Acer Aspire 3000 review: Acer Aspire 3000

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CNET Editors' Rating

2 stars Mediocre
  • Overall: 4.7
  • Design: 5.0
  • Features: 4.0
  • Performance: 5.0
  • Battery life: 2.0
  • Service and support: 4.0
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The Good Very low price; fairly lightweight case; broad keyboard; big touch pad.

The Bad Dreadful battery life; comes with only 256MB of memory; lacks some important ports and a media-card reader; lacks multimedia controls; limited tech-support hours.

The Bottom Line The inexpensive Acer Aspire 3000 delivers bargain-bin components and battery life and lacks some key features; if you desire anything more than absolutely basic laptop functionality, keep looking.

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Acer Aspire 3003LCi

Starting at less than $600, the Acer Aspire 3000 is one of the least expensive laptops on the market. Though it has an unremarkable design, the Aspire 3000 features a big 15-inch standard-aspect display and weighs right around six pounds--too heavy for regular travel but fairly lightweight for a laptop of this size and price. That said, the Aspire 3000's measly specs aren't going to set any records, and this machine delivers absolutely terrible battery life; furthermore, it lacks some basic ports and connections. If you're looking for a laptop that's portable enough to move around the house for lightweight computing tasks--e-mail, Web surfing, and word processing--the Aspire 3000 may fit the bill. Still, we recommend that you consider shelling out a few hundred more for one of the stronger systems we profiled in our $1,000 roundup a few months back.

The Aspire 3000 sits right on the edge between thin-and-light and midsize. It weighs 6 pounds and measures 14.3 inches wide, 11 inches deep, and 1.5 inches thick, so it's a bit bulky for regular travel. It's a smidge larger than two other inexpensive laptops--the 6-pound Acer TravelMate 2350 and the 5.7-pound Toshiba Satellite L25 . The Aspire 3000's AC adapter weighs 0.8 pound, which is about average for an adapter on a laptop in this category.

Designwise, the Aspire 3003LCi is a dead ringer for the Acer TravelMate 4060 save for its keyboard: the TravelMate's is curved and the Aspire's is rectangular, and we like both just fine. The Aspire 3000 features a nice wide touch pad, two big mouse buttons, and a convenient rocker button for scrolling through documents or Web pages. It doesn't incorporate multimedia controls or external volume buttons, though it has four programmable application buttons and a Wi-Fi on/off button. The system's 15-inch display has a standard 1,024x768 native resolution and is plenty clear and bright, but it doesn't have the wide-screen dimensions you find on more and more laptop displays. The two speakers deliver mediocre sound. For a better multimedia experience, check out the Dell XPS M140 , which starts at $999.

The Aspire 3000's limited group of ports, jacks, and connections reflects its rock-bottom price. It offers one VGA port, one Type II PC Card slot, 56Kbps modem and Ethernet jacks, three USB 2.0 ports, and three audio jacks (headphone, microphone, and line-in). Also onboard is a cost-cutting DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive. Absent from this group are common connections such as FireWire and S-Video as well as a flash-media card reader--a key feature for digital-photo enthusiasts.

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Acer Aspire 3003WLCi (Sempron 3000+ 1.8GHz, 256MB RAM, 40GB HDD, XP Home)

Part Number: LX.A5505.591 Released: Oct 1, 2005
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Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Oct 1, 2005
  • Resolution 1280 x 800 ( WXGA )
  • Installed Size 256 MB
  • Weight 6.2 lbs
  • Optical Drive CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo - fixed
  • Graphics Processor SiS Mirage 2
  • CPU AMD Mobile Sempron 3000+ / 1.8 GHz