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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Value But With Some Failings, 13 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Acer Aspire V5-571 15.6-inch Laptop - Silver (Intel Core i5 3317 1.7GHz, 6GB RAM, 750GB HDD, DVDSM DL, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8) (Personal Computers)
Pros:
Fairly Light
Thin
Backlit keyboards
Fairly powerful overall
Fairly Cheap
Lots of handy shortcuts on the keyboard layout.
Battery life is about 3 hours while watching films

Cons:
Touchpad is very poor. Slow to respond. Does not pick up delicate touches. Compared to a Powerbook touchpad it's terrible.
No dedicated ethernet port. The adaptor works but is a joke.
No dedicated microphone input socket. There is a combined one with the headphone jack.
Keyboard is not of the greatest quality.
Screen resolution is poor.
Overall the machine feels quite plasticky. In fact the keyboard and touchpad on my previous cheap Acer were nicer than this one's.
Windows 8 is stupid. As a simple example, they have removed the wireless networks manager from Windows 8. You can't delete a wireless network, you can't change a wifi password like you used to be able to. Many things like this are more difficult. And what use is an app screen layout on a laptop with no touch screen. Completely idiotic. Fortunately, it's possible to set it up like before by going to the desktop from the main screen and adding shortcuts. If Microsoft carry on like this I'll be buying a Mac next time.
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Initial post: 16 May 2013 08:10:03 BDT
TechBajan says:
Windows 8 is not stupid or completely idiotic but some aspects of this review are. As a simple example:

You CAN forget a wireless network: simply click the connection icon, right-click the wireless network and choose "Forget network" (or something similar).

You can also change the password by simply going to the properties of that wireless connection; probably 3 or 4 clicks. Windows 7 was around the same number of clicks.

The point of the app screen layout is to ensure that when uou do have a laptop or desktop with a touchscreen that it's easier to open applications. What they should have done is give users an option to select the touch interface or old Start menu interface so they could choose the layout they want.

Good luck with switching to Mac. First off, prepare to spend at least another 500-600. While you're at it, have a look in the Apple forums for all the issues even Mac users experience and Apple's often-times unwillingness to resolve or even acknowledge some of the limitations or bugs in their OSes. Not even OS X is perfect. Also, while OS X may have some usability advantages over Windows 8, Windows 8 IMO is a more powerful OS in terms of capabilities. For example: Storage Spaces, Client Hyper-V, showing a meaningful progress indicator when copying files, folder merging when copying a folder to a location with one that has the same name; OS X last time I checked still only gave the archaic options to overwrite or cancel.

Get a better laptop than this but don't unjustly crucify the OS and compare this laptop to one costing 900+.

Compare apples with Apple...

In reply to an earlier post on 21 May 2013 01:57:15 BDT
Bskew says:
Ok, so how do you forget a network when that network is switched off?

Yep, they've removed that.

How do you reconfigure that network e.g. change the password or settings, when again, it's switched off?

Oh dear.

"What they should have done..." - I agree!

I've used a Mac Powerbook for work a lot, that is how I know first hand that they really are superior machines by some distance. If you go looking for gripes you'll find them anywhere.
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