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Superb little laptop,
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This review is from: Acer C7 11.6-inch Chromebook (2GB RAM, 320GB HDD) (Personal Computers)I wouldn't normally write a review but as the only other one on here gives the Chromebook one star I felt compelled to add my own experience.
I wanted something small but functional to replace a Windows 7 laptop. I had never had a Chromebook before, but understood the limitations (ie not being able to install Word/Excel etc) and was already a user of gmail and had started to use Google Docs etc. I also liked the idea of fast boot up times, and that there would be no requirement to have virus protection. I've had a Mac Mini as my home computer for years now with no issues ever, so hoped this google OS would provide similar reliability.
So I took the plunge.
I would have gone for the little Samsung (this Acer was not on the market when I first wanted the Chromebook), but the local John Lewis store (who offer 2 year warranties) were out of stock. So I waited until they had more, and then just before they got new stock, I saw this Acer was released. I was swayed by the 320gb hard drive, as the Samsung's is only 16gb. The Acer is slightly slower to boot, but still vastly quicker than a Windows laptop. And the Acer is cheaper than the Samsung. Anyway I went for it, buying it through Amazon, having watched a few early reviews on youtube.
When the Acer arrived, it was a pleasant experience unpacking the Amazon box, then the smaller Acer box. Inside the dinky little computer was found- a kind of gunmetal grey colour. I remember it just started up when I lifted the screen. I just followed the instructions and logged on to my home network and my gmail account, and I was off. The screen looked bright and clear, 11.6 inches in size, just like the macbook air. I followed some quick training on using the trackpad.
I've found it completely reliable, and very enjoyable to use. I've played around with it a bit, loading Apps- various games etc, and listened to music with Google Play- I had uploaded all my itunes musuc to this free before receipt of the acer using my mac mini. Everything works well. I've used google docs, which saves to my google drive. The only issue so far here is there appears to be no way to zoom in to the document more- so it would fill the small screen better (a search on google showed this may be an issue for many users with no facility to do this). For my needs, I rotated the page the landscape, and increased the font size (returning to portrait and small font only before printing via Google Cloud Print). I note there is a save as .doc option.
Yes a tablet would have been an alternative, but I need to type stuff up for work a fair bit, so I wanted a keyboard.
Also you get 100gb of free space with Google Drive. I didn't see any information on thishow to register for this in my Acer box (but didn't opened the larger guidebook) so just did a google search, then found the google page that then tested I had a suitable device and then my 100gb was granted- easy.
To conclude, I think this is a great little device. I've had no problems ordering stuff online, I've had no freezing etc. It works a treat, boots up super fast, is nice and warm on the lap whilst watching tv, and seems to be everything I was hoping it to be. Though 15 inch laptops can be had for only a little more if you shop around, I did not want to get to know Windows 8, and was never enamoured of Windows 7 either. If I had a spare grand or more, maybe I'd have considered a mac laptop, but as I have a mac mini elsewhere in the house, and mac laptops just seem so expensive, I rather think this £200 Acer is a complete bargain. I highly recommend it.
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Initial post: 25 Nov 2012 15:15:18 GMT
Posted on 10 Dec 2012 08:49:39 GMT
Mr. L. L. Prosser says:
i had one delivered on saturday all in all, a lovely bit of tech, but i do have a problem with the speakers, mine are truly awful.
no bass and the top end is low, at full volume still needs more. is this the same with yours ?? or has mine a problem ?
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2013 13:38:30 GMT
Greg Aitken says:
Unfortunately the Chromebook speakers aren't the greatest. I absolutely adore mine, I have the Samsung version but I have to admit the speakers are quite bad.
I'd recommend investing in a pair of speakers that connect via a 3.5mm jack, like an MP3 player would. No installation required and that sound problem will no longer be an issue. For portability I can't recommend one of these enough:
SoundWave SW100 Rechargable Portable Bluetooth Speaker
I'm not sure whether the Acer has bluetooth though...
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2013 17:25:48 GMT
Jane Eyre says:
Can you watch DVDs on this laptop?
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2013 14:30:11 GMT
Kim Hatton says:
No. There is no optical drive.
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Mar 2013 06:46:10 GMT
You could buy an external drive to play and burn cds
Posted on 3 Apr 2013 13:09:20 BDT
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Apr 2013 19:19:29 BDT
No it's not if all you want to do is browse the web.
Posted on 13 Jul 2013 01:50:09 BDT
can I play and or upload cd n dvd on this, does it have a card reader slot, and can u plug a camcorder into the usb port n it actually recognises n uploads the vids on the cam? presumably, utube, fb and Hotmail are all easily used and available? and I can store photos n vids on it n download them to disk ok??? thanks
Posted on 24 Aug 2013 17:01:21 BDT
Mr. MASSIMO SCAVO says:
does anyone know if this laptop can be converted from English to Italian language?
Also, what is the battery life?