I am a systems analyst. I've used computers of all sizes, shapes, brands and power levels. However, when I'm on the go, I like lightweight devices over powerful ones. I don't need lots of "go" to attach crossover cables and do diagnostics with. So with that said here's my professional review:
First thing's first, you noticed I mentioned crossover cable, but this device has no Ethernet port, that's right as the world move's more wireless small computers are not coming with Ethernet built in anymore. This one is no different. I purchased a USB 3.0 to Gigabit ethernet adapter. Walmart has lots of options there to choose from. It's worth it if you need it trust me.
Next: This little laptop was VERY slow when I got it. McAfee was choking the life out of it, along with a load of other things (including Windows 8.0 trying to update) it was perpetually in a state of full processor load. YOU MUST REMOVE THE BLOATWARE, update it to Windows 8.1 (I run 8.1 Pro) and find an alternate Antivirus. Once you do this, it will blow you mind at just how fast such a tiny computer can actually be. It will stream HD content without glitches or freezes, it will operate any MS Office application without trouble as well. Be patient with it, do you part, and give it a couple days (like another poster said, it's the best advice he could've received). This little laptop is being closed out by Walmart as it's now a year old. Hurry and get one new if you still can, because the refurb unit is the same price! I love Acer brand products, good quality, great price. And finally, as is typical of most ultralights/ultraslim 11.6" notebooks, there is no optical drive. Again, if you need it (I imagine it would be rarely, even in my field we rarely use optical drives compared to days of yore) you can get an external for cheap from Walmart.
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