dealsacer aspire 15.6" quad-core laptop with 500gb…

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Looks like a good price. Costco has it new for $550 and ten reviews at:

http://reviews.costco.com/2070/11672732/acer-acer-aspire-as5560-laptop-amd-a6-3400m-1-4ghz-amd-radeon-hd-6520g-graphics-reviews/reviews.htm

Several people report issues with the touch pad. I'll bet that's the reason for refurb availability.

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I have an ACER netbook that I love and this seems like a really good deal. Anyone have one of these? I am a little concerned about the low processor speed, but the quad-core seems promising. Thoughts?

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@vbeck: The processor has automatic TurboCore technology that raises the speed to 2.3gHz, which is mid-range even for a dual core (this is quad). This should be the perfect laptop for 90% of people's needs

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Well, it's way better than the Dell elsewhere in the featured listings...

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If you're uneasy about refurbished products for some reason, you may want to check out this Samsung with comparable specs and price, for $379.99 (about $400 after tax) NEW from Best Buy

http://deals.woot.com/deals/details/f9ee6839-a4be-4ce5-9296-3fd5d5de0ad8/samsung-laptop-amd-a-series-quad-core-processor-15-6-display-4gb-memory#0

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Nice Refurbished price but TigerDirect has it New after Rebate for $450 with Free shipping at the web link below:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1626726&SRCCODE=GOOGLEBASE&cm_mmc_o=VRqCjC7BBTkwCjCECjCE

:)

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Looks like great innards for the price, I'm just hesitant because acer laptops always feel a little flimsy to me.

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Yea acer, sorry I really need a lappy but can't seem to pull the trigger on this deal......... Yet....

Anyone know if the laptop has more then one hard drive bay?

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The integrated graphics on the A-series shares memory with the main system, and really benefits from faster memory. Unfortunately they used the slowest memory in this model. If you want to use this for gaming and can afford it I would consider upgrading to 8GB of DDR3-1600

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What is the screen resolution?
Just saying "WXGA" is not specific enough.
A screen this size with 1366x768 is too grainy.

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Well, I need an opinion (or 10). I find myself in need of a laptop, after my old girl was brutally dropped a few months ago and has been in ever-declining death rattle mode since. I don't have a ton of cash but I like to keep a computer for awhile so I'm looking for something with decent enough specs that it won't be struggling a year or two in. Also, I don't game. EVER.

I had an Acer Aspire (which I loved) for about four years but it ended up being too heavy for me bc I was a flight attendant at the time and had to lug it everywhere and overheating was getting the best of it anyway. I replaced it in early 2008 with a 14" HP dv2840 which I've been using ever since.

This Sunday, I saw an ad for a laptop at Staples with what seem like decent specs: http://www.staples.com/Dell-Inspiron-i14RN-1818DBK-14-Laptop/product_374303

I'm hesitating bc it's a Dell. Should I be? The specs seem somewhat similar to this one, but which one would you get? (Price is pretty comparable after coupon.)

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My son plays league of legends on my computer or my wife's, both of which are a couple of years old. I would imagine this would be an upgrade, even if it's not top of the line for gaming?

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The Dell has an Intel dual core. Should I be leaning toward a quad core, especially since I'm looking to have this machine for awhile?

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@deathopie: This is probably an upgrade, as it is a 2011 chipset (I believe). Feel free to post your current computer specs, though

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@borntohunt: The mail in rebate offer ended this morning if I remember correctly.

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It would be good for most users, but don't get it if you hope to use it to play Warcraft on vacation. It won't work out.

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dear apple,

Please take note. This is a 15" Laptop for a Number Pad, so I see no reason why you can't put one on at least the 17" MacBook Pro.

Thanks,

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Does this have a webcam? I can't really tell from the pictures...

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@sh4ne: So you'd go with this one over the Dell from Staples?

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@brutherford: Thanks, that's worth checking on.
Under Rebate Info: "Ends 12/16/2011
Valid 12/09/2011 - 12/16/2011
This rebate MUST be postmarked within 30 days of purchase.
This rebate is in USD currency and may be paid with a prepaid reward card."

Some folks may not like dealing with a prepaid reward card. Another decent point is where I live I do not get charged tax buying things from Woot, but this would charge me 7% Tax at TigerDirect which would be $28 more buying new.

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This is better than the previous Woot Acer quad-core laptop that was only $20 less ($30 less if you got it during the Woot-Off) since:
- The processor is newer which came out 6 months ago June 2011 instead of 12 months ago Dec. 2010.
- Better Benchmark Passmark @ 3448 with having Turbo Core Technology boosting it up to 2.3GHz.
- Better Graphics using the AMD Radeon HD 6520G with 512MB of dedicated system memory.
- More RAM with 6GB instead of 4GB.

Web links you can check for these details:

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_lookup.php?cpu=AMD+A6-3400M+APU+with+Radeon+HD+Graphics

http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-A-Series-A6-3400M-Notebook-Processor.55753.0.html

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@borntohunt: Sorry, but this computer does NOT have any dedicated graphics. It is a shared graphics card, and therefore, unsuitable for anything but casual gaming. I wish it did. If it had 512mb on the card, I'd be buying one.

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Pricey for a refurb. CompUSA has it for $449 new (ends today).
http://goo.gl/wgtfg

FWIW, display is "OK" at 1366 x 768

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@woottoady: Remember you have to send in the mail-in-rebate AND wait 6 weeks for you cash card to arrive to get that price, not an instant rebate and no check...

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@cironnu: WRONG, unfortunately you're mistaken. Look again at the TigerDirect web link so you'll see more detailed specs:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1626726&SRCCODE=LINKSHARE&cm_mmc_o=-ddCjC1bELltzywCjC-d2CjCdwwp&AffiliateID=PvTvb1zzm2o-X9RztIlYVcmI2PMGxo0eig

Graphics Description: Discrete-Class Graphics
GPU/VPU: AMD Radeon HD 6520G
Video Memory: 512MB of dedicated system memory

You're looking in the wrong place for gaming computers. Woot does not sell computers that have respectable gaming specs, but focus more on the larger more common population of average home end users.

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@cironnu: It does not matter to me who's right or which web site is more correct, but I just prefer folks to be comfortable & confident in what they think they are buying to meet what they are looking for. The newest generation of AMD processors claim to fame is the better graphics support which they are trying to be better than their competitor Intel's latest generation of processors with better graphics support. You may be right & TigerDirect's web site may be wrong according to the web link below:

http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Radeon-HD-6520G.55734.0.html

"The AMD Radeon HD 6520G is an integrated processor graphics card for mid-range laptops. It is integrated in the mid-range APUs (A6 Series, e.g. A6-3410MX) and offers 320 of the 400 shader cores clocked at 400MHz. It offers no dedicated graphics memory (shared memory graphics card) and is therefore slower than similar Radeon HD 6000M cards."

Best of luck to you in believing what you want & getting what you want.

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I have two nearly identical Acer Aspire One netbooks: one with shared memory graphics and one with discrete memory graphics. The difference is night and day.

Everything I can find about the laptop in today's Woot Moofie deal laptop chipset does not say anything about discrete graphics. Therefore, I am going to conclude that it is using shared system memory for its graphics and is not really suitable for gaming.

On the bright side, you can hook three displays to these AMD Fusion laptops: Laptop display, VGA display, and HDMI display.

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@sh4ne: vbeck...are you saying this should be faster cause it is a quad core or it is under powered for a quad core?

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HEY EVERYONE: You can get this BRAND NEW from Amazon for the SAME Price with FREE SHIPPING!

http://www.amazon.com/Acer-AS5560-Sb256-15-6-Inch-Laptop-Black/dp/B005J2JMJ4/

Why buy this refurbished one when you can get it new!

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I lied - this refurbished one on Woot has 6GB RAM, the new one has only 4GB. Other wise they are the same.

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@sh4ne: Thanks. That's a nice deal too, even though that one has a slightly different model number with a bit less memory which is AS5560-SB256 and is not Woot's AS5560-SB653, yours is with the same processor & graphics support which Amazon reports as:

"AMD Radeon HD 6520G Graphics with 512MB of dedicated system memory"

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It is integrated, but it's better than many laptop video cards ith a rating of 450. All the other GPUs I've seen at this price have a rating under 200, and video performance is really important.

http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/video_lookup.php?gpu=Radeon+HD+6520G

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Here is the same model (Sb613) from Amazon, with 4Gb RAM

http://www.amazon.com/Acer-AS5560-Sb613-15-6-Inch-Laptop-Black/dp/B005J2JNDE

$449, brand new, free shipping.

I -almost- pulled the trigger on the Woot offer, but then I noticed similar systems at Amazon with i5 processors... now I'm waffling.

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@jrswansonjr: Mea culpa, mea culpa.

Tried to edit - guess I missed the window.

Woot is offering the Sb653, -not- the Sb613. Sb653 has a slightly slower processor, and also does not return any hits when searching the Acer website, except as a passing mention of extended travel warranties.

FWIW, Intel models offer 2 USB2.0 and 1 USB3.0, while AMD offers 3 USB2.0.