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Acer Aspire 4551 Free Laptop Review

Decent laptop but not the best value for money

Acer Aspire 4551- The Acer Aspire 4551 is a high performance Windows 7 laptop available free from Vodafone with a mobile broadband contract. It’s not the most powerful free laptop available or the most beautiful but it is a good all rounder packing in a good spec into a tight form.

Top Deal on Acer Aspire 4551: Free with 3gb mobile broadband for £37.50 a month.

At 14” the widescreen is big enough for regular use and movie watching, etc but small enough to keep the overall size down, which at just over 32cm wide makes this a nice, compact portable PC, 2.2kg is perhaps a little heavier than we’d expect in a PC this size but still light enough to be truly portable. It’s also an attractive machine with a polished metal finish.

The 4551 performs well on the inside too. The AMD Turion processor might not be as speedy as a comparable Intel chip but it still clocks in at 2.3GHz which is good for a free laptop and with 3GB of RAM on board it’s no slouch in the memory department either. The hard drive isn’t huge at 250gb but it’s still plenty big enough for all but the most storage hungry user and a DVD rewriter, memory card reader and HDMI output make it well connected as well.

Other nice touches of the Acer include a webcam for video calling over Skype, a responsive touchpad and a decent battery. Overall it’s a nice package and a good machine for a free laptop. Our only real gripe with the Acer 4551 is the price, it’s a good machine but there are more powerful and better looking laptops available on cheaper monthly contracts and unless you’re looking for the smaller size of a 14” screen or a particular fan of Acer it’s hard to recommend this over something like the Samsung R530. Don’t get us wrong, this is still a top free laptop but as one of the most expensive deals out there we’d like to see something just a little more special and the 4551 comes close but doesn’t quite deliver.


Free Laptop Deals:

Free Acer Aspire 4551 with 3gb mobile broadband for £37.50 a month



Summary and rating:

Plus Good spec with fast processor and lots of memory
Plus Nice design with compact finish
Plus HDMI output for connecting to a HD TV
MinusA little expensive compared to other top free laptop deals

Overall Rating 6/10



Screen: 14” widescreen
Operating System: Windows 7 Premium
Processor: AMD Turion 2 Dual Core 2.3GHz
RAM: 3gb
Hard Drive: 250gb
Battery: 3.5 hours
WiFi: Yes
Weight: 2.2kg
Size: 32.4 x 23 x 3.1cm
Other: DVD RW, VGA web cam, three USB ports, memory card reader