I'm sure you're probably sick of me by now- but I've got a couple of questions...
On the newegg website the video memory is listed as 1g of dedicated ram, on amazon.com it says that it's vram. Does that matter? It seems like vram used to be a cheap way out that didn't work as well, but stuff has changed so much that I'm not sure anymore. I checked on the acer site, but it didn't even specify the amount of video memory, let alone the type of video memory.
Also- if I get any laptop and the game comes out and the card isn't supported, how much of a pain is it to swap video cards on a laptop? Is that even possible?
Pretty sure vram stands for Video RAM, so basically it's the same as saying dedicated memory for the video card. I don't think it is that relevant to know exactly what it is, besides the fact that it is dedicated video memory and ddr3 which is good.
Most of the time it is impossible to swap the video cards on entry level / mid range laptops. The only things you can change are the memory and the hard drive.
If you don't need the laptop at this very moment, maybe you could wait until D3 is out, so if the game doesn't run as you like you could immediately return it. I'm am confident that it will at least run on low visual settings. But unfortunately you can't expect too much as far as gaming is concerned on a 600$ notebook. If it would have been a desktop, you could pretty much have run the game on max for ~700$.
I guess video ram makes more sense. I was thinking it was more of a virtual partition of the regular ram.
And that's a good suggestion on holding off on purchasing until closer to release. I'd be up a creek if I bought a laptop that didn't run the game!! I haven't checked elsewhere, but on your suggestion I looked at newegg's return policy. From what I read it doesn't look like they do returns, just replacements/repairs. I may have to keep looking...
Unfortunately I can't help you much as far as online retailers are concerned because I live in Canada and I buy 99% of my computer related stuff at NCIX.com. You can always check the BestBuy and such. I mean, it's not like you are shopping for a custom PC, so a laptop on newegg or a similar laptop at BestBuy should be practically the same. It might be easier to return it if you go to a store near you. They have this Acer model : http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Acer+-+A...&skuId=3823022. Don't know if it's still a bit too expensive though. But It won't be easy to find a good laptop with a decent video card for under 599$ (unless it's 14"/15").