Acer TravelMate 5520-6A1G08Mi - Advice required

#1
Gents,

I am in the market for a lap top. Having never owned one before, I seek the advice of my esteemed fellow Arrses!

The one I am looking at (Acer TravelMate 5520-6A1G08Mi) seems to cover all the bases I require ie. Internet surfing, a bit of gaming (FPS) and watching DVDs when I go away. But the price seems a bit hefty (£500) for what will be effectively redundant much of the time as I have a desktop for everyday use. The specs are as follows:

Processor:

Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 TK-55 / 1.8 GHz
Multi-Core Technology: Dual-Core
64-bit Computing: Yes
Chipset Type: AMD M690G

Ram:

Installed Size: 1 GB / 4 GB (max)
Technology: DDR II SDRAM
Form Factor: SO DIMM 200-pin
Configuration Features: 2 x 512 MB

Storage controller:

Type: Serial ATA
Serial ATA Interface: Serial ATA-150

Storage:
Hard Drive: 80 GB - Serial ATA-150

Optical storage:
Type: DVD±RW (+R double layer) / DVD-RAM - integrated

Card reader:
Type: 5 in 1 card reader

Supported Flash Memory Cards: SD Memory Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard, xD-Picture Card

Display:
Display Type: 15.4" TFT active matrix
Max Resolution: 1280 x 800 ( WXGA )
Widescreen Display: Yes
Colour support: 24-bit (16.7 million colours)

Video:

Graphics Processor / Vendor: ATI Radeon X1250 with up to 384MB HyperMemory
Video Memory: 256 MB
Max Allocated RAM Size: 128 MB

Audio:

Audio Output: Sound card
Audio Input: Microphone

Notebook camera:
Camera Type: Integrated
Sensor Resolution: 0.3 Megapixel

Input device(s)
Type: Keyboard, touchpad, 4-way scroll button

Networking:
Networking: Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless NIC: Acer InviLink 802.11b/g
Data Link Protocol: Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
Remote Management Protocol: DMI 2.0
features: Acer SignalUp
Compliant Standards: IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED

Expansion / connectivity
Expansion Slots Total (Free):
2 ( 0 ) x memory - SO DIMM 200-pin
1 ( 1 ) x ExpressCard/54
1 ( 1 ) x PC Card - type II

Interfaces:
4 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 PIN USB Type A
1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
1 x infrared - IrDA
1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15)
1 x display / video - S-video output
1 x audio - line-out/headphones - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
1 x microphone - input - mini-phone 3.5mm
1 x audio - line-In - mini-phone 3.5mm
1 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45
1 x modem - phone line - RJ-11
Do People think that this is worth the money, or are there better out there for the cash.

Many thanks

MB
 
#4
first things first, id forget about gaming on a laptop these days if your looking to play the new games that are out there as most OEM laptops dont have a video card suffifcient to play games..

the ram and HDD capacity look a little low, as if you scout about you'll find laptops aplenty for 500 beer tokens with oodles of HDD space and ram..

Acer is a decent make, so dont be put off that in future purchases
 
#5
Mighty_Blighty said:
Fecking SSVC (Sausage side) ripping us off :x

I may just have to pay cash for it rather than the never, never :roll:

Does it seem like a decent system though?

Cheers

MB
Yes if you buy in the UK for that price its about the basic level entry Laptop. As long as you expect it to do "basic stuff". You might want to see if they do VAT free and deliver to BFPO which will save a few bob
 
#6
Cpl_ripper said:
Mighty_Blighty said:
Fecking SSVC (Sausage side) ripping us off :x

I may just have to pay cash for it rather than the never, never :roll:

Does it seem like a decent system though?

Cheers

MB
Yes if you buy in the UK for that price its about the basic level entry Laptop. As long as you expect it to do "basic stuff". You might want to see if they do VAT free and deliver to BFPO which will save a few bob
Or for £339 SimplyAcer link- at last -, and they can do it VAT free for £289. There's a phone number (they're based in Birmingham) to call to enquire further wrt delivery, and they're a registered Acer seller too dealing only with Acer products. I would also suggest upgrading that RAM by at least 1GB.

Just read this and realised there's no link. :roll: Blame the lack of Nescafe before posting.
 
#7
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