, swap in an SSD. The computer can really let loose without that 5400 RPM HDD holding it back. Battery life is excellent as well. After installing an SSD, 6 hours of Netflix only registers about 40% battery drain. This is going to be great on those cross country airline trips.
Cons: Not maintenance friendly at all. The Acer engineers definitely didn't consider users wanting to install aftermarket parts. There's no access slots for...anything. Rather than a removable bottom, the screws actually hold down the bezel for the keyboard and mousepad. Lifting up this bezel is how you gain access to anything, and it is connected to the mainboard with 4 extremely short, extremely fragile ribbon cables. Needless to say, getting at anything on the inside is a very delicate, very time consuming operation.
Also, the lack of an optical drive means you'll need a USB flash drive to run any kind of boot-time HDD cloning software should you make the switch to an SSD.
Overall Review: This laptop isn't bad at all. It's got great specs, and is only held back by it's absurdly slow hard drive. Even Windows 8, which I originally considered a con, is actually growing on me, even without a touch screen. Overall, I'm satisfied with my purchase.
Pros: When you can pick up this laptop for sub $530, its great value.
CPU stable at 2.4Ghz, with -80mv undervolt, temps 71*C (sub 60*C with cooler pad)
GPU OC'd to +135core, +260ram, temps 61*C
It is increadibly silent, and stays very cool (when not gaming). When gaming no noticable hotspots.
Battery life is amazing, at least 6+ hours when doing normal browsing. When using HDMI cable with lid closed, will easily play video for 9+hours.
The laptop is very lightweight and slim compared to gaming laptops. Though it is bigger than ultrabooks. Zero regrets with my purchase.
Cons: No disc drive (empty upgrade bay), slow hard-drive (upgradable), and the speakers are pretty bad. The speakers do have loud volume with no distortion, but sound quality is very sub-par.
Lots of bloatware, but it is possible to do a reformat with a fresh copy of 8.1 windows, Windows Key is embeded in BIOS and will enter itself. It is a pain to get a version of Windows 8.1, can not download from Microsoft.
The 1 fan has a very slow (quiet) speed, I wish it had a higher (louder) speed, fixable with cooler pad. GPU and CPU share copper heatpipe to fan.
The screen is matte, but does suffer under direct sunlight quite badly, mainly due to lack of brightness. The screen is also 720p, and is NOT upgradable to 1080p.
Overall Review: Disc drive slot is empty, could be upgraded with 2nd hard-drive, or a comptible disc drive.
Recomend picking up a cheap SSD, really brings the system together. Opening case is fairly easy, the entire keyboard/trackpad faceplate lifts off, after gentle prying around edges, and removing screws from underside.
2x4GB ram sticks, both sticks upgradable (not needed though).
Headphones and speakers share audio jack, similar to IPad.
Pros: Display: The display looks good even though people seem to be complaining quite a bit about it.
Keyboard: Keystrokes are amazing, it types well enough.
Graphics: This can run Planetside 2 at between 45-60 FPS on medium to high setting with shadows off. I play mostly older steam games and nothing more current than Civilization: Beyond Earth
Audio: Sounds are excellent, though I rarely use the onboard speakers as I have both Bluetooth and headset speakers.
Overall: The laptop runs well, the disk drive does not make noise and startup is above average. Great graphics for the price.
Cons: Does get a little hot.
No CD-Drive but this is more inconvenience than a con.
Overall Review: I was looking to get a different laptop but had to settle for this one due to supply issues. I have been more than satisfied with this purchase.
Pros: This laptop has alot going for it.
- Cheap, it is incredibly cheap for what your getting.
- Good build quality, great slim design, excellent keyboard and decent touchpad.
- Pretty long battery life (havent tested this too much but it seems to be around 5 hours or more doing basic things)
- Lots of memory and a pretty nice processor. The laptop feels responsive and with Windows 8.1 is very quick. (If your not satisfied with 8 gigs of memory you can always upgrade to 16 :D)
- The graphics card is excellent. It has run everything I've played so far very well. I can reach close to 200 frames on Minecraft (Far distance fancy graphics) with Optifine. Plays World of Tanks quite well on medium settings, but with antistropic filtering is around 30 frames. LoL plays stunningly as well. Absolutely fantastic for budget gaming.
The screen is actually not bad at all. It is pretty crisp and displays colors nicely. You can notice pixels somewhat but its what you get with 720p
Cons: - Intel and Nvidia stickers weren't prefectly aligned with edge of keyboard
Overall Review: I ordered two of these laptops for my brother and I when they were on sale for $550. I have to say I was very impressed. They both came two days early and arrived in perfect condition.
Pros: The specs on this laptop are what made me buy it. What you are getting for the price is really an excellent deal. Fast processor, dedicated gpu that can actually play games and 8GB of ram. Excellent battery life and its reasonably light.
Cons: The hard drive is painfully slow. If you care about speed you must replace it with a ssd. The screen leaves a lot to be desired but is acceptable for the price range. I am not too fond of the speakers which are underneath the laptop, but for me I will be using headphones most of the time. Getting to the HDD and other components is somewhat of a pain but after you do it once, its a snap. See below.
Overall Review: I have read about how people got this thing open but I wanted to cover it all since its a little tricky.
First, you need to remove ALL the screws on the bottom. You need to also take the battery out. You then can separate the keyboard section from the bottom of the laptop. You do this by slowly separating around all the edges. I started doing this where the battery connects to the laptop. Once you have it all separated you can lift the keyboard section up. Make sure you do this SLOWLY as there are 3 ribbon cables connected to the motherboard. There are small clip mechanisms that hold this ribbons in place -flip them to unlock the cable and pull apart. The hard drive is covered by another ribbon cable that needs to be disconnected. Finally you unscrew two screws and the hdd bracket will come out. There are two screws holding the hdd in the bracket which also needs to be removed.
I got lucky because the OEM hdd (WD10JPVX) height is 9.5mm and the SSD I had to replace it was also 9.5mm.
I was able to do a fresh install of windows 8.1 with a USB flash drive. However, the bios would only boot to it in legacy mode.
After that the OS install was easy and it did not require activation since the key is tied to the bios. Acer has all the drivers you need available on their website for a fresh install.
Over l'm pleased with this laptop and would purchase again.