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: 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.
Summary: I got this Laptop from Walmart for 458 dollars plus Warranty. So far this laptop has been great. Had it for a year, I am a total Gamer, its been great. Glad I got this laptop, its been great with everything I do..videos, games, downloads, etc... Even makes my own friend jealous. ^_^ I love Acer...
Summary: Had this laptop for two weeks, bought it from walmart. After the two weeks the only program I put on it was bitdefender antivirus and system mechanic, shortly after it crashed. Rebooted everything and removed all the non oem clutter, which is mostly useless stuff anyway. The ram seemed to cut in half by itself and the hard drive cut its speed in half.
Summary: Picked this up at Walmart for $398 the price tag on it was $498 it must have been a roll back or something. I really didn't need a computer at all however for $398 I just couldn't turn it down. I prefer macs but I have picked up a couple HP's for the same price as this with 4gb of ram,but a 15.6'' screen at a black friday sale.I mean with kids and school work and that rare occasion were you need a PC I refuse to pay over $500 bucks for a PC. No Way!!!
Summary: I bought mine at Walmart back in August 2010, and it runs like a champ. I use it for school, work and church ministry stuff. All my files are there even with the 250 gig internal drive and my external Free Agent Go drive by Seagate 320 gig. It has all the system specs as stated, the dual core Intel 1.86 GHZ P6000 processor. 3 gigs of ram. 17.3 LED HD screen. What I like about it, The battery last about 3.6 hours for using with out the power cord.