Summary: This computer is great for web browsing, office, multimedia, HD video streaming, light gaming, programming, and is highly compatible with linux (I installed ubuntu 14.04 and everything works out of the box, no additional drivers to install). People complain about the 4GB ram but honestly unused ram is wasted ram, and I use around 1-2GB during normal usage in either windows or linux so I'm not sure what these people are complaining about.
Pros: Very affordable for the specs, nice keyboard, no clunky cd/dvd drive, removable battery, hdmi connection, great linux compatibility, and above all a great processor (and consequently great battery life)
Cons: Trackpad could be a bit smoother and feels a little clunky at times, but it's not that bad.
Cons: I think BIOS Problem. After mine was black out in 3 weeks from the Newegg, I have been surfing websites. Many Acer Buyers has the same problem. They wrote that even the Acer knew it, it did not fix the problem.
Summary: I bought this laptop on sale for three hundred and eighty bucks. Worth every penny. Like others mentioned, the Windows 8 install comes loaded with crapware, but I slapped a copy of Windows 7 on it via flash drive. Plays a few of my low-end Steam games fine (including Dota 2), which was just a bonus. A couple tips if you decide to reformat: -To install an older version of windows, you have to use f2 on startup to access bios, and swap the boot to legacy.
Pros: -Cheap (got mine on sale, only reason I purchased) -i5 (moves surprisingly quick) -Amazing battery life (seriously.) -Nice screen -Decent keyboard -Decent size HD -HDMI
Cons: -No CD/DVD drive -Weird trackpad, but I use a mouse anyway
Summary: tip for anyone taking this apart you will need to pop the top off to access the harddrive. remove the battery and all the screws from the back (might not need to remove all but just makes it simpler) under the battery there are some tabs you need to depress and then start peeling up the top case.. it is kind of tough to get started.
Pros: great laptop for the price when I saw it on sale. thinner and lighter than i expected
Cons: really don't like the touchpad and it was a hassel to upgrade to ssd and 8gb ram.
Summary: This is one of the best values you can find right now. Though it's tough to do, once you upgrade the RAM this machine is on par with laptops that are $100 - $200 more.
Pros: - Decent processing power (1.7 ghz overclocked to 2.7) - Very long battery life (I average 8 hours per charge at medium brightness.) - Keyboard and mouse pad feel good. Not particularly that amazing. (Full number pad though.) - Ram upgradeable, but it's not easy. - The 4400 Intel graphics chip is okay for regular use, but don't expect to play any intense games on it.
Cons: - Upgrading that machine is not simple. You must unscrew the entire motherboard to add memory. - The screen is not really that great. It's not the worst, but it's definitely a downgrade from my other laptop's 1080p screen.
Summary: Optical drive is easy to install, IF you can find a bezel that matches and has the tab off the back of drive to secure it. I can't find one that looks right. Hope you like the laptop like it is, because you're not changing a thing!
Cons: Must disassemble laptop to upgrade hdd, must completely remove mobo to upgrade memory, NO cd/dvd rom or optical drive of any type, uses DDR3L memory and good old Kingston was not recognized, testing memory is no fun when you have to remove the mobo just to try a new stick, never again Acer!