I currently own an Acer Aspire 5100-3010 with an AMD Turion 2.0Ghz CPU. It first came with 1GB of memory, but upgraded to 4GB of memory. It has a 160GB hard drive, but 10GB is partitioned from user’s resources – most likely for re-installation. It of course has a webcam, DVD Writer, VGA, and all of the ports including the useless v.92 modem port. It also an SD card slot, and a PC card slot. To top it off, it comes with a variety of tools or the webcam, and to make a personal feel for the Acer. It also has Windows Premium Edition. With a 15.4″ Widescreen monitor, it is a great road worker PC, and a good compliment for any home user except for the hard core gamers.
It does have a good 2.5hour battery life, although you might be able to squeeze 3 if you do a couple of things.Â I do like the fact it has a good set of specs that is even respectable to would be desktop users. There are a few gripes I have. One, the speakers could be better. I found myself buying a set of desktop speakers only to plug in the front of the front of the notebook. In the case of the speakers, it is pretty much like the little engine that couldn’t. The webcam was odd. It can take pictures, but don’t dare to place pictures it hasn’t taken in the “My Pictures” folder. If you do, forget your webcam working. When I talked to technical support, they said just move all of the pictures in a separate folder.
I received a single core CPU, but a dual core would have been more value for the money. In addition, I had my share of problems with Vista. If I am forced with Vista, they should have made sure I got a 64bit version, instead of a 32bit. The left side of the system both next to the touch pad, and on the bottom back side gets rather warm.
I would have been more than happy to throw out the modem for an extra USB port. There are only 3 USB, and I seen 14″ with more USB and a S-Video port. There is also a bluetooth switch, but don’t think of using it as there is no blue tooth built in.
In the end, it was worth the price, however, Acer should have thought better about this system. With the dinky speakers, and mic, the lower number of USB ports, and switches that do absolutely nothing but remind you they do nothing would be a sore spot for the $750 at least I paid for. And you would probably have to spit out a little more for a 64 bit version of Home Premium if you are like me, and maxed the memory out.