Product review: Acer laptop

A couple of weeks ago my laptop (an old Lenovo running Lubuntu) was stolen. That meant that I had to buy a replacement.

I bought an Acer Aspire and here is my review.

What I Liked:

  • The price. I paid $300 for it.
  • The size. It is small and light enough to be compact. It is large enough to feel like you're using a full size keyboard.
  • The battery life. It seems like it lasts long enough for me to do all of my #GTD stuff in one sitting.

What I didn't like:

  1. The pre-installed OS was Linpus. Not only was I unfamiliar with Linpus but it was also a text-only interface. I need to have some sort of graphical user interface (GUI) to be able to do stuff. I used my HP Elitebook to download Linux Mint onto a flash drive and I installed that on my new Acer.
  2. The RAM memory was shipped with only 4GB. I bought an 8GB kit and installed it. It runs great.
  3. The touchpad was hard to use at first. It had this weird click function where I'd press down on the touchpad and the whole thing would click. I don't like that. I now use a USB mouse and disabled the touchpad - I like that much better. I also ended up changing the setting that allowed me to use a touchpad like a more normal touchpad where you could tap it and it would register as a click. I like that better than the default setting.

Find your very own HP Elitebook on Amazon.com:

HP EliteBook 8470p Intel Core i5 3230M(2.60GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD 14.0" Notebook Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

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