I had a decision to make to give up my Toshiba laptop. It was 4 years old and had seen many, many hours of lap use. I had broken my back 2 years ago and since then spend a great deal of time with my laptop. I am not a programmer, and not a gamer, unless you consider Pogo players as gamers.. Ha ha. I do enjoy blogging, managing my family's photos, reading articles, research for books and, of course, playing extensively on Pogo. The old Toshiba had done it's time. It was a slow one, only 1G memory, 160GB HD. I had just about used it up. It always showed that I had free space on my memory, but consistenly had a window that popped up saying that I needed to close out windows to free up memory. Well, I only had one window open, so my dilemna was apparent. Not to mention, the USB ports, of which there were only two, had given out and I was using various things to keep my mouse in place like paper clips and folded paper. A thing that always provided a good laugh to my husband when he walked into the room. The fan on the Toshiba had been a constant source of aggravation for me. It had gone out only 2 weeks after purchase, replaced by Circuit City, and went out again 2 months later, and again 3 months later. So we had to go to a cool pad that would draw the heat out of the computer, since Toshiba was no longer willing to replace the offending hardware. I still kept it, it had been a constant companion. Then, this week, I had enough. I did my research and decided I needed a dual core, with plenty of memory so that I would always be able to keep photos, music and books on my computer. I knew I also wanted at least a 4G DDR Memory and 500GB Hard drive and more USB ports. My research identified this machine. I love it. At first, I thought that the surface, being a gray mesh, was a little manly, but what woman doesn't want a computer with flowers on it. But I knew that the insides were much more important. Many of my friends, who are computer programmers, have acers, and swear by them. Not at them! We compared the prices to Best Buy and the same type of computer there was $150 higher, so we went to Walmart. The graphics are reallly wonderful. When we were at the store, we had the computer moved next to their higher priced system with the same 4G, 500GB HD, which was $220 more than this laptop and opened the same sample pictures. Comparing them side by side, this one won hands down. Browsing wasn't available at the store, but it is wonderfully quick. I opened craigslist and the ads just fly up on the screen. No waiting! And news pages with heavy graphics that used to slow me down because I had to wait for them to load before I could scroll down to read, no longer an issue! They load almost instantly. Must be the 500 GB thing. My photos are transferred, and it wasn't even a blip on the memory. It says that I can store thousands of photos, and music... wow. I can't wait! I tested the battery life today and it gave me 5 + hours after a full charge, without plugging in, while playing various games and browsing. Very happy about that. I guess I was just holding onto that old Toshiba because I didn't want to spend the money on another machine, but it was only $398. So worth it! And I didn't need to go the the higher, more expensive computer to get what I needed. Trust me, if you want good value for the money, this is it.
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