Acer Aspire 3000

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.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 5.0
  • Features 4.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Battery 2.0
  • Support 4.0
4.7 Overall

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Review

Acer Aspire 3000

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.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Acer
  • Type Mobile Sempron
  • Installed Size 256 MB
  • Edition Windows XP Home Edition
  • Capacity 40 GB
  • Diagonal Size 15.4 in
  • Chipset Type SiSM760GX
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model Sempron 3000+ 1.8GHz, 256MB RAM, 40GB HDD, XP Home

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