Joined on 11/24/10
Best kept secret.
Pros: The Ultimate processor solution. This thing is an i7 without the useless bells and whistles that go unused in a gaming rig. For the price of an i5, you get the hyperthreading without the added bulk of integrated graphics, which means cooler CPU, and less power needed. I use this to play everything from GPU bound games like BF3, to CPU bound games like WoW, and it doesn't flinch. I recommend this to anyone building a gaming rig. you just can't beat the price/vs performance.
Cons: Having to explain to your friends that you have a Xeon.
Overall Review: Why are you still reading, when you could be in checkout buying this.
Good with upgrades
Pros: Good price. got it for $460 on sale. performance ratio of CPU to GPU is good. most laptops at this price, you don't even get a dedicated GPU. Plays WoW at high settings at 1366x768 smoothly, but drops down to about 30 fps in crowded areas. Immediately pulled hard drive, installed SSD, and reinstalled vanilla 8.1. No need for the bad bloatware. The LCD panel is just abysmal, but since it uses a standard 30 pin LED connector, I was able to purchase a replacement matte IPS 1080p panel and swap them out with zero issue. remove the bezel, and 4 screws. In and out. Cost was $83 + shipping for the panel. I can't play all my games at the same settings at 1080p, but scaling from 720p up to 1080p isn't terrible on this panel. Defnitely better than native 1366x768. Plus IPS matte is just amazing. Also supports a backlit keyboard you can find at any parts store for around $22. It's from a different acer 573g model, but it fits like a glove in the palmrest. Also since it doesn't come with a CD drive, purchased a super slim dvd drive HDD caddy for $12 that allowed me to take the 1tb drive it came with and use it in conjuction with my 120gb SSD as a main boot drive. So for around an additional $120 (give or take the cost of an SSD, I had an extra 120gb laying around which worked fine.) You can get the same quality/features of a $1000-$1200+ laptop. Definitely like how modular this laptop is. The worst part about buying a laptop is all the stuff you don't really need. Yeah I want an i5 and GPU, but I don't need 16gb of ram or an i7, a high res panel, or a built in SSD. all these things are mark ups from the manufacturer that inflate the cost. Just give me my horsepower at bare minimum price, let me handle the additions.
Cons: Touchpad is unusable. But its meant for primarily gaming, so a mouse is always taken with it.. Panel is just abysmal for viewing angles, but with how easy/inexpensive it is to replace, It was the first thing to go.
Overall Review: This is definitely the laptop for someone who is comfortable disassembling them and upgrading laptop parts. From a basic consumer point of view, yeah I can see why you wouldn't like it. If you want the better laptop, pay the convenience fee of having someone in a factory put the parts in your laptop for you, but expect a mark up of around + 50%. Otherwise, pick up a screwdriver and watch a few instructional videos, you'll thank me later.
Pros: This chip is just that, legendary. Its the next q6600 and this is why. It was manufactured with a fluxless solder, which is where they solder the die to the lid. Ivy bridge and later chips use cheap thermal paste instead of this superior manufacturing process. Delidding and replacing the paste with a decent compound is the only way to provide comparable temps. Got mine at 4.7ghz at 1.32v, never breaks 60c under load on my cheap h60. Just an monster chip that I feel will stand the test of time.
Cons: None, other than one day when i'm old and grey, i'll have to replace it.
Overall Review: A true "They don't make them like this anymore"