Acer Aspire 5602WLMi Review

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The laptop I’m going to review here is the Acer Aspire 5602WLMi. The story goes like this: I was looking for a cheap laptop I could waste my time on to try different Operating Systems and my friend one day told me that he had a laptop he wanted to sell. I asked him how much, and he asked for 260Kuwaiti Dinars, which is around $780. So I went to a notebook dealer and asked about that laptop it turned out to be around $930 brand new from a store. This laptop I speak of is the Acer Aspire 5602WLMi, my friend had only used it for a week and it still had a 3 year warranty remaining, so it was worth the price! Now that I’ve got the 5602 WLMi I thought I would do a review since I hadn’t seen anybody else do one yet.

The Specs for the 5602WLMi are as follows:

  • Intel Core Duo processor 1.66 GHz
  • 512mb DDR2
  • 15.4 WXGA CrystalBrite LCD (16ms)
  • 80GB HDD 5400rpm
  • DVD-super Multi double layer (support DVD+R Double Layer/DVD+RW)
  • 802.1 1b/g wireless LAN
  • Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
  • 5 in one card reader

I right away loved the look of the laptop. I generally love Acer laptops. The weight was fine at around 3kg (6.6lbs) the build quality is excellent.

I didn’t notice any problems with screen brightness, the resolution is1280x1024 and the screen had no dead pixels

Sound quality is perfect and the keyboard is perfect.

As far as performance, I noticed it’s a bit slow even though it’s an Intel Core Duo T2300! I don’t know why this is. I guess the bottleneck of the laptop would be the video card… no more gaming since it has an integrated Intel graphics card.

Regarding the noise, it’s a very quiet machine and there are no heat that issues to worry about.

The battery is fine and under mild usage runs for approximately 2 hours 40 min or so. The ports are as follows:

  • 3 USB
  • Serial port
  • Express Card

Benchmarks:

Super Pi: 1m 30s

3DMark03: 878 3DMarks

Pros

  • Good built quality
  • Weight is fine
  • Screen brightness is ok

Cons

  • Feel a bit slow
  • Bad video card compared to others ATI / NVIDIA, couldn’t run 3dmark05 or 06

I would recommend this notebook to potential buyers, but forget about gaming.

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