Check this out. An email crossed my desk here at the TigerDirect labs regarding a particular Laptop: The Acer Aspire 5315-2713 Notebook PC. So I read through the specs and they’re pretty decent: An Intel Dual-Core processor, a gig of memory, and a 120GB hard drive. It even comes running the introductory version of Windows Vista Home Operating System. Not bad, but none of this is what I’d call “newsworthy” until you take the price into consideration: This portable PC is brand new for under 500 bucks.

You won’t win any extreme-power contests with the Aspire 5315’s Intel Celeron processor. But it’s a dual core, 1.73GHz CPU, and that’s got to count for something. Like most Acers, this one looks great, especially if you compare it to other computers in its price range. For under 500 dollars you’re going to get a phonebook of unimaginative bricks that not only look worse, they’ll undoubtedly weigh more as well: Acer Aspire 5315-2713 Notebook PCthe Acer 5315 weighs in at a little over 6 pounds. (The Macbook Air weighs half that, but costs 4 times as much, so you decide.) The two-tone color scheme with the bone-white keyboard sets this notebook apart from the competition nicely.

One gigabyte of DDR2 is a little skimpy by today’s standards, but only by today’s standards. 4 short months ago it would have been fine. But listen to this: Acer achieves that 1GB of DDR2 with a single stick of memory. What’s the significance? That means there’s a free slot open for upgrades, meaning that for well under 50 bucks you could give this PC a memory capacity that’s nothing to laugh at. And I was glad to see that this PC has a bona fide dual layer DVD drive. No “You can only watch a movie” drives here. Oftentimes, when you’re looking at a bargain-basement notebook, that’s what you end up with.

Open slot for DDR2 memory

This is the perfect notebook if you’ve got to get a PC for school (or for someone who’s going there). It’s also a great way to travel with your music and multimedia, because the 15.4-inch screen is laid out in 16:9 aspect ratio. That’s perfect for watching movies. The 1280×800 screen resolution and built-in Intel X3100 Graphics Media Accelerator also helps. So don’t discount the Acer Aspire 5315-2713 because it’s…well…discounted. If you’re after a brand-new laptop that has plenty of life left in it yet won’t cost you more than 500 bucks, this might just be the perfect notebook for you!

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