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Has a known issue with not powering on, unreliable
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This or lenovo ideapad s340? My usage is daily tasks browsing n word no gaming at all so i need better battery.
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I bought this laptop from Walmart for a little bit more and I'm typing on it right now. It isn't the best laptop out there, but it is relatively lightweight (good for throwing into a backpack and carrying it with you) at 3.8 lbs and is certainly good enough for web browsing, Microsoft Office, etc. The screen is a matte screen which seems to lower the brightness of the screen - but helps to prevent reflections.

It is also upgradeable - there are 2 SODIMM slots inside (comes with 1x8GB RAM stick), so you can buy an additional DDR4 SODIMM for it to go to 16GB or buy 2x16GB and go to 32GB of RAM. The RAM slots are beneath a heat shield, so when you remove the back of the case you need to peel the heat shield off (it is glued on).. I didn't upgrade the SSD but you could upgrade it to a NVme SSD and there is a 2nd slot for another SSD (I believe the 2nd slot is SATA only).

I haven't tested the battery extensively, but I've watched movies on it for ~4 hours on a flight and it is fine (more than 40% remaining at the end).

I'm not a huge fan of the barrel connector for charging (Won't charge over USB-C even though there is a USB-C port) - seems like it could very easily break. In my few months of using it, I haven't had any issues with it not powering on (seems to be fixable by holding down the pinhole at the bottom of the laptop to disconnect the battery).

For the price though I'm pretty happy with it!
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I bought this laptop from Walmart for a little bit more and I'm typing on it right now. It isn't the best laptop out there, but it is relatively lightweight (good for throwing into a backpack and carrying it with you) at 3.3 lbs and is certainly good enough for web browsing, Microsoft Office, etc. The screen is a matte screen which seems to lower the brightness of the screen - but helps to prevent reflections.

It is also upgradeable - there are 2 SODIMM slots inside (comes with 1x8GB RAM stick), so you can buy an additional DDR4 SODIMM for it to go to 16GB or buy 2x16GB and go to 32GB of RAM. The RAM slots are beneath a heat shield, so when you remove the back of the case you need to peel the heat shield off (it is glued on).. I didn't upgrade the SSD but you could upgrade it to a NVme SSD and there is a 2nd slot for another SSD (I believe the 2nd slot is SATA only).

I haven't tested the battery extensively, but I've watched movies on it for ~4 hours on a flight and it is fine (more than 40% remaining at the end).

I'm not a huge fan of the barrel connector for charging (Won't charge over USB-C even though there is a USB-C port) - seems like it could very easily break. In my few months of using it, I haven't had any issues with it not powering on (seems to be fixable by holding down the pinhole at the bottom of the laptop to disconnect the battery).

For the price though I'm pretty happy with it!
Thanks for your in depth review.
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This or lenovo ideapad s340? My usage is daily tasks browsing n word no gaming at all so i need better battery.
This for sure. I had the prior version of the Lenovo (IdeaPad 330S - the 340S is very similar). This has way better build quality, performs better as it doesn't throttle unlike the Lenovo, almost twice the battery life. (The 330S and S340 are available in different configurations, some with bigger batteries than others. Some versions have decent IPS screens like this Acer, some have very crappy TN screens.)

BTW this is light for a 15.6 inch but it's more than the 3.3 lbs claimed in another post. Manufacturer's specs and my kitchen scale both say just under 3.8.

Here's a copy and paste of my post from the last time this was on Slickdeals, at $530:

I have the i5 version of this, the only other difference being it came with 1TB HDD + 16GB Optane, which I immediately swapped out for a 500GB NVME SSD. Great build quality (especially at this price), great upgradability (aside from the bottom cover being a little difficult to remove). Fantastic benchmark performance (my i5 gets higher benchmark scores than most i7-8550Us), doesn't throttle, pretty quiet, good battery life (6-8 hrs). Very light for a 15.6-incher - my kitchen scale says 3.78 lbs (that's with just the M.2 drive, 2.5-inch bay empty).

RAM is a single stick of 8GB, with one slot free. Hardly anyone really needs 16GB, but RAM is cheap now so I added another stick of 8GB to make it dual-channel.

Wifi is 2x2 and Intel (7265) which is better than Realtek and the like.

USB-C is data only, it does not do Display Port nor can you charge the laptop with it.

Screen is decent rather than great - it's matte and IPS, but max brightness isn't great, forget about using outdoors. However, it's still night and day better than any TN screen on most laptops in the <$500 range. Also for some reason after going to sleep sometimes the brightness control doesn't work, requires a reboot to bring them back. But other than that it's been flawless. I updated the BIOS right after getting the computer and have not come across the battery reset issue some reported.

In very quiet environments I can notice a subtle chirp - it's periodic, about every 10 seconds. Slightly annoying in very quiet environments, but I've used enough laptops with coil whine way worse than this.

The gold is lighter than depicted on the picture (as least on my display), more of a champagne gold. I would've preferred silver but I don't find the gold obnoxiously blingy.

With the i5's strong performance, I wouldn't pay a premium for the i7, but if the SSD in this unit is big enough for you then this is a good deal. Otherwise, keep an eye on the i5 model at Office Depot - I bought it for $470 but it was as low as $400 late last year.
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I ordered last time sale for $529.99 - $50 (I got promote coupon by email) - $30 eGC = $449.99 + tax. And will get %5 from Discover using Paypal. I received it yesterday and typing it now. Display is not bright when looking at angle, but it is fast. For the price I paid, It is slick...
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This for sure. I had the prior version of the Lenovo (IdeaPad 330S - the 340S is very similar). This has way better build quality, performs better as it doesn't throttle unlike the Lenovo, almost twice the battery life. (The 330S and S340 are available in different configurations, some with bigger batteries than others. Some versions have decent IPS screens like this Acer, some have very crappy TN screens.)

BTW this is light for a 15.6 inch but it's more than the 3.3 lbs claimed in another post. Manufacturer's specs and my kitchen scale both say just under 3.8.

Here's a copy and paste of my post from the last time this was on Slickdeals, at $530:

I have the i5 version of this, the only other difference being it came with 1TB HDD + 16GB Optane, which I immediately swapped out for a 500GB NVME SSD. Great build quality (especially at this price), great upgradability (aside from the bottom cover being a little difficult to remove). Fantastic benchmark performance (my i5 gets higher benchmark scores than most i7-8550Us), doesn't throttle, pretty quiet, good battery life (6-8 hrs). Very light for a 15.6-incher - my kitchen scale says 3.78 lbs (that's with just the M.2 drive, 2.5-inch bay empty).

RAM is a single stick of 8GB, with one slot free. Hardly anyone really needs 16GB, but RAM is cheap now so I added another stick of 8GB to make it dual-channel.

Wifi is 2x2 and Intel (7265) which is better than Realtek and the like.

USB-C is data only, it does not do Display Port nor can you charge the laptop with it.

Screen is decent rather than great - it's matte and IPS, but max brightness isn't great, forget about using outdoors. However, it's still night and day better than any TN screen on most laptops in the
Thanks for the information.
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I ordered last time sale for $529.99 - $50 (I got promote coupon by email) - $30 eGC = $449.99 + tax. And will get %5 from Discover using Paypal. I received it yesterday and typing it now. Display is not bright when looking at angle, but it is fast. For the price I paid, It is slick...
What about battery life?
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