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 theyâ€™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 Iâ€™d call â€œnewsworthyâ€ until you take the price into consideration: This portable PC is brand new for under 500 bucks.
You wonâ€™t win any extreme-power contests with the Aspire 5315â€™s Intel Celeron processor. But itâ€™s a dual core, 1.73GHz CPU, and thatâ€™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 youâ€™re going to get a phonebook of unimaginative bricks that not only look worse, theyâ€™ll undoubtedly weigh more as well: the 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 todayâ€™s standards, but only by todayâ€™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. Whatâ€™s the significance? That means thereâ€™s a free slot open for upgrades, meaning that for well under 50 bucks you could give this PC a memory capacity thatâ€™s nothing to laugh at. And I was glad to see that this PC has a bona fide dual layer DVD drive. No â€œYou can only watch a movieâ€ drives here. Oftentimes, when youâ€™re looking at a bargain-basement notebook, thatâ€™s what you end up with.
This is the perfect notebook if youâ€™ve got to get a PC for school (or for someone whoâ€™s going there). Itâ€™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. Thatâ€™s perfect for watching movies. The 1280×800 screen resolution and built-in Intel X3100 Graphics Media Accelerator also helps. So donâ€™t discount the Acer Aspire 5315-2713 because itâ€™sâ€¦wellâ€¦discounted. If youâ€™re after a brand-new laptop that has plenty of life left in it yet wonâ€™t cost you more than 500 bucks, this might just be the perfect notebook for you!