This post was written using this notebook.
As soon as I learned that I was able to get a salary loan from SSS and a multipurpose loan from PAGIBIG, I went out looking for laptops that satisfy that budget. After those few years of working at home at a desktop computer, maybe it is time for me to get out of my home and explore the world, right?
When I went out shopping, I already had set my sights on the ideal computer that I want: as light as a netbook but as powerful as a laptop. Performance was my first consideration; weight comes second. Soon I learned that finding one was difficult at this time.
After scouting around I decided to get an Acer 4740G notebook computer. Any person looking over this laptop gets to see these specifications written at the palmrest just below the right hand side of the keyboard.
- Intel Core™ i3 processor 330M (2.13 GHz, 3MB L3 cache)
- NVIDIA® GeForce ® 310 M 512MBVRAM
- 14.0 inch HD LED LCD
- 2 GB memory
- 320 GB HDD
- Acer Nplify ™ 802.11 b/g/n
And, What Else
There’s actually more to what is written on that, as I am happy to be have a DVD recorder (8X DVD Super Multi double-layer drive), 3 USB 2.0 ports (one of this is located at the right hand side of the computer where a right-handed optical mouse can be placed), multi-in-one card reader (SD™, MMC, MC, MS PRO, xD), built-in webcam and microphone.
The 14 inch LED LCD is at 1366×768 pixel resolution which I find suitable for most office application tasks and blogging work, but sometimes inadequate for web design work (I often need larger resolution monitors for this, that why I still need that maintain that desktop computer with the huge LCD monitor at home).
At times, I would turn this laptop into a portable entertainment center: its 16:9 aspect ratio lets me enjoy movies. I just plug in a high-quality headset to be able to enjoy the Dolby® Optimized sound (3rd generation Dolby® Home Theater® audio enhancement). The 8X DVD Super Multi double-layer drive is already enough for me to enjoy these high quality videos.
My kid was also at all excited when I got that toy, that she was even willing to pose for the camera as I got home and unwrap that from its box.
Why This Laptop Fits Me
I am a very heavy internet user, a Firefox user with several add-ons installed (for web development), an Adobe Photoshop user, a moderate application multitasker and a very heavy internet user. Since I do freelancing, I had to use the computer more than once a day and it should allow me to easily connect to wifi internet and/or USB broadband internet.
I had been carrying this laptop for a few weeks, checking in at restaurants, malls, coffee shops and other places where wifi and/or broadband internet is available. So far, I am happy with the performance of this computer.
However, this laptop is still quite heavy for me. This baby is weighs at 2.3 kgs without its laptop bag: quite bulky, really. I carry that just like any other ordinary sling bag to avoid getting that snatched from my grasp.
Another disadvantage of this notebook is that it’s battery life lasts only 3 hours. A frequent traveler might to consider buying additional batteries; keeping these batteries fully charged most of the time is an additional thing to keep in mind.
I do not really like working with slower netbook computers even for blogging work so I decided to have this computer despite it’s heavy weight at 2.3 kgs (without the laptop bag) and short battery life (typically 3 hours, if I keep the LED LCD brightness at its lowest level and not plug any peripheral on its ports).
This notebook computer only costs me P33,600 (around US $750) which I bought from a local computer shop along Session Road here in Baguio City. If you are looking for a laptop that just covers only simple office tasks or even blogging then you’d realize that this laptop’s is more than suitable to your needs.