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:
- 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.
- The RAM memory was shipped with only 4GB. I bought an 8GB kit and installed it. It runs great.
- 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.
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HP EliteBook 8470p Intel Core i5 3230M(2.60GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD 14.0" Notebook Windows 7 Professional 64-bit