As a Dell user, Acer wins this time!
What a totally pleasant surprise! Until purchasing the 12", 60gig, 1.7 speed 512 megs Acer Travelmate 3002, I loved my comparably equipped Dell Latitude X300 and my 14" Gateway X200ARC. I still love 'em but love my new Acer even more. What a change from the clunky cheap Acers of the late 1980s & early 90s. This is a top laptop. No directions needed, tho amply supplied. Two batteries, one about 1.5 hrs, the other about 3 hrs. Such a nice, quiet, soft startup logo screen it puts Dell & Gateway to shame. The screen saver is so soft, unassuming, and classy I'm leaving it on. External CD is fine and nicely finished. Only negatives: Wish the Home & End keys weren't piggy-backed on PgUp, PgDn keys. And unit seems to run warmer than I'm used to. In sum, great lightweight laptop from a reliable supplier (Buy.com). --charlie hedbring, programsteppe.com
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