My friend's acer is very nice.She has used it for three years and no repairment.
I don't like how my ASUS netbook doesn't have access to the hard drive.
You have to remove the keyboard to access the HD, but the problem is, that the cable for the keyboard is too short, and the rest of the netbook ribbon cables without connectors suck.
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I'd stay clear from Acer, since I see far too many either get sent away for repair OR be defective in some way right out of the box. Asus, on the other hand, tends to be pretty good! HP is hit or miss, as is Dell; you're essentially playing Russian roulette with these guys. Also, oddly enough, I've seen and heard great things about Gateway. This is odd because they're owned by Acer and their products are pretty darn similar.
If Toshiba interests you at all, they seem to be among the best, longevity wise: I have an ancient Satellite A70 that still runs to this very day...
ASUS > Acer, any day of the week and twice on sundays! Just because they sound the same doesn't mean they are similar. Asus FWIW used to make the Powerbook line of laptops for Apple back in the day.
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I've had extensive experience with both and I say the Acer. I'm a computer tech.
My last job we have about 400 Acer Aspire One 722 netbooks.
At my current job we have about 500 Asus 1005"PE" netbooks.
The Acer has a much better built case. The big thing that breaks on the Asus is the keyboards. The little plastic tabs that hold the spring in place snap with what I would consider modest pressure. I have a stash of keyboards because I replace them so often.
The Acer didn't have any big flaws. It wasn't extremely fast - but the Asus netbooks we have at my new job have double the RAM so that's the likely cause.
I didn't have many hardware failures. Typically hard drives from getting bonked around. Both are overall sturdy for what they cost. That's the big factor. I purchased myself an Acer, but I wouldn't buy one of the Asus. It won't last near as long.
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