If you need a notebook that does not cost much but has the necessary power to solve business tasks comfortably, the Acer Aspire E1-471 (UN.M0QSI.003) is a good option. The complex Linux OS and absence of USB 3.0 slot is well justified by its low cost.
Display and Design
The Acer Aspire E1-471 (UN.M0QSI.003) poses an Active Matrix TFT Color LCD panel of 14-inches which has the usual WXGA resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels. Its thickness of 33.4mm makes it look quite chunky. However, the piano black color doesn't fail to create an appeal.
Processor and Platform
Under the hood of the Acer Aspire E1-471 (UN.M0QSI.003), you can find the third generation Intel Core i3-3110M sprinting at a speed of 2.4GHz. It is backed by the standard 4GB DDR3 RAM which can be expanded up to 8GB. To ensure smooth running of high resolution graphics, the laptop has the Intel HD 4000 GPU. It carries the 64 bit Linux OS which may create complexities for first timers.
Camera, Storage and Multimedia
On opening the hood, you can find the manufacturer's typical Acer Crystal Eye webcam and a digital microphone to meet your video calling requirements without any hassle. It has a SATA hard disk of 500GB and a powerful SuperMulti DVD RW Drive supporting dual layers. The Fine Tip keyboard is good for 14 inch laptops whereas the touchpad supporting multi touch gestures makes tasking easy. With the 2 stereo speakers being MS Sound compatible, you can listen to HD audio.
Battery and Connectivity
The Acer Aspire E1-471 (UN.M0QSI.003) claims to provide an uninterrupted performance for a maximum period of 4.5 hours with the 6 cell Li-ion battery. It can be connected using Ethernet, WLAN, HDMI out, 2 USB 2.0 ports, VGA port and digital media reader.