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Acer Aspire 3000 AS3002LCi NoteBook AMD Mobile Sempron 2800+ 15.0" XGA 256MB Memory DDR333 40GB HDD 4200rpm DVD/CD-RW Combo SiS Mirage 2

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  • Brand: Acer
  • Category: Laptop
  • os: Windows XP Home
  • cpu: Mobile Sempron 2800+
  • memory: 256MB Memory 40GB HDD

The Aspire 3000 sits right on the edge between thin-and-light and midsize. It weighs 6 pounds and measures 14.3 inches wide, 11 inches deep, and 1.5 inches thick, so it's a bit bulky for regular travel. It's a smidge larger than two other inexpensive laptops--the 6-pound Acer TravelMate 2350 and the 5.7-pound Toshiba Satellite L25. The Aspire 3000's AC adapter weighs 0.8 pound, which is about average for an adapter on a laptop in this category.

Designwise, the Aspire 3003LCi is a dead ringer for the Acer TravelMate 4060 save for its keyboard: the TravelMate's is curved and the Aspire's is rectangular, and we like both just fine. The Aspire 3000 features a nice wide touch pad, two big mouse buttons, and a convenient rocker button for scrolling through documents or Web pages. It doesn't incorporate multimedia controls or external volume buttons, though it has four programmable application buttons and a Wi-Fi on/off button. The system's 15-inch display has a standard 1,024x768 native resolutionand is plenty clear and bright, but it doesn't have the wide-screen dimensions you find on more and more laptop displays. The two speakers deliver mediocre sound. For a better multimedia experience, check out the Dell XPS M140, which starts at $999.

The Aspire 3000's limited group of ports, jacks, and connections reflects its rock-bottom price. It offers one VGA port, one Type II PC Card slot, 56Kbps modem and Ethernet jacks, three USB 2.0 ports, and three audio jacks (headphone, microphone, and line-in). Also onboard is a cost-cutting DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive. Absent from this group are common connections such as FireWire and S-Video as well as a flash-media card reader--a key feature for digital-photo enthusiasts.

Microsoft Windows XP Home comes preloaded on the Aspire 3000, though other configurations in the Aspire 3000 series ship with Windows XP Professional. Acer bundles very little software with the system. For viewing and burning discs, Acer includes CyberLink PowerProducer and NTI CD and DVD Maker; it also provides its own utility for managing core system settings, such as passwords. Starting at $989, the Sony VAIO FS series provides a more palatable software package.

  • 256MB Memory 40GB HDD
  • SiS Mirage 2
  • Windows XP Home
  • DVD/CD-RW Combo

Model

BrandAcerSeriesAspire 3000ModelAS3002LCiPart#LX.A5505.263

General

Operating SystemWindows XP HomeCPU TypeMobile Sempron 2800+Screen15.0" XGA DisplayMemory Size256MB DDRHard Disk40GBOptical DriveDVD/CD-RW ComboGraphics CardIntegrated SiS GraphicVideo MemoryShared memoryCommunicationModem, LAN and WLANCard slotPC Card slot for one Type II cardDimensions14.3" W x 11.0" D x 1.5" HWeight6.2 lbs

CPU

CPU TypeAMD Mobile SempronCPU Speed2800+CPU L2 Cache256KB

Chipset

ChipsetSiSM760GX

Display

Screen Size15.0"Wide Screen SupportNoDisplay TypeXGAResolution1024 x 768

Operating Systems

Operating SystemWindows XP Home

Graphics

GPU/VPUSiS Mirage 2Video MemoryShared 128MBGraphic TypeIntegrated Card

Hard Drive

HDD40GBHDD RPM4200rpm

Memory

Memory256MBMemory SpeedDDR333Memory Type2 x DIMMMax Memory Supported2GB

Optical Drive

Optical Drive TypeDVD/CD-RW Combo

Communications

ModemV.92 56KLAN10/100 LAN, Wake-on-LAN readyWLANAcer InviLink 802.11b/g wireless LAN, Acer SignalUp technology for enhanced antenna efficiency, WI-FI CERTIFIED

Ports

Card SlotPC Card slot for one Type II card, 32-bit PC CardBus architecture, Zoomed Video supportUSB4Video Port1 x VGAAudio PortsMono microphone/line-in, Mono headphones/speakers/line-out

Audio

AudioMicrosoft DirectSound compatibilitySpeakerInternal Speakers

Input Device

TouchpadTouchpad with four-way integrated scroll buttonKeyboard-88-key keyboard, inverted T cursor layout, embedded numeric keypad, hotkey controls, international language support, 2.7mm minimum key travel 
-12 function, four cursor, two Microsoft Windows keys 
-Web browser, e-mail with LED, one user-programmable, Acer Empowering key easy-launch buttons 
-Wireless LED button

Power

AC Adapter65-watt AC adapterBattery4-cell lithium ionBattery Lifeup to 1.5 hours life depending on configuration and usage

Physical Specifications

Dimensions14.3" W x 11.0" D x 1.5" HWeight6.2 lbs. (2.8kg)

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts1 yearLabor1 year‚Äč

Comments

N/A 5
nice
I got two so my kids could do home schooling. nice machines and work just great. I did add 256k memory based on other reviews. works great
BoXnK9s 5
n/a
Great price great product! Recommend! Added another 512 of Corsair memory. Even though laptop was just fine I'm still not a fan of UPS.
N/A 5
N/A
This notebook was a surpise. A very good buy. I bought it for my wife. Looks like I'll get the one with a 17" display for myself also. Acer makes a good product.
sputnik 5
Can't beat it
Excellent value, solid product. It's very thin, but not small.. perfect for me but others may feel differently... just check the dimensions so you know what you're getting. I highly recommend an extra 256MB memory.. great performance gain for the money, and also if you're going to be using it on battery power, I would also order the higher capacity battery (8 cell, i think).. you can find it online fairly easily. Great value, and if you've ordered from NewEgg before, you know you'll get it fast ... and hassle-free. Fired it up right out of the box, it connected to my wireless network and I was off & running in minutes. Thinking of getting another as a gift. If you need a bleeding edge, top of the line, screaming speed laptop, this isn't for you, but for everyday home/office use, you'll never know the difference. More >
John 1
Acrer Aspire blues
I purchased an Acer notebook two years ago. It failed within two weeks and I retrurned it. Near the end of the warrantee period it developed a freezing proble. Acer said I should re-install Windows. The problem continued to re-cur beyond the end of the warrantee. Now Acer tells me that I must pay $xxx for them to look at it outside of the warrantee. I would NOT recommend Acer products.