Skipton Business user
- With light office use (docs, spreadsheets & emails), the battery gives a huge 10 to 12 hours' use per charge. The design is sleek and satisfying, the keyboard is perfect in look and feel (but see bad points), and I have got used to the strange position of the power switch. It's very thin and easy to carry in one hand. 2 kg is light for the price. Perhaps the Intel i7 processor and a re-think by Microsoft of start-up priorities in Windows 8(.1) are behind the extremely fast start-up speed, both from cold and sleep; anyway, I don't regret not having a solid-state drive. The performance is entirely satisfactory (I have no intention of playing games). The value for money is fantastic for what, to me, is an almost-Ultrabook (OK, no touchscreen or HD). I have used Acers for years and this one ensures I will continue to do so for many more.
- The touchpad (left and right) click is a bit too stiff. During rapid typing, the keys sometimes echo, registering the same character twice (but that may be my typing style at fault). The machine must have been reduced in price to clear, since it was manufactured 10 months before I bought it, which does mean you have a lot of Windows Updates to apply in the first few days. Acer can't resist loading their machines with bloatware; so, before doing anything else at all, I did some careful research and uninstalled all but Launch Manager, Power Management, Recovery Management, Identity Card and Live Updater. Then I chucked out 75% of the Apps.
Published on: 26 November 2014