Summary: you can play most of the games smoothly. But mine has some problems. One is the "+" key is wrong, it is always activated without pressing. The other one sometimes it cannot power on. it is blocked at the beginning.
Summary: I've had this computer for a couple months now. It does what I want to do, play some video games (Skyrim) and use some software tools that are a bit intense. That said, the battery life is atrocious. Additionally, the computer doesn't have any lights to tell you whether NUM LOCK or CAPS LOCK are on, no easy access volume/mute or WIFI, and the mouse pad is poorly placed such that my left thumb aches from holding it up so as not to brush it.
Summary: For the features it has, I suppose it's a fair price. The memory specifications are misleading: It is advertised as having 8GB of system memory and 2GB of video RAM with a separate video card. In reality, the 8GB is shared. After noticing incredibly slow performance (see below), I looked at the memory performance and it only shows 6GB I am also somewhat disappointed in the performance, but this is in large part due to Windows 8.
Summary: This is my first own laptop and I only really have my brother's 17" MacBook Pro to compare to, but this Aspire felt less refined with fewer bells and whistles. Maybe my comparison is unfair, but it is what I have to compare to.
Pros: i5 pulls very well, but does not clock down automatically as much as I would like - lowest is 1195 MHz
Cons: TERRIBLE vertical viewing angles - my biggest complaint
Summary: I found a fix for the SSD "No Bootable Device" without sending it in to ACER. I got a Rosewill SATA to USB Cable Converter. I tried running it through USB, but that didn't work (the hard drive showed up in Device Manager, but was not listed under "Computer").
Pros: Fast rig. Certainly not the fastest thing out there, but it's only $1200 so you get what you pay for.
Cons: The SSD. I've had to send the laptop off to Acer three times. No joke, THREE times! You'll notice that Acer doesn't list the SDD brand under the specifications. Intel 320 Series SSDSA2CW120G3 is the SSD you're looking for. This SSD has an very bad issue data loss issue. If power is unexpectedly interrupted to the SSD, it's storage space will drop from 120gb to like 8mb. The SSD will also rename itself BAD_CTX 00000159. How do you fix this issue once the damage has bee...
Summary: For what it's worth, I bought two of these laptops at the same time, one for me and one for my wife. My wife's laptop is still going just fine.
Pros: While it worked, it's been great. Incredibly fast boot time. Great gameplay on modern games. Excellent connectivity to the internet. Great battery life. Great screen resolution and quality.
Cons: Windows 8 is stored on a solid state drive (SSD instead of a traditional hard drive (HDD). If your SSD dies, then you lose Windows. The laptop worked great until I opened today, and I noticed it had "0% Battery". It immediately died, and then I tried plugging it in and booting it back up. All that will come up now is "No bootable device found." So it may be that the SSD and the battery are dead. I'm not sure yet.