Acer is a large company that manufactures a whole host of electronic products such as desktops, laptops, pdas, servers, smartphones and other electronic devices. The company was founded by Stan Shih in 1976 in Taiwan. Acer’s first product, Microprofessor 1 was introduced in 1981. This computer product taught the fundamentals of machine code and assembly code.
More recently, Acer has gone away from manufacturing it’s own equipment to focusing solely on the branding, marketing and sales of Acer electronic equipment. Acer first entered the laptop market in 1987 with the purchase of Texas Instrument’s mobile PC division. In 2009, Acer surpassed Dell in sales to become #2 in overall computer sales. In 2010, Acer became the #1 company in terms of notebook sales worldwide.
Obviously, if you are looking at a laptop, Acer is certainly a brand to consider given its global footprint, popularity and quality of product. Is Acer a good brand though? Well, chances are that you’ve probably owned an Acer, but it was under a different name. Acer owns Gateway and E-machines and was rumored to have made computers for many other manufacturers as well. In a recent statement, Acer founder Shih stated that he thinks U.S. PC companies will become extinct over the next 20 years due to the demand for low priced computing. Currently, HP has a worldwide market share of 20.2 percent with Acer holding at a market share of 14 percent.
What to look for in a laptop?
It all depends on what the laptop will be used for? Are you a business executive that needs a very powerful yet light weight laptop or are you a journalist or a student that primarily needs a laptop for taking notes and surfing the web? These are all aspects to consider before purchasing a laptop. There are a few aspects that will significantly impact the price of a laptop: hard drive space, laptop size, graphics card, memory, processor, battery life and operating system.
A typical laptop comes with a few hundred gigs of hard drive space. This amount of space is enough room for all of your music plus a good number of games and movies (depending upon whether the movies are HD or not – makes a big difference in space). Regardless of space, movies will be what take up your hard drive in a hurry. Fortunately, hard drives are cheap and can easily be added up later. Also, you can keep your movies on Dvd’s that would free up plenty of room on your hard drive.
The size of the laptop you buy is something you are locked into for the life of the laptop so choose wisely. If you have vision issues, you may want to really consider a laptop with a larger screen. If you travel frequently and space is at a premium for you, then you may want to consider a small laptop or potentially a netbook depending upon your laptop computing needs.
The graphics card is what allows the motion of video or of a video game to have seamless movement. Graphic cards are definitely a luxury item unless you do graphics in any sort of professional capacity. If you are interested in doing a lot of gaming, a graphics card is something you can probably do without. If you do want to play a lot of graphic intensive games on your laptop, you will also want to look at upgrading your processor because a standard processor typically doesn’t fair very well with video games unless you are playing an older game.
The memory and processor are obviously a vital part of the performance of your laptop. However, a fast processor and a lot of RAM is a necessity for all. If you are using your laptop for word processing and the internet, chances are that you might want to look at purchasing a netbook. On the other hand, if you are a graphics artist, programmer or a computer aided design profession, you will certainly want to look at upgrading the memory and processor. If you are on a budget and have to decide whether to upgrade the processor or memory now, go with upgrading the processor. It’s fairly simple to add RAM later on as long as you have an extra memory slot on your motherboard.
The last thing to consider is the battery. Most laptops have the option of an upgraded battery. If you are typically away from power sources for long amounts of time, you may want to consider this option. However, keep in mind that it’s fairly easy to add a different battery at a later time.
Before purchasing a new battery for your Acer laptop, there are a few things you want to consider. First of all, before you starting spending money, you’ll want to ensure that you are purchasing the correct laptop battery. You will want to locate the model number of your Acer laptop. You will also want to locate the model number of your Acer laptop battery. With this information, you can go onto the internet and locate the correct battery for your laptop. Before clicking on the purchase button however, please take note of the battery lead connections. You’ll want to ensure that your old battery connectors and the new battery connectors are in the same place otherwise you may not be able to power up your laptop.
There are many things to consider before purchasing a new battery for you Acer laptop. I hope this article has been helpful to you.