Excerpt: I've been using my new laptop for about 2 weeks now. In general it works well, but I'll note a couple of specific issues: 1) I'm not a big fan of the keyboard. When I tested it in the store it seemed OK, but the flat keys just aren't conducive to accurate touch-typing. It's a shame that virtually every laptop maker has gone with flat chiclet-style keys -- in my opinion, a victory of form over function.
Pros: Lightweight, Long Battery Life, Quality Display, Slim Case Included
Excerpt: I needed a travel-friendly, powerful laptop that I can use in the courtroom. It was between this and the VAIO Pro, which was slightly lighter in weight but had a disturbingly pronounced flex when typing due to its carbon-fiber construction. The Acer is solid, very light, with a breathtakingly sharp screen. I just took it on a trip to South Korea and it was never a weight or logistical burden.
Pros: Fast, Lightweight, Long Battery Life, Powerful, Quality Display, Quiet
Excerpt: I really wanted a MacBook Air but all my data is backed up from a previous Windows XP notebook and didn't want to have to go to the hassle of a complete conversion. Not crazy about Windows 8 but this is a good mix of lightweight thin ultrabook, speed, etc with decent battery life. Unfortunately shortly after I received it I attempted to update to 8.1 which screwed a few things up, tried to restore to factory defaults but then couldn't complete update, so had to ship back...
Summary: Just arrived today packaged very nicely and plenty of accessories included, the case is a little cheap but who cares. Laptop is VERY light just what I wanted. Key pad works fine for me I like the sensitivity of it. Only dislike is the size weight of the charger, I would have liked to see something lighter and smaller. Haven't travelled with it yet or gotten to do more than set it up, but it seems to meet all descriptions I had read.
Summary: In almost all respects this is a better machine than a MacBook Air. But for a machine as thin and light as this one, it's likely to be used on the move a lot when you're not plugged in and the battery life is not close to the battery life of a tablet or Macbook Air.
Pros: This is a really nice machine. It's Nice looking. It's SUPER light and thin - almost as light and thin as a tablet. 1080P bright hi res screen. The touchscreen is really great. 8 gigs of RAM.
Cons: Main shortcoming of this computer is the battery life. Only 2:40 with the screen bright. Dimming the screen a lot gets the battery life up to 3 hours. Other things you should be aware of: Battery is not user replaceable and VGA connections require a dongle.
Summary: The computer works great. The display is great also. The wireless mouse didn't work, but it isn't really needed with Windows 8 anyway. Windows 8 takes a lot of getting used to, especially if you want to go beyond the basics. The external battery destroys the slim look of the package, but is actually very useful. It makes typing easier by tilting the keyboard, and it can be charged at one location while the computer on internal battery is used elsewhere.
Talk about cool and functional! On second thought...
John M., Amazon
24 April 2013
Summary: I purchased this laptop after using the same compaq laptop for around 7 yrs. I figured now was the time to take the plunge since IMO the addition of touch-screens were the biggest addition in quite some time. It took a little time to get used Win8, but I like the fact that I can use it to work on MS Office, photo-editing, etc AND also be able to use it for touch-based games. A little learning curve, but that can be expected. So far so good.
Summary: This notebook has everything I want. Powerful yet ultraportable. The screen resolution is 1080p, which is quite awesome; however, some content may be too small at this native setting. The touchscreen is flawless, but my uses for it are limited. I love the external battery and sleeve case that came with it. I do keep the external battery on (even when I put it in its case).
Summary: I bought this unit because I wanted something light but had horsepower.... I read all the pros & cons & decided portability was worth the compromises. I was looking at tablets until I realized that this unit was smaller than most tablets...and it already had a keyboard. With the tablet I would have had to have carried both... My 1st unit unfortunately had BSOD out of the box. and made funny sounds. The box was damaged in the corner...