Posted by: Niels« on: July 24, 2019, 14:34:34 »
Just a comment about the acer open rear cover pic, which you mentioned is difficult to service. There is another factor to consider here...the duct tape type of sealing of the rear has the following pro's:
1. It ensures and directs the cooling fan airflow and forces it between the pc boards, which is why the laptop has such good temp spec's.
2. It protects the bottom of the pc board from water overflow and short circuit and moisture that may lead to corrosion, if for example a glass of water falls over next to the laptop and splashes into the fan slots or if water is spilled on top of the keys it may "puddle" in the furrow of the base cover.
3. It prevents dust collection from the outside into or onto the pc card slots and segments. Dust is a huge problem with life-expectancy of components as it leads to overheating as it eventually becomes a sponge for attracting moisture & short-circuits.
I have had my old acer (best available at the time - i7) for 13 years now, I always ensured good cooling and it's still up there with most modern laptops in performance. My other basic i4 acer 17" survived a candle burn...the laptop screen was bent back without realizing the candle and after a while the laptop died...lol...so when we realized what we had done there was a hole in the laptop screen the size of a golf ball...I never thought it would survive that! - but heck - it did! - it didn't catch fire and was not destroyed...so we stuck a big bumper sticker over the hole and its been a year now and it still works fine - no visible damage to the LCD - "due to acer using a thin aluminum plate at the back to protect the LCD"...so yes...maybe hard to service...but I think that their idea with building it that way was... that you will never have to ;-) ...lol...thanks again for a great review!