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4.0 out of 5 stars Good value spec - low build quality, 2 Aug. 2009
This review is from: Acer Aspire 5536 15.6-inch Laptop (AMD Athlon X2 QL-64 2.1 Ghz, 3 GB RAM, 250 GB HDD, Vista Home Basic) (Electronics)
I've had this Acer for about two weeks now. First, the negative points: the build quality isn't up to much, I think its very plasticy and flimsy. The CD tray feels very loose when it is open and I don't think the laptop would survive even the smallest drop or impact from having something heavy place on top of it. I didn't like the finger pad, but solved that with a £5 usb mouse. The positives: it requires no effort at all to get it working out of the box. Plug in the power, switch it on and off you go. All the software is pre-installed, no disks, although there's a lot of programs that you find yourself removing later. It connected to my home wireless network with out any problems so far - I've read a few horror stories online about automatic updates causing havoc with IE, but I haven't suffered any of these yet. The screen is very good - you can quite happily watch DVDs on it, I've seen worse LCD TV's! I liked the keyboard - it has a great finger feel and is almost like a full size desk top keyboard. Performance wise, so far its been very reliable. I mainly use it for the internet, running Audacity and multi-media applications, all of which it handles well. I can happily run two programs at a time. It uses about 2.8gb of the 3gb of RAM which is fairly decent, and compared to my ancient Dell is very speedy. It has a HDMI out (for HD video) which is very useful as this is becoming something of a standard connection now, and means you can connect it to most new plasma and LCD screens. Also it has a line in audio connection as well as the microphone. This means that, if like me, you want to record into your laptop (I'm archiving all my vinyl records using Audacity) you get a properly balanced true stereo recording with out having to buy an expensive audio card. Also the sound quality coming out isn't bad. I wouldn't want to take it on holiday, or even to a cafe because I'd be worried about it smashing, but I'd recommend this to someone who wants a laptop rather than a desktop PC, so you can go from room to room with it, but not leave the house. For the money its a good buy.
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