Summary: Doesn't come with microphone. But 8 bucks will solve that problem This is a good machine for a student as it is fast for the price and well built, has a good screen, camera. Lot of value for the price.
Summary: I bought this Aspire as a replacement for my desktop computer about 18 months ago - so I have used it every day and can give you an overall account of what it is like. This laptop was bought from Dixons in Basingstoke for about £380 a few years ago, the price did drop a few months later. I believe you can buy this at around £300 now. I've owned computers since Sinclair zx80 and 81 back in the 1980's - this is a bit easier to set up !
Pros: good design, pentium, good overall performer
Cons: unreliable screen,mouse, could have more free software ( word etc )
Summary: I'm not particularly knowledgeable about computers, dont understand all the techi bits and basically I wanted a laptop that I could easily operate, mainly for internet, watching DVDs and uploading my pictures. I chose Acer Aspire largely for price range being right (actually I bought from John Lewis when it was on a "special purchase" offer) and it appeared to be the basic kind of laptop that I required.
Acer Aspire is my first and the best computer I've ever had
25 October 2010
Excerpt: "The Acer Aspire is the first laptop I have ever owned and it has worked perfectly. I haven't had any problems with the computer screen or internal parts. The keyboard keys do stick from time to time, but I should take the responsibility for that. They have an open area between the keys and so debris gets in between them and can sometimes jam them up. I live with a 40 lbs puppy and a cat, and this computer holds up to them. The cat likes to sit on ...