Summary: I picked this up for my younger brother who is into high-end games. It performs well, is fairly cool, and has decent battery life. And odd issue is that the power button can easily be pressed accidentally. It makes it a little bit more difficult to carry it around while the monitor/lid is open.
Summary: I am very pleased with this laptop. I bought it primarily for doing graphic design work (large screen, graphics card) and some light gaming. I noticed another reviewer said that it won't run modern games like Battlefield 3 or Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3. THIS IS NOT TRUE! I have gotten both games to run without any tweaking and they look gorgeous. Battlefield 3 had some occasional issues running full screen, but it otherwise ran smoothly.
Summary: Love it was better than thought i was going to be. It works wonderfully and bigger than expected but really light. The screen is awesome and the keys are nice to the touch and easy to use. Going to be a good school computer.
Summary: Wanted to update my review if anyone is interested... AS of January 15th, 2012... I have owned this laptop for a couple of months now... it is a real performer. I use it for CFD and CADD work (heavy duty engineering software that requires a lot of power in both number crunching and video performance). This machine does NOT disappoint. I also use it for mild entertainment value. It plays movies to my HD TV or right there on the GIANT 17.3" monitor...
Summary: I really love this computer has everything i want and more.I found when i got it. It had an extra spot that had another hard drive connection so i plugged in another hard drive and it logged it so I did alittle work and It works great have an sshd comming for my main hard drive and the 640 gb hard drive that came with the computer as my back up this is an awsome computer.Thats one thing about Acer you always get a little extra with their computers.
Summary: All in all, this package includes great hardware at a good price. Alas, there is a fundamental flaw that makes this notebook less than appealing: Switchable Graphics It starts with a good intention: Use the integrated graphics adapter (Intel HD 3000) for tasks that do not require a powerful GPU and switch over to the AMD/ATI GPU for more demanding tasks (such as games and other tasks that require hardware acceleration).
Summary: OK, it is not perfect. I don't know of a laptop that doesn't have some kind of negative, they all do. This machine is powerful. It has an Intel processor with integrated video plus a descrete ATI/AMD card. And that is the problem. There are many of these hybrids coming out and they have not perfected the BIOS. You can't choose to use only one of the GPU's in the BIOS which is very bad. The software interface to change between video options basically stinks.