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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

by Acer
3.7 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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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
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandAcer
Item Weight4.3 Kg
Product Dimensions38.6 x 33.2 x 14 cm
Item model numberAspire AS3694
Screen Size15.4 inches
Processor BrandIntel
Processor TypeCeleron
RAM Size512 MB
Hard Drive Size80 GB
Operating SystemWindows Vista
  
Additional Information
ASINB00079W7TG
Best Sellers Rank 231,280 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight4.3 Kg
Date First Available7 May 2007
  
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Product Description

Product Description

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

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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 Acer’s innovative Empowering Technology for a comprehensive and versatile solution to mobile multimedia management

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I just received my Aspire 3694 yesterday (thanks for the speedy delivery Amazon!); I was a tad apprehensive of what a slightly-less-than £300 laptop would be like, but I had a very limited budget so I went for it. I have to say, so far I'm very impressed. The laptop is slim, light and sleek. It looks a lot more expensive than it is. The glossy screen is a good size, the speakers are small but sound quality is very decent. The overall build quality is very good. It works out of the box as Windows Visa Basic is pre-loaded. Despite the slightly off-putting name (you don't imagine you'll be getting much with something called 'Basic'), it's packed with features and looks very slick. It found my wireless connection within seconds and I was surfing the net very soon after. I'm still exploring all the features of my new laptop but I really can't fault it. For general home use it's great. It comes with 90 days Norton Internet Security and 60 days Microsoft Office. Obviously for running high-end applications and gaming, not to mention Vista Premium and above, you'd have to go for a more pricey machine, but this machine does everything a lot of people will want or need.
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Acer make great laptops and for the price this is unbeatable! I'm on my second Acer and have always found them faultless performers. I bought this as a gift and the recipient has been very happy with it. I'm new to Vista but this laptop runs it fine, sure 1GB RAM is preferable as Vista is memory intensive but if you're using for e-mail/ms office/internet/mp3s 512MB is perfectly adequate from experience so far. One thing I'd like to point out is the excellent 'Crystalbrite' screen, when I bought mine a year ago this screen was at a price premium. Compared to the screen on my Dell work laptop it is much better quality and pin sharp. Throw in a generous hard disk and a handy card reader and you have an excellent package. Highly recommended!
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All the features included have turned out to be useful to me at one time or another. The card reader has proved invaluable with my use of sigital cameras, phones and a psp, and for the price the features are impressive. I also use an aspire 5580 for work and am very impressed with it too, its the reason I bought this for home. As said previously, the crysalbrite screen really does make a difference and doesn't add alot to the price in this case. Definatley worth having one of these, acer consistently produce the best specs and quality in most price ranges.
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.
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...but Windows Vista just copped the lot.

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.
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I bought mine from asda for £250 (i work for them so get a discount.) I am just starting uni and this is pretty much perfect for me. Nice size screen, memory was a bit too small so spent £20 and put in another 1GB. I see the point regarding HD space but i can always backup on a DVD or a pen drive. Plus i still have my desktop.
All in all i am really quite pleased with it
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