Acer - Laptop with AMD Athlon™ Single-Core Processor
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- Energy Star CompatibleYes
- Processor BrandAMD
- Type of Memory (RAM)DDR2
- Optical DriveDouble-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW
- Direct-Disc LabelingNo
- Digital Media Reader or SlotsYes, digital media card reader
- Built-in WebcamNo
- Wireless NetworkingWireless-B+G
- AudioHigh-definition support
- SpeakersBuilt-in stereo speakers
- Laptop WeightStandard (more than 5.5 lbs.)
- HDMI OutputNo
- Blu-ray PlayerNo
- Operating System PlatformWindows
- Included SoftwareAcer Arcade Deluxe, eRecovery Management, GridVista, Launch Manager; Adobe Reader; NTI Media Maker
- ENERGY STAR QualifiedYes
Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 28 reviews(28 Reviews)
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Above the line for what you pay.Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I've owned the Acer for 3 days and have ran it through a gantlet of test. The goods first. I play a popular MMO and need a new machine to run it after the desktop hard drive burnt up. So I did some research and was looking for a simple priced machine for the go. I came across the ACER first and had what I wanted. Full keyboard with a number pad right next to it. Sensitive touchpad that can get tricky to use. I played the MMO for about 6 hours on the first day and the Acer didn't heat up like some other laptops I tested out. It got warm but all laptops do, but not toasty. I think that's because of the 1.6Ghz single core processer which is a standard minimum for a computer that most games/people should need now a days. People rave about dual cores, but most dual cores are a 2 1.6Ghz anyway (ie, 3.2Ghz dual core). And the average person only needs one core for what they are doing. The smooth imaging of the graphics card is really good for the requirements of the game and the Acer held up to it. Later I loaded my camera software and started rummaging through pictures. Pictures and graphics still looked clean. So the LCD monitor is really good quality. You never really know with laptops. 160GB hard drive should be more than enough room for the standard person. Work or play. I also have an external so that helps. It's a good machine for the price. Honestly you get more than what you pay for. Software package is a little lacking. I thought it was a student computer that came with MS Office, but it's only a trail version. They offer a free upgrade to Windows 7 for the Vista Haters. The good: 1. Quality monitor for watching movies. Good color resolution. 2. Minimum components to run an MMO. It' comes with 1.6Ghz processer and 3Gig RAM. 3. Sensitive touchpad for good reaction time. 4. 160gig hard drive. More than enough space for the average person. 5. A good solid all around machine that is worth more than i paid for it. Now the dirty: 1. Certain USB mouse inputs don't register. I've only tried two so far and one worked. However I do believe I need to download the drivers for the other one. 2. In my world the left click is a huge thing. So after 2 days of clicking I feel like the left button is a little soft and bends a bit. But it doesn't show any signs of cracking or breaking. So it's still pretty solid. It's a personal preference at this point. 3. I'm used to USB ports being on the right hand side and CD/DVD drives being on the left. So this to is a personal preference that I can adjust to. 4. There is no latch to lock the laptop closed. 5. Software package is a little over bearing at first. MS Office is only a trial period. But once you get everything registered and out of the way it's good. But the lack of software package could also explain the price range.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Great valuePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
This machine is a great value. I have to say there is an error in the specifications shown. This model uses Radeon HD3200 graphics, not X1200. I went to Best Buy looking to replace my 5 year old laptop that died but didn't expect to be able to buy another laptop. I had my sights set on a desktop, which is usually cheaper than a laptop so I was surprised to find this. If you're in the market for a netbook, I would say get this instead. It is a much better value. This machine in some ways straddles the line between a netbook and a real laptop and in some ways crosses deep into laptop territory. It outclasses every netbook made in every respect. Faster CPU, larger, higher resolution screen, more RAM, full size keyboard with numeric keypad, better graphics chip, etc. The 160gb hard drive is small compared to those found in many laptops these days, but is considered large in the world of netbooks and should suffice for light-moderate use. The Radeon HD3200 graphics, while still considered low end, were a surprise as they outclass every Intel integrated graphics chip available and also a few of the other lesser graphic solutions by ATi and nVidia that dominate the low end of laptop graphics. It's not good enough for hardcore gamers, but you'll be able to play less demanding games with no problems. I play Everquest and World of Warcraft and they both run a lot more smoothly than my old laptop with Radeon Mobility 9600 graphics in spite of the CPU being slower. The 3GB RAM is also a lot for the price, though it is the older, slower 667mhz variety. Most netbooks and a handful of real laptops come with only 1 or 2 gb installed. Windows Vista Home Premium is refreshing to have as well. Many cheap laptops ship with Home Basic included. There is also a free upgrade to Windows 7 when it ships. External expansion may be a problem for some people. It only has two USB ports, so if you need more you'll have to invest in a hub. There is also no Firewire. External monitors must be connected by VGA cable as there is no DVI or HDMI outputs. You do get ethernet and wireless-g, but no Bluetooth. There is also no PC card or Express card slot so if you are a mobile broadband user, you will have to use one of the providers who gives you a USB stick to connect. The 5-in-1 memory stick slot for transferring media from other devices is good, but if you're a photographer who still uses compact flash you're out of luck as that format is not one of those supported. Ergonomically, the full size keyboard is more comfortable than those found on most netbooks, but feels cheap. Overall, the general construction also feels cheap, but it is very light in comparison to other 15 inch laptops so carrying in a backpack, briefcase or shoulder bag shouldn't be a burden. The power supply is energy star rated and the single core Athlon 64 only draws 11 watts so power consumption is low. Heat build up also is not an issue. I've had mine on for three days straight and it gets warm, but not hot. My old laptop would become unbearably hot after about a half hour running to the point where I couldn't hold it in my lap without something to insulate my legs. The cooling fan is quiet and doesn't really come on all that much because it mostly stays cool without it. The speakers were weak and tinny sounding at first, but after tweaking some settings they loudened and the sound deepened considerably. You'll have to experiment with the settings on your own to find a sound to your liking. Overall, if you're looking to buy a sub $400 destop or netbook then you should give this a look. Unless you have specific tasks that require a fast, multi-core CPU or the fastest graphics card then this machine should do just about all you need it to for a price that won't break you.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Excellent for Everyday use and much morePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
For the Price of a Good Netbook this delivers twice the features and quality. AMDs Single core TF-20 CPU has good performance for 75% of most users with 3GB of DDR and will deliver good Vista performance. Radeon 1200X Video is good but just average and still plays DVDs with ease. Uses an time tested AMD 690V Chipset that works well now and the only real downside is Misperception of quality with Acer which makes Gateway and Emachines now. All Notebooks would be a lot better if they would finally use 7200RPM Disk drives instead of the ancient 5400RPMs that most use today. Get rid of Vista and you really have a machine that runs well if WINXP drivers are available.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Love this laptop.Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I bought this laptop about 5 days ago. This is the first laptop I have ever purchased. This laptop meets all my expectations and then some. Let me tell you what I was looking for in a laptop.....wireless internet that would allow me to stream radio, surf the internet, and play 3-4 poker tables at one time.....and this laptop is fully capable. I went into my laptop hunting knowing that I was only interested in internet use. The fact that it does not come with such programs like Microsoft Office and others, was no problem for me. This of course is part of the reason for the price. The screen on this laptop is, in my opinion, excellent. It is large and very clear. The battery life is decent, it will give you about 3 hours of use, but most of time I will have it plugged in anyway. Overall, I have no complaints with this laptop.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Really nifty little machinePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
My wife has been bugging me for a laptop so she can be mobile about the house and still play online. She answers e-mail, does Facebook, manages her iPod, and plays fairly simple online games...so she did not need a "power" laptop, but I did not want to get her a piece of junk either. I discovered this laptop one day strictly by accident. Was in Best Buy for other reason, but was taken by the power and price of this laptop. Lots of RAM, Quick CPU, nice size HDD, and an amazingly sharp and clear display. I was sold. I had the IT guys at my work do the set up and optomizing, though Best Buy offers the service for a pretty reasonable price for those who do not have computer folks at immediate disposal, or do not feel confident doing it themselves. The guy that helped me was really impressed with this nice little package, and like me was drawn to the clarity of the 15.1" HD LCD screen. When I told him what I paid for it, he about fell out of his chair...I take it that's a good thing. Like me, he is not a big fan of Vista, but this machine does qualify for the Windows 7 upgrade once it is released. All in all...for the money...this is a great laptop for home use. And in compairison, is about $300 cheaper than other brands with simular features. Acer is a good name, so buy w/confidence, and spend the money you save on some other cool goodies at Best Buy!.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great deal for the price, well rounded pcPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
Had this for a day so far. I am impressed with it. The speed is great considering the fact that is is running vista but wont be soon with the free windows 7 upgrade. I like the screen resolution, its a little to bright somtimes, but not bad. The screen catches a glare from sunlit windows but is bearable. SD cards are a little hard to get in the slot you have to wiggle it a bit to get it in. It doesnt have a latch to hold the lid shut so how long before the lid just flops open? Those are my only complaints which are very minor. I was playing a MMORPG game, downloading videos and music, and getting rid of trial programs at the same time. It didnot give me any problems. I love the key board because it is the standard desighn so i already know where all the keys are. I am glad the the outside of the lid isnt completly glossy anymore so it now resits getting fingerprints everywhere. :) This really works for me and I do recomend it. All around great PC fpr the price! If you order it online pay the extra $10 and you will get it usually on the morning of the third day that you placed the order.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
A very good investment!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I purchased this product a couple of days ago and I love it! I was kind of worried about the brand because i didn't know much about it but it works really good. This computer is originally $349 but bestbuy has an updated version for a bit more that has been inspected by the Geek Squad in which they removed all of the unnecessary extras. I purchased the latter version and it was ready to use and the antivirus had been preinstalled. This computer also has the number pad like a regular keyboard. I use this computer for school and regular internet browsing. I tested it by listening to music, chatting on facebook plus playing a facebook game on a separate screen and it did not slow down at all. This computer is a great investment for a college student that just needs to write papers and browse the net. The only thing I don't like is the battery life, You can probably get about 2 hours from it, but for the price it's a really good deal.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Excellent BuyPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
If you're looking for something that is between a N2xx netbook and full fledged Dual Core laptop this is an excellent buy at the price of a typical netbook. Free Windows 7 upgrade (which will help performance overall), included memory, 64 processor and most usable trackpad I have ever owned (typcially don't like trackpads). Graphics are responsive (3 in Vista performance rating), LCD screen is beautiful, and HD video playback is solid. The plastic case is very attractive but a little flimsy. Also note that since it is a full processor you'll only get 2+ hours from the battery vs the typical 6+ hours from a netbook. Keyboard is full size and responds well. Full numeric keys. If you want more umph than a Netbook can deliver and don't need a full Dual Core with onboard video card then this is about as good as it gets at $350.