Summary: The specs on this A10 processor compare to an Intel I3 so the original price was a bit inflated.
Pros: Touch screen. The best sound from a laptop I've heard. Lighted keyboard. Price, 399.99 w/ coupon day before thanksgiving at medium sized box store.
Cons: No right click button on touch pad (why'o why). No dvd drive. Had to by an external. Had to take the whole bottom cover off to get to the one memory slot. Broke off one of the plastic vent grills in doing this. Need an 8G memory mod ($$) to upgrade to 12G. The computer seems to be taken over by Microsoft and Win8.
Summary: - You must swap the HDD for a SSD right away. It is a waste to buy this nice laptop and not swap the hard drive for a SSD, you'd be wasting money in a way. I put a 250gb Samsung Evo in this thing and it sis booting Win 8.1 in 10 seconds. running apps smoothly and playing games.
Pros: - A8 is a beast even though its at 2.1GHz. Runs all applications and most games I tested (Diablo 3, Borderlands 2, Crysis 2) on medium settings with no hiccups.
Cons: - The first one sent to me by Newegg had 2 dead pixels, so there is a egg off for that. It;s the first time I got a dead pixel laptop from Acer so I wont complain too much or take off another egg. But you have to keep those at the most minimum, I have heard some complaints recently.
Summary: Other then sending it back and having to wait I have been happy with my purchase.
Pros: Budget performance laptop. Thin, though this comes at the cost of the CD/DVD drive. This is a plus in my book. All shortcut keys and hardware work well with Linux Mint 16. I haven't had any issues after installing the OS from an external drive. Tried Win 7 as well and had a little trouble finding the required drivers for some of the components.
Cons: Do not upgrade the bios to V3.07, the thing went a little nuts afterwards and would crash here and there. Ended up returning it to Acer and they replaced the board without issue, so no complaints there. At 35w the fans spin up a bit more then I would like but the typing surface stays cool so that is a plus.
Summary: I was looking for a cheap gaming laptop for LAN parties. I mostly wanted something that would run steam indie games and source engine games. It did not fail to disappoint. I do believe that something is holding back its potential (possibly the video drivers). Even some of the older games (killing floor and need for speed world) need to be on very low to mid settings to get reasonable frame rates.
Pros: Great price
Cons: Touchpad is horrendous. This is our second modern Acer and both have this disgusting touchpad. What were they thinking? I dropped in a mouse like everyone else said.