Ordered this laptop the Acer Aspire 5536-5142 from Newegg last week. It came in today, took couple days due to weekend and all. But today I got the laptop plus my wireless linksys router came in also to let me connect the laptop online by wireless.
For the price is was a great deal at the time of this post the price on the laptop was originally $599.99 but newegg is offering $150.00 off and free shipping on top of that making this laptop a wondering deal at $449.99.
It does not come with any install or recovery discs but I was aware of that by doing little research online. But a tip I found was to have some blank DVD's ready because you will make your own recovery discs and application/driver disc. Total discs required for this laptop straight out of the box was 3 for the Acer recovery and 1 for application & driver disc. Using Acer's Erecovery program it's very simple to start up it will offer 2 option a system recovery or application & drivers. Of course you will probably do both. The system recovery used 3 blank dvd's and 1 for the driver disc.
The laptop itself is very nice looking, has a gloss finish on the case and screen. I would have preferred a matte finish on the screen, but it's not too bad although I haven't tested it outside in brighter conditions just yet. The pc itself is really nice and responsive. For what I would label a medium level laptop it really does the job nicely.
Some stats on this thing for number crunching...
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
CPU: AMD Athlon X2 QL-65(2.10GHz)
RAM: 4GB DDR2
Vid Card: ATI Radeon HD 3200
Screen size: 15.6"
Resolution: 1366 x 768
USB: 4 (2 on left, 2 on right)
Output: VGA output / HDMI output
Card Reader: Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader (SD, MMC, MS, MS PRO, xD)
Optical Drive: DVD Super Multi
8X DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive
Read max: 24X CD-ROM, 24X CD-R, 24X CD-RW, 8X DVD-ROM, 8X DVD-R, 8X DVD+R, 8X DVD-ROM double-layer (DL), 6X DVD-R (DL), 6X DVD+R (DL), 6X DVD-RW, 6X DVD+RW, 5X DVD-RAM
Write max: 24X CD-R, 16X CD-RW, 8X DVD-R, 8X DVD+R, 4X DVD-R double-layer (DL), 4X DVD+R (DL), 6X DVD-RW, 8X DVD+RW, 5X DVD-RAM
Opening Windows Experience for the ratings, the ratings are not surprising for a mid level laptop. And with some tweaking/etc could probably squeeze some higher numbers.
Windows 7 Experience ratings
Windows 7 Experience ratings after removing some "bloatware" and unnecessary programs running in the background. Was able to get a boost on the Processor score. Haven't done any video card tweaks as of yet.
Haven't done any real game testing just yet. I'll update as I get more information. It's not really a gaming laptop although searching youtube for this laptop and vid card I have seen some gaming such as left4dead and such being played on it. I did install Second Life but it was pretty laggy with it, stats only showed 15 frames per second but I haven't done any tweaking on things yet so I'll have to update that when I get to it.
Acer Aspire 5536-5142
Update: Thought I would update this post with little bit of gaming news. I have been able to play Eve Online on this laptop with great success. With graphic settings on low I get 40 to 50 frames per second while docked in station. And flying in space I get 40-70 frames per second. 70 frames per second topping out when doing mundane tasks such as mining. So far that is the only game I have installed on it.