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angel404, Jan 4, 7:25am
Mums got an acer laptop. its like 5 years old at a guess. its a bit slow and outdated. is it possible to take it into a shop and have it revamped or should i just buy a new lappy?

dunedin_ree, Jan 4, 7:27am
If you have the money, you should buy a new laptop. Acers aren't the best and I think the sensible bet is to invest in a better brand/quality of laptop over spending a few hundred to get some modest performance increases out of an outdated laptop.


drcspy, Jan 4, 7:30am
'revamping' that laptop is pretty well impractical really about the best you could do economically would be to install a little more ram (depending on what it's got already)........forget it and buy a new one.............NOT Acer......

angel404, Jan 4, 7:30am
thanks we thought that might be the case. what brand would u recommend? i am wanting it mostly for study/assignments.

dunedin_ree, Jan 4, 7:31am
Apple, Asus, Toshiba (IMO).

khairul23, Jan 4, 7:43am
Which model is it? I have a 5 year old Acer laptop as well. Just recently put in 1gb of RAM for $20 and now I am happy with the speed. Now just waiting for its slow death (keyboard keys are dislodging, and display is doesn't go the whole width) before I need to buy a new laptop.

angel404, Jan 4, 7:50am
Aspire 3503. manufactured in may 05. ha yeah 1 key is missing off the keyboard.

kevin16, Jan 4, 7:53am
Asus, Toshiba, apple if you're a masochist

wpcnz, Jan 4, 10:04am
I'd put a fresh install of XP on it, run something like XPLite to trim it down and remove unnecessary services from using up resources, and yeah probably slot another 1GB of ram in there. Should run fine for your mum, unless she's a hardcore gamer or photoshop wizard

Here's an article on the programs like XPLite -

http://lifehacker.com/374376/trim-down-windows-to-the-bare-essentials

angel404, Jan 4, 9:14pm
ok so if im looking at new laptop what specs are good?

r.g.nixon, Jan 4, 10:14pm
Bigger numbers = more gigas = more good!

dunedin_ree, Jan 4, 10:15pm
Unless you want to game or to do video editing pretty much any new laptop from those brands would suit. Have a browse through some online stores and post one that you like the look of.

vtecintegra, Jan 4, 10:41pm
Toshibas have really awful industrial design IMO, poor ergonomics too.Personally I'd go with a Dell, at least you get more choice with configurations than most of the other manufacturers (just see how hard it is to specify a decent screen these days)

Also I don't think Acers are anywhere near as bad as the rep they get on here, however their after sale support and parts availability is pretty terrible.

cmjury1, Jan 4, 11:08pm
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i love my acer and i have been told they are the best brand of laptop to buy,
mine is 5 or so years old now and still working

r.g.nixon, Jan 5, 12:06am
Sell it quick! You are running on borrowed time!

awrenn, Jan 5, 12:36am
Recovery, proper software setup, & some ram is the best you can do - would probably make a difference but some of the older ram can e a bit expensive these days :-(

drcspy, Jan 5, 12:39am

chookin, Jan 5, 2:02am
Not through tm I hope. Nobody else wants your rubbish. If it's stuffed, bin it and buy another one. Not crap Acer.

vtecintegra, Jan 5, 2:13am
For reasons explained before that is a flawed survey.

drcspy, Jan 5, 2:27am
explained where/when ? LINK ?

vtecintegra, Jan 5, 2:37am
The main one: no breakdown of how many systems came from each manufacturer and at what price points.Without this data the survey is pretty much meaningless.

All you can get really get from the survey is that cheaper systems are more likely to fail and guess what - Acer and HP between them pretty much own the very low end of the market.

drcspy, Jan 5, 2:46am
they did state this:

" netbooks have shown themselves to be on average 20 percent less reliable than entry-level laptops, which in turn are 10 percent more likely to break down than premium machines."

more info:

http://www.squaretrade.com/htm/pdf/SquareTrade_laptop_reliability_1109.pdf

cmjury1, Jan 5, 5:13am
so if i was to buy a new what what brand would you recommend? i was going to get one throu harvey norman when they had their sales on but i missed out

drcspy, Jan 5, 6:08am
Personally I own/use and like/trust Asus hardware

cmjury1, Jan 5, 6:16am
Asus?
i havnt heard of that one are they sold everywhere, (yes im computer dumb,) i was given my laptop for my 21st

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