Summary: 30+ year computer professional. I've owned dozens of laptops and was certified to repair numerous brands and models of the years. I am typically quite relentless with respect to working through technical issues, BIOS-level and OS-level issues. I will rate this particular Acer model as a catastrophe. It is absolute junk on a stick. Here is why: Trackpad: Its got bad juju. Its a Alps model; prone to radio interference and touch mis-reads. Cursor jumps all over the place.
Summary: I bought this as a refurb and I love it. The screen is one of the biggest you can get and the high resolution is nice for my old eyes. It boots up fast (45 sec.) and shuts down in 10 seconds. I have not noticed any bugs in the hardware (unlike the Aspire 5336-2524 I also own (fan noise weirdness and screen singing at low brightness)). I use it more as a PC replacement, so I can't comment on the battery, but the size of it would make it a bit heavy to schlep around.
Summary: This is my first personal laptop and it has been a great purchase. I do a lot of photo editing and use it for Netflix this laptop has been able to handle everything I can throw at it without any problems. However I must add I paid $399 for mine around 8/2011 so I don't understand today's price.
Summary: I've had my Acer for 18 months, and it's been better than expected. I've been running Win 7 Ultimate, as I the need to run a WinXP virtual machine. Over time, I found a couple deals on memory, and have upgraded to 8 Gb. I use the Acer's screen to display the graphics of control systems I'm simulating, and a separate monitor from the Acer's VGA port to display the background code execution. Yes, it can handle playing MP3s at the same time. Haven't tried the HDMI port.