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After the tragic death of my trusty Dell Inspiron 1300 (R.I.P) I was searching for a new technical companion for my lap. Luckily i found it in this brilliant, affordable solution, the Acer Aspire 5738G.
Now there is about 4 laptops in the 5738 range, each have subtle differences. The only difference i have found if that the G model lacks bluetooth. That aside, I love my laptop. Its got a bright screen, perfect for my Itunes Movie library, i love the general look of the laptop sounds awesome with dolby virtual surround.
I has an average of 2.5 to 3 hours battery life depending on the power setting. It has wireless N card which is lightning fast, and delivers speedy downloads.
My biggest thumbs up for the laptop is the graphics card. tHE ATI RADEON HD 4570 (512mb) pulls off HD .mkv files seamlessly. I can play high end games like call of duty modern warfare 2 and gears of war on reasonably high settings. I use this laptop for everything under the sun. Work video editing, games, media, streaming the works. This laptop is perfect for work, college, uni whatever.
The CPU is 2.2ghz (dual core x64) so it can handle some some beefy applications, also its got windows 7 64bit pre installed so its easy to get programs that take full advantage of the processing power. However if it was say 3ghz processor this this laptop would be perfect for gaming andd media.
It has 4 gig of ram. That plenty trust me.
Overall this laptop is brilliant and is a must buy for a mid to high range laptop.
Runs Windows 7 like a dream. The fan is barely perceptible, The battery can last well in excess of 2hrs 30 on a single charge and the 4GB RAM means you'll never be left hanging.
The external lid is a glossy, sleek, deep blue colour, and will leave you wanting to keep it your protector on for months as I did!
One thing you need to be aware of is the "widescreen" configuration of the laptop. While this provides an enhancement to watching movies and videos without the "black bars" at the top and bottom, it also means your scroll wheel will get a lot more work when reading long documents or webpages. The disk space is sufficient, although not really enough if you do a huge quantity of downloading or like to have your life on the hard disk to carry around with you.
The trackpad is the only place this laptop really falls down. I've found it borderline unresponsive at times. It is also flush with the rest of the keyboard area, meaning your palm will occasionally brush the pad while typing, and send your cursor elsewhere on the page. The "page scroll" trackpad is even worse, if you brush it, instead of scrolling, it just hits the bottom of the page. Thankfully you can lock the trackpad completely to work around this problem, but I still feel as though it's a slight design fault.
I bought this laptop after hours of searching around for a good alround laptop which would be suitable for my gaming needs aswell. I have to admit that this laptop really does make a fantastic gaming laptop.
My experience with previous laptops for gaming is that they tend to overheat quickly. I have had no problems whatsoever running World of Warcraft and Call of Duty on this laptop and have not even had to use an external laptop cooling fan. Obviously the battery life depleats rapidly when you are actually playing a game and this is to be expected. I tend to use the laptop when it is plugged into the mains all the time anyway. Games run smoothly on this laptop and the graphics look great thanks to the ATI Mobility Radeon graphics card, so 10/10 as a gaming laptop in my opinion.
The laptop comes with Windows 7, which I find easy to navigage and use. To be honest I haven't noticed much difference between Windows 7 and Vista, which is a good thing because I hate it when you get a new operating system and you find it so different from a previous version that you find it difficult to use. For all other general use i.e word processing, internet surfing etc, I find this laptop very good. It found our internet connection straight away when I first started it up and it hasn't lost it since.
This is quite a fast laptop. It loads up quickly and any programs that you use open up quickly so there is no waiting around for things to load. The keyboard is very easy to use and they keys are well spaced. The letters and numbers etc are clearly marked and easy to see. The mousepad is similarly easy to use however one thing I will say which I do find annoying is the fact that when playing warcraft, you cannot use the arrow keys to move around and then move the mouse arrow around at the same time. You have to stop running to use the mousepad.
The actual design of the laptop is pleasing on the eye and the case is in a pretty navy blue colour, with the inside being silver with black keys. It has nice lighting detail on the power button and the screen is nice and bright and plenty big enough for both gaming and general use. The laptop is fairly light which is also a bonus.
I paid roughly around £400.00 for my laptop inc delivery which I think is very reasonable considering that other brands of laptops with similar specifications seem to be quite a bit more pricey! I bought it from Laptops Direct and their service is excellent. It was delivered the very next day and was packaged up very well.
Overall this is a fantastic little laptop, well equipped for both gaming and all around general use and as a total score I would give it 9.9/10 only marking it down slightly because of the in-game issue of the mousepad locking down when you are running around.
I purchased this laptop to replace an HP G60. I wanted something with a bit more power and a better graphics card to enable me to play some lower end games.
The laptop looks and geels very well made with a lovely blue colour to the top of the lid. The body itself feels solid and has no sharp edges. The trackpad is smooth and responsive and the button to lock it is a great idea for when you are typing. The keyboard is a good size and responsive. It has a seperate number pad on the right hand side, which is always very useful.
The laptop doesnt disapoint on perfomance with its Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 4GB or Ram. Its fast and loads even the most intensive programs easilly. I have used Photoshop, Google earth and Adobe lightroom with ease.
The laptop comes bundled with a lot of bloatware. I deleted this imediately before creating the backup, as its all unwanted.
The laptop came pre installed with Windows 7, which was very easy to set up. It took about 20 minutes from turn on to being up and running.
The graphics, whilst not stunning are good enough for everyday use, and I can play Call of Duty 4 On medium settings comfortably. It also runs World Of Warcraft well.
Battery life is good, although could be better. I only use it off mains for internet browsing, and it lasts a few hours. Obviuosly turning off WIFI would extend this considerably. When using the laptop intensivley off mains, the battery does drain fast, so you would not want to play any serious games on battery power alone.
The screen is a 16:9 ratio 15.6" affair, which is great for widescreen movies, but coming form a 15.6' standard laptop, I do miss the height that is lacking in this model. When surfing the internet, often you cant see a whole page and need to scroll up and down, which is sometimes annoying.
Overall, for the price paid, which was about £500. I am very pleased with the performance and quality of the laptop. It does everything I ask of it, and it is quiet, lightweight and easy to use.
My ancient Sony Vaio would take half a day to boot up. I was beginning to think it time for a new laptop but fortunately my significant other thought so to. On Christmas Day I was presented with the up to date and sexy bit of kit. The Acer 5738G is a dream to work with. Incredibly quick to power up, you're ready to write that first Booker prize novel, listen to Abba's greatest hits, watch a classic Western, or use your latest charm in World of Witchcraft. The 15.6 inch wide screen has a TFT active matrix which delivers incredible high definition quality. In the bedroom, I'll now watch TV on the Acer rather then my ancient portable set. The sound uses dolby home theatre and delivers a virtual surround sound feel. The casing is lovely too as it comes in a variety of colours. Mine is midnight blue, in my opinion superior to Apple White. Not all is perfect. The Acer is heavy and big. Sadly it doesn't fit into my work shoulder bag. Not so much a problem as I seldom take it Furthermore, the keyboard includes a number keypad which pushes the qwerty keypad to the left, which takes some getting used to. But once you have, the Acer is pure joy... especially for someone like me who really only uses it as a media centre and websurfer.
Ahh, the Acer Aspire 5738G, the little laptop that I spend most of my time off work on.
I received this as a warranty replacement, and I can definetely say that this is one of the best, and useful pieces of equipment that I have in my home.
The laptop comes in a wide range of colours, and the one I have is the blue. It looks black until it is shone in the light, and then you notice the lovely blue tinge to it. The light that lets you know the laptop is charging, or just generally on - is also blue too, which adds a futuristic and charming look to it.
The screen quality is magnificant, watching movies looks great on this. Some of the models, including mine - comes in HD. Watching HD movies on this little machine can take your breath away.
The laptop comes with a good size of memory, which differs on different models, but is usually more than enough to store all of your pictures, movies and all of your documents.
The battery life on the laptop is one of the best I have experienced, my laptop can last up to 3 hours without dieing.
We got this laptop just before Christmas as a present to ourselves as we had never had a laptop before. After much research and debate this seemed to be the best option for us with our £500 budget and with the specification we were after.
This laptop has lots of gadgets but is still very easy to use. The multi gesture touchpad on the mouse is one of my favourties because you can easily zoom in and out or rotate things at the touch of the mouse pad!
It has a great 15.6" HD LCD Screen which is perfect for watching films on and it also has dolby home theatre for virtual surround sound!
I also like the fact that it has a number pad on like a normal keyboard because a lot of laptops seem to be missing this feature!
The battery life seems to be pretty good, getting about 2.5 hours out of it before needing a recharge!
It has lots of other things that are fun to use such as a webcam and vairous games. Windows 7 is also very easy to use to with the task bar being able to flick from one application to another very easily.