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Saw this one while looking for a good all-round laptop. High end I3 processor and a fairly decent dedicated grahpics. Best price i've seen for anything this good. Not sure of any downsides to this really.

Full specs:
Processor Intel® Core™ i3-380M Dual Core (380M, 3MB Cache, 2.53 GHz)
Screen 15.6" (Acer CineCrystal, 1366x768 HD, High Brightness, LED Backlit)
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit
RAM 4GB
Hard Drive 640GB
Optical Drive DVD Rewriter (Records DVDs 8x & CDs 24x & Dual Layer Super Multi)
Graphics Dedicated (NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 520M with 1GB DDR Dedicated Memory)
Wireless LAN Wireless (802.11b/g/n Wireless)
Network Card 10/100/1000 Gigabit Fast Ethernet
Integrated Webcam Integrated Webcam with Microphone
Card Reader 2-in-1 card reader ( SD, MMC )
USB Ports 3x USB 2.0 ports
Speakers Integrated Sound System
VGA Port 1 External VGA Port
Kensington Lock Kensington lock slot
Charge Time 2.5 Hours
HDMI 1x HDMI Port
Warranty 12 Months Acer Collect & Return
Battery Life 2-3 Hours (up to 3 hours with power management)
Weight 2-3 Kg (This Model 2.5 Kg)
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Astec123 1 Like #1
I think there are a few things going against this machine. Firstly the i3 is the previous generation of processors and with the new ones coming out in January that would make the processor 2 generations out of date. USB 2.0 only, suggests it is an older model even further as you really expect at least 1 USB 3.0 on a laptop over £400.00 and finally that it is an acer and this being hot uk deals means it will struggle to get heat. Nice to see a dedicated graphics card but frankly this is just last years clearance stock that they are trying to get rid of before CES in Las Vegas in the new year.
Sockhead#2
Astec123
I think there are a few things going against this machine. Firstly the i3 is the previous generation of processors and with the new ones coming out in January that would make the processor 2 generations out of date. USB 2.0 only, suggests it is an older model even further as you really expect at least 1 USB 3.0 on a laptop over £400.00 and finally that it is an acer and this being hot uk deals means it will struggle to get heat. Nice to see a dedicated graphics card but frankly this is just last years clearance stock that they are trying to get rid of before CES in Las Vegas in the new year.


Thanks for the feedback, I still think it's a pretty good machine for the price. I dont really get the difference in the generations of the i3/5/7 processors, when really shouldn't it just come down to raw power, rather than just what year it's made? I totally agree with you on the USB 3.0 part though, however personally i'm willing to oversee that in exchange for being able to play most modern games, but I suppose that isn't everyone's cup of tea.
brookheather#3
Ivy Bridge mobile cpus won't be released until April/May next year:

http://www.engadget.com/2011/12/07/intel-springs-another-leak-mobile-ivy-bridge-cpus-abound/
Sockhead#4
realblender
Plenty of downsides. It is overpriced and old technology. The graphics card is weak and pointless compared to the integrated sandybridge. Plus it has a mono speaker and is an Acer.
If you really need the weak graphics card, this look at this lenova z570 as it more modern with sandybridge, 8gb,750gb - £429 for today only
or this medion with an i5-480,usb3 @ £429

Otherwise, i5 sandybridge for this price or lookout for a proper graphics card


I wrote a reply to this before, but it seems to have not shown up. Basically I did some checking, and I've decided to go with the Medion (Much thanks btw). As a casual gamer I'm not a fan of intergrated graphics, in benchmarking even the i5 HD graphics doesn't come close to the 520M, which is apparently even worse than the 420M. Why cant laptops just be as simple as PC's...
MPLP#5
Be very weary of the crappy trackpads on this series of laptop from Acer. My girlfriend has one and it's almost unusable! :(
amips#6
ooh! the Medions suffer from glitchy touchpads too! drive you potty!

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