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Acer Aspire E1-571 15.6-inch Laptop (Black/Silver) - (Intel Core i7 3632QM 2.2GHz Processor, 6GB RAM, 750GB HDD, DVDSM DL, LAN, WLAN, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8)
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Acer Aspire E1 Series -- The Essence of Daily Computing
The Aspire E Series delivers solid performance, handy multimedia tools and convenient connectivity, making daily computing an easy-going pleasure. The practical yet stylish design comes with a choice of processors, so you can choose the model that best fits your lifestyle.
With the Aspire E1 notebook, everyday activities like web browsing, communicating and playing videos are effortless thanks to Intel power. Ample memory ensures nimble file navigation and quick access to applications, and the E1 offers plenty of file space with a large hard disc drive.
Fast Processing with Intel Pentium and Core Processors
The Aspire E1 laptops feature a choice of processors to suit your power needs. Choose from a dual-core Intel Pentium processor for efficient home computing, or an Intel Core i3, delivering intelligent performance that adapts to your individual needs. The Intel Core processors deliver great media processing for fast video editing and sharing, enthusiast class HD video playback, accelerated web browsing and great mainstream and casual gaming experience.
Large Capacity Storage Options
The Aspire E1 feature large capacity HDDs to allow you to keep all of your favourite applications and media to hand. On selected models, you'll find a 500GB HDD installed, allowing you to keep a large library of music and videos to take with you wherever you go.
DDR3 Memory up to 6GB
You'll find a large range of memory options available on the Aspire E1, with both 4GB and 6GB models available. All models feature DDR3 memory architecture, which offers fast response times and twice the data transfer speed of DDR2 for seamless multitasking, so you can do multiple things at once without slowing down.
Multi-in-one Card Reader
The multi-in-one card reader allows you to read and write to high-capacity storage media for file sharing, transfer and storage, including Secure Digital (SD), MultiMediaCard (MMC), Memory Stick PRO (MS PRO) and xD-Picture Card (xD) formats, making it easier to transfer and share media from your PC to your portable devices.
Beautiful, Fast, Fluid -- Windows 8
Windows 8 has been reimagined to be all about you. Put what matters most right on your Start screen, and get instant access to your people, apps, sites and more, so you can spend less time searching and more time doing. Browse and discover thousands of apps in the Windows Store. Snap two apps side-by-side and multitask. Chat with a friend while scoping out a map, or watch a video while getting stuff done. With Windows 8, it's simple to do two things at once.
Acer clear.fi automatically shares your videos, music and photos among your devices and cloud services. Enjoy media on your Aspire E1's CineCrystal HD LED-backlit display, or send it to your big-screen HDTV via HDMI. Plus, an optical drive is always ready to spin music and movies on DVD.
Acer Clear.fi Home Media Solution
Ever wish it were easy to share your music, photos and movies between multiple devices, or even to share them with your friends on Facebook, Flickr and YouTube? Setting up a home server can be tricky, and who wants the hassle and expense of endlessly copying files to and from CDs, DVDs, and USB drives? With Acer clear.fi you can set your files free with the minimum of fuss.
Easy to set up, clear.fi takes the complication out of sharing. It will automatically detect devices that have been connected, from PCs to Smartphones, running Windows, Linux, or Android. From there it's easy to search devices for music, photos and videos within the home network, easy to share between devices. Thanks to clear.fi and the HDMI port your PC can stream and appreciate the multimedia stored on any of the devices connected to your home network.
Acer CineCrystal HD LED-backlit LCD
The Acer Aspire E1 comes with a slim and stunning Acer CineCrystal HD LCD display, with LED-backlit technology to enable the display to consume less power. The 14.1" screen flaunts exceptional 720p visuals in true HDTV 16:9 cinematic format. LED technology consumes less energy than traditional CCFL displays, yielding more than 30% power savings.
If you need a bigger screen, the HDMI interface supports exceptional high-definition viewing on a full range of peripherals. Perfect for connecting to a big-screen HDTV, plugging a HDMI cable into your notebook allows the transmission of both audio and high-definition video, up to a 1080p resolution.
This laptop features a high-speed DVD drive that supports multimedia playback and media writing for backing up files without worry. The DVD Super Multi DL drive allows you to play, copy and burn DVDs, allowing you to make the most of your existing film library, and back-up your precious files onto a physical disc for safe storage and easy transportation.
With the Aspire E1, mobile connectivity is always just a hotspot away. Chat face to face wherever you go with the Acer Crystal Eye HD webcam and integrated microphone. Plus, just as Wi-Fi wireless technology keeps you in touch when you're out and about, Gigabit Ethernet keeps you plugged in when you're home.
Acer InviLink Nplify 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Connectivity
Surf the Internet and stay in touch with your people with reliable, high-speed connectivity via Wi-Fi, or via a wired gigabit Ethernet connection. A Wi-Fi CERTIFIED wireless-N network connection enables long-range, fast, reliable wireless Internet. Acer SignalUp with Nplify technology increases transfer speeds, and reduces dead spots and dropped connections.
The Aspire E1 features a gigabit Ethernet port, for fast, stable wired connectivity, supporting data transfer rates of 1,000 megabits per second.
Acer Crystal Eye HD Webcam with Built-in Microphone
The integrated high-performance HD webcam and built-in microphone offer optimal video capture and sound clarity for engaging in high resolution face-to-face communication.
The cover is glossy and smart usability features make the Aspire E1 experience simple. A multi-in-one card reader shares files with other devices, and a multi-gesture touchpad puts you in control. Acer Back-up Manager gives you peace of mind with easy-to-use back-up and restore functions, so what you create with your E1 notebook will always be there.
The Acer Aspire E1 features a simple, practical and attractive design, including a glossy-finish cover. This glossy cover gives these notebooks a modern appeal, with the colour of the cover matching the screen bezel to give it an uninterrupted, flowing feel.
Thanks to the multi-gesture track pad technology you'll quickly be controlling your laptop without the aid of keyboard shortcuts:
- Scroll -- Navigate web pages, files, music playlists and photos using a two-finger vertical scroll motion.
- Pinch -- Pinch to zoom in and out of application windows.
- Flip -- Browse photos, websites, documents and photo albums with a back-and-forth, two-finger horizontal slide motion.
- Rotate -- Rotate images 90 degrees in either direction with a two-finger pivot motion.
Acer Back-up Manager
Acer Backup Manager allows you to back-up your personal files and applications without gaps, offering flexible back-up and restore features, making your computing easy.
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The keyboard is slightly cramped due to the number pad, but I don't find it a problem (suppose it could be more of a problem for people with really big hands...)
The battery lasts a bit over 4 hours, which I find acceptable, but again I don't often take it anywhere where I can't plug it in. The machine itself is very quiet and it doesn't get very hot either (I usually have it on my lap).
The memory card reader has a really flimsy piece of plastic as a cover, which I almost lost when I had just taken the laptop out of the packaging. After inserting it in the slot properly it hasn't been falling out any more, though.
The CD-drive is also quite flimsy, but as it is inside the computer most of the time it's not really a problem. Personally I haven't needed to use it yet anyway. My biggest problem with it is the fact that I keep opening it accidentally when I grab the sides of the laptop to adjust it (so again, not a biggie).
The sound quality from the laptop's own speakers is not awesome, but do any laptops have a great sound quality... I always use headphones when listening to anything, so the quality of sound is guaranteed that way.
I really enjoy the multi-finger touchpad. It makes scrolling and zooming really easy. The scrolling works much better when using the multi-finger gesture than the side of the touchpad anyway.
All in all, I can say it's a great laptop at least for browsing and typing. I'm sure this laptop is powerful enough for heavier tasks as well, but I have yet to try anything more, because I do have a desktop for gaming purposes.
Since it's been about 3 months since I purchased this, I figured it would be a good idea to update this review.
I have found that overtime, the laptop plastic creaks a lot (mainly when resting my wrists/hands on the laptop). The battery lasts for about 4 hours, but when I reduce the brightness of the screen to 0, the battery tends to last for about 6 hours, which is really useful in lectures. I've also found that when the brightness is low, you tend to notice the screen is reflective a lot more, even when indoors. I personally don't notice the reflectiveness that much, but that might just be me.
The laptop is still pretty quick. The only problem (but I don't know if it's to do with this model, or if its common throughout other computers and laptops) is Microsoft Office 2013. I personally bought this thinking that there wouldn't be a problem with Office with the high spec of this laptop, but Office 2013 just keeps crashing, and is so sluggish at times, and I have no idea if this is an isolated issue or not. iTunes also seems to take a bit longer than other applications to load up, but again, I don't know if this is normal or not. Other than that, other applications work perfectly. I haven't encountered any more problems with Wi-Fi either.
The sound quality is ok, definitely not the best though... It's ok for watching videos, but it may be a good idea to use headphones or external speakers if you want to listen to music.
With the recent release of Windows 8.1 as well, you can now update the OS through the Windows Store. You don't need to do this, and if I'm honest, unless you use apps, or would prefer to see the Start button back, there really isn't any real reason to update.
Even with the little annoyances that I've come across, I still agree with what I have previously mentioned before. This laptop is still great when considering everything, and I would be more than happy to recommend this to anyone looking for a general laptop for everyday work/use.
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I purchased this product from another retailer instead of amazon around about 2 weeks ago, but the model is exactly the same (with exception to the HDD size). I kind of wish I bought it off amazon now though. It's cheaper, and has a bigger HDD...
Acer aren't exactly brilliant for their build quality, but this laptop doesn't seem to have any problems structure wise. Admittedly, the laptop plastic does look cheap, but it does feel pretty sturdy. And as simple as the laptop looks, it still looks pretty nice.
The laptop is really quick with opening or switching between apps, and I have yet to see the system crash or run slow. The system fully boots up in less than 10 seconds. Shockingly, the laptop comes with an Intel Core i7 Quad Core processor. You'd usually have to spend at least £600 just to get a laptop with any Core i7 processor in it. The 6GB RAM is also a generous amount considering the price. And the HDD is big enough to store work or some media (mine is smaller than the one advertised on amazon, so you'd be able to fit even more!). I've used Xbox Smartglass, GIMP, iTunes, Media Go and Spotify on mine, and they all run like normal.
The keyboard is also nice to type with. There isn't anything special about it, no raised keys. The keys are pretty close together, but are reasonably big, and once you get used to it, it's really nice and comfortable to use. There's also a full numerical keypad. The directional buttons are really small though, so you may end up hitting the wrong button if you want to scroll up a page.
The display is nice and bright. The resolution isn't fantastic compared to higher end laptops, and the graphics card is Intel HD 4000 (or something like that), but it's more than good enough for video streaming or work. While basic web gaming like Facebook will run like a dream on here, more power hungry games (e.g. Tomb Raider, Skyrim, FFXIV) may not look or run so great on here compared to higher end laptops.
The laptop also has the standard features, including Wi-Fi, 5-in-1 card reader, USB (2.0, not 3.0), HDMI output, CD/DVD drive and Webcam.
There are some issues however, which aren't are complete dealbreaker, but can still be a little irritating. For example, the CD/DVD drive isn't sturdy, and moves around a lot when it's out. It doesn't feel that solid or sturdy in comparison to other laptops. I've also encountered an occasional issue with Wi-Fi. For a few hours, the laptop was struggling to connect to the internet, and took a good few minutes to load a webpage up, but it looks like it was a one off issue. And lets not forget Windows 8... No matter what laptop you get, there's no escaping this, but I must say, after using this laptop for a while and using the touch gestures, it's actually a neat OS. It just requires some practise to get used to it.
I would highly recommend this laptop (especially for students), if it is being used as a work, home or possibly even a basic multimedia system, but if you want something for powerful gaming, then you may be better off investing in a more powerful or expensive machine.
I sincerely regret my dumb purchase.
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