5 Reasons to Ditch an Acer laptop

By 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.


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.

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December 27, 2010: 10:47 am

I found this article quite laughable. Brand-bashing is not new, but please get your facts correct. I’ve used a lot of laptops (IBM Lenovo, Lenovo, Dell, Sony Vaio, Emachines, MacBook Pro, etc) and have owned two Acer laptops myself. They all worked fine for me until the day i sold them (in good condition) to buy newer laptops. Even then, the people i’ve sold it to have been pleased with it.

October 7, 2010: 11:17 pm

bull shit to u.
Do not mention anything incomplete. Do u think we are crazy we dont know about laptops & computers. If u want to appriciate any lapy do ur job but do not mention any incomplete info. The standard battry with 9cell is give the backup of more than 4 hrs. & about touch pad as it is laptop u cant use it like bull & they come with HDMI PORT & WITH HD SCREEN. Go to market & update ur currupted mind.

August 8, 2010: 4:03 am

I started using my Acer 4736Z laptop from coupe of years back. I read listed article about”5 Reasons to Ditch an Acer laptop”.After reading the article i confessed not to read any false,poor and rubbish article like this.Performance of my acer laptop is much good that i have not faced any problems,but the quality of this particular article is too poor to describe.Kindly avoid false spreading of information.

July 30, 2010: 7:21 am

hi m using acer 532h its working fineeeeeeeeee plz update the things rubbish person who has mentioned about acer from my side bull shit to that person

July 11, 2010: 5:15 am

I bought an Acer Aspire 5670 about 2-3 years ago and although I only had to bring it to be fixed once, I really do not like it.
The biggest issue I have is the heating. This notebook heats up like crazy and I couldn’t have it on my lap from the beginning on, I’d burn my thighs. When the room temperatures are moderately warm/hot I can’t work with it for too long because it will heat up and make working impossible.
The second issue is the weight. I’m a student and I need to work on a computer/notebook rather often but I can’t bring along this Acer because it’s too heavy to carry around all day.

June 27, 2010: 7:00 am

HIi >>wen i came across this article i really felt that the review is a crap>>i own acer aspire laptop and it works just great there nota hitch at all>>it looks far more better anyother lappie in its segment and battery life keys n tuchpad all ork just fine>>so plz update ur info and dunt make prediction>.Yaks

a wellwisher
June 13, 2010: 10:30 am

first of all thank u for information…….from this i understad that there are people who dosent know any thing about the market …and the new technology…so pls if u dont know any thing pls dont convay to others….i hope u r not always like this….the fact is acer netbooks are in 1st positin in the world in sellout….its is only lap currently in the market with 8 hrs in many models, its having the widest keyboard amoung the net books…as u compared with hp…which is the most heating and battery complaint laptop in the market…may be u never used an acer laptop till now i hope…which is on of te leading brand in the world.worl wide partner of coming olimpics…..so keep all u rubbish in u r mind itself….and try to think normaly…ok

May 27, 2010: 2:57 pm

This article’s title should’ve said netbook instead of laptop; since that’s all your article is about. My acer laptop is quite beast just to let you know, and my sister has the acer netbook and it is quite loveable. It may not be a high performance computer but it lets her do what she wants to do (music, surfing, etc.). No problems so far, and using Skype with her while she’s in TX and we’re in CT goes smoothly (college, ha).

March 25, 2010: 4:35 pm

I have an Acer Aspire 5100. I bought it in the winter of 2006. This laptop with proper maintenance (virus protection, defragging, etc) has done very well. It was once submerged in about 6 inches of water for about a half hour as I tromped thru the woods with it in my backpack (long story). I took it apart, dried it out, put it back together and there were no problems whatsoever. Yes, after 3-4 years my battery sucks. I travel extensively and have no problem throwing this in my backpack and forgetting about it. It has 3 USB ports which is more than I need. Unless you want to run your USB fan, fridge, dongle, thumbdrive, hookie shaky thingamajig all at the same time, three is plenty. The only issue I have is the “R” key not seated well. I would suggest this to anyone, it’s a good ole low cost laptop that will do what you need.

October 5, 2009: 3:56 am

Well I have acer Aspire 4730 and I can vouch on this notebook, using it for 4 years now and I have not see/faced a single issue AFA performance is concerned. Yes I would have loved to have more USBs (only 2 here) and better keypad, but overall build quality is nothing to complain about and battery life is 3 hrs which is quite normal/accaptable for a 14″ laptop.

Prakash bhargav
September 10, 2009: 1:55 am

I bought an Acer Timeline 4810T a month ago and its really doing well. The Acer is celebrating 10 years in India on 9-Sep-09. There are many that will swear by their Acer laptop computers and this is amply evident when you come across a great many advertisements expounding on the virtues of such laptops. However, it is not such a good idea to go by advertising claims alone and it is also necessary to first check out different manufacturers and sees what’s on offer before making a considered decision. It should give you peace of mind that Acer is a worldwide company and it is known for providing practical and first-rate solutions for the marketplace. For this reason it will be worthwhile to consider an Acer Timeline. No wonder they are leaders in notebook market in India.

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