dealsacer aspire quad-core notebook with 17.3” hd…

166
vote-for21vote-against

Wow, that is quite a lot of laptop for the price.
Have not seen a 17 inch for this cheap. If all you need is a huge screen with great day to day capabilities, this will suit you just fine.
This will be able to handle any normal task well (facetube, myface, MS Word, web browsing, streaming video, etc.)

vote-for11vote-against

Bought this last time Woot had it on sale for the same price. VERY nice computer! HDMI out, large screen (not 1080p but oh well), lots of power. Full keyboard AND a numpad! No complaints.

Some of the Acer bloatware is a pain to remove, but a quick jump to Safe Mode fixed that for the stubborn ones.

vote-for7vote-against

Very good deal on this laptop, though I'm sure some self-indulgent nerd will chime in to explain that this deal sucks because the sub-$400 laptop doesn't have a 1440p display.

vote-for6vote-against

I was going to buy this until I seen it was going to be shipped via SmartPost. I highly doubt it would get here in time for Christmas. Dumb.

vote-for2vote-against

@nyisless13: I was thinking the same thing. Quad core, 500 GB, 17" LED display for under $400? Anyone looking for a laptop should snatch this up now.

vote-for2vote-against

Surely this will get her by Christmas?!?! I bought it not even worrying about it. Pleasssseee tell me it will be here by then. It's from Santa for my 8 year old son!

vote-for12vote-against

I bought this one from green woot for $10 more recently, and it's great. Good 1600x900 resolution (some skimp on this) on the inbuilt screen. Humungous processor deal, Bright screen, Video will go to 1080, any play it, you can get 8GB RAM to upgrade for under $50 at Fry's, ($30 with rebate), though that's overkill, and battery life's about 3 hours on the right settings.

Niggles? Delete key is in a strange place, and the numberpad seems to keep on defaulting back to numlock without me wanting it to, but I ssupect that's fixable. As always I wish they'd have upgradeable video cards, though it's perfectly ok. Video card isn't the world's fastest, but I'm probably getting picky as it's better than most onboard Intels. There's a spare mini or maybe other sort of PCI slot spare inside, but I'm not sure that's available to upgrade video.

Not for extreme gaming, but it's pretty damn good.

vote-for2vote-against

Oh this is great for the price. I have an 11in Acer which is bombproof, and so I hope this will be as good. I've just started using the one I bought, and though the corner of the case chipped a bit of plastic off for no reason, the screen's nice and bright, and it hardly uses the extra RAM I installed for no money. it's generally fast, though I'm looking at ways of optimising the video in case I try to do some gaming. At this price Quad core was a no-brainer.

vote-for0vote-against

Dear Santa,

I have been good this year as you know. But my notebook is not working any more due to a bad (D) drive.
So if you could you please send me a laptop like this one as a gift this year.
I will do my best to working more for my community and helping freinds :)

Thank you !

vote-for2vote-against

Doesn't have an expansion slot?

vote-for1vote-against

I got really excited but then realized that this was an amd quad core, nothing against that but I have not researched amd's that much, but it general they do run significantly cheaper then intel's. So please anyone, is the processor on this one at par with intel's? Thanks :)

vote-for3vote-against

Argh I just got a Fry's special Acer for $299, the AS7739Z-4439, which has a 320GB HD and a P6200 CPU.

I'm wondering if it'd be better to return that and get this. Seemed like a good deal at the time.

Would appreciate feedback.

vote-for2vote-against

Bought my 17" acer aspire one, model is 7551-(different ending), love it, came with 3.0ghz chips but otherwise veeeeery similar specs, love it, been awesome for the last ten months, I say good deal here.

vote-for-10vote-against

@glorifiedg: dang, thats an interesting present for an 8 year old son, maybe u should have gotten him an ipad or nintendo ds or something

vote-for5vote-against

@nickbar: That's really subjective, since chips don't become obsolete after 12 months anymore both Intel and AMD have a huge selection of chips on the market with different capabilities. In general, just comparing clock speed, an i5 or i7 beats a K10 (Phenom) and K10 beats older Intel chips. A 2.2GHz Phenom II quad core will run regular applications just fine, it'll choke on games but nobody's going to be playing games on a rig like this. Radeon 4250 does beat Intel graphics, but honestly that's not saying much because Intel graphics are a pathetic joke--for games you still need to get a discrete card until AMD figures out how to do graphics-enabled APUs right.

Something else to consider is the size--17 inches sounds good on paper, but laptops this big are a chore to lug around and really don't travel well. Most people who get a 17 inch class laptop without real graphics are looking for surf the Internet around the house.

vote-for2vote-against

Does anyone know how this video card compares to nvidia 8600M GT for gaming?

vote-for4vote-against

I love this laptop. It has enough power for me to do my school work and play some older games. It is rather large and hard to carry around but it is worth it to me. It won't run skyrim, but it will run fallout nv. I bought this several months ago for $500.

vote-for2vote-against

I just bought this laptop. Will really be upset if it doesn't get here before Christmas.

vote-for2vote-against

can I use a bluetooth keyboard with this ? can't find anything in the specs ?

vote-for4vote-against

Bought this one on green Woot as well for $10 more.

Pros:
- The screen is really pretty.
- The full size keyboard is nice.
- It has enough juice to handle most basic tasks.

Cons:
- The processor isn't nearly as peppy as I would have expected from a quad-core; this is my first quad-core computer, and it has more lag than some dual-cores that I've used, including a Core 2 Duo running XP at 2.0Ghz. Don't expect a huge jump in performance from this machine.
- The arrow keys aren't super-responsive. Sometimes, you'll need to press them a few times to get the cursor to move. I don't know whether that's a side effect of the laggy processor. I don't notice the issue with any of the other keys.
- The battery life tops out between three and four hours, though you probably aren't lugging this guy around very much if you're shopping for a laptop this big.

For the price, it's not a bad machine. Just don't expect the world of it, because you won't get the world back.

vote-for5vote-against

Will this be able to handle Adobe CS3? I use Photoshop, Dreamweaver & Flash for work and need a cheap laptop for working at home.

vote-for2vote-against

@craig234: I was initially going to say that I thought this was a much better deal than the one you got. However, I haven't had time to research it, and I won't anytime soon, but here is a side-by-side comparison on the Acer website. I CAN'T believe the video card isn't mentioned (that I saw, but I am on my phone). That would be key for me whether I returned the one and bought this one instead. Did the one you buy come with integrated or discrete graphics? 

http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/compare/LX.PXE02.209-LX.RL702.023

vote-for2vote-against

This processor is not bad at all, see http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_lookup.php?cpu=AMD+Phenom+II+N970+Quad-Core a very respectable benchmark. However, those who complain are oprehaps missing out on the point of the strength of these things: I might be wrong, but I suspect that quad core strength is not in single-app things and games, unless they are specifically coded to take advantage of the separate cores, so it's best for a multitasking environment where you've got background tasks and a lot going on, I believe.

vote-for1vote-against

@gtmaster303: "Wow, that is quite a lot of laptop for the price"...I can't put my finger on it, but I think I've heard this phrase before in a situation uninvolving computers, completely.

vote-for3vote-against

@glorifiedg: If it doesn't, give him a picture of it and tell him that it wasn't safe to bring on the sleigh so you shipped it instead and it will arrive in a few days by post.

vote-for3vote-against

This doesn't have a video card, it's just the motherboard's onboard graphics. HD4250 is alright for videos but was never meant for gaming. Also for the processor, yes programs would have to be multithread coded to take advantage of it - and most aren't. Though multiple cores still is nice so your main running program doesn't have to wait for background processes or programs that are running and newer programs will (hopefully) take advantage of quads.

Very good deal still, just only if you don't want something to play games on. Not that you should expect that for this kind of price.

vote-for2vote-against

Please Woot, make sure this gets here before Christmas! My grand daughter would be sooooo disappointed if it doesnt...:)

vote-for3vote-against

@falluper: This should run Adobe CS3 products just fine. I had used a similar laptop from HP and CS5 ran fine on it.

Not sure about CS3, but CS5 actually seems to handle the 4+ cores of processors better than other software and even the OS.

vote-for2vote-against

Anyone know if I ca play x264 mp4/mkv files out flawlessly through the HDMI port to my HDTV?

vote-for1vote-against

@nickbar: I have this laptop, and I'd say it's certainly on par or better than an Intel chip. I've never had a single problem with an AMD.

vote-for1vote-against

How does this deal compare to this Sony Vaio at J&R ($100 more)? Mainly for business applications.

Sony VPCEG21FX/B Notebook,
Intel Pentium B950 2.10GHz Dual-Core Processor
3MB Smart Cache
4GB DDR3-1333MHz RAM (8GB max.)
500GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
14.0" LED Backlit Display (1366 x 768)
Intel HD Graphics
Intel High Definition Audio
DVD±R/RW Burner
802.11 b/g/n WLAN
10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Built-in Web Camera and Microphone
Multimedia Card Reader - MS Duo media slot and SD media slot
86-keys Keyboard and Touch Pad (Gesture supported)
Ports: 4 x USB 2.0, Headphone Output, Microphone Input, VGA, HDMI, RJ-45 Ethernet
Dimensions: 13.62 (W) x 1.14 - 1.36 (H) x 9.40 (D) inches
Weight: 5.08 pounds

http://www.jr.com/sony/pe/SON_VPCEG21FXB/?JRSource=chemail.Back2Black.12042011#productTabDetails

vote-for2vote-against

For internet, office work, and some light gaming, it's great. As for portability, I've traveled with it in a good 17" laptop backpack and have zero complaints. Used it on an airplane in the cheap seats and it wasn't cumbersome at all.

vote-for2vote-against

@jeffshinn: I can verify it runs CS5. I wouldn't try creating a Photoshop masterpiece on it, but handles CS5 surprisingly well!

vote-for3vote-against

I bought this laptop about a year ago for a bit over $700 and still love it! It's used for internet, home office stuff, and some lighter gaming. It'll run Portal II just fine, but the graphics won't be as pretty as on more powerful graphics cards. For $375 though, it's great. The keyboard is very easy to clean with the "chiclet" keys, just take a vacuum brush over it and nothing will be left stuck under keys. I see that some people have had issues with parts of the keyboard; I've only noticed it when I fat-finger something. The number pad is great, and the touchpad is very responsive. The screen seems like it would reflect a lot but I don't notice it while working. After a year of nearly daily use, the battery lasts about 2.5 hours and takes maybe 45 minutes to fully charge from dead. I've traveled with it using a good 17" laptop backpack, used it on airplanes, hooked up to several wifi spots - it's all good. Great deal!

vote-for2vote-against

I'm in for 1. Hoping this gets here before Christmas. I bought a 17" Inspiron 9300 back in 2005 for about a grand. It just died on me this year. Hoping to replace with this machine.

vote-for2vote-against

Should I be concerned about buing a "refurbished" computer? I need to buy 2 laptops for 2 teenagers.

vote-for3vote-against

@jeffshinn: Thanks - I bit on it.

Also picked up the Squaretrade warranty. For first time squaretraders, use coupon INTRODUCTION for 20% off.

vote-for1vote-against

I'm comparing this laptop to this one:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+Pavilion+Laptop+/+AMD+A-Series+Processor+/+15.6%26%2334%3B+Display+/+4GB+Memory+-+Steel+Gray/3649058.p?id=1218422882872&skuId=3649058&st=DV6-6117DX&cp=1&lp=1

which is pretty similar except the one I linked has:
6640g vs. this one's 4250
2.4ghz quadcore vs. this one's 2.2ghz

Does anyone have an opinion on whether the price difference of 60.00 makes this one a better deal if I'm going to be doing some light gaming (like Lol, Dungeon Defenders, TF2, maybe SWTOR when it comes out etc.) and watching a fair amount of hd video? This Benchmark List (http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Graphics-Cards-Benchmark-List.844.0.html ) seems to suggest that this laptop might not be the better choice.

vote-for1vote-against

Hello, Does anyone know if this Acer Aspire Quad-Core Notebook is good for storing videos. Reason, I am taking a trip out of the country, and I do not have a lot of memory cards. Tell how you store your videos if you where out of the US. Serious answer only Please, Thank you.

vote-for4vote-against

You can always check processor speeds for comparisons on this page:

[url]http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php[/url]

This one is about the same as an Intel i3-2310m.

You don't need to be concerned about this one being refurbished - it has a real Acer warranty. You can be concerned about other refurbished items when they don't have the real manufacturer's warranty.

Acer has a pretty special refurbishing process. There have been a few articles on it and the refurbish factory here in USA in print magazines and on the web. But typically I cannot find one to link it right now. But an Acer refurbished model is tested every which way by real people here in the US, parts replaced and cleaned if needed but usually not, and probably is a better bet to work right, out of the box, than a absolutely brand new one.

I would have no problem getting this one, if I needed it. I'm still considering it anyway!

The Squaretrade warranty deal with coupon is something to consider too.

vote-for3vote-against

@reflections: Look into purchasing an external hard-drive. I have a Western Digital 500gb. Very practical pricing and extremely efficient for storing media.

vote-for2vote-against

Anyone running Linux on this?

vote-for2vote-against

@reflections: I have a Seagate Free Agent drive, 750GB. I found it on Newegg for a great price, and it's been a couple of years. I love it for the gobs of pictures and videos I take of my young children. I use my Linux-running laptop to transfer them, and I have no issues with accessing them on our Windows 7 desktop.

Anyhow, the Seagate GoFlex external hard drive or the My Passport drive by Western Digital are both portable and good values (I find). Check the reviews on Amazon to find your best fit.

vote-for2vote-against

Noooooooooooooooooooooo! I seriousy was going to jump on this. I didn't think it would sell out this quickly...

vote-for2vote-against

@michaels1715: Thanks for the comparison sheet. I suspect I got a slower CPU for $70 savings. I think I might try to craiglist this one.

Of course it gets a lot more expensive when I didn't pass up the Norton 360 promotion and Canon printer promotions and didn't mail $100 in rebates.

vote-for-2vote-against

Woot keeps deleting this from their Xoom tablet sale page so I will post it here.
Office Depot offers the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz 10.1" Widescreen Google Android Tablet, model no. 130422U, for $299.99 with free shipping. That's tied with a Cyber Monday mention and the lowest total price we could find by $12, although it was $20 less on Black Friday (since expired). Sales tax is added where applicable. Features include an NVIDIA Tegra 2 T20 1GHz dual-core processor, 10.1" 1280x800 widescreen touchscreen LCD, 1GB RAM, 32GB flash storage, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, microSD card slot, 5-megapixel rear facing camera, 2-megapixel front facing camera, microHDMI output, 2-cell battery, and Google Android 3.1.

vote-for1vote-against

If you want this by Christmas, forget it, Woot is using SmartPost, it cuts down on their shipping cost at the price of it taking several weeks to get your purchase, you see it will be shipped by FedEx to your local post office, where it will sit for a week, maybe two until those lazy SOBs empty the crate and send it on it's way. You can track the package to the post office, and day by day, become more and more angry as it is not at your door. Boycott all retailers that use SmartPost