Okay, so I bought it, the damage is done! =)~ After searching for 2 wks, hours upon hours for another laptop around this price, this one seems to have what I'm looking for and more.
I had an Acer 17.3", dual core, 4 GB laptop, $500, that I bought at the end of 2009. It wasn't really used much until that following spring of 2010, and it was nothing but problems the whole time. First, where the power cord goes into the thing (switch?), it was constantly beeping from shutting on and off.I thought I had a bad power cord, got another one, NOPE! Same thing! Something loose inside the switch. Next the screen cracked when I accidentally shut it with my mouse laying on the keyboard. Okay, that one was my fault, but I didn't slam it shut or anything, so I don't think it should have cracked so easily. Hooked it up to another monitor. Lastly, turned it on one day and nothing...I'm assuming the hard drive died, as the on light came on, but there was nothing. It was also very heavy, I think close to 10 lbs, not something you want to lug around. Whoever says Acers are good computers, I have to say I got a real lemon! It only lasted 2 yrs!