1) Is the keyboard good? Is it good enough to touch-type with?
The keyboard is good for typing. You have to get used to multimedia keys on the right of the keyboard because you can accidentally click on them by ordinary typing.
Originally Posted by London81
2) Can you uninstall the Empowering Technology/ePower without causing problems like overheating?
I'm using Linux Fedora 9 which doesn't have neither Empowering Technology nor ePower installed and I haven't got problems with overheating. I could even say that temperatures are 2 or 3 degrees lower than on MS Vista.
Thanks a lot for the reply NSLW. Makes me much more confident about getting the 5930G. I like to have my OS running with the bare minimum of software running so the empowering 'stuff' would have annoyed me a lot.
I had read about the multimedia keys at the side. I'll probably just disable them, if that's possible.
Already use this laptop for 1 week and just wanna give some review of it...hehe.
-Intel Centrino 2 P7350-2Ghz,1066FSB 3mb L2
-3ghz ddr2 ram-667Mhz
-9600m GT ddr3
This laptop i bought for £599.99 and the price over performance ratio is quite good.First of all,the design is similar with 5920 but with black chassis instead of white.Most of the light indicators are blue,and they match well with the black chassis.The keyboard is kinda cheap,feels like the whole keyboard is too filmsy when hit the keys hard.The media keys are responsive but only have 4 buttons which are play/pause,stop,rewind and forward(it would be great if mute,volume up/down are included).There are 4 usb port,hdmi,vga out,express card slot(no remote control ). The webcam is good compare to my previous Microsoft webcam nx-6000.
The processor is just normal,not sure which software to use for benchmark proc but from vista WEI,it scores 5.0 and the RAM is 5.9 although the speed is just 667Mhz.I have encountered slow respond when copying large files;the mouse cursor will respond 1second late but it returns to normal just after the 1 second.Maybe is the ram or maybe vista got bug,not sure. I have finished playing crysis warhead and the game play was smooth.The settings i used were high details,1024X768 and DX9(a bit of lag if play with DX10).Moreover the 3d mark 06 score(basic edition1.1.0)i got is 5583,which i think is good.The built in speaker is just average and the bass is not so powerful as well.
The laptop comes with a lot of useless program,so just uninstall most of the acer program and free up some space.The only acer software that is useful is the audio management.
It does get very hot, but has not overheated. I do have a 3 fan aluminum laptop cooler sitting underneath it now and have no problems.
Im very, very interested in learning how to upgrade not only the memory but also the cpu. Any hints or point me to what I need to do?
I worked on desktops for so long, I did put in a new 320g 7200rpm harddrive, like the last poster. It makes a huge difference. And of course put xp on it since vista is the worst thing for computers since someone thought 100000lbs monitors were vogue.
I really do love this machine, it has done everything well for me.