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Is this Acer laptop at BestBuy any good?

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Is this Acer laptop at BestBuy any good?

Yesterday I made a post and asked about Costco laptops, and nobody seemed that thrilled with the HP I was considering:

https://www.costco.ca/hp-15-ef1003ca-la ... 56726.html

which was $500.

One of the posters referred me to another thread with an Acer available at Shoppers Drug Mart:

shoppers-drug-mart-499-99-acer-aspire-3 ... d-2388614/

and on that thread I saw a reference to another Acer at BestBuy:

https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/ac ... 0/14655793

The main specs on the Acer are:
1.2 GHz dual-core Intel Ci3-1005G1 processor
8GB of DDR4 RAM
256GB solid-state drive (SSD)
and it goes for $550.

Unless I'm missing something, the only significant differences I can see are in the processor (Acer has 1.2 GHz dual-core Intel Ci3-1005G1, and HP has AMD Athlon Gold 3150U), and the graphics card (Acer has Intel UHD Graphics, and HP has AMD Radeon™ graphics).

Considering the fact that I will NOT be gaming, is this Acer a decent laptop for Internet, photo/video editing, Skype, MS Office, etc.?

Thanks
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I've been looking at laptops in this price range for the last week or so. If you can't find the Acer at SDM, the BB one looks like the one to get. The i3-1005G1 is faster than both the 3200U and 3150U btw.
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If you do get an Acer I hope you're not going to move it around too much (folding and unfolding of the screen). The plastic that was used in the early 2010s weren't very good and cracked even with gentle use (especially where the screen hinges mount to the main body).

I have 2 Aspires that are still going (yes bought from BB) but they are pretty much retired from travel usage.
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PizzaParty wrote: One of the posters referred me to another thread with an Acer available at Shoppers Drug Mart:

shoppers-drug-mart-499-99-acer-aspire-3 ... d-2388614/

and on that thread I saw a reference to another Acer at BestBuy:

https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/ac ... 0/14655793

The main specs on the Acer are:
1.2 GHz dual-core Intel Ci3-1005G1 processor
8GB of DDR4 RAM
256GB solid-state drive (SSD)
and it goes for $550.

Unless I'm missing something, the only significant differences I can see are in the processor (Acer has 1.2 GHz dual-core Intel Ci3-1005G1, and HP has AMD Athlon Gold 3150U), and the graphics card (Acer has Intel UHD Graphics, and HP has AMD Radeon™ graphics).

Considering the fact that I will NOT be gaming, is this Acer a decent laptop for Internet, photo/video editing, Skype, MS Office, etc.?

Thanks
The hilarious thing is that was me.
The other hilarious thing is that I bought that exact Acer for a buddy of mine with the same non gaming requirement.

Based on use case I personally think the SDM is a better deal. It is slower but if you can use PC points it's effectively a $400ish notebook after full taxes if you discount the value of groceries.
But that's part of "sucker" nature of the PC points program. It's a $500 notebook that comes with a $150 gift certificate to some loblaws properties, not a $350 notebook.
If you regularly shop at Loblaws brands and can use $150 in some way there, it's fine.

My buddy went with the $550 model solely because SDM was final sale once opened and I had no idea if I could stuff a hard drive in there which is what he wanted.
For the 12 hours he's had it he seems happy so far.

For me personally I think the Lenovo Flex series is a more versatile system. It is a few hundred more than even the Best Buy at like $800ish.
If your budget is lower, I'd see if you can get the SDM. If not, the Best Buy is fine.

Full disclosure: I've never been a huge fan of Acer. Granted... most of my experience was years ago so their modern stuff might be okay, but I've always had issues with their notebooks.
Paper specs for price though usually can't be beat. You're typically paying quite a bit more with other brands for the same specs.
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Inspiron 17 3000 Laptop - 3793 on sale at Dell for $599

Ci3-1005G1, 1x8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 17.3" FHD, etc.

According to online reviews, its display is IPS and supposedly good (good contrast, 90%+ sRGB). You should confirm these with a Dell representative though. It also is bulky, heavy (6.7lb) and has mediocre battery life. Its redeeming feature is its screen.
Laptopmedia: Dell Inspiron 17 3793 review – a budget daily driver that will stretch your backpack

10% off Unidays might stack
3% Dell Advantage Rewards
2% Rakuten cashback

Strangely Dell is using a discount code for setting the sale price (it's unusual for Dell, normal for Lenovo) which might cause incompatibility problems with Rakuten or to a lesser degree with Unidays [trigger exceptions about using other promos]

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IINM, for video editing you may want as much CPU power as possible. Maybe a laptop with an Intel Ci5 10th generation or a Ryzen 4500U or 4700U would suit your needs better. But your budget would have to yield ($700-900 price bracket).

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Back in January 2020 ... I picked up from BestBuy the Asus X540BA-BB61-CB (15.6" , AMD Dual Core A6-9225 2.6GHz with 8GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB HDD, AMD Radeon R4 Graphics, 2 USB2, 1 USB3, HDMI, MicroSD reader, Integrated 802.11 AC, Windows 10) for $369.99 ... still the Boxing Day special pricing.

It replaced my 2011 Acer Aspire AS5736Z-4435 (15.6" Intel Pentium T4500 2.3GHz with 4GB DD3 RAM, 320GB HDD, Integrated 3D graphics, 8X DVD-ROM, 3 USB, HDMI, VGA, SD Card reader, Acer InviLink™ Nplify™ 802.11b/g/n, Windows 7).

No regrets ... good enough for my normal use.

ONLY 3 slight issues:
- no ethernet port ... prefer direct connection rather than 5GHz WiFi connection
- all 3 USB ports on ONE side of the laptop ...
- no DVD ROM ... but was resolved easily (Amazon .. buy, use, return after installing my OLD copy of MS Office Professional that I got from my IT friend back in the days)
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PizzaParty wrote: Yesterday I made a post and asked about Costco laptops, and nobody seemed that thrilled with the HP I was considering:

https://www.costco.ca/hp-15-ef1003ca-la ... 56726.html

which was $500.

One of the posters referred me to another thread with an Acer available at Shoppers Drug Mart:

shoppers-drug-mart-499-99-acer-aspire-3 ... d-2388614/

and on that thread I saw a reference to another Acer at BestBuy:

https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/ac ... 0/14655793

The main specs on the Acer are:
1.2 GHz dual-core Intel Ci3-1005G1 processor
8GB of DDR4 RAM
256GB solid-state drive (SSD)
and it goes for $550.

Unless I'm missing something, the only significant differences I can see are in the processor (Acer has 1.2 GHz dual-core Intel Ci3-1005G1, and HP has AMD Athlon Gold 3150U), and the graphics card (Acer has Intel UHD Graphics, and HP has AMD Radeon™ graphics).

Considering the fact that I will NOT be gaming, is this Acer a decent laptop for Internet, photo/video editing, Skype, MS Office, etc.?

Thanks
I feel this Acer Aspire 3 15.6" Laptop - Black (AMD A9-9420e/1TB HDD/8GB RAM/Windows 10) for $449.99 would suffice for your needs.

I personally can't justify paying more than $400 (with taxes) for a laptop ... I don't game either.
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Rakuten cashback for Dell Consumer is 8% today. So, the 17.3" laptop I mentioned earlier would get an effective 18 to 21% discount if Unidays, Rakuten and Dell Advantage Rewards stack up. A discount of around $ 120. Though that Dell discount coupon is applying may get in the way (YMMV).

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500 CAD for a 1080p display is a steal. Go for it.

If you ever need more SSD space it's easy to upgrade. Just a few screws and 2-3 minutes of your time.
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PizzaParty wrote: Yesterday I made a post and asked about Costco laptops, and nobody seemed that thrilled with the HP I was considering:

https://www.costco.ca/hp-15-ef1003ca-la ... 56726.html

which was $500.

One of the posters referred me to another thread with an Acer available at Shoppers Drug Mart:

shoppers-drug-mart-499-99-acer-aspire-3 ... d-2388614/

and on that thread I saw a reference to another Acer at BestBuy:

https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/ac ... 0/14655793

The main specs on the Acer are:
1.2 GHz dual-core Intel Ci3-1005G1 processor
8GB of DDR4 RAM
256GB solid-state drive (SSD)
and it goes for $550.

Unless I'm missing something, the only significant differences I can see are in the processor (Acer has 1.2 GHz dual-core Intel Ci3-1005G1, and HP has AMD Athlon Gold 3150U), and the graphics card (Acer has Intel UHD Graphics, and HP has AMD Radeon™ graphics).

Considering the fact that I will NOT be gaming, is this Acer a decent laptop for Internet, photo/video editing, Skype, MS Office, etc.?

Thanks
Same spec Asus at The Source for $499.
https://www.thesource.ca/en-ca/computer ... /108086849
Display: 15.6" HD LCD Display (1366 x 768)
Processor: 1.20 GHz Intel® Core™ i3-1005G1 Dual Core Processor
Memory: 8 GB of DDR4 SDRAM
Storage: 256GB Solid State Drive
Graphics: Intel® UHD Graphics integrated graphics
Operating System: Windows 10
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vernonco wrote: Display: 15.6" HD LCD Display (1366 x 768)
Processor: 1.20 GHz Intel® Core™ i3-1005G1 Dual Core Processor
*barf*
I'd pay $50 for 1080p
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death_hawk wrote: *barf*
I'd pay $50 for 1080p
I would too but just trying to keep it too less than $500 as per the OP.
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PizzaParty wrote: 1.2 GHz dual-core Intel Ci3-1005G1 processor
Lol dual core for $550? How do you find this junk?
Will it work for you? Yes. Is it overpriced, hell yes.
Waiting for a third thread from you...
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