First I should say I purchased the 500 gig hard drive version, but this no longer appears to be available on here.
All other specs are the same and for me a combination of a fast processor and 6 gig of ddr 3 memory makes this acer just about perfect for any work task. I bought my acer to work on my web site using page plus, having switched from MS pub. Also I use paint shop pro 9, as it was the last version that is not corel, it was still jasc, I don't buy corel products.
I have had no problems with the lap top at all and can run both page plus x4 and paint shop pro, thus far never had a message telling me I am low on memory.
The screen is nice and clear, battery life is very good, wifi never fails. I touch type and find the keys very easy to use and touch pad out of the way, I am typing this on the acer. The machine is also pretty light and does not get very hot, so easy on the lap.
Comes with DVD write, not used yet.
Connection wise, it only has three usb, but I use a mobile hub if I need more and there is no firewire which I have had on just about every previous lap top, but have to confess, never used.
It also has hdmi, doubt I will use that, vga, maybe, and ethernet which I already used to set up the router. Mic in earphone out. Not tons of connections, but for a works lap top, fine.
For anyone needing other connectors, bare in mind most have usb adapters.
Oh and no pcmcia slot, which I don't miss at all.
I have to say I removed just about all the software that came with the machine, as I always like to add my own, IE I removed the virus software as I always use avast and got rid of the MS office trail asap and added open office.
I gave this only 4 stars as it is a little expensive, just cause it has a 750 gig drive, mine was a little under 500gbp which I think is a bargain. Most lap tops at this price are much lower spec.
I can see two down sides, the bevel around the screen is flimsy and there is a 1 inch line of what look like shallow pin holes above the keyboard that seems to fill up with dirt.