Acer Aspire S7-191-6640 11.6-Inch Touchscreen Ultrabook Review Specs ||

Acer Aspire S7-191-6640 11.6-Inch Touchscreen Ultrabook Review I’ve been waiting for a thin, light windows subnotebook that was powerful enough to run modern software. My needs were: small footprint, light weight, >WXGA+ screen, intel core processor, backlit keyboard, USB 3.0. I’ve owned Vaio Ps, Vaio Us, Viliv N5, Vaio X (this machine sort of replaces that model for me), Toshiba Libretto, Fujitsu U820, Thinkpad 240x, Thinkpad X61. After looking at the various crop of 2nd-gen ultrabooks (Asus UX21a would have been a contender but cannot find it anywhere) I was excited when the 11.6″ S7-191 finally showed up on Amazon. This machine is almost perfect. First things first:

LIKES
1. It’s gorgeous. 12mm thick. Under 2.3 lb. 1080p touchscreen. Two USB 3.0 ports and microSD slot. First laptop that doesn’t completely ape the offerings from the fruit company. I’d say aesthetically it is one of the most original and stunning designs of any PC laptop in the last few years. Fairly restrained, clean design with minimal branding. It feels solid and doesn’t flex. Hinge has nice resistance. Build quality is very good. Kudos to Acer.
2. Screen is incredible. I’ve waited a long time for a high-res screen on an ultraportable and this screen does not disappoint. Fantastic viewing angles. Sharp and bright. Almost too bright (I keep it around 50% most of the time). Photos and videos look amazing. I’d venture to say this is the best screen on any laptop that i’ve owned. My only nit is I wish it were matte instead of glossy…I’ll have to see if there is a screen protector that can solve this. Touch and swipe are accurate and snappy.
3. Keyboard is great for what it is. I’m typing this review on the S7 and although the key travel is a little shallow it’s reasonable considering the 12mm thickness of the laptop. There is just enough travel to register the keystroke. It takes a little getting used to but the keyboard has gotten very comfortable to type on i’d say it’s as comfortable to type on as my macbook pro. The electroluminescent backlighting is a really nice, soft light blue. Keystrokes register pretty accurately (thankfully, I haven’t had any issues with super sensitive keystrokes as reported by some users although i’m sure it affects some keyboards) and the keys themselves are relatively quiet.
4. Performance has been surprisingly good. Cold bootup and shutdown takes seconds. I’ve run Photoshop CS6, Illustrator CS6, Acrobat 11, Outlook, Sketchup, all perform without a hitch so far. Windows 8 requires a learning curve but it’s not bad, coming from Win7. I’ve also noticed that it seems like the fan barely runs and when it does it’s barely audible and the laptop stays cool…barely even gets warm (I can’t hear it running as I type this review).
5. Accessories…It’s barely mentioned but this configuration includes the following in the beautifully packaged box:
– a vinyl/pleather carrying sleeve. It works and i’m glad it’s included. Doubles as a nice mousepad.
– an extra battery! I’m not sure why it’s barely mentioned. It’s a little cumbersome to attach and remove, but i’m glad it’s an option. The battery can be recharged on it’s own, and it seems that when it is attached to the laptop, the laptop will draw the power from the external battery first and then from the internal battery second. There is a battery indicator light that can be pressed on the external battery to indicate the amount of charge left
– USB 3.0 to VGA cable
– USB 3.0 to ethernet
– screen wipe/keyboard cloth
– Bluetooth mouse with batteries. I haven’t used it yet but i’m glad it’s included

DISLIKES
I wish there were more than 4GB of ram. It’s been adequate so far but I would have paid extra for 8GB. Also the 128GB SSD seems a little small capacity nowadays. Again, I would have paid extra for at least 256GB. Like the other reviewer, I too bought a 64GB class 10 microSD SanDisk Ultra 64 GB microSDXC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card 30MB/s with Adapter SDSDQUA-064G-U46A and it lives permanently in the microSD slot. I also would have liked the i7 option as I know it exists (i’ve seen it in many videos and i’m pretty sure it’s available in other regions, just not in the US). Acer’s website is lacking of any information. Keyboard has some odd placements (delete key, tilde, missing function key row so F1-F12 must be accessed using the Fn+ key) but this wasn’t a dealbreaker.
What WAS nearly a dealbreaker was the flaky wifi issue that showed up early on. Wifi would disconnect from sleep and would indicate it was connected but websites wouldn’t load. After reboots would temporarily fix the problem it’d show up again upon wakeup from sleep or have erratic connections after a few minutes (wifi would show as connected but “limited”). After scouring the internet for solutions, I read about a setting for the Atheros wireless (always on, don’t allow computer to disconnect from sleep) and a power setting for wireless (placed on maximum while on battery and while plugged) and I haven’t had the flaky wireless issues since (crossing my fingers). Battery life doesn’t seem to have taken that much of a hit in this new setting.

So the S7 has met all of my expectations, It’s currently the best combination of portability, power and usability for my needs (all specs being equal to most ultrabooks, that 1080p IPS touchscreen plus microSD slot really is what sets it apart from most comparable 11.6″ ultrabooks).

Cheap Laptops –> HP Pavilion DV6-1354US 15.6-Inch Black Laptop – Up to 4 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Home Premium) Review Specs

HP Pavilion DV6-1354US 15.6-Inch Black Laptop – Up to 4 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Home Premium) Review Specs I purchased model DV6-1354US with 500gb hard drive and 6 cell battery. I use this laptop for editing photos with Adobe Photoshop CS4, as well as editing audio with Adobe Audition 2.0.

I have a five year old HP laptop running XP and it is still going strong. Despite outsourced Indian phone support, I was able to communicate support issues effectively. I am confident in future hardware performance and support from HP.

Transition from XP to Windows 7 was intuitive. The new taskbar is my favorite improvement. Followed by much better graphic interface and widgets. Some of my XP software causes Windows 7 to turn off Aero mode. I feel that windows has caught up with Apple in terms of graphics and workflow.

As far as laptop is concerned, Dave from Portland has a great review comparing the different models available on Amazon. The DV6-1354US is sufficient for me to use Adobe Photoshop and Audition, as well as multitask.

I will never go to a laptop again without a numeric keypad, this was an unexpected plus. I do miss the old HP media controls above the keyboard. They are replaced now by a volume and wireless control. I like that they are no longer buttons but touch sensitive surfaces above the keyboard.

The DV6 is quieter and cooler than my old HP. The power cord is beefier, which was always a problem with my old HP. Although I would prefer a magnetic power cord like Apple offers. Compared to other manufacturers, I would have to say that HP has the best price for great, reliable hardware.

Everything is a wonderful improvement except for the sound. Frequently, friends would ask where the music was coming from when I used my old DV1000. I felt that the sound was very rich for such a small system. I find the DV6 to have a much shallower, smaller sound that finds trouble filling a bedroom. For this reason, I drop the DV6 to four stars.

Also, the DV6 doesn’t come with recovery disks. You need 3 DVD+R or -R (not RW) disks to create your own.

Overall, I really enjoy this computer, and probably will continue to enjoy it for another 5 to 7 years until RAM is in petabytes and laptops cook dinners. If I had to do it again I would still choose it over an Acer, Asus, Dell, Mac, or Sony.

HP Pavilion DV6700T Entertainment 15.4″ Notebook PC (Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T8300 at 2.4GHz, 3 GB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, 895MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 8400M w/webcam, SuperMulti Pavilion DVD Drive, Vista Premium) Review Specs

HP Pavilion DV6700T Entertainment 15.4″ Notebook PC (Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T8300 at 2.4GHz, 3 GB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, 895MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 8400M w/webcam, SuperMulti Pavilion DVD Drive, Vista Premium) Review Specs PROCESSORIntel Core 2 Duo T8300 (2.40 GHz/4MB L2 Cache)MEMORY 3.0GB DDR2 SDRAM HARD DRIVE 250 GB 5400 RPM SATADISPLAY15.4″ WXGA BrightView Widescreen (1280×800)MULTIMEDIA DRIVELightScribe Super Multi 8X DVD+/-RW w/Double LayerVIDEO GRAPHICSNVIDIA GeForce 8400M GSDIGITAL MEDIA5-in-1 media card reader COMMUNICATION802.11b/g WLAN KEYBOARDFull-SizePOINTING DEVICETouchpad with dedicated vertical scroll up/down padSECURITYIntegrated Fingerprint Reader DIMENSIONS14.05″ (L) x 10.12″ (W) x 1″ (min H)/1.69″ (max H)WEIGHT6.14 lbs. PC CARD SLOTSExpressCard/54 slot (also supports ExpressCard/34)EXTERNAL PORTSExpansion Port 3 connectorThree USB 2.0IEEE 1394 Firewire portS-video TV-out Two headphones outMicrophone inRJ-11 (modem)RJ-45 (LAN)VGA portSOUNDIntegrated Altec Lansing stereo speakersPOWERStandard Lithium-Ion batteryOPERATING SYSTEMMicrosoft Windows Vista Home Premium SOFTWAREHP PhotoSmart PremierRealRhapsodyMuvee AutoProducer Basic EditionAdobe Acrobat ReaderMicrosoft WorksMicrosoft MoneyMicrosoft Windows Media PlayerHP Games Powered by Wild TangentIntuit Quicken New User EditionSonic Digital Media PlusHP QuickPlay

Touch Screen Laptop —>ASUS VivoBook X202E-DH31T 11.6-Inch Touch Laptop Review Specs

ASUS VivoBook X202E-DH31T 11.6-Inch Touch Laptop Review Specs For roughly 550.00 this can hardly be beat for a small laptop that has windows 8 and a touchscreen. At first I was a little aggravated with the touch pad but, I installed the drivers from Samsung’s website that are supposed to be for a series 5 laptop. This laptop along with several others have the same Elan touch pad in them. Once you install this driver it is a night and day difference in the touchpad.

The link for the drivers is in the first comment. Amazon won’t let you link to an external website in the main review.

So go to the comment and get to the link then follow what is below.

You then need to click on the Manuals and Downloads link, then click Driver.
After that scroll down and click on the ZIP link for the Touch Pad driver 11.7.2.1

If you have the sorry Asus Smart Gesture installed, uninstall that first and reboot, then install this software. I have had various Macbooks for the better part of the last 7 years and this is my first PC laptop in a while. I was almost ready to return this laptop until I found these drivers. I would say the touch pad is 95% of a Macbook touch pad now and whether you like Apple or not, you have to admit they know what they are doing when it comes to track pads. Aside from all of that I’m extremely happy with the operation of this laptop now.

I am coming from a laptop that had an SSD drive in it so it does seem a little slow in some areas but, others it is working just fine. I have an extra SSD drive that I plan on putting in this machine as well as removing the half height mini PCI atheros wireless/bluetooth combo. I purchased an Intel Centrino 6235anhmw Mini Pci Express Bluetooth 4.0 to replace it with and based on my research I should be able to enable Intel Wireless Display on this laptop after that install. The card only cost me 30.00 bucks and I figured it was worth the gamble to see if it would work. I’ll update this review once I get the card in a couple of days to state if it worked or not.

The sound coming from this laptop is actually quite good and I would say better than a lot of the previous laptops I am use to.

The touchscreen is extremely responsive and I haven’t had any missed touches or erratic behavior out of it. I have played several touch based games and it worked flawlessly.

Last but, not least this thing is solid, the build quality on it is exceptional for something this cheap.

Okay, now for the bad which again considering this is a cheap laptop with a touchscreen really isn’t that bad.

The fan runs constantly and while it is not overly annoying it does seem to run even when not doing much on the system. That is really my main complaint about the machine at this point. The second complaint is that the viewing angles on this machine are pretty poor but, again don’t expect any machine at this price point with a touchscreen to have great viewing angles. Although viewing angles are bad, brightness is very good. I think with the brightness turned all the way up you could possibly do permanent damage to your eyes(a joke of course).

The keyboard is a little cramped but, really not all that bad. I would say I have slightly above average hand size but, again it isn’t to bad and I’m able to kick out a reasonable speed without to many more mistakes than I usually make. Expect some adjustment if you are coming from a full size keyboard with large hands.

Again, the stock hard drive is a 5400rpm drive and it does seem a little slow for me but, if you are coming from another mechanical drive then you may not really notice it as a problem. I’ve been using SSD drives for some time so it does bother me a bit.

These might be major problems for others but, for me they are minor annoyances that I can live with on a cheap machine like this. This is basically an 11.6″ Macbook Air that is missing the SSD(entry level is 64GB SSD), backlit keyboard, viewing angles aren’t as good for the ASUS and fan runs more often than Macbook Air. However the Macbook Air doesn’t have these features: touch screen, 500GB HDD that can be upgraded to a small or large SSD if you like and the Air cost about 450.00 more for the entry level. Granted the Macbook Air is considerably lighter but, it also makes your wallet lighter.

Sorry for all of the Macbook comparisons but, I have come from many years of having Macbooks and decided with Windows 8 to give PCs a try again. I’m glad I did.

Update 11/8/2012:
I installed the Intel wireless card I mentioned above, then installed the latest drivers for the card from the Intel website as well as the latest video drivers from the ASUS website. Then I installed the Widi display software and was able to connect to my Belkin Screencast. It took several tries and then it finally updated the software on the Belkin. After that it has been connecting perfectly with no problems. So I paid 40 bucks on Amazon for a refurbished Belkin Screencast and 32.00 for the intel card. Now for 72.00 bucks I’m able to use my 55″ HDTV at 1080p as a second screen.

Update 11/14/2012
I finally got around to installing an SSD drive and replacing the mechanical drive. The drive that came in it was a Hitachi HTS5450A7E380 which is a 7mm thick drive. Unfortunately the SSD I had was a typical 9.5mm and was too thick to work at first. Luckily I was able to remove part of the casing on the SSD drive I used and that made for a perfect fit. So if you plan on swapping out for an SSD make sure it is no thicker than 7mm or it won’t fit. I had some trouble where the laptop kept booting into the BIOS. when I went in and disabled fast boot as well as turned of drive security or something like that. I can’t remember exactly now but, when the option is enabled you can go further into the BIOS and see PKI keys and DDB keys and a lot of other keys. I just disabled that portion and then it started recognizing the hard drive. This may not be a problem if you clone the hard drive to the SSD before you swap but, I did a fresh install. Laptop is blazing fast now as it boots into windows in about 10 seconds.

ASUS A53U A53U-AS21 15.6-Inch Laptop (Mocha) Review Specs

ASUS A53U A53U-AS21 15.6-Inch Laptop (Mocha) Review Specs I was very skeptical of buying this product since I had seen so many negative reviews of it on the page of it’s 500 GB counterpart that has all of the same specs. I am writing my review to tell you that it’s not as bad as it sounds.

I have no idea why others are having problems with their laptops, mine is working perfectly.Sure, it is not lightning fast when it comes to installing new programs, but my older laptop was worse. Despite all of the needless programs that start with start up, it boots at a normal pace. There is a lot of pre-installed junk that I uninstalled – a quick fix to anyone. Just make sure to do a quick Google search to make sure it’s not important before getting rid of it. Vibe and Facelogin can go instantly.

I saw reviewers saying they didn’t like the keyboard, but I do. It’s not “too wide” and they keys are where they have always been. The speeds are fine, and the quality of the webcam is pretty good. I have used this laptop for just one day, but I already like it more than my older one. I have run Skype (in a call with my husband), Chrome, McAfee, and an installer for iTunes all at one time with no crashes or any drops in speed, and it held up very well.

The only few problems I had were as follows:

– There is a lot of pre-loaded, useless junk on it
– There is too much reserved space for the system (About 48 GB, I believe)
– The battery life could be better, though it is not bad (running up to 4 hours on Power Saving setting)

The things I liked the most:

– The keyboard is perfect (not to spaced out, not too crowded)
– It keeps itself running very coolly, and it hasn’t even gotten warm on the bottom after extended amounts of use.
– The overall color and feel of the laptop
– The quality of webcam and audio calls

Overall, 4/5 stars. Not bad, especially for the price (which it is definitely worth),despite receiving a lot of bad reviews.

Good For Gaming Apple MacBook Pro MD102LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop (NEWEST VERSION) Review Specs

Apple MacBook Pro MD102LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop (NEWEST VERSION) Review Specs The summer after my senior year of high school was one of the most exciting times of my life, thus far. I was finally done with high school and moving on to bigger and better things. All my life I had been striving for the best and getting my first laptop was not going to be anything short of the best. After my graduation party and selling my car, I finally saved enough money to purchase my first `real’ life purchase. I knew I wanted a MacBook Pro since early senior year and now was the time that I was finally going to get it! I begged my mom to come with me to Best Buy to help me buy it. She didn’t see the need to come with so I brought my sister. Checking and double checking that I had the right amount of money in my checking account I told the sales woman that I’d like to buy a MacBook Pro 13 inch. She gladly went to the back to get it and without hesitation I swiped my debit card. A screen popped up asking if I wanted to purchase insurance. Being the 18-year-old kid with only a new laptop on my mind, I stupidly said no thanks. After signing my life savings away, I walked/ran out of the store carrying my new `baby’, just as the store was closing for the night.

Getting home I opened the box and started to set-up and install all of the new and coolest things on my computer. At around 12:30 that night, after convincing my mom that Macs never had any problems and they were the best laptops around, my laptop completely shut down. It was charging so I knew the battery was fine, but it still wouldn’t turn back on. Reluctantly I walked downstairs with tears forming in my eyes. How would I tell my mom that it wasn’t working. After spending what seemed like days on her laptop searching what could be wrong, we decided to call the Apple helpline. They were dumbfounded, just as we were. They said that we must have gotten the `lemon’ and that I should not have any problems returning it tomorrow for a new one. It was the longest night of my life. Waking up at the crack of dawn, we exchanged the `lemon’ for a new one, as well as bought the highest amount of insurance possible. I’ve now had it for almost a year and have not had any problems with it. If I had to choose a MacBook over a windows laptop, I would still pick the MacBook hands down even with the small mishap in the beginning. I definitely think that the saying of `good things happen to those who wait,’ truly applies to me, if I waited rather than being rash, I would have had no problems with my `baby.’

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