Acer Chief J.T. Wang Resigns, Can Reminisce About PC's Glory Days with Ballmer

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pastorbob

One of only two pre-built PC's (1994) that I have bought over the last thirty years was an Acer mid-tower with a Pentium-90 that blew everything else away. It had a HUGE 800 megabyte hard drive, 4X CDROM drive, 16 meg of DRAM, and a blazing STB graphics card, (Even my Apple loving friends were envious). It came with a stack of floppies from which I had to load DOS 6.0 and Windows 3.1 and a ton of other programs. I played hundreds of hours of Castle Wolfenstein and Doom into the wee hours of the morning with that system. That system lasted me for four years before I built an AMD based system to replace it.

Acer was far above Dell, IBM, Packard Bell, and Compaq as far as quality and performance back in those days.

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jonnyohio

Cool story bro.

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emfreese

Even ACER had glory days, Musta Missed IT
I only have one word to say about Acer, CHEAP! I would not take their devices even if they were giving them away. The one time I had to try to fix one of their laptops they would not even talk to me until I paid them 35 dollars. What a piece of crap business strategy, they sell you cheap crap and make it up on the backend with crappy customer service and then don't even offer to fix or replace the crap you bought, even if it's under warranty. I put them even lower on my buy list than HP, and that's a pretty low mark to be able to get under, lol. I despise HP almost as much as Acer. Good-luck to whoever has the misfortune to become next CEO, and good-luck to anyone who bought any of their products. You'll be lucky if your device even last until the warranty expires.

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pastorbob

emfreese says - "The one time I had to try to fix one of their laptops they would not even talk to me until I paid them 35 dollars"

Perhaps you didn't have proof of purchase thus no proof it was still in warranty?

While I agree Acer has fallen far from back when I bought that early system, I wouldn't say they don't back up their products. I have a four year old Acer laptop that suffered hard drive failure when it was nine months old. I contacted customer support, after a brief over the phone diagnosis received an RMA#, shipped it off and had it back in four days. They not only replaced the drive at no cost to me (other than shipping to them), they replaced a 500 gig drive with a 640 gig drive.

I have since installed an SSD in that laptop and the HD is now installed in an external USB 3 enclosure and running fine as a backup drive. My laptop is working just fine and running circles around much more expensive systems.

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Renegade Knight

Apple saw the future and knew that future sales growth was in mobile. They didn't stop making laptops and desktops though. They merely kept up with trends in computing.

Same as everyone else is going to do if they want to remain in the computing business.

As for Acer. I haven't seen many compelling products from them recently.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Just go ahead and change the name of the magazine to Maximum Smart Phone. You guys tried it a couple years ago. Back then, this all blew up in your face, but go ahead and try again. The time is right. The PC is dead.

Thanks for helping convince me to let my subscription go.

Of cour$e, it make$ little $en$e to con$tantly pimp an O$ for a hardware platform on it$ la$t leg$....

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pastorbob

"Thanks for helping convince me to let my subscription go."

But we'll still be blessed with your insightful, intelligent commentary, wit and sarcasm on this site??

;-)

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Paul_Lilly

Valid point, so long as you're willing to comlpetely overlook our coverage of Powercolor's overclocked Radeon R9 290 graphics card, developers vowing support for AMD's Mantle API, Radeon R9 290 benchmarks, OCZ Vertex 450 256GB SSD review, ergonomic keyboard roundup, Windows market share examination, HGST's helium-filled hard drives, Maingear's Pulse 17 gaming laptop announcement, and so on and so forth since the beginning of the week.

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ApathyCurve

Every year it's "THE PC IS DAID! OMAGARSH!" Yeah. Have fun manipulating a spreadsheet, editing a complex document and creating a presentation on that tablet.

Like so many PC makers before them, Acer got arrogant and over-confident, their quality deteriorated and people stopped buying them. I build my own, as do most people here, so I don't really care. I just find it amusing that the PC has been declared dead/ailing/irrelevant so many times I've lost count.

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pastorbob

I agree with you up to a point. I too build all of my own systems and have for many years. And 95% of my work is done on my desktop with three 21.5" displays in panoramic mode. But I don't think the statistics on PC sales take us into account. They are based on prebuilt systems.