I bought this unit, or an AO0722 with essentially the same specifications, about a year ago. For an inexpensive computer, it has served my wife and I particularly well. While I do occasionally take it on the road, most of the time it is connected to our big screen TV. My wife and I canceled our Direct TV account in January 2012 and the Acer netbook allows us to watch TV network video on demand via the Internet; Direct TV treated us well, but we just got tired of paying for the privilege of spending almost a third of our time watching commercials. The netbook delivers 720p video and stereo sound to our big screen via the HDMI port. We use an inexpensive Microsoft 3500 wireless mouse to control the netbook from across the room.
The webcam and microphone are Skype compatible. The webcam was also the only one of my three that worked with my university's video conferencing network. Unlike a friend's Apple notebook, the microphone doesn't appear to pick up the audio from the speaker, thereby precluding the echo effect on some VOIP group calls. It's convenient not to have to use an earphone.
My installed OS is Windows 7 Home Premium. I recommend thinking long and hard before upgrading to Windows 8. I ran Windows 8 test drive on a virtual machine for about 6 months and never warmed to the new tablet oriented interface. From what I've read, big business and government users are also likely to skip Windows 8. Conversely, if you have a touch sensitive screen or a tablet powerful enough to run Windows 8, the new Microsoft operating system may be just what you've been waiting for. While I'm happy with my Android 4.0 Samsung tablet, I can see that the active tile approach offered by Windows 8 does make the Android and iOS icons seem a bit old school.
This is the second Acer product I've bought in recent years. The first was a relatively inexpensive Acer business quad-core tower. That machine, which came with a three year warranty, has been in daily use for over four years. Acer support was professional and readily available during the warranty period.
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