|alright, maybe my claim was a bit extreme. I'll take it back. But have you guys ever used an acer laptop before??? The build quality is terrible. Their keyboards are squishy, the screens are not clear, and the materials feel really cheap (i.e. the plastics). They just don't feel like a solid machine at all. I've also read that they have a really poor track record in terms component failures. Is there any wonder why you can buy an acer for hundreds less than a dell or HP with similar specs??? You get what you pay for. I'll admit the HPs and dells are the best of quality either, but acer takes poor quality to another level in my opinion. I've seen dozens of differnet acer laptops in real life and have used them each for a few minutes. It doesn't take long to determine that all of them have the same level of build quality (or lack there of).
Acer, Dell, Asus, Sony, Apple I've used them all. The 8100/8200/Ferrari and any related series of Travel mate laptops from Acer are of very
good quality. I've beaten my 8100 quite a bit and after two years of running I'll commend it for a job well done. I've run this thing through 7 flights, 3 different countries, and haul it to work everyday and it still runs like Rocky balboa. My line of work ain't no cake walk either. I have my kid students sometimes draw and smash my laptop with their little oily hands, bang on the keyboard when I'm helping other students, or sometimes it "disappears" and my students are playing with it in the other room. Even after all that the 8100 refuses to die
. I'm also a photographer so when I'm out in the field I always
bring my 8100 with me. I've on more then one occasion accidentally dropped it on the grass, thrown it violently in my backpack or accidentally left the computer on at max speed in my bag. So pardon me if I attack your statements. Build quality terrible? Specifics please? If you have a job that's more hazardous to laptops than 40
elementary kids eying the teachers "cool laptop" and literally smashing it with their oily hands after lunchtime than I'd like to know. Until that time comes than excuse me if I think you don't qualify to say that Acer's lack build quality. Keyboards are squishy? I don't know what keyboards you've been using but I'm pretty sure most
Acer notebooks a full size keyboard. Oh and most Acer notebooks have the signature "smiley" ergonomic keyboards that most people like. It's quite spacious and better for your hands. You'll have to further elaborate on this since I don't understand your statement about "squishy" Acer notebooks. Screen is not clear? What are you talking about sir? Can you be a bit more specific? I've worked on a couple of Acer notebooks and although not as extravagant as the X-Brite screens the screens are defiantly
not a problem. Trust me I
would know good quality screens sir, I'm a photographer and color reproduction is my life.
Can you tell the subtle differences between two nearly identical photographs that differ because 1 photograph used a warming filter and the other used a polarizing filter both shot on a $3500 camera? Can you distinguish the minute details in shadows in 100 15 megabyte RAW files without D-Lighting? Can you tell the difference between a properly exposed shot and one that is overblown/over exposed? Can you use custom color curves in photoshop and
tell the differences? Is your answer yes and you've tried this on an acer screen? Then you should know that these Acer screens are more than adequate for them. Dare I say superb. Materials feel cheap? I beg to differ. Have you even touched the Travelmate series of Acers? Ferrari? Apple/Asus/Acer are some of the only laptop manufacturers that use carbon fiber laptops. Perhaps you've been only seen some of the "value" Acer laptops at the local electronic stores. Acer/Asus/Dell all have value models that "feel cheap" as well. That's right, even Asus has value models.
|Is there any wonder why you can buy an acer for hundreds less than a dell or HP with similar specs??? You get what you pay for.
I paid about 2000 Canuck bucks for my Travelmate 8100 2 years ago. Now if you've been following the notebook scene (and I'm sure you have since you have such an opinionated view point about Acers) then you might know that Acers areusually
at the bleeding edge of technology with their middleweight offerings. The 8100 series was the first laptop to have Dothan processors and if I'm not mistaken the first one to ship x700 GPU's. In fact I think it's main competitor the Asus Z71V was a bit cheaper when built to order compared the 8100 and that was a fantastic laptop. Oh and if I'm not mistaken Dell has the cheapest pricing out of all the laptop manufacturers.
|I'll admit the HPs and dells are the best of quality either, but acer takes poor quality to another level in my opinion. I've seen dozens of differnet acer laptops in real life and have used them each for a few minutes.
A dozen acer laptops with a few minutes each doesn't really constitute branding an entire manufacturer bad. Am I saying Acers are the be all end all of all laptops? No. In fact I'm looking for a new Asus or Apple right now because they have a solid offerings. But then again if Acer has a competitive offering in the next few months (Travelmate 8300 / Ferrari 6000) than I might pick up one of their Travelmate or Ferrari offerings because Acer creates fantastic
laptops and I know this from experience
rather than hearsay or a few minutes at the local best buy.