Joined on 02/01/06
Pros: The drive is fast and quiet as compared to some of the LG's that I have owned. All of the disc's I have burned so far have worked in 2 different blue-ray players.
Cons: Included software (if any) is useless. Plan on forking out a few more dollars for some good blue-ray player and burner software.
Overall Review: This is more of a Newegg issue. If you were to look at what's included with this drive you will see that a impressive and complete software package seems to be included with this drive. However, (and this is a big however) notice that it says optional, pro only. This is because there are a couple versions of this drive available. The one on Newegg is not the pro version. The only place that I have found the pro version is in Australia. In order to eliminate confusion and what looks like some deception, Newegg should just remove the listed software from their advertisement and simply put "none" in place of the deleted entries. The pro version of this drive is not available in the United States (that I could find), so why list a software package you are never get with your drive?
You Get What You Pay For
Pros: Has an intermediate Intel CPU Entry level gaming graphics
Cons: Battery life is sub-par Case edges are fairly sharp Tons of bloat ware Parts for expandability are not available through ACER
Overall Review: I purchased this machine because of the CPU, price point and the dedicated graphics card, so if that is what you are looking for then this laptop may work for you. But, if you are looking to expand on this laptop by adding a solid state drive or an optical drive then this machine, although expandable, is the wrong choice. So, lets cover the bad starting with the bloat-ware. This thing is loaded with bloat-ware, so I would suggest that you go to Microsoft and create a Windows10 install disk, completely wipe this machine, and do a clean install of Windows 10. This is the only way that you will get all of the bloat-ware out of this system. Expandability is also lacking; not because there isn't an additional drive bay available, but because of some backwards policy on ACER's part. After I had purchased this machine my wife decided that she wanted to download all of her CD music into Itunes. Since it had a drive bay open I opted to add an optical drive. After searching in the forums I found the part numbers for the optical drive that would fit (9mm drive) and attempted to order the drive through ACER. What I found was ACER has a policy that they will not sell you any parts that did not come in the original machine. So, if it didn't ship with a drive they won't sell you one. This also goes for a disk caddy if you want to install another hard drive. On top of that, because these machines use a 9mm thick drive and not a 9.5mm or 12.7mm drive, it is almost imposssible to find a drive theat will fit it. If you take the part numbers from the forum and google them you can locate the optical drive but you will find that it comes out of Europe (England or Germany) and the cost for shipping is even more that the cost of the drive. This also means that you won't find a blu-ray drive that will fit it either. I spent 3 days trying to find a Blu-ray drive that would fit and finally gave up. Long story short, I should have bought a Dell or HP and avoided the hassle associated with ownership of this ACER. Now I will have to get an external drive to lug around with laptop thereby making the expansion slot absolutely useless.