- I am no gamer.
- I got this for my personal projects using Kubernates (requiring better CPU) and resume my journey of learning Deep Learning (requiring better GPU).
Note: Your mileage may vary depending on your context.
- Better looks with minimalist design that you can take it to office/school without it distracting others during your work.
- Better pricing than its competitors for its specs. It's closest competitor IMHO would be Dell G-series laptop.
- Build quality is sturdy with metal body.
- The keys on the keyboard are top-notch in that I like the touch-and-feel.
- The touch-pad is too good that you would start to hate other laptops for this purpose.
- This is a gaming laptop with brilliant honeycomb venting for quicker heat dissipation. And it works!
- Acer's Aeroblade technology promises better heat dissipation and so far it has been cool enough.
- It supports Dual SSD plus One HDD. I have my Windows OS in SSD and data on HDD. My OS loads in about 5 seconds today with not many softwares installed and added to startup list thus slowing it down.
- Default backlit keyboard with blue light (that can be customized) is pretty comforting to my hands that does a poor job in typing.
- Higher screen refresh rate of 144 hz. This is not of any use to me though, given that I am not a gamer.
- Full HD screen does come to your favor, for it reduces your eye-strain with its crystal clear clarity of smaller fonts instead of tearing it down.
- It has got a killer wifi router supporting superior bandwidth performance. Should come to your rescue when you do screen sharing for your development work.
- The monitor lid is sturdier in comparison to its competitors where the lid might be a bit flimsy shaking. I think it's because of thicker bezels around the screen in this laptop that gives it the desired sturdiness that I wish it has to suit my handling.
- Built-in speaker sound quality is relatively feable and poor.
- Keyboard layout is discomforting when coming from traditional layout experience. More specifically:
- Power button is where End button is. Luckily, though, it wouldn't function when Windows has loaded as part of its default configuration.
- Because the arrow buttons are compressed within the layout, it eats away space in numeric-pad area. This has 2 implications which irritates me:
- Instead of Zero, I end up pressing Right-Arrow :(
- Instead of pressing Shift, I end up pressing Up-Arrow :( Note that the Shift-Key is halved!
- Power button is positioned as one of the keys in the top right corner, increasing the chances of accidental selection.
- Sharp edges of the metal body, that can tear your skin. You can use it as a weapon of self-defense, when you need it :P
- The Laptop should work on improving the battery span as well. For normal developmental usage like mine it lasts over 3 hours only. This is perhaps a known downside with any gaming laptop and may be Acer is doing a better job over its peers like Lenovo.
- Acer India support could do better. Registering the product for warranty is bit of a hassle in India, at least. The constant pop-up from Acer installed app asking to register, when their backend is dysfunctional is just a little too irritating.
- Beware! Norton bloatware in the name of anti-virus that comes pre-installed with your laptop is one unwarranted pain. Norton is a notorious rogue software that fails to get uninstalled cleanly. Even their own software meant to cleanse the system post their un-installation, fails to do what it supposed to do. I hate it when a laptop comes with a bloatware that I can't uninstall. Check out the minimally painful escape route to get rid of this disaster.
- Acer's pre-installed app Waves MaxxAudio could typically psych you out. Guess why? When you plug your headset into the port, every now and then, the camera turns on for a while before it turns off, leaving you wondering if your newly purchased laptop got hacked. You would be skeptical of Acer wondering if they have pre-loaded with any bloatware that is causing this issue. I spent an hour or so, before I could drill it down to the junk app that comes bundled with Acer laptop - Waves MaxxAudio. Luckily you can turn off this feature in the app as stated in Acer Website.