In a nutshell: the Acer Aspire 4720 is a great-looking, great-sounding machine set up for maximum ease of use, selling at one of the lowest price points out there for laptops.
The looks: the laptop sports Acer's slick Gemstone chassis, featuring black metallic lid with holographic logo, and the Ceramifinish interior which looks very modern and feels wonderful to the touch.
The sound: this is an entertainment laptop, and it comes with Dolby Digital Live and a speaker running the width of the keyboard. This is my fifth laptop, and I had just assumed that big sound was a compromise you made for mobility. Wrong. This laptop has big sound, and it can be configured several different ways depending on your use at the time, be it movies, music, or games. Configuring the sound, as with configuring anything on this laptop, is a piece of cake, which brings me to my next point: ease of use.
Acer's Empowering Technology makes everything pushbutton easy. There is literally a beautiful green Gemstone triangular button at the top right of the keyboard, which when pushed brings up an onscreen console of options for display, sound, security options, power management, and so forth. All represented by very clear and obvious icons with even more clear rollover popup descriptions.
Now before I get to the clincher - the price - let me just point out some other features which cannot go unmentioned: a 250 gb hard drive, 2 gb memory, Acer Signal Up technology for top wireless reception, and a high resolution webcam built into the lid. So, all this, for a price that continues to drop but at the time of my writing averaged in the high five hundreds. In my opinion, this has to be one of the best values in laptops currently.