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      06.06.2011 23:57
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      All in all a very good laptop for £249.99 and a must have for anybody on a budget...

      I bought this laptop for my University studies because I was on a low budget and needed to find something that suited my requirements. I also needed something that was going to respond well to plenty of use over the course of the years to come and also something that had an adequate screen and ran very smoothly. This was perfect because it had just that it was very fast and was at an affordable price range. It also has wifi so being able to connect to my wireless network both at home and Uni was not going to be a problem. I never had any issues connecting wirelessly over the 2 years that I had this and I found it very reliable indeed. Another feature that I found extremely useful was how loud the volume actually is on this. I was expecting it to be low and distorted and was not at all expecting it to sound like a top of the range laptop. The sound was superb and I had crystal clear sound when using it to listen to my music tracks from my iTunes library. I also used it a lot for watching movies on and once again the sound felt very top of the range almost 3d like surround sound. I also liked the chunky keys on the keyboard. They were the perfect size for my fingers and I never experienced any issues with it. With 4 USB ports it once again proves how good and cost effective this actually is and the typical laptop would only allow for 2 USB ports so I must say I was well impressed with this. Also the quality of the screen was exceptional for a budget laptop and the picture looked exceptional when watching movies and also playing my favourite PC games. The laptop charger wire was not long enough in length and I felt I could have done with a longer one, however this was easily resolved by using an extension that I had in the house. I was finding myself charging this laptop an awful lot so please be wary of this and it may not be an issue for somebody who constantly leaves thier laptop on charge. All in all a very good laptop for £249.99 and a must have for anybody on a budget...

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      18.04.2011 18:17
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      A super laptop for those who want something cheap and reliable

      I will start by giving you a run down of the spec of this laptop before giving my opinion of it after 2 or so years usage. The laptop has an Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 processor, 2.20GHz, 15.4" TFT-LCD screen (Thin film transistor-Liquid crystal display), 2048MB RAM, 80GB Hard-drive, DVD±RW, Intel GraphicsX3100, Dolby Digital Live surround sound, WiFi, and Vista Home Premium .
      The Acer looks good with a sleek black outer case which when opened reveals the 15.4" screen and a light greay keyboard. On the sides are two USB ports on either side, an Ethernet port on the left side as well as a 5 in 1 Card Reader,DVD drive is on the right and the power lead slots into the back of the laptop.

      I bought this Acer (my first Acer) about 2 years ago and I have to say it has been a cracking little computer and still serves me well to this day. It gets heavily used and as long as I don't clog up the hard drive it performs as fast as it did when I bought it.
      The screen is a good size and resolution, clear and bright, the speakers are not too bad, although can sound tinny when on full volume. More than enough USB ports with the 4 that it has. The Wifi always has a good reception and can use it at the bottom of the garden no problems. The keypad and keys feel well made and sturdy. I mostly use this plugged in now but it still gives me a good hour or so unplugged, and have never had a problem with the charger/cable.
      The laptop has no issues doing several tasks at the same time and always seems responsive to whatever i want to do. My daughter uses it for games and has had no issues of it running slow.
      I would recommend this laptop to others who want a no frills,cheap and reliable laptop which should last them a few years with no issues.

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        18.11.2010 22:14

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        I bought this laptop about three years ago now and it hasn't let me down once. It connects to the internet everytime first time, it runs very very fast. It connects to another monitor or tv easily. The only downside is to listen to music with headphones or speakers to connect it using a headphone jack you need to have the speakers/headphones plugged and turned on to get them to work.But to sum it up it is a cheap laptop with very features.

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        24.10.2010 11:08
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        Great laptop for anyone, second to a Mac

        I have owned this laptop for just over 2 years, and the price has come down significantly since then. I won't bore you with specifications, sicce you probably have already researched them somewhat, if you're looking at buying this laptop. The first thing I noticed when I bought the laptop was how large it was. We've always had Acer or HP laptops and this is noticably larger than any we've had before. This is not a bad thing though, it makes the keys decently spaced out, and it doesn't feel like there's too much stuff crammed in.

        I can't complain about the picture, it's pretty good, but like most laptops, can make the picture jump if you're trying to watch films on it. It has a Dolby sound system, which was a large factor when I bought the laptop, as I like to voice message people and listen to music. Unfortunately the volume is disappointingly quiet if you want to play your music loud, but it's fine for voice calls.

        There are 4 USB ports, two on each side. I haven't had a problem with them. Unfortunately I've had to replace the charger twice, which is a but of a nightmare since they're ridiculously expensive. The problem is the connection between the laptop and wire.

        Aesthetically, this is a pretty laptop. When I was choosing a laptop, I really wanted the super smooth grey keypad, which was only avaliable on the top of the range laptops at the time. It is a lot nicer than the standard black finish, and very smooth and matt. It almost has a suede-like feel to it. This makes it lovely to type on. The distance of the keys from the front of the laptop is perfect to rest your wrists on, which is very nice if you're typing for long periods of time.

        Overall, this is a very good laptop and I wouldn't swap it for another, unless someone offered to buy me an iMac.

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        17.09.2010 18:14
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        Great addition to the acer range and a must for those always on the go!

        I've always been a fan of Acer and have had a few of them over the years. My original Acer had a version of Linux on it and was incredibly prone to crashing and pretty much dying on me. So much so that whenever I took it out to work I always had my system retore USB with me! It then died completyly and upon returning it to where I bought it they gave me a shiny new Acer Aspire 5720 with Windows XP on it.

        I love the Acer Aspire 5720 that they gave me. Its nice and reliable and does what I need it to do. Its lightweight and portable and I have never needed to reboot since I got it. It doesn't come with too many fancy features just standard XP and you will need to install any additional programs via download or USB. The wireless signal is ok but can sometimes be weak depending on what range you are to a wireless access point.

        The keyboard is responsive and the mouse is also good to use. It can be fiddly to get the hang of to begin with. In terms of battery power I have used it for a few hours without charging it, but if your going to be using it alot it will drain the baterries down much quicker.

        I use it alot when i'm travelling around but I must say that if you want this to be your main computer then there are better alternatives with more features. For short, sharp uses its very good but prolonged use (3+ hours) hurts my eyes because it is a small screen.

        Overall this is a great little package which is cheaper than alot of other makes. For short sharp uses its great and its even better on the go. Not suitable as a standalone everyday computer as it will hurt your eyes if you use it for long periods of time.

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        21.08.2010 18:11
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        fab

        the Aspire 5720 functions well and much better then my old one, the battery life is a huge improvement on the old computer as are the graphics allowing me to get away with playing non laptop games to the same if not better quality as on the designated computer. The huge ram and hard drive are all highly improved thus making games easier to play, this also allows me to make the most of the laptop and do all those little things which need doing all at the same time, the hard drive is a great size for being able to store all my college work in addition to my photos and video's in addition to being able to store games and all my music in addition to my friends. The in built bluetooth allows the quick and easy sharing files and data instead of all the fuss of portable harddrives and USB's.
        The fun of watching movies is brought alive by this laptop with its theatre audio enhancement surround sound and vivid screen it allows you to watch films on your laptop to the best quality possible making it almost like being in the cinema.
        The in built wireless, crystal eye webcam and acer video conference allows you complete freedom to communicate with anyone as and when you want wherever you are. this may not be the best quality at times but i would like to stress the usefulness of it all.

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        02.08.2010 19:22
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        I'll stick wih Toshiba.

        As you all know, I am overly in love with my beautiful Toshiba satellite. I never ever thought another laptop could even come close to my satellite. And yes, I was right. My fiance took a trip home one week and brought with him his laptop. I felt so smug knowing that his laptop was so much better than mine. Being the kind, considerate man that he is (pft yeah right), he left his laptop here because it was have cost him more to take it on the aeroplane, and times are hard so I was then in charge of his Acer for a while. I told him I had no intension on touching his silly little laptop. However, there was one time when my laptop just wouldn't connect, so I was forced to use his laptop.

        I have to be honest, and say that the appearance of the acer is a lot better compared the appearance of my Toshiba Satellite. The Acer I find is very smooth and sleek looking. It is midnight black and it very shiny and smooth. With, in metallic silver, writing on the from saying 'acer'. The edges of the Acer are very sharp, and the entire shape of the laptop is quite round looking. It open with a little switch, it is quite rough pushing up, and the screen is absolutely huge! Perhaps the screen of my original laptop is perhaps just smaller, but I find the screen of this to be very big.

        There is one huge criticism I have for this laptop, and that is that the keys are huge. They are not square-shaped keys, more like rectangular shaped and I feel that I can not type of the laptop at the same speed as I would on a normal laptop and I make numerous mistakes because the natural placement of my fingers whilst typing is messed up. I always end up pressing two letters at the one time and it can get very irritating.

        For a brand new laptop, I felt that this Acer was very slow. It connected to the wireless internet no bother, I always get a bit off fuss when trying to set up a new connection and end up on the phone to my internet provider for hours (costing £1.50 a minute) trying to ask them how it sets up. However, I had no problem with this. Although I found it slow during switching it on also when opening internet explorer or mozilla firefox.

        One of the best things about this laptop is the great laptop. The laptop webcam is crystal clear and like most built-in webcams, you can add special effects to your webcam. The microphone isn't very good though and I can never seem to make a connection with the sound. When I do it runs very slowly. I know it was the acer that had the problem because when I spoke on webcam/microphone with my fincee when he had the acer, I was always slow. However, on my Toshiba if I can a webcam conversation with anyone else, it worked fine. So it's definitely this laptop!

        I definitely find the battery life on this isn't good. I am constantly running around trying to find the cable because it runs out in matter of seconds.

        I never use this laptop. However, If I have to take my laptop with me anywhere for studying, it always looks a lot a lot better. However, it is nothing compared to my beloved Toshiba Satellite. It was roughly the same price at £350 but apart from the webcam, Toshiba is better!

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        13.06.2010 11:32
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        Buy an updated version instead!

        I bought this laptop almost two years ago, when my other (2 yr old) Acer died. I should have taken this as a sign.

        I must say, that although i was initially impressed, i am now very, very disappointed.

        Firstly, the battery life was a huge improvement - my old laptop had 30 minutes if that before it would conk out, and this one had approx 2.5 hours before doing so.

        2 months later, my battery now last - wait for it - 4 whole minutes without the cable. 4 minutes! I didn't spend my hard-earned cash on something which couldn't function without a cable!

        Secondly, a month after buying this, the updated version came out - with an inbuilt webcam and longer battery life, which the sales assistant didn't bother to tell me about. Grrrr!

        However. The screen is a great size for films and writing (I do a lot of writing), as well as surfing and online shopping. the keys are easy to use, and it's easily portable due to it's slimline shape.

        On the downside, it's heavy to carry around, it occasionally is very slow to work, and of course, the battery is rubbish.

        I would recommend buying wither the updated version with webcam, or a lighter model with a much longer battery life.

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          29.01.2010 22:40

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          I would highly recommend it

          The Acer Aspire has been good value for money. I bought it 3 years ago in Perth and have used it very extensively. I once had issues with my connectivity but apart from that I can not think of anything that bothered me. Only a single time I needed maintenance as we had to look at the above issue but other than that I never looked back. I remember having paid 600Australian Dollars and got 100$ cashback on top, which converts to about 450US$ or 300GBP/EUR.
          Another thing worth mentioning is that the charger has failed working recently and I had to get myself a universal one to replace the original. You can get a so called "universal charger" in any electricity shop for less than 40$.
          When I leave my laptop on for a long time and have multiple programs running as well as about a dozen tabs open simultaneously I experience that the laptop can generate quite a lot of heat and it actually shut itself down once or twice due to overheating.
          At last I would like to see the battery capacity go up in future models as I can only use mine for about 2hrs, even when it is on regular power mode.

          Thanks

          Matt

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          05.01.2010 22:48
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          A very nice laptop for the money

          This laptop is AWESOME ! I got this laptop for Christmas just over a year ago and it is still working fine with absolutely no problems what so ever. The keys are still soft and everything works. The screen size with this laptop is plenty big enough and perfect for watching DVD's and browsing the web. However, I would not recommend this laptop to gamers as it;s graphics card is not made up to this sort of thing. Also my laptop battery makes a high pitched whining noise when unplugged, but this is hardly audible unless you are in a very quite room, and besides the battery life is too good to complain a bout a little bit of noise ! Depending how you configure the settings the battery will last for a good couple of hours. If it is plugged in though you can set it to be a very fast laptop with brilliant wi-fi, a good big clear screen and nice soft keys. You might want to get your self a USB mouse for it though because the touch pad is a bit fiddly !

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          24.07.2009 06:01

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          Good for price but as stated buy the top end of the range

          I needed a laptop for college work, i had a look around and came across the Acer Aspire 5720. The main reason that got me looking at it first was the price but then i had a look through the specs and it seemed like a decent laptop for the price, there are a few different versions of this laptop which just differ in hard-drive space, RAM or processor speed. The version that i got at first had a good boot up time, fast at loading up applications and was generally a good laptop. Graphics were reasonable and played games relatively well, the wireless connection is very stable and rarely loses connection.

          Now after a year or so the laptop has decreased speed just like you would expect but the main fault with the machine is that the hard drive is only 80Gb and has been partioned so that the C drive is only 32Gb which has been filled up quickly causing some system stability.

          So with this in mind if you buy this product i would recommend buying the version with a larger hard-drive.

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          08.06.2009 22:24
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          Absolutely love this laptop, couldn't recommend a cheaper one for a similar price at all!

          As a student I chose the laptop which was the least expensive but could perform a number of tasks. I'm extremely pleased I purchased the Acer Aspire 5720, it carries out every task in which I bought it for and more. I can load pages up quickly with the 160gb hard drive and also store much more music, pictures etc because of the 2gb memory. I purchased this laptop from Tescos for about £349 it definately is the cheapest in its class with the other laptops boasting much less technology for nearly twice the price!
          Acer is a great quality brand anyway so I didn't really need to think twice about purchasing this product. I just wish I hadn't waited for as long as I did, I can't imagine my life without this.. There are some downsides to the laptop however, for example, I'm not sure if this is just my machine but sometimes the software installed on the machine just freezes and I have to restart the whole computer, this has only happened since I have been using the internet however, I no I haven't recieved a virus, I run alot of programs at the same time which could be the problem.
          I would definately recommend this laptop to anyone, the memory and hard drive capacity is one of the best your going to get for the price and it looks great too.

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          22.03.2009 16:28
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          its a solid machine that i enjoy using and have grown fond of

          i am a student and when the time had come for me to buy my laptop for college, i must say that i was drawn to this machine. first of all the machine is within my budget, its very competively priced such that is stood out from the man fancy gadgets that were there and when i looked at it i realised that it had more or less the features that all the other machines had like a decent hard drive memory and really good ram since im not using it for muchbut study. Aesthetically its very basic which makes look good for many years to come even when trends change, it has not given me problems except when i try to open too many things and it heats up pretty bad. i like the graphics the colour is just what i need and i a happy owner of this machine and will be for long

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            06.01.2009 20:42
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            Great laptop for a fabulous price

            We bought this laptop a couple of months ago as both mine and my husbands previous laptops had both broken a while ago.
            This laptop has everything you need, it has windows visa which I wasn't too keen on at first, but when I used it a few times I was made up with it, much easier to use than XP and especially previous systems. Its very quick at start up, and comes with a selection of programmes which are almost identical to Microfsoft Office (I bought the microsoft office package but later realised the pre-installed programmes were just as good without paying out £100!!). Its wireless enabled, and so quick to connect once turned on! I was very impressed with the laptop. The picture is stunning, and gaming quality is to the best of my knowledge fabulous!! I got mine from Tesco for £349. The battery life is the only thing I'd criticise, although you have the option of a "power svaing mode" this only gives you 2 hours use when not plugged into the mains. But, if you can charge it up when it startes running out, you'll be fine!!
            The Specs for all of you who are interested are:
            Intelcore 2 Duo technology T7500
            (2GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 4MB L2 cache)
            Up to 358MB mobile intel graphic media accelerator X3100
            2GB DDR2
            15.4" WXGA Acer CrystalBrite LCD (8ms/220-nit)
            160GB HDD
            DVD Super Multi DL
            802. 11b/g WLAN

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            23.12.2008 20:44
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            Perfectly fine burdget laptop (at the time)

            INTRODUCTION
            The Acer Aspire 5720 laptop is a budget laptop, costing around £420 when I got mine early 2008. What drew me to this particular laptop at the time was the processor speed and amount of RAM for the price. On the downside, you get an integrated graphics card and a tiny hard drive. The hard drive issue has really upset me since (although I get by using an external USB disc). The graphics card doesn't bother me, as I'm not using this laptop for hardcore gaming. The laptop performs fine on games with lower requirements.


            SPECIFICATIONS:
            Screen: 15.4" TFT, Crystalbrite
            Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 2.0GHz
            RAM: 2048MB RAM
            Hard Drive: 80GB Hard-drive
            Extras: DVD±RW, Intel GraphicsX3100, WiFi, Integrated Webcam, Card Reader, Vista Home Premium

            You can now get a similar laptop with 4GB RAM, 200GB hard drive and a proper graphics card for the same price (£420). At the time when I got this, it offered excellent value for price.


            SYSTEM ORGANIZATION
            The hard drive is split up into two partitions, meaning it's one actual physical hard drive, but it appears and is in use as if it was two separate hard drives. The first partition holds the operating system, Vista Home Premium, the second partition holds your back-ups, and there is some free space for your files as well. The basic reasoning for this organization is probably that you don't get an actual Windows Visa CD. As you boot up the laptop for the first time, you will be taken through the final stages of Windows Vista installation, such as choosing your language. Your first step should then be to make a backup using the included software. Although you can make a copy to DVDs, the program will by default make a backup to the second partition. Hence, you can re-install to the first hard drive partition without disturbing your back-up files on the second partition. As of yet I haven't re-installed. I would have felt more comfortable getting an actual Windows Vista CD with the laptop, but I do trust that this system will work when the time comes for a fresh start.

            The laptop comes pre-loaded with a bunch of utilities and small programs from Acer. Most of this is useless and only takes up memory. Thankfully, they can all be uninstalled and removed, although if you don't know much about computers, these user friendly applications might help you get some basic tasks done.


            PERFORMANCE
            At first I was slightly disappointed with the speed of some operations. Then I turned off all the fancy visual eye candy in the options menu, removed the applications that start automatically, and I ended up with notably more snappy and responsive performance. I'm using the laptop mostly for word processing, using Open Office, and also some audio recording and mixing using Cakewalk Sonar Producer Edition 8. Everything is working just fine! Except... when using the internal sound card and speakers by themselves, I have at times experienced some "crackling" distortion in the sound, which seems to be a known issue with these laptops. I went abroad with work and was using my laptop as a music player. On some instances I had a lot of problems with the sound distorting, which was very disrupting. It's not a constant factor, however. The next time I went on vacation the sound was perfectly fine.


            SOUND
            The laptop has 'Dolby Digital Live' sound, which seems like a bit of a joke, the way it's printed over the tiny laptop speakers. As far as laptops goes, the sound really is quite good, but compared to even cheap external speakers, of course it sounds tinny and weak. The laptop does have an SPDIF output, though, which I haven't been able to test. I suppose this should, theoretically, result in pretty good sound if connected to an external amplifier using an SPDIF cable. There is a volume adjustment slider on the side of the laptop, a small plastic wheel you can neatly roll with your finger. This was working fine for half a year, but a few months of having the laptop in my backpack with me on journeys has resulted in the wheel not responding too well any more, which is a pity. I now have to adjust the sound exclusively using the windows volume adjuster.


            SCREEN & VIDEO
            The screen is in 15.4" widescreen format and utilizes Acer's Crystalbrite technology. Basically, this is supposed to result in less reflections on the screen. It's bright and vivid, and it performs brilliantly indoors. The unit can not really be used outdoors if in direct sunlight. Reflections are too severe. But then, what do you expect? Find some shade, and you'll be fine!

            Even with the budget integrated graphics card, I've played some car racing games, which don't have that steep system requirements, all performing flawlessly on the system. Video files and DVDs play back smoothly, and with no problems whatsoever. The maximum resolution is 1280 x 800. The graphics card will perform perfectly fine for every day operations unless you are a gamer.


            WEBCAM
            The integrated webcam has a 0.3MegaPixel resolution and a tiny microphone. It's not amazing for taking pictures, obviously, but it will automatically work with MSN, Google Video Chat or any other webcam application you might want to use it for. It's a nice addition that works just fine. I didn't care for the webcam at all when I acquired the laptop, and I didn't think I would ever use it, but the time came when it became handy, and the webcam and accompanying integrated microphone works just fine!


            CARD READER
            (SD, MMC, MS, MS PRO, xD)
            On the side of the laptop is a 5-in-1 card reader, which is another feature I never thought I would find useful, but then I acquired a camera that uses an SDHC memory card, and the card reader has become another invaluable feature of my laptop. You simply slide your memory card into the slot, and the card can be accessed on the computer as if it were an external USB drive.


            BATTERY
            The battery is of the type 4800 mAh Li-ion and seems to last on average 2 hours, which is acceptable. Recharging the battery with the AC adapter takes roughly 1-2 hours. It means I can usually get away with seeing a full length DVD film off one battery charge while on the move.


            CONCLUSION
            In March 2008 this laptop represented good performance for money, at the cost of integrated graphics card and a small hard drive. The price for the laptop was then £420. The price at the moment seems to average £350. This represents good value for money, but if you want to do gaming, get a laptop with a proper graphics card.

            Update: I have reinstalled the laptop once using the backup software that comes with the laptop and the image saved to the invisible partition. Reinstalling the laptop was extremely fast and easy, and I faced no problems whatsoever. At first I was sceptical to this system, but I am completely convinced this is a great solution! While you have the option to save your backup to discs, you can simply reinstall from the invisible partition on the hard drive any time you like!

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