Acer Aspire 3003NLC
This is the single brand model with a non-Intel processor we could find for this review. The Aspire 3003NLC is based around an AMD Mobile Sempron 3000+ with a frequency of 1.8GHz which seems to be a nice alternative to the Intel Celeron. In sheer performance, this CPU is definitely not a VIA or a Transmeta. The only thing that may disturb you is the employed chipset from SiS. This company’s produce cannot quite match Intel’s. Well, let’s not anticipate. We will talk about the performance of the notebook later on, while now let’s just have a look at it.
It looks cute on the whole, but one gets an impression that the manufacturer just has too much of plastic they don’t know what to do with:
The margin around the keyboard and the screen bezel are almost 2 centimeters wide, making the Aspire 3003NLC the widest model among the reviewed. Mingled with this is the negative impression from the quality of the case proper. The case just lacks robustness. If you take this notebook by a corner and lift it up, the case will sag quite frighteningly. The matrix is not protected well, either. There appear fancy patterns on the screen at a slight press on the back of the lid. I am afraid this notebook won’t live through any serious fall, even from a desk.
The Acer Aspire 3003NLC comes with Linux OS preinstalled. That’s why there is only one sticker left on the case:
The lack of Windows is an obvious drawback in my opinion: you will see models in this review that cost about the same money but come with the more traditional OS. Of course, saving on the OS is one of the simplest ways to make a notebook cheaper, but an average user will probably have to spend more for a copy of Windows in addition to the cost of the notebook itself, unless you are a Linux user, of course :). The system is not set up at all, so you can’t just power on and get to work with the Aspire 3003NLC.