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I'm considering buying a Acer laptop, but I've heard soo much negative about it from friends it makes me very skeptical.

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Name: AS5742G-484G50Mnkk
Series: Aspire
Processor type: Intel Core i5 480M
Cores: 2
GHz: 2,66
CPU Cache: 3 MB L3
Chipset: Mobile Intel HM55 Express

RAM-type: DDR3
RAM (MB): 4 096
MHz: 1 066

HDD: 500 GB
RPM: 5 400

Graphic card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
Dedicated RAM (MB): 2 048

High-definition audio support
Screen: 15.6", WXGAG, 1366 x 768
Webcam: Yes, 1.3

Battery type: Lithium-ion
Cell: 6
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

Software: Acer Backup Manager, Acer ePower Management, Acer eRecovery Management, Microsoft Office Starter 2010

Weight: 2,60 KG

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ANY help at all would be appreciated. I do not want to buy this laptop, only to realize it will overheat or breakdown on me one day later.

You might look at me as a hit-and-run user, whom will leave this forum as soon as I've got my answers. But this is not the case, I'm here to stay.
 

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I've heard that it isn't reliable, that there are possibilities for breakdowns and loss of data. It also overheats very frequently.

And according to laptopmag.com Acer sucks really bad:

2010: Acer: Best & Worst Laptop Brands 2010
2011: Acer/Gateway: Best & Worst Laptop Brands 2011

I'm trying to not judge the brand, Acer, but all this makes me suspicious.

Do you have experience from Acer ? And what do you mean by decent ? What should I improve ? Looking forward to your answers, and thanks for coming with such a quick answer ;)
 

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I don't have any experience with Acer, you might wanna wait for more answers in that regard. I said decent based on the specs(CPU-RAM-Video Card etc), it's looking good based on that. All laptops generally run hot because of lack of space inside, no room for good airflow. That's why anything intensive such as gaming isn't a good idea with laptops, although that one with the current specs would be ok for gaming, but you'd worry about how hot it would get.

If you won't be gaming, then I don't see anything bad about that laptop.
 

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In the past, Acer has had problems in the past, but the last several years, their quality has improved. IMO,They started improving a couple of years before taking over Gateway. IMO, they will never be an high end computer.
 

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Thanks for the answers, and regarding gaming, I only play Rise of Nations: Gold once in a while with requirements:

Microsoft® Windows® 98/Me/XP/2000
PC with 500 MHz equivalent or higher processor
128 MB of system RAM
1.6 GB available hard disk space
8x speed or faster CD-ROM drive
16 MB video card required
Sound card, speakers or headphones required for audio
Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device
56 Kbps modem or LAN for online/multiplayer

I do not think that this game will cause it to overheat, but I never know. I've had computers whom overheated from this game, and I've had computers whom didn't even make a sound while running this old game (still best RTS though <3<3).

Thanks again for the answers. Anyway, what brands would you recommend (except Mac and Alienware :p) ?
 

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I have repaired 2xaspire lap tops recently,In both cases the machines would not boot from disc although they would boot from a flash drive,I contacted acer and they said they had problems with the 5315s models booting from disc,It almost drove me crazy trying to figure it out,
 

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Asus, Dell, Sony and Toshiba should all be better choices. All rated very well in a survey of third party warranty companies. Asus and, if I remember right, Sony both rated above Macs in reliability. Acer/Gateway/emachines were at the bottom with HP second to last.
 

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I have repaired 2xaspire lap tops recently,In both cases the machines would not boot from disc although they would boot from a flash drive,I contacted acer and they said they had problems with the 5315s models booting from disc,It almost drove me crazy trying to figure it out,
No bios update available to fix it either?
 

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All of my laptops have been hp (since 1998). Never had a problem I did not cause. Never had to use their tech support either
 

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There was a big problem with the dv series laptops, especially those that had the Nvidia video chip. They handled it so badly that it ended up in a class action suit. The suit was against Nvidia, but I wouldn't be surprised to see another one against HP itself.

They would overheat and kill the chip (if you were lucky), the motherboard, the NIC, and so on. There were a few Dells and Macs also included, but the largest number of involved laptops were from HP. I hate seeing the dv series come into the shop. It's almost always bad news for the customer. The suit is closed now, so all they can really do is buy a new laptop.

HP did give a 2 year extension on their warranty for some of the affected laptops, but far from all. The ones they did fix, they just gave them a new motherboard with the same faulty chip on it. Doomed to fail again within 2 years.

With the way they handled this issue, I wouldn't go near them.
 

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There was a big problem with the dv series laptops, especially those that had the Nvidia video chip. They handled it so badly that it ended up in a class action suit. The suit was against Nvidia, but I wouldn't be surprised to see another one against HP itself.

They would overheat and kill the chip (if you were lucky), the motherboard, the NIC, and so on. There were a few Dells and Macs also included, but the largest number of involved laptops were from HP. I hate seeing the dv series come into the shop. It's almost always bad news for the customer. The suit is closed now, so all they can really do is buy a new laptop.

HP did give a 2 year extension on their warranty for some of the affected laptops, but far from all. The ones they did fix, they just gave them a new motherboard with the same faulty chip on it. Doomed to fail again within 2 years.

With the way they handled this issue, I wouldn't go near them.
hp did get sued but sony had their own class action lawsuit, asus had their own lawsuit, dell, had their own lawsuit and toshiba had their own lawsuit. all of them were about laptops issues. So why only mention hp's lawsuit? I dont think there is a computer company that has not been sued.

You don't by any chance work for fox news :grin::laugh:
 

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There was a big problem with the dv series laptops, especially those that had the Nvidia video chip. They handled it so badly that it ended up in a class action suit. The suit was against Nvidia, but I wouldn't be surprised to see another one against HP itself.

They would overheat and kill the chip (if you were lucky), the motherboard, the NIC, and so on. There were a few Dells and Macs also included, but the largest number of involved laptops were from HP. I hate seeing the dv series come into the shop. It's almost always bad news for the customer. The suit is closed now, so all they can really do is buy a new laptop.

HP did give a 2 year extension on their warranty for some of the affected laptops, but far from all. The ones they did fix, they just gave them a new motherboard with the same faulty chip on it. Doomed to fail again within 2 years.

With the way they handled this issue, I wouldn't go near them.
It was a problem with nvidias gpus.. All manufacturers that used nvidia gpus where affected.. So you can't put the blame on HP there.


I find it hillarious that americans keep suing everyone and everything all the time...
 

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My advice to you is, DON'T BUY IT.

"but the last several years, their quality has improved. "

No, it has not.

"...the problem was with Nvidia Chips"

I don't know about this particular model or problem, but TRUST ME, this was Acer's fault. I just recently got off the phone with Acer where they tried to blame Microsoft. This is typical corporate pass the blame game. Don't believe it.

I have an Acer a little less than two months old. I will never purchase another Acer again. Yes! The case looks really slick, and the specs appeared great.

I won't go into my issues, too much drama.

Acer's claim to come with Windows 7 and tell you on box how erecovery will allow you to restore system.

This is a lie. There is no way to burn Windows 7 backup disks for your Acer. YES BELIEVE IT! What you can burn is a factory image of crappy, poorly crafted, acer customized version of windows 7, which WILL NOT recover your system to a factory state, it will only recover your windows partition. So if you get a nasty virus outside that partition, say, in the recovery partition or whatever, you're screwed.

Acer's response, they offered to sell me windows 7 for $134

That was only one of many problems. Remember, many posters on the internet are paid shills.
 

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My advice to you is, DON'T BUY IT.


That was only one of many problems. Remember, many posters on the internet are paid shills.
so how much are you being paid to bad mouth acer since it seems you only joined tsf for that reason :laugh:

acer is a good machine for general usage. Not everyone has problems with it. If you are having problems with yours, if you post in the proper section, maybe someone can help you with it.
 

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Laptops! Every laptop that comes to grief has a common denominator - the user. Keep it clean, cool and lean. Laptops dont like heat. Laptops should not be called laptops but portable PC's. Keep it on a flat surface away from beds, carpets and laps. Clean out the cooling fan and vents. If you want to play games spend the money on a top of the range laptop designed for games.

I have owned Acers, Dells, Samsungs and Sonys and the longest lasting and abused is the Acer, all the others are still running because of the above advice.

just listen to joetens testiment -

Have had 3 over the years do a regular maintenance clean with a can of compressed air and use a cooling pad if required but they have served me well.
I know cause I fix laptops (not just Acers) and abuse them. Hope this helps.
 
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