And here's where all of that AMD performance comes back to bite you. The 1551 can get a bit toasty. It also drains battery life pretty quickly. We could barely muster three full hours during our real-world usage test. If you use it heavily, you'll see it die before then. This may seem unacceptable to some, so pay close attention. There are definitely better options out there that'll last longer on a full charge, but those generally have weaker performance numbers. We think this machine strikes a decent balance. 3 hours isn't anywhere near the 5 claimed hours, but then again, you could probably squeeze out closer to 4 hours with light usage or perhaps by turning down the display a bit etc.
Part of us wishes that Acer would've included a 9-cell battery, even if it made the machine more bulky. But alas, that's not the case. You'll either need to cough up the money for a spare 6-cell or just keep yourself somewhat close to a power outlet if you think the battery life sounds short.
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