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The Acer Aspire 3 Proves the Dangers of Buying a Budget Laptop Digital Trends

Display and Acer Extensa 2500 Notebook FIR The Very Basics Given the dodgy touchpad, I had hoped to avoid using it and instead rely upon touching the screen for some input. Not to be, though: This screen is not a touch panel, which means you and I are stuck using the touchpad, unless we want to attach a mouse. In addition to lacking touch support, the Aspire 3's display also comes up short on brightness and raw resolution.

The screen remains somewhat dull even when you crank it up to max brightness, and the native resolution is a retro 1, by pixels. A p native resolution is more typical for a inch laptop and results in a finer picture.

This panel just feels like a throwback. The integrated webcam, too, is below average.

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It Acer Extensa 2500 Notebook FIR only a bypixel resolution, which delivers grainy videos. The speakers are average, at best. Audio output is tinny, with barely enough oomph to project across a small room. This is not a laptop that will double as a sound system for a dorm room few budget machines arebut its sound suffices for YouTube viewing when you are seated directly in front of it. In the same vein as the screen, the Aspire 3's port selection is sparse and dated. A USB 3.


On the right side, you'll find a pair of USB 2. Cooling vents cover nearly half of the bottom panel, and large Acer Extensa 2500 Notebook FIR take up half of the back edge of the laptop, which makes it a bit Acer Extensa 2500 Notebook FIR to hold when carrying the closed laptop under your arm. That's more visual venting than usual for a laptop with a mainstream mobile CPU and integrated graphics, but may be a consequence of the specific Ryzen chip used here. In addition to its sea of venting, the bottom panel hides an unusual feature for a budget laptop: The compartments' lids are each held in place by a single screw.

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Behind one you'll find the memory modules, and behind the other is an Acer Extensa 2500 Notebook FIR 2. The Aspire 3's boot drive is a GB solid-state drive that lies elsewhere on the motherboard, so you can add a second drive a Serial ATA 2. That's actually a rare perk in a budget laptop, and the idea of a decent-size boot SSD paired with a roomy hard drive you can find 1TB 2. I compared the AR98U to a host of competing Intel-based machines in the same general pricing sphere.

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The competing laptops' core components are outlined below Windows booted quickly, apps loaded with snap, and I found a fair degree of multitasking possible before performance started to bog down and the cooling fan kicked in. On the responsiveness front, this is no budget-laptop dog.

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The product range includes, for example, laptops, tablets, smartphones, desktops, monitors and televisions. Gateway Inc. There are dozens of Acer laptop reviews per month, the ratings are average as of Gateway, which has Acer Extensa 2500 Notebook FIR own laptop line-up, has also belonged to the Acer Group since This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. Not only is the Aspire E 15 faster than the Aspire 3, but it can also last closer to a full working day away from a charger.

In our Handbrake test that converts a MB video from h. No matter which our tests you look at, the Aspire E 15 lasted almost twice as long.


Do your research before you make your investment and remember that modern laptops last longer than they used to. Even a budget model should still be functional five to seven years from now. If you buy the right one. Those, too, are better Acer Extensa 2500 Notebook FIR for similar or just a bit more money. Editors' Recommendations.


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