The Bottom Line
- Windows XP Instead of Vista
- Smaller and Lighter Than 15.4-inch Laptops
- One Gigabyte Memory
- Small Hard Drive
- Type II PC Card Slot Instead of ExpressCard
- Intel Core 2 Duo T5450 Dual Core Processor
- 1 Gigabyte PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
- 120GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 14.1-inch WXGA (1280x800) Wide LCD Display
- Intel GMA X3100 Integrated Graphics
- v.92 56Kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g Wireless
- Four USB 2.0, FireWire, Type II PC Card Slot, 5-in-1 Card Reader
- 13" x 9.8" x 1.6" @ 5.3 lbs.
- Windows XP Professional, PowerDVD, NTI CD-Maker
Guide Review - Acer Extensa EX4620-6194 14.1-inch Budget Laptop PC
10/1/08 - Corporations have yet to really switch their computer systems to Vista and rely more on Windows XP. Because of this, many business laptops come preloaded with the XP Professional operating system. Acer's Extensa EX4620-6194 fits into this category. This may be a great plus for those not wishing to run the Vista operating system.
The downside to business systems is that they tend to have fewer features compared to a consumer system. In particular, the Extensa EX4620-6194 has only a single gigabyte of memory. This is half what most budget laptops now offer with many more offering three and a few offering four gigabytes. Since the system runs XP, this isn't as much of a problem but the system will have to rely on virtual memory more than it should, thus slowing down the system.
Another disappointing area on the Extensa EX4620-6194 is the hard drive space. The system comes with a relatively small 120GB hard drive. Most budget laptops are featuring at least 160GB of hard drive space. Even Acer's Aspire AS5920 budget laptop is offering double that for roughly the same price as the Extensa.
One nice aspect of the Extensa EX4620 is the smaller 14.1-inch screen that makes the system smaller than the 15.4-inch budget laptop systems. This is beneficial to those who need to travel frequently with their system. It certainly is no ultraportable, but it is significantly less expensive.
What the Acer Extensa EX4620-6194 really comes down to is portability and software over reduced memory and storage. This may make sense for some business users, but for the average consumer it is probably not a good trade off.