I came across an offer for an acer laptop with 320 gig hard drive, 4gb ram, etc at only 139000 in Port Harcourt. Why are acers so cheap?? is anything wrong with them??
I came across an offer for an acer laptop with 320 gig hard drive, 4gb ram, etc at only 139000 in Port Harcourt. Why are acers so cheap?? is anything wrong with them??
Hello house, This is the first time i'm coming across this thread, i will be purchasing a laptiop like tomorrow and my budget is 90K. I saw an ACER laptop that goes for 85K(can't remember the type). Pls i need your frank opinion about ACER laptops generally, i'll appreciate it if you could suggest an ACER laptop that's goo for web development/Design or even a HP that's that cheap.
I hate it when people make blank generalisation. " This is crap, that is crap" kind of talk. It would be reasonable to state your own experience. All machines are susceptible to faults , hardware or software. Satellites and spacecrafts that are built with the highest technological process fail sometimes not to talk of laptops. Go to computer repair shops, you find all sort of brands eg apple, hp, dell, lenovo begging for attention. I don't stick to any brand, i buy what appeals to me preferentially business class laptops. Point is, when you have issues with your pc deal with it. I have used compaqs, acers, lenovos, hps, dells and a few unpopular brands. Well yet to try an apple.
I use an Acer notebook
I don't see the reason some of y'all are turning this into a contest.
Some HP notebooks are better than some Acer's stuff and vice-versa
Notebook technology is difficult to keep up with.
To judge who has the best notebook, check out (i.e. compare and contrast) the latest best from each manufacturers' high-end stuff
Instead of coming all out and shouting like litle kid in a dick-measuring contest.
the real question is how much did toyinrayo pay for her acer pc?
anyone who buys a laptop $500 and below of any model/manufacturer may have issues.
theres a reason why they are called 'low end' or budget models
now, if an acer ferrari was misbehaving - then there'd be a clear case against acer.
note also that the still unresolved internet connectivity problem may not be due to the laptop per se. . .,
@*toyinrayo. there is a reason acer is the no. 1 laptop vendor in asia and europe. ofcousre sh1t happens sometimes. i had a problem with my aspire webcam but had it replaced by Compuleb at Ikeja free. there's an international warranty on acer products, if you have authentic invoice i don't see why you can't have your laptop fixed. check out their TIMELINE range, they would blow your mind away!
unfortunately Time Capsule does not support Upnp as of now and it doesnt support streaming service, and i cant think of any way to set it up except as an itunes media center with Bonjour running on client PCs.
thats the next best thing; itunes media streams.
maybe a ReadyNAS would be a better replacement because it offers all sorts of network services including Bonjour. its also a Upnp device.
maybe Apple will update the TC line since they are going through some major hardare turnnrounds.
@Ex Inferis dude i want to know your take on this, i have we have a time capsule in the office which is connected to the network and mounted (through fstab) on my desktop/laptop using samba what i would like to know is if the time capsule can be used in setting up a upnp server, cause am thinking of setting up a media server for streaming videos an all my devices using the campus network ,
I'm not an HP freak. In fact my first notebook was an acer TM but the non availability of After Sales Service (Bottom) killed it after much tampering by the 'Boda Bayos'. Consult 'Boda Bayos', end up with crappy lappys and then turn around to blame it on the manufacturers, are what SOMETIMES, happen IN NAIJA.
I'm not saying Bottom is the only consideration, but, it's sure a good factor for those who are not interested in giving their gadgets to the Boda Bayos of naija.
ni ma kaina ina kachaniyan sayar ta ne. garin ya yi zafi. ka fara tari tun yanzu.
an affordable system that will serve students, business environments and other core computing users. pity you had to remove linux, its great.
below is another reason buy Acer. Behold the AX3200.
1. AMD Phenom X3 8450 triple-core processor
2. 4GB RAM
3. 640GB hard drive
4. NVIDIA's GeForce 8200 (the only achilles heel; its integrated GPU)
5. P244W 24-inch 1080p LCD display 1920 x 1080 (1080p full HD resolution, yay!!)
6. Blu-ray drive (double Yay!!)
all for an affordable $1,080.
your point is poorly conceived. people buy computers because of 1, price/performance ratio and 2, budget.
its illogical to base purchasing needs on aftersales support as the only compelling criterion. besides, how many people in naija are willing to cart their machines to expensive support systems when roadside technicians will do just fine? unlike desktops lappys have few changeable parts and the use of a power brick ensures power surges harm mostly only the power pack. common problems are screen, powerbrick, HD and memory. you hardly come across a fried lappy board.
all the above problems are easily fixable by Boda Bayo across the street.
Am a Acer User just got one two weeks ago for 70k its one of a kind never seen acer like this one, it came with Linux Os for advanced users but I later on installed Xp on it then later upgrade to Vista later on.
Its a Intel Celeron, 80Gb 512 ram 2.0Ghz and it has WIFI, Bluetooh and Infra red. The bluetooth has loads of features like remote using bluetooth etc Its DVD/ Multi Recorder its pretty cool and has a nice design for that price. The model is Acer Extensa 4220, its a nice laptop for students and home users.
@Mr webzone or whatever u call urself, i don't see any relationship between the topic and discussions on this thread and what u posted. I think that is dumb of you, even if browsing is free on the gprs platform, it is damn too slow for my work and would prefer paying for broadband connections.
If i may ask do u know anything about gprs and internet connection, u guys should find something else to do as there are much better ways to make cool cash in ur backyard.
i feel you on pinning OS usage, there are sometimes different experiences when using various flavors of one OS, as the users of Tiger will say Leopard is eyecandy and less stable (I'm yet to establish that; i do agree update 10.5.4 almost broke my itunes connectivity to the Store among other issues), and the users of XP Home will have a slightly different experience from those using Xp Professional or Windows MCE or even Windows server 2003.
however for linux users the difference in distros can be wildly different; those on Gnome will find KDE a bit off and vice versa (though I'm much a Gnome fan), or Xfce etc. its also a bit different in package management (YUM, APT, etc).
i agree gaming laptops/desktops wont be replaced by netbooks (even though netbooks are not really intended to).
but what if gaming itself moved online? the success of MMORPGs likve Everquest, Ultima, etc and the appeal of multiplayer online gaming, which ensured the success of Xbox Live and Xbox itself as well as the cloning of it by Playstation Network, suggests that players are willing to play (1) online, (2), with other people across vast geographical spans. also, LAN parties and fragfests seemed to solidify that perception that interconnected gaming is a thing of the future.
now in the near future in the era of cloud computing even gaming itself will not run on local machines; these net-connected machines will execute threads and processes but the actual brute work will be done up in the cloud. perhaps all gamers will do is install local clients that serve as a sort of portal to the online gamimg community and select what to play and who to play with via the portal (very much like Xbox live).
second life (www.secondlife.com) has shown remarkably that witha good enough graphics card and broadband internet, complex virtual societies (ala The Sims) can exist in the Cloud in full 3D glory. and second life only requires a client running on the guest computer. its not a game, but the principle and the virtual world is very game-like.
and remember the Asus netbook i posted earlier already has advanced 3D gaming capabilities, so whether locally or via the Cloud, the netbook has the native capability to handle advanced current-gen graphics.
I'm not sure how cloud computing will succeed; or how it will impact nigerians. but i can safely guess tat it will change computing as we know it by offering seemingly limitless virtual storage and infinite resources online connected in such a way that the line between online and offline will be considerably blurred. remember apps like Adobe AIR allow online apps to be run offline and some browsers are integrating this capability.
as for the iphone 3G i remarked in the phone thread that perhaps the obligations that come with offering the phone (subsidizing the phone, closing the phone to one carrier, hefty data fees, monthly contract charges and 2-year contract commitment which may be hard to enforce in naija given our arbitration/judicial system and weak regulators) may not properly reflect the business models of MTN and the rest. our carriers and Apple share different business models, it seems.
our networks do not tie phones to their services; most nigerians prefer prepaid to contract; monthly service charge may generate a furor; and data services in a phone you can't tether to your laptop will not take off. Blackberry, which YOU CAN tether, has not fully flown as it were.
eventually iphone 3G will trickle into naija into our open networks without Apple's dictative tendencies.
as for computer games; they improve much more than math skills. the benefits include improved hand/eye coordination, mental acuity, fast response, dexterity, problem solving skills etc.
hand building gaming rigs is the best option as per saving money, but soemtimes people often buy branded boutique machines for pure effizy (and aftersales support).
then again hooking up that liquid cooling system is a bother.
ive been working on makong a 3D FPS game since last year. its coming along poorly because of lack of time and building even one layer of the map takes almost 16 hours of computer time. blame that on my machines' resources. the development program runs only on windows else if it was linux i could get bigbrovar to help set up a distributed computing cluster with other machines so rendering will be faster.
i have numerous alpha-stage test builds and i want to incorporate online mode but its giving me headache. should i go UDP? TCP/IP? im not too good with transport protocols even though the software makes it easy.
im using FPS Creator (dead easy to use). however the direct x 10 version is out but it needs a highend Nvidia rig.
my point is, online capability in gaming is hard to implement. kudos to those guys.
@Ex, most times, i feel more comfortable when people refer to the particular kind of OS they use instead of generalizing it. Someone can be using Windows, mac, Linux etc but it makes more sense saying u're using Tiger, XP, Redhat and the others, was just trying to make a point,
That Acer stuff was really cool, but i'll still prefer building my gaming rig with my bare hands, the only problem is the unavailability of component parts in this country. This is a kind of country where the consumers are ahead of the marketers. When i requested for a Quad core processor in Lagos some few months ago, i was told they not heard of something like that.
Now imagine, if the Apple 3G phone can be released in countries like mali, Egypt and other poor countries, i dont know why it's not been released here despite the large consumer base.
on the cloud stuff, it is only natural that we make progress, and i know with time we will get there. there has been much support of this concept with the likes of Amazon, IBM, yahoo and google doing what they know how to do best. The cloud is the next step, but then the laptops and desktops will still play their roles, cos the netbooks and nettops cant make up for the gamers machines.
Do someone out there know that computer games can actually help improve your maths, well u can check on the link above for a BBC report.
earlier on bigbrovar and i were talking about cloud computing and netbooks.
here is my prediction.
1. a few years from now all computing will move online in a paperless office of the future. case in point: the growth of Ajax, google Docs, Zoho, Splashup (similar to photoshop, see pic below), Adobe Air, InstaCalc, App2You, Yahoo Webmessenger, meebo, sosius etc and Zimbra. more and more devices now are already offloading their contents into the "cloud" by syncing or direct upload, to services such as Fanbox. eventuially the concept of the local harddisk will be a thing of the past.
like ThinClients, computers will become dumber, running only the OS needed to give them life, while the soul of their purpose resides online. soon music, documents, videos, photos, contacts, telephony and other communications, will all be up in the internet cloud and we shall live our lives innundated by the radio waves needed to keep our digital wireless hub breathing. think online radios, online albums (like flickr), Netflick etc. iTunes is already well on the air. already music and photos have gone digital. have you noticed the recent tide of browser-based games?
2. in cases where the Operating system needs to be installed or reinstalled, I'm predicting it shall e done online devoid of installation CDs. already Microsoft is researching in ways of how to sell software online and be installed straight from the servers in the cloud. in fact we already have online operating systems. YouOS is a virtual OS that you an customize.
3. soon devices will talk to each other across diverse proprietary spectrums, and keep content up to date via syncing. the days of the Sneakernet are numbered.
i arrived at my predictions based on my oservation of current trends and the direction technology is headed. Apple's .Mac service, which now is known as MobileMe, is also ahead of the competition in some respects.
at the end of the day, Digital rights Management, bigger bandwidth, and the death of piracy (at least to some extent; hacking and cracking is becoming more difficult everday) are on the horizon.
so don't let the terms "Cloud Computing" or NetBooks be alien to you.
and already Acer is way ahead of HP in the netbook revolution.
PS: the application you see below (pix) is an Adobe Photoshop clone. its not running locally on my system, it is an online application made using Ajax technology.
that Volvo S60 was once voted safest car on the planet. funny you should mention this, because recently i was asked what midsized commuter car i'D love to buy if i were to buy a car right now; almost everyone predictably gunned for a Honda/Toyota, 2 kias and one BMW.
i said an Audi A4, or the new Passat.
they were like, "huh"?
in cars of its range, i don't think anthing beats that passat for sheer driveability
but thats for another thread.
as for MTN, once upon a time the Elites bought MTN, and the poorer members of the household settled for then-called Econet even though Econet was first with SMS delivery report and had low cost scratch cards among other things.
its like when i bought my first Sendo X and my mates kept ripping me for not buying a nokia smartphone even though technically the Sendo X was a more advanced symbian phone then. buggy, sure, but one cool sexy machine nonetheless.
and even now it still happens all over; if your phone aint a nokia, it must imply you are a broke-ar5se playing second fiddle.
beats me, that.
Ex Inferis baba! You have broken down why Nigerians should not be one sided in their thinking. I really cant stand the bandwagon effect in Nigeria. But hell, MTN and others are capitalising on it.
I remember when I told my friends that I want to get a Volvo, they were all like, what the hell, When one of them followed me on a test drive in an S60, he kept dreaming about the machine.
Competition helps all markets. Makes manufacturers stay on their toes. The R&D dept. in most companies is where the most money is spent.
check out this Voodoo laptop.
Dual GeForce G70M “Ultra” 256MB
a WSXGA 19″ display capable of resolutions of up to 1680×1050 pixels
an AMD Turion ML/MT CPU
Internal Digital Card Reader 4-in-1
8-channel surround sound with 4 embedded speakers and subwoofer
8X ENVY DVD+-RW Dual Layer Slot-Load DVD & CD Writer
gigabit Ethernet + MiniPCI expansion
Saurik's Cydia brings Apt packaging to iphone/Ipod, and since the login details of the two products became open ( user Root, password Alpine) third party Terminals give access to Darwin/Marvell commands to be run. i use putty on Mac for sessions, and WinSCP on windows to copy files and set permissions when i do copy. in the end, the iphone/ipod arent so closed anymore (not after jailbreaking).
I'm not really into Nokia (though i got a nokia 5610 XpressMusic the other day as a gift) so I'm not into the N810. whats happening with OpenMOKO? I'm keenly awaiting the potentials of Android; if done right it will create a revolution and hopefully kill symbian.
seconded, it was hyped up too much for being thin, but specs wise its utter rubbish. I'm not sure what market segment the Air is trying to fill, but if its ultraportables its off the mark. seeen the OQO? now that is my definnition of an ultraportable. to me the only great thing anout the Air is the very bright and colorful display.
no, i don't mean that portege. te portege I'm talking of came out way before the Air. will look in my mags and see if i can find the model number. the one you refer to is that one with the funny tagline "Lighter than Air". also, no matter the noise Apple fans make, I'm glad someting people are breaking off the windows stranglehold and delving into other options out there. it doesnt have to be Mac, even Linux to me is a far better OS to windows in many respects. have you tried BSD yet? I'm sure you will love it, being closer to the actual Unix than the rest.
i don't merit Air's remote disk as a good notion; on the contrary configuration is dead easy, but its still a hassle having to piggyback on another system's cd drive just to install software or whatever. what if you were caught in a location without another system and you absolutely had to use a cd drive (say your Air crashed and you need to repair the installation?)
components made of sand. yup, its true, but not just any sand. its silicone sand. some peole might get the impression you mean the very sand under their feet. Penry, however, the entire santa rosa chipset, used zirconium and not silicone.
for gaming give me Alienware Area 51 any day or the Falcon Northwest. next up is the Dell XPS. Alienware now has a quad SLI (four freaking GPUs!!!) in the Aurora ALX system (see pix.)
check out that sexy Alienware curved display unveiled at CES 2008.(see pix)
the Dual Zone ThermalTake liquid cooling system of the Area51 (pix).
For ultra portables,these guys are good
Lenovo Thinkpad X200
Lenovo ThinkPad X61
Lenovo 3000 V200
Lenovo ThinkPad X300
Micro Express JFT2500
Lenovo IdeaPad U110
Toshiba Portege R500-S5002
Fujitsu LifeBook T4220 Tablet PC
Sony VAIO VGN-TZ295N
Alienware Area-51 m15x
Alienware Area-51 m9750
Toshiba Satellite A305-S6845
Dell XPS M1730 (This guy is very expensive $3500 compared to the alienware products ($1500) but i can bet that the alienware still performs better)
@EX, u're right, 90% of hardware manufactured pass through asia's factories and then maybe couppled or packaged elsewhere. Americans and Europe don't manufacture stuffs like that but only contact these to companies in Taiwan, China, Malaysia and others. The companies only follow the instructions and details of the manufacturing process, these are later advertized to the American market, who are the world's greatest shoppers and the trend moves on and on.
Do someone out there knows that ur display screen, processor, memory and other chips are made of SAND. Yes, i mean SAND.
The next time u buy that cool and geeky gadget, just know that sand was processed to bring out the beauty in it.
Naa screen and size of keypad puts me off . am getting a Nokia N810 with 8gb mini sd card.add that to the 2 gb card inbuilt and u have 10gb space , still a far cry from my 16gb itouch.but unlike a netbook its pocketable,its touch screen and unlike the itouch its free and made to be hacked with it i can Hardware-wise, it's a 400MHz TI OMAP pseudo-dual-core (400MHz ARM CPU with 300MHz TI DSP). Hardware-wise, it runs the Maemo OS, which is a modified version of Debian GNU/Linux.Overall I am extremely impressed with it. from what i have seen in reviews
As far as customizations, the thing comes with a terminal by default and can and a quick look around shows that the OS uses:
(1) Standard armel Debian port, Linux 2.6.21
(2) Standard apt-get, with a user-friendly frontend
(3) Standard freedesktop.org .desktop file launchers
(4) A Mozilla based browser that even takes minimally modified Mozilla plugins! and supports flash,ajax, and java scripts
(5) A slideout qwerty keypad
(6)webcam for making video calls with skype
With that said, there's great room for extensibility on this for example i could install Andriod,Debian,or KDE4 on it even win 3.1 if i wanted. plus its easy to compile a normal ubuntu application for the maemo OS, for me its just the perfect device. i have placed and order for it through Nairaland's brume .he is also helping me get the dell xps m1330 (the ubuntu version) , in anticipation i have setup a webbased media server for streaming mp3s and video via wireless with the Nokia IT using the webbrowser
before MAcbook Air there was this sexy Toshiba Portege (can't remember the model number) which has a slot-loading combo drive inbuilt. its almost as thin as the Air but sadly being a Tosh, no one paid it much notice.
if i had enough money i'D vary the naija laptop market by importing exotic, sexy, smarter and cheaper machines few naijans have heard of (but which blew me away in interactive sessions). because I'm really into gaming (moving up to pc gaming) and since to me the future is High Def, I'm thinking for shelling out for an Alienware Machine, a Falcon or a Dell XPS. ive seen some of these machines in action churning out unbeleiveable highdef framerates without battling an eyelid and I'm sold. my mate in the US has an AlienWare desktop box that has two Nvidia SLI cards working in sync to put out 1080p graphics.
the monster cost about $5000 (five hundred and eighty five thousand naira) and has 5 cooling fans and a looping liquid cooling system. forget the noise it makes (worse than xbox 360) but those grafix! it even runs on special RAM designed for gaming running at 800mhz with ultralow latency.
to die for.
mostly i laze around in KD, its a town in slow motion, cheap, and cool.
good news, though, Apple is finally embracing gaming, and the likes of EA and id are swinging to the platform. by the time snow leopard debuts and the new line of radical MacBooks (they are hinted to be full of surprises, expected to innovate how we use computers) hit the shelves, Macs will be formidable gaming devices and probably finally close the gap with windows.
good idea, except if we have a sizeable bunch of nairalanders willing to partake. don't want to dedicate time to a thread that will last only a few pages on interest.
will you be getting a netbook?
in the first page of this thread i remarked that most laptop/pc makers do not build the machines; contract manufactureres do. well, just now i was trawling online looking for great gaming laptops and came across this snippet to bolster my assertion:
", most laptops are
made by the same two or three companies in Taiwan! The same components
and mainframes are assembled under different brand names and marketed
to the public. Not to get too cynical, but sometimes it's the laptop with
the better paint job or the better advertising that will
win your purchasing dollar."