Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Aug 2012 11:15 UTC
Microsoft "'We have said think it over. Think twice', Wang is quoted as saying, 'It will create a huge negative impact for the ecosystem and other brands may take a negative reaction. It is not something you are good at so please think twice.' Wang went on to suggest that if Microsoft moves ahead with its tablet plans, the Taiwan-based Acer might replace the software giant as a partner. 'If Microsoft is going to do hardware business, what should we do? Should we still rely on Microsoft, or should we find other alternatives?', he is quoted as saying." Or, you could just build stuff that doesn't suck. Just a suggestion, Acer.
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RE: Lol, Acer? Really?
by Morgan on Tue 7th Aug 2012 22:28 UTC in reply to "Lol, Acer? Really?"
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What really kills me about two of the Acer laptops I've worked on in the past is their unwillingness to let go of old technology. Both laptops were released in late 2009, yet they still had Vista instead of 7 and the WiFi card was in a mini-PCI, not mini-PCIe slot. Some time during the production of that particular model, they changed the boards to use a mini-PCIe slot instead. Given that the old, outdated PCI cards are twice as expensive as the newer PCIe cards, not to mention that PCIe for laptops has been around since 2005, it makes absolutely no sense to me that they continued to produce such garbage.

On top of that, I also saw a lot of the same build quality issues you mentioned. In fact, one of the laptops I worked on had a dead motherboard within eight months of purchase, and Acer refused to honor their own 1-year warranty. I ended up finding a newer revision board and a matching PCIe WiFi card for less than it would have cost just to ship the unit to their repair center in China if they had been willing to honor the warranty.

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