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Acer Aspire 5613 Awl Mi

Reviewing: Acer Incorporated Aspire 5613 Awl Mi  |  Rating:
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The Acer Aspire 5613AWLMi incorporates an old Intel Core Duo T2350 CPU with a measly 1GB of RAM, along with some unexpectedly amazing features such as 128MB nVidia graphics and Windows Vista Home Premium, all for a tiny $838.60 AUD.

The CPU is outdated, from 2006. Considering that this notebook was from 2007, this is not such a big issue, but now there have been two generations of Intel CPUs released after the Core Duo generation.

The laptop includes a 15.4" Acer CrystalBrite WXGA LCD and a small 120GB HDD. 802.11a/b/g wireless LAN is also included.

The 1GB of RAM is insufficient for most programs, so an upgrade to at least 2.5GB (by purchasing a 2GB stick and replacing one of the 512MBs installed by factory) is recommended for the smooth running of Windows Vista Home Premium, which nowadays are only found on computers starting from $999 in Australia.

The graphics card installed is a great inclusion to help smooth the Aero effects of Windows Vista Home Premium. Considering that these days graphics cards aren't often installed on notebooks of $850, now that netbooks are around. Remember that this laptop went for sale before the ASUS EeePC netbook was released.

The inclusion of Home Premium and also a nVidia graphics card is a great bargain for this excellent home-use laptop. At only $838.60, this is the perfect laptop for students, but it is a shame that this product is now discontinued by Acer, rather replaced by more attractive but more expensive Gemstone notebooks. The RAM and CPU is rather of a let-down on an otherwise excellent laptop computer from Acer.