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 +====== Acer Aspire 5735-4950======
 +===== Introduction =====
 +This is an entry level Acer notebook computer available at some retail stores such as Best Buy and J&R. It is not listed on Acer's web site. 
 +For the price (Best Buy selling it for $499), it is quite amazing. It has Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless-N, a .3 Megapixel integrated webcam, an Express Card slot, a "5 in 1" card reader slot, a 2.16 Ghz Dual Core CPU (they call it a Pentium, but it's basically like a Core 2 Duo with just 1 MB of L2 cache instead of 2 MBs), 3 GBs of RAM, a 250 GB 5400 RPM Hitachi SATA OS drive, and a dual layer DVD+/​-RW. ​ AND a 15.6 inch 1366 x 768 LCD screen. ​
 +The thing that most amazed me was that after installing Mandriva 2009 (32-bit), EVERYTHING simply worked right out of the box. The "​Crystal Eye" webcam, the wireless, the gigabit ethernet, the sound, the mouse pad with simulated scroll wheel on the right edge, the LCD brightness keys.  It's the first time I have EVER installed Linux on a notebook and had pretty much everything work right out of the box without having to fuss even a little. In under 40 minutes, I installed Mandriva 2009, downloaded and installed all of Mandriva'​s "​automatic distribution updates",​ and was using Skype video conferencing over my wireless N connection. ​ (Of course, like any major distro, Mandriva has all you can possibly need in terms of applications). ​
 +As far as the Acer unit goes, while it feels a little cheap and "​plastic",​ the webcam gives truly remarkable low light performance (despite it's small .3 megapixel size, which is all you need anyway for video chats) . The wireless seems robust even at fairly high distances from the wireless router. The LCD screen is crisp and bright -- way better than many other screens on notebooks that cost 3 or 4 times the price. The aspect ratio is true 16:9 (a plus for movie watchers). ​
 +My only criticisms of the unit are:  the sound output is kind of wimpy and low, the buttons on the trackpad are a bit clunky (but I have to say, they don't wobble like a lot of other notebook mouse buttons, and they don't feel like they'​ll break), the screen resolution is a little low (doesn'​t give you very generous real estate, but still very clear and good looking)
 +I did determine that I could install Mandriva 2009 64-bit, but decided to go with the 32-bit version because the unit is for my daughter and I wanted to make sure I didn't have any extra driver issues. I was just looking for "​easy"​. I personally use Mandriva 2008 64-bit on my own laptop. ​
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 +===== Specifications =====
 +| Name|Acer AS5735-4950|
 +| Processor|Pentium Dual Core 2.16 Ghz|
 +| Screen|1366 x 768|
 +| RAM|3 GB|
 +| HDD|250 GB SATA|
 +| Optical Drive|Dual Layer DVD+/-RW|
 +| Graphics|Intel GMA 4500M |
 +| Network|Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless-A,​B,​G,​N|
 +===== Linux Compatibility =====
 +| Processor|Yes| |
 +| Screen|Yes| |
 +| HDD|Yes| |
 +| Optical Drive|Yes| |
 +| Graphics|Yes|Including Native 1366 x 768|
 +| Sound|Yes|output seems a bit low|
 +| Ethernet|Yes| |
 +| Wireless|Yes|Using Native Atheros 2.6.27 Kernel Driver, not NDISWRAPPER |
 +| Bluetooth|Not Included| |
 +| 56K Modem|Not Tested| |
 +| USB|Yes| |
 +| Firewire|Not Included| |
 +| Card Reader|Yes| |
 +| ExpressCard Slot|Not Tested| |
 +| Camera|Yes| |
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