I have had several Acer netbooks and notebooks all have been fantastic. I have a 532 with 2bg ram and a SSD this is as fast as my acer notebook core 3 with same ram and SSD. My old notebook lost its battery charge and tried several times to get a replacement in the end stripped it down sold the bits for about the cost for a i3.
My netbook I upgrade every 2 years sell the old one add £40 difference to get the next model up for around £140 this way I dont get battery issues.
2GB ram is a must and so is a SSD. yes you loose some storage, so put the old HD in a portable usb case and watch it fly.
I have noticed that a lot of these now are 3 cells, cant be doing with that.
These devices are more than capable of surfing and office work, ok serious spread sheet or autocad then its a pc with masssive monitor, (saying that add a usb mouse and plug into hdmi TV way you go) but I like the keyboard so noooooo to touchpads and windos 8
I have no idea why, but whenever I create a video with the webcam, it "skips" and "stutters" WHILE its recording and it does so after its done. What can I do? I make J-Pop dance videos and I thought this computer would help.
Great review. My advice: throw out the 1Gb RAM and replace it with 2Gb (cost about $10) and install a better version of Windows 7 and you'll have a very decent little computer. I run Visual Studio on it and its fast enough for my needs. Yeah - a blinding fast desktop is in theory better but this thing is incredibly portable and a pleasure to type on. Battery life is awesome.
There is also a Linux version that comes with 2 GB RAM preinstalled. Windows 7 starter is really uncustomizable and it would be happy with 2 GB RAM as well, so I wonder why Acer have chosen to make a netbook with it. People get frustrated and think that it is the netbook that is at fault, but actually, the problem is that Windows 7 starter really wants more capable hardware and is too limited to actually work for normal human beings. Not being able to change the wallpaper is just Microsofts way of giving the finger to anybody that doesn't want to pay extreme sums of money for the versions of Windows 7 that actually works. I wonder who is dumb enough to upgrade after such a bad taste of Windows 7.