Great notebook for the money
Nov 13, 2009
Review by bchris8906
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Pros:Price, memory,screen size, hardrive, Windows 7, no fingerprint finish, 5.5 pounds
Cons:No webcam, speakers could be better
The Bottom Line: I would recommend the Acer Aspire 5517-1643 to anyone looking for an ultra budget notebook.
I paid $360, including Fedex shipping for mine from Frys.com. This is a budget, no frills notebook that is big on performance. It is an excellent option for someone who is looking for a machine to check email, surf the web and basic home office applications. Its price point puts it on the radar screen with many "Netbooks". Netbooks typically have less memory and smaller screens. The first thing that caught my attention was the preinstalled Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit operating system, 3 gig's of RAM (expandable up to 4 gigs), and a 250 gig hardrive. Many notebooks in this price range currently, at the time of this review, have Windows Vista, 2 gig's memory, and a 160 gig hardrive. I am sure the competition will catch up soon enough. However, at this point the Acer 5517-1643 is king of the ultra budget notebooks.
Recommend this product?
The lack of an integrated webcam and the inability to upgrade past 4 gig's of memory are a couple of the trade off's with this model. The integrated speakers do not exactly "rock". For the occasional "skype" phone call an affordable webcam can be purchased for a little as $10. When the time comes to upgrade the memory on this notebook I will just upgrade the whole notebook instead. For this price, you can not go wrong!
I initially purchased this notebook as a companion to my home's main desktop computer. However, I think this machine would suffice as our main computer if needed. The snakeskin "no fingerprint" finish is perfect for the occasional outing to Starbucks. In summary, this is an awesome machine for under $400!
Amount Paid (US$): 360.00
Operating System: Windows
Processor: AMD K-2
Processor speed: over 1000
Screen Size: Greater than 15 inches
RAM: More than 256
Internal Storage: DVD
Hard Drive (GB): Over 50
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