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8 reviews | 3.8 out of 5
I picked this up on Black Friday for about $500. It's nice and thin and light. Loaded with Win8 64 bit, it is DEFINITELY not your father's OS. But that's not Acer's fault, right? This is about the notebook.
The touchpad works great
It's reasonably fast
Battery life seems to be as advertised
Ports are scarce: 2 USB, 1 HDMI, 1 audio, 1 SD-MMC reader
No Ethernet, no VGA
The verdict: decent way to break into an ultrabook.
Nice small laptop, starts quickly. Does NOT have a cd/dvd drive, so you can't make restore discs without buying an external CD/DVD writer. The big issue I have is the Windows 8 operating system, which is designed for touch screen tablets, not laptops, and is terrible to use with a mouse. It keeps changing windows for no reason, when you close a program it still stays open. I hate to take it back, but the operating system just doesn't work on a regular laptop. It did NOT come with the limited versions of MS Office as advertised, so it can't even open a word .doc file. Sorry to write a bad review. This would have been my sixth laptop in the last ten years. Maybe when they release an update to Windows 8 it will work, but I don't want to wait for that.
I use my computer every day for work. I wanted an ultrabook that wouldn't break my bank. This computer is definitely that computer.
There were a few things that were annoying at first. They were all based on defaults in win8 or the preloaded software. After changing those things (ie the 4 corners track pad always bouncing to the store or other apps, removing some of the pre loaded software) this computer is exceptional. It is the same size as the macbook air I used for school. It is crazy fast and there have been no problems. Everyone comments that it is amazing.
I am a casual, work user. I email, use office, often have many windows open at once. I am not a power user. I am not a gamer. As an ultrabook for a standard work user this is perfect.
I really love my ultrabook. It is very lightweight and has a quick startup. I hardly ever use my desktop or cell phone for internet tasks. The only thing I do not like is the Windows 8. I guess I do not like change very much. It is taking some time to get used to, but it is not so terrible that the ultrabook is a turnoff.
Laptop is nice and light and performs well. However, the fan makes a shrill sound, way too loud for me. Also, since the speakers are dreadfully poor, I cannot drown out the fan noise. Too bad, it is a nice laptop otherwise.
I bought this computer as an office computer and wanted something lightweight since I carry it everywhere. For that reason, this computer is perfect for my needs as I hardly notice the weight in my bag. I have only been using this computer for about a week, but so far, everything is working great. Windows 8 has taken a little time to get used to. I primarily use this computer without the app section of the software as a result, but I am beginning to navigate things better and actually like it more than Windows 7. However, if this computer was touchscreen, I would probably enjoy Windows 8 better. Other than that, it is fast for my needs and very lightweight. It is much faster than my previous computer. It is quiet and gets the job done.