Acer AS7741-7870 17.3-Inch Laptop ( Black) Reviews
First time Acer Owner December 28, 2010
First time Acer owner. For years I've owned nothing but HP units, and for years I put up with the same old problems. What stands out most for me is the "speed" of this processor. From complete shutdown to up and ready to go is at least three times faster than what I'm used to. Keyboard took a little getting used to as the layout is different than HP's,but feel solid. Very quiet and runs cool. Haven't used it as a "laptop" so can't comment on battery life, only drawback so far is that I don't have a wireless printer and the USB ports are near the front on either side. The printer cord competes with my wireless mouse for space, but is a minor nuissance and will be corrected once I upgrade my printer. So far this Acer has proven to be an excellent part, especially for the price.
Grandma loves it! December 26, 2010
Bought this computer ($600) for my mother-in-law for Christmas 2010 as her old Acer Inspire 5000 was getting quite finicky after 5 years. She loves it! I am typing this review on it's best feature - the keyboard...its keys click quietly but enough to let you know exactly whether you hit the push button or not. Most computer keyboards don't give you this quality of tactile feedback resulting in a lot of missed typos. It also has a number pad to the right which I like. The screen is extra wide which is Grandma's fondness feature - along with the mouse pad having an actually useful scrolling thingy down the side and being sensitive to zooming and pinching with your fingers. The eyeshade is just as tall as her old laptop which is a relief (watch out, some of the wider screens scrimp on height and don't tell you since they only report the diagonal dimension).
The laptop takes 2 minutes to boot up, no deceased pixels on the screen, is very fast for everything, Windows 7 is much better than previous versions and the wireless worked flawlessly the first time out of the box. Negatives: underneath warmth is not as great as with many other laptops but my left leg still gets toasty; the palm rests are reheat which kind of bugs my wrists after a while; speakers produce tinny sound, screen colours are sensitive to vertical angle so you have a narrow zone of about 15 degrees up or down where everything looks normal (side viewing angles are wide).
Bottom column: ready to go almost right out of the box, fast machine, great keyboard, monitor viewing angles need improvement on otherwise excellent screen.
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