My first computer was in 1999 and it was a desktop computer. Back then a piece of computer will cost you double the price of today. Even my computer was a generic type, I still spend too much of it like updating a video card and so on.
Now after eight years I bought a laptop from Acer Company Aspire 1640Z model with an Intel Pentium M processor (1.7GHz, 400MHz FSB, 2 MB L2 cache), 15” XGA CrystalBrite LCD, 60GB HDD, DVD/CD-RW Combo, 256MB DDR2, 802.11b/g wireless LAN and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR.
I evaluate this product according to price, speed and usefulness and here are my comments:
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1. The price is very cheap at US$600 compared to other brand of laptop. You can’t other laptop as cheap as this. It is made in China. But right now as we know almost all of the products are assembled in China for lower labor cost.
2. The speed is acceptable if you will only use this laptop for creating or editing in Microsoft Office tools. There is a DVD/CD-RW and this laptop can be used to copy a data CD. The weight is around 2.8 kilogram. But the software like OS or operating System is not included when you purchased the unit. It has only a Linux OS installed. The battery pack has a two hours life which is a disadvantage for a traveler like me. The DDR2 has support dual channel anytime I could upgrade the RAM to 512MB or 1GB more if I want. Aside from Bluetooth 2.0+EDR the laptop has a wireless LAN (802.11b/g) inside which makes it more convenient and handy. Some of the flaws of this gadget are its speed like if you edit a video or photo but still you can do it slowly. One of my buddies here had edited our video and photo lately and did it perfectly. What you need here is a little patience.