Acer Complaint - Acer Customer Service (or lack thereof)
SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA -- I purchased an Acer Aspire AS-5738PG laptop back in February 2010 and was very excited to upgrade to a newer laptop since I have been using a 3 year old machine and it was not cutting it. I received the laptop and unpacked everything and it looked good. Started it up and followed all the instructions to burn the recovery DVDs. Lucky I did so since the hard drive died within 2 weeks of use. I would typically put the machine into standby and I noticed a clicking noise every time it went into standby. Two weeks in and one day it just froze on me. I restarted it and that is when the hard drive started clicking a lot and the computer said no hard drive found.
Prior to this happening, I also noticed the audio would stutter every so often. I had updated all of my drivers to the latest version according to the Acer website. I had even logged a service request for help regarding the issue and all they could tell me was to do a system restore. Okay, been there done that. I did some more research and found out that there was a Deferred Procedure Call (DPC) latency that would cause the audio to skip. This is typically due to poorly written drivers and so I was out of luck since I had updated everything per Acer tech support and performed a system restore. All they would tell me to do was to send in the computer to their repair depot.
So finally, with the hard drive dead and the audio stutter problem, I decided to try out their repair depot. I submitted my service request and they issued an RMA to me, but I had to pay for the shipping to the destination. Naturally, I was unhappy with this since this is all happening during the 1 year warranty period. But since I had no choice, I had to pay for the shipping. After waiting for a week or so, I received the laptop back and the hard drive had been replaced. Great. But still there was audio stuttering. To this day, there has not been a single driver update from 2010 despite the fact that there are obvious issues with the existing drivers.
My main complaint is that we the consumer are at the mercy of the laptop manufacturers to provide software/driver updates since drivers are usually customized to hardware, especially in laptop computers. Other companies like HP and Lenovo are much better at addressing driver issues. I realize that hardware faults do happen, but I am extremely disappointed that Acer apparently does not keep consumers updated with the latest drivers and/or BIOS updates to fix any issues. It seems innovation stops after the sale of the computer. I just want other consumers to be aware of the issue of manufacturer support of the machine driver-wise and how important that can be. This Acer Aspire 5738PG has not lived up to my expectations of a dependable computer and I actually regret this purchase. I hope that my review will give others pause before buying an Acer machine. Hopefully the company will change its ways.