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ASUS vs. ACER
jrg_1411 
18/1/08 9:30:23 PM
Serf
Hey people. Im off to uni and am looking at either an Asus or Acer.

Im not sure of the specific model no. for the asus but its specs are:

2.2GHz Processor T7700 Core 2 Duo

2GB Ram

200GB SATA 5400rpm Hard Drive

17"WXGA Screen

$2200
Sorry to be basic.

The Acer is the Aspire 7720 Series 7720-302G32Mn

Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz T7300 4MB cahche 800 MHz FSB

2GB RAM- (2x PC5300 DDr2-SDRAM)

320GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive

17" WXGA+ high brightness(200-nit) Crystalbrite TFT (1440x)900 res)

$1899

SO...

Very similar spec wise as far as i can tell.Both have added bonus 1.3 MP Web Cam and HD Tuner, which make them the ideal little gaming/entetainment/Uni workstations i need them to be.

To me, a layman, The ACER seems to blow the asus out of the water on price(save $500 or more) + having bigger hard drive. But the Asus seems to have a better processor. Is there much of a differnce in .2 GHz difference and T7300 vs T7700?

Also the Acers get a bad rap service wise and dont sound as reliable, most people point asus instead of acer.

Is the $500 worth it for getting a poorer quality laptop?(if it is a poorer quiality)

Is there a new asus coming out at similar price that would be better? I know this is 2008 ACER vs. 2007 ASUS.

Any other suggestions in the price range 1700-2400?

Thanks Heaps

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Voightkampff 
19/1/08 1:26:51 AM
Guru

Asus. Asus. Asus. Asus.

It's all about build quality and service. Acer differentiate themselves in the market by cramming the highest specs into the cheapest frames and selling for the lowest prices, which is all well and good until they fall apart. You have to remember that this won't be a computer you can take apart and fix yourself, you're going to be relying on manufacturer support for the smallest hardware issues.

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Girvo 
19/1/08 2:52:49 AM
Titan

Quote by Voightkampff
Asus. Asus. Asus. Asus.

It's all about build quality and service. Acer differentiate themselves in the market by cramming the highest specs into the cheapest frames and selling for the lowest prices, which is all well and good until they fall apart. You have to remember that this won't be a computer you can take apart and fix yourself, you're going to be relying on manufacturer support for the smallest hardware issues.



Plus. Fucking. One.

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slimdog360 
19/1/08 10:42:46 AM
Learner

plus one again, but I wouldn't go with the 17" screen, you want something small and light.

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Voightkampff 
19/1/08 11:26:49 AM
Guru

Oh, and check out http://www.dell.com.au

They seem to have some pretty good specs for your price range. Build quality is pretty good and their service is significantly better than Acer or Asus.

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ozgamer 
20/1/08 10:44:53 AM
Champion

Acer = bad. My brother works at HT and cannot believe the number of returns they've had for Acer products, not to mention the uselessness of their support dept.

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jrg_1411 
20/1/08 12:56:17 PM
Serf
Thanks heaps guys, looks like the asus it is, id prefer to pay more for something that doesnt fall apart and has decent support if it does.

Leg forum lads!

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sm1ddy 
20/1/08 2:46:16 PM
Banned

I have a Asus a6000 second hand. Its in perfect nick and never given me any major issues.

Avoid acer like aids, There build quality is pretty shoddy and I know so as I have worked with their laptops and desktop computers on a large scale.

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Voightkampff 
20/1/08 9:47:44 PM
Guru

I once worked on an Acer desktop where swapping out the hard drive required the complete removal of the cpu heatsink block. I think that qualifies as the worst desktop case layout I've ever seen.

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FrangaRaven 
21/1/08 10:02:18 AM
Overlord

Asus or Dell for sure.

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slimdog360 
22/1/08 9:16:48 PM
Learner

get a macbook, I just got one and they are cooooool!!!11

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kunzie 
23/1/08 8:22:34 AM
Titan

Personally, I'd hit up Toshiba or Mac Pro.

Acer look like Fisher Price My First Computer (tm)


Edited by kunzie: 23/1/2008 08:22:46 AM

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bowlen 
23/1/08 7:49:27 PM
Champion

I have had nothing but troubles with my Acer desktop.

I would avoid them as much as possible

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colt2090 
24/1/08 1:35:55 AM
Disciple

get the asus they are made by surprise surprise asus. the acer is made by Quanta, an oem company in china who make all the acer, hp, toshiba laptops and many more

the build quality is far superior and the after sales is infinitly better




Edited by colt2090: 24/1/2008 01:45:28 AM

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soundasleep23 
26/1/08 1:40:10 AM
Initiate
I'd be careful saying that Asus's after-sales support is "excellent". Maybe I'm just unlucky, but they were damn near useless for me over the past few days.

I have an Asus R2Hv and the external keyboard stopped working. Since the keyboard plugs into a mini-USB port, I had no way of testing if it was the port, or the keyboard itself (I'm still waiting for a USB dongle to arrive). On Monday I took the unit into their service center in Melbourne to have it checked out. They tested another keyboard and it didn't work either.

On Thursday, having not heard anything yet, I called. They were running RAM and HDD tests on the unit, and telling me they wanted to reinstall Windows cause they couldn't find anything wrong. I asked them why they were doing all this for a USB fault...they couldn't answer. They hadn't even TESTED the USB port yet.

After DEMANDED somebody call me back by 6 with a decent answer, it ends up the keyboard they used to test...was also faulty. They also didn't have the necessary dongle to try and differnt USB device on the port, and until that afternoon, only had one keyboard in stock. So the official Asus Service Center didn't have the correct equipment to test my notebook...and I left it for them for 4 days (on their advice that is was a hardware fault) for them to fix a non-existant fault.

I also explained that the Windows build on there was less than 24 hours old when I dropped it in, and was from the "rebuild partition", just with all the junkware removed so the unit actually performed at a decent speed (the default build is SOOOOO slow). Since the problem was a USB keyboard not even being detected by BIOS, they should be no reason to restore Windows again. Of course, they went ahead and did it anyway.

30 minutes of trying to get their team leader to admit that somebody screwed up, I ended up having to demand that HIS boss (in Sydney) call me back the following morning.

On the bright side, they did end up admitting fault and coughly up a spare battery as an apology, but why did I basically have to tell a tech how to do his own job, before anything actually happened?

Like I said, maybe I was just unlucky...but that's my experience.

*And about 2-3 hours this afternoon tweaking Vista back to barebones again...but not a total waste, it's running even better now I've disabled all of Vista's "useless" default services.

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ecroF 
26/1/08 11:04:29 PM
Guru

Yeah I've founds asus service to be pretty bad. From my experience in retail I'm pretty confident in saying that your much less likely to ever need after sales service than you would with an Acer. Those things are like boomerangs, especially the cheap ones.

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Jeruselem 
6/2/08 11:44:46 PM
Serf

ASUS - current laptop is an ASUS, two previous were HP/Compaq.
I'd buy a HP over an Acer too.

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10/2/08 2:52:58 PM
Titan

I definitely recommend ASUS, build quality is second to none.

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elvisd 
23/3/08 4:55:04 PM
Apprentice

STUPID ACER!
o wait my lappy is a acer :(

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The Demon 
23/3/08 10:31:50 PM
Journeyman

ASUS
I have a Asus laptop and it running strong. The best laptop I bought.

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