Pros Super fast, cool camera, great multi-media
Cons Acer tech support couldn't solve NIC problem, I had to do a day of research. I should bill ACER for my TIME!
Summary Looses one point for ACER Support being so bad that I had to threaten the support tech to get anywhere!!!
BUT. LAPTOP IS AWESOME. SUPER FAST, GREAT SCREEN. I HAVE POSTED THE NIC CARD FIX BELOW, SO EVEYONE SHOULD BE ABLE TO FIX THEIR PROBLEM WITHOUT GOING THROUGHT THE HELL OF RETURNING THIS GREAT NOTEBOOK.
thought I'd post this since I've spent the better part of my day resolving
it. Very frustrating to pull a new laptop out of the box and not have it
Hardware: Acer 8204WLMi, Intel 945PM Chipset, Intel PRO/1000 PM Ethernet
Problem: Ethernet connection drops randomly and intermitently. The driver
constantly restarts itself (Event ID: 42 from source e1express). This means
that the network connection stalls, sometimes causing the entire system to
Root Cause: Bad eeprom on the NIC from Intel
1. Download intel_eeprom.zip from
2. Extract into c:\windows\system32\drivers, start Command Prompt
3. Run eeupdatew32 /BUS=3 /DEV=00 /DATA TEKOA_A3.txt
5. Enjoy and be happy
Pros Beautiful, fast
Cons @## windows, manufacturer software, FAT32 partitions
Summary I've only had this a day, and it's an impressive machine.
Network, Bluetooth etc work fine. Screen wasn't missing a pixel. Performance is pretty snappy (I do sw development and have a lot of things running at once).
Why would anyone ship XP on FAT32 partitions these days? Just so I can go reformat them to NTFS? When I tried to add windows components (IIS, Indexing), XP claimed it couldn't copy necessary files, even though they're there on the disk. Working with Acer to find out what that's about.
Also, Linux seems maybe not quite ready for this machine, though my investigation is early.
But most people needn't worry about these nits: it's still an impressive machine and very aethetically pleasing with good performance.
Pros Unbelievably Fast, Excellent Graphics, solid performance
Cons Pricey, warm to the touch
Summary Well, I read 11 reviews before I decided to buy mine from Newegg.com. Here's my take
1) The laptop is warm to the touch after being on for over 2 hours. The touchpad is warm (I use a mouse so it doesn't matter). The vent on the right side of the laptop is there, and the air coming out of it is warm. . . I assume that after extended exposure that your hand might become too hot. However, I am using a standard mouse, and my hand is no where near the vent.
2) This machine is lightining fast. I have two other machines an Intel 3.4 and an Ath $4000+ both top of the line in terms of other components. This machine, for routine applications like browsing, etc, is simply put better in terms of speed. I am very surprised by how rapid it is at everything that I have tried.
3) The screen is solid, not as nice as my Inspiron 700m screen nor as nice as the Hyundai LD09+ screen. However, it is solid.
4) World of warcraft runs beautifully at max settings (widescreen mode 1680x1050). Tapping the windows key to go from this full screen application to writing this review is as instantaneous as it gets. Likewise going back is immediate no delay whatsoever.
5) Speakers are intermediate from what I have available right now. I'd say they are nicer than the inspiron 700M to my ear, but not anything close to nice external sound system.
6) Haven't tried the camera, but it looks cool. Also, this laptop looks great. When I opened it in the office today. . . everyone stopped to take a look and commented on how pretty it is. The carbon fiber top is unreal to look at.
7) The LAN might or might not work out of the box. . .I'll never know. Given that I am a user that is willing to spend $2500 on a laptop I also check around before I buy. Therefore, I immediately fixed the LAN problem after the Acer instal was finished (takes about 30 minutes on first boot). Both CNET and Acers site have all the details you need to know. My take on this matter is that if you are willing to spend that type of money you better know how to type a command line. . .
8) This laptop booted perfectly from the box for me.
9) Fat32 - you can change it if you want. Partitioned drives? I would have done this myself, again you can change it.
10) Acer support? - don't know haven't had to call.
In short, it have some quirks, but I like it alot.
Pros Not Available
Cons Not Available
Summary 1. You can't use it in LAN because internal NIC Intel Pro has NOT RESOLVED problem and connection unstable (restart connection each 10 seconds).
2. Wrong memory freq 533 (DDR2 533 SDRAM) but specification has DDR2 667 SDRAM. At first time the Acer say thet is web site mistake but now it say that SPECIFICATION IS CHANGED. But Acer can't answer WHEN it changed.
3. Hibernate don't work - KB909095
4. Acer support is VERY BAD. It can't resolve any real problem and don't accept Acer mistakes.
DON'T BUY ACER!
"Purely Awesome"on by oen9133
Pros Core Duo, X1600, 2gb Ram, wsxga+ screen, 3.5 hour of battery life, the list goes on...
Cons Partition are Fat32, Required NIC Card Fix
Summary This laptop is currently the most powerful mobile gaming and work computer that actually gets good battery life. Aside from the NIC Card fix (which acer offical released http://www.acerpanam.com/synapse/forms/portal20.cfm?recordid=3037&formid=3394&website=AcerPanAm.com&siteid=7117&words=all&keywords=&areaid=2)
and having to convert the Fat32 partitions into NTFS, this laptop the the appitamy of having you cake and eating it too.