Aspire AS3694, Intel Celeron 440, 15.4" TFT with Acer CrystalBrite screen, 512MB memory, 80GB Hard Disk Drive, DVD Super-Multi, Shared graphics, WiFi, 5 in 1 Card Reader, Windows Vista Basic
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- Processor: Intel Celeron 440
- Memory: 512MB RAM
- Hard Drive: 80GB Hard Disk Drive
- Graphics Card: Mobile Intel® 943GML Express chipset with integrated 3D graphics
- Optical Drive: DVD SuperMulti, CD/DVD reader/writer for all types of CD/DVD discs
- Connectivity: Wireless LAN, 3 x USB 2.0 Ports, 5 in 1 Card Reader
- Operating System: Windows® Vista Basic:Additional Software: Acer Empowering Technology, Acer Arcade, Norton Internet Security, Adobe Reader, NTI CD Maker
- Display Size: 15.4" WXGA TFT Display with Acer CrystalBrite technology
The Aspire 3690 sets a new standard for affordable mobilemultimedia for private users self-employed professionals and usersfrom small and medium-sized companies. This slim elegant andhighly efficient compact widescreen notebook comes with a completeset of
The Aspire 3694 sets a new standard for affordable mobile multimedia for private users, self-employed professionals and users from small and medium-sized companies. This slim, elegant and highly efficient compact widescreen notebook comes with a complete set of wired and wireless connectivity options and Acerâs innovative Empowering Technology for a comprehensive and versatile solution to mobile multimedia management
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And in answer to the complaints of previous reviewers:
The " and @ key swapping is actually an issue with windows, not the laptop itself, you need to change the keyboard settings to Uk from the default US setting in language settings and the key labels will then be correct.
And I do agree that the mention of norton included in the price is misleading, but it is a 3month trial which is quite useful. Also, I see no mention of microsoft office being included in the package and cannot see where you were misled there.
There's a nice feel to this laptop: the screen lives up to the hype, the keyboard is well laid out and there are some handy features; it would be excellent value for money were it not for the fact that the supplied 512Mb of RAM is nowhere near sufficient to run Windows Vista. To describe the new Microsoft OS as resource-hungry may very well be an understatement. It's a big disappointment to unpack a brand new machine only to find it runs like a sick puppy on startup, taking so long to load up the most basic programs that you eventually lose interest in it altogether.
Even after doubling the capacity by installing a further 512Mb, over 60% of memory is being utilised when the machine is idling, which gives some idea of the amount of swapping (borrowing memory from the hard drive) that will have been compounding the poor performance out of the box. It performs moderately well since upgrading and will only be subject to light use so I intend leave it at that, but 60% minimum utilisation still means the system would soon start creaking under any serious load - 2Gb would be a lot better.
One feature new to Vista is ReadyBoost, which allows memory to be expanded through use of a USB key, which of course must be ReadyBoost compatible, but provides an option to installing new hardware. It almost seems as though they knew memory would be an issue. Amazing.
So, a nice little laptop, but be warned: unless you are accustomed to and happy with very slow processing, or blessed with the patience of a very patient saint, you will be shelling out extra pennies on this purchase for a large capacity Vista-compliant USB key, or DDR2 soDIMM chips (yes, I have done the research!). Or maybe even both.
All in all i am really quite pleased with it
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Worked well for real basic laptop. A bit outdated now and slow processor - after a couple of years I found it incredibly slow despite adding a load of extra ram.Published 20 months ago by Ms. A. Hunter
This is my first and only laptop. Mine is a Acer Aspire 3690 but they all seem the same and this one maches the specs of mine so there. Read morePublished on 30 Jan. 2010 by Mrs. Sa Hill
I recived this latop for xmas and find it amazing for the price. I upgraded the ram to 1GB and runs smooth as eva. the 5 in 1 card reader is a really easy way to transfer data. Read morePublished on 7 Jan. 2008 by Steven Evans
I am considering buying this laptop, but may somebody please answer some of my questions.
Is this a fast moving laptop, or does it take a while to load things up? Read more
This laptop is great. Everything worked first time. Vista is very good. All my favourite software installed without any problems. Read morePublished on 30 Sept. 2007 by Richard
On first buying this laptop, I thought I had a bargain - it seemed so well priced. However, it didn't take long to realise that the 512 MB RAM is not up to running Windows Vista... Read morePublished on 28 Sept. 2007 by Mr. P. A. Eadie
We have just discovered that the pre-installed Office software is only a trial version which will expire in 60 days unless we pay out another £100. Read morePublished on 19 Sept. 2007 by Deborah Jane
i am concidering this laptop and i was wondering if you can buy extra ram chips for this modle if so where?Published on 11 Sept. 2007 by q-ball
Mr. Kevin J. Brown "lordladeda". It sounds as if your laptop was set to the American keyboard setting. This is not a hardware issue and can be changed very easily in the settings.Published on 7 Sept. 2007 by C. Todd