It’s a unique notebook – one of the few with a built-in camera (1.3MP no less), and the camera rotates 225-degrees allowing the subject to be on either side of the notebook. It has quite a bit of software to take advantage of the camera, and this leads us up to one of IT Reviews’ pet peeves with the 3010, the bundled software. IT Reviews gave it high marks for its battery life (over three hours) and performance, however their view of the software is that in the Control Panel, it adds an extra level of complexity and that for everyone else it’s just another tool that can be quite intrusive and a source of irritation.
There is one piece of software I’m curious about, that I haven’t had a chance to play with yet, the â€œAcer GridVistaâ€ software – Acer says it can automatically resize open application windows, including up to 8 at once on a dual display. Sounds an awful lot like Apple’s ExposÃ©, which I like a lot, and I’m curious about it.