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Customer Review

on 1 February 2008
I bought this recently for use at university, so far it seems to be fine, the screen is large and clear and the webcam works suprisingly well. The performance is not quite as stella as the spec would suggest, as far as basic tasks goes my desktop at home (which runs xp)is faster and has only half the ram and a single core processor. Basically though that's down to vista, microsoft seem to think that exchanging 500mb of ram for the capacity to stick a large novelty clock on your background is a good trade. They've also arbitrarily changed the way the basic menu systems work which will doubtless provide me with hours of fun relearning something I've happily done the same way on their past 12 years of operating systems. None the less I can't really blame that on the laptop and it's basically impossible to find a cheap laptop now without vista.

Actual gripes (as opposed to digressive rants about microsoft), well the inbuilt speakers are a bit tinny but I couldn't bring myself to knock a star off because after all who buys laptops for the inbuilt speakers. And Acer would have done their users a favour by preloading less crud. All in all minor quibbles considering that this is the best value for money laptop I could find on the market.
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