I just saw this laptop at a Staples near me, $1000 (and I know someone who works there who can get me 10% off). Here it is. I need a laptop for the remainder of high school (over 1 year) and university (mechanical engineering 4 year program). All I want is decent GPU and CPU power, good battery life ( >3 hours preferably) and some durability to keep it ticking for 4+ years, hopefully. I'm willing to spend up to $1600 on one, screen size doesn't really matter as long as its not puny.
I want to know from you all if this is a good deal or not, I'm not in a rush to buy it so long as it doesn't sell out. My other option is to wait until summertime to buy one but this seems to be a great deal to me so I might buy it now.
The biggest fear I have is that it's an Acer, and from what I've heard, their not great laptops but I could be wrong.
LOL I put a link in my post, if you click on "here" in the first line.
Anyways, here they are:
Acer Aspire AS8942G-5679 18.4" Notebook $1050 CDN
# 2.13GHz Intel Core i3-330M Processor with Intel Hyper-Threading Technology; 1066MHz FSB; 3MB L3 cache
# 4GB DDR3 1066MHz Memory; Expandable up to 8 GB
# 500GB SATA hard drive; 5400RPM
# Super-Multi drive (DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD-RAM), BluRay (read only)
# 18.4" Full HD Acer CineCrystal LED-backlit TFT LCD, 8ms response time
# ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650; 1GB of dedicated DDR3 VRAM
# Dolby 6-optimized Acer CineSurround sound system with five built-in speakers and Acer Tuba CineBass booster
# Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit, Dual Boot - English OR French
# Acer Crystal Eye webcam
# Acer Bio-Protection fingerprint reader featuring Acer FingerNav 4-way control function
# Software included: Acer Backup Manager, Acer GridVista, Acer Recovery Management, McAfee Internet Security Suite Trial (60 days), Microsoft Works with Office Home and Student 2007 Trial
# 4800mAh 8-Cell Li-ion battery pack; Up to 3-hour battery life
# Weight: 10.1 lbs
# 1-year limited warranty.
Processor 2.13GHz Intel Core i3-330M
Memory 4GB DDR3
Hard Drive 500GB 5400RPM
CD-DVD Drive Super-Multi drive with BluRay-ROM
Display 18.4" Full HD Acer CineCrystal LED-backlit TFT LCD
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Battery Life Up to 3-hours
Network Type Acer InviLink Nplify 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet
Graphics Chipset ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650; 1GB Dedicated Memory
# of USB Slots 5
Ports ExpressCard/54 slot, Acer Bio-Protection fingerprint reader, Multi-in-1 card reader, eSATA, IEEE 1394, HDMI, DisplayPort, CIR, VGA, Headphone/speaker/line-out jack with S/PDIF, Microphone-in, Line-in, RJ-45
Other Features BluRay
Weight 10.1 lbs
Dimensions 1.22"/1.73"(H) x 17.34"(W) x 11.22"(D)
Warranty 1-Year Limited
The link you posted doesn't work, if you didn't notice; it's by-session.
The machine looks fine and will do good with medium gaming. Your battery life probably won't be greater than 3 hours with an 18" screen, though. If you want more life, you're going to need to get a smaller notebook.