5 Reasons to Ditch an Acer laptopBy soumitra, Gaea News Network
Monday, September 7, 2009
Acer is best known for its low-cost budget offerings in the netbook categories of laptops. They are probably the biggest competitor to another big gun in this field - Asus. But are Acer’s laptops good enough to invest a few hundred bucks which is a lot of money for many of us. To answer straightly I would say, No. Here is why you shouldn’t buy an Acer laptop.ARTICLE CONTINUED BELOW
1. Poor Build Quality
I don’t expect a netbook to be rugged enough to survive multiple drops from the desk or anything like that but they should be built with standard quality materials that won’t feel cheap and can survive the tossing within a backpack. But to my disappointment, the build quality feels poor right from the scratch and even while typing on the keyboard, the keyboard flexes tell that it can’t survive too much pressure. My friend had an Acer laptop whose display was damaged after the joining hinges opened up although he always uses his laptop very lightly. His case was not the only cases and you will find many cases like this if you dig it up a lil but more. A netbook like the HP mini 2140 has a far better build quality.
2. Crappy Performance
Even with the same specs you’ll find that the Acer laptop is on the slower side than other laptops. For example, an Acer laptop with 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Processor and 1GB RAM performance was not at par with the Asus Eee PC with the same configuration.
3. Low Battery Life and Heating
Netbooks are expected to last more than four hours at ease under normal working condition. But most Acer laptops fail to meet this criterion whereas netbooks like the Asus Eee PC 1005 HA Seashell easily crosses eight hours mark in power saving mode. The cooling system does not work at all after 8-10 months of use as dust accumulate on the system. They become unusable on you lap which is especially true for their AMD Turion powered laptops.
4. Uncomfortable cramped keyboard and touchpad
In most of the Acer netbooks you’ll find a very cramped keyboard which is very uncomfortable to use and their touchpads are also unresponsive at times. Typing at high speed is only a dream on a Acer netbook keyboard.
5. Port Selection
Acer has only the bare minimal of ports that you expect from it. You can get a netbook like Dell Inspiron Mini 10 which has an HDMI Port yet is priced as a common netbook.