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A good spec laptop with some great features. Shame about the build quality.
Acer Aspire 5750
Member Name: micbec
Acer Aspire 5750
Advantages: Very reliable, future proof, versatile, a great family and/or work laptop
Disadvantages: Very flimsy body / chassis, no Blu-ray, does get warm
This laptop is truely brilliant! I purchased it from Comet and I havent looked back since. Just so you know, the specification is as follows: Intel Core i5-2430M 2.4GHz Processor with turbo boost to 3GHz, Nvidia GeForce 1GB Dedicated Graphics card, 15.6 inch HD LED LCD, 6GB DDR3 RAM, 1TB HDD, DVD Super Multi Drive, Multi-in-1 card reader, Audio jack, HDMI output, HD Webcam, 3 USB slots, 1 VGA output, Dolby Virtual Surround Sound built in and was ready to run with Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed. Now all the boring stuff is out the way, it's time for the product breakdown.
I bought back in January this year for just under £560 and got many accessories thrown in, plus 3 year accidental damage, loss, spill your drink on it warranty. I always make sure I purchase expensive products like Laptops, TV's etc in store, where you can bargain the price down or get loads of things thrown in for free. Try it! It's amazing what you can do. So, value for money is a strong point, for under £560 you can't go wrong. You can probably get it cheaper now!
This for me has to be the major down side of this laptop. The body / chassis is made up of very flexible, possibly cheap, plastic. You can physically see the body bend by just resting your hand below the keyboard. The screen, 15.6 inches in size, is bordered by black gloss finished plastic, which can scratch very easily when you clean off greasy marks (not saying you all have greasy fingers). When moving the screen you will notice how thin and flimsy the plastic is because your fingers feel like they could go through the screen if you pressed hard enough. Not good. Due to the plastic body / chassis, this laptop will inevitably get warm and after a while of typing your hands do become uncomfortable due to the warmth. The keyboard is full size with a seperate number pad but due to the gap between the keys it is very easy for particles to get underneath and cause minor typing problems. A quick blow of the keys will fix this problem and I would recommend you do this after every use. So, build quality gets a 3/5.
For performance this laptop excells. The Intel i5 processor is more than fast enough for use with many applications. It powers through all simple tasks with no strain at all and the start up time is very good. The 1TB HDD (1000GB Hard Drive) is more than enough, I think, for anyone. I have many programs installed, loads of pictures and videos and I have barely filled a quarter of that space. 6GB of RAM is ideal for what I use this laptop for and will be ideal for many people. Nvidia 1GB dedicated graphics card is ideal for gaming and will handle many games on high settings and thanks to the HDMI output you can play your games on your TV in HD! Battery life is good, I have had 5 hours out of it, on the power saver setting, while I surfed the web, when I was prompted to plug it in. I have only one issue with the performance, which is the cooling fan and I'm not quite sure it is a performance problem. But it sounds like it's about to take off when I open the hard drive to search for files. Other than that it's brilliant! Performance gets 4/5.
Ease of use / user interface
This is by far the easiest to use laptop I have ever owned, thanks to the Windows 7 Operating System which it runs on. One of the features which stands out for me is the ability to have two windows open and in view at the same time. It sounds very simple and maybe not that impressive, but if you ever need to read some information from another document whilst typing in another, you can! Or, play videos on YouTube while you type up a review for DooYoo... ... ... Oh! sorry, just watching a epic fails video. Where was I? Ah yes. Customization is something I love, and to be able to change the look of my desktop background, taskbar and screen saver with no effort at all is always a good thing. Errm... I really am struggling to think of anything else to say about the ease of use. The only other thing I can say is, my 6 year old brother can use it and sometimes he can do things that I haven't even thought of. Ease of use gets 5/5 for me.
There really isn't anything to say about this. You basically follow the on screen prompts and within 10 - 15 minutes you'll be up and running. Installation gets 5/5.
The features of this laptop are brilliant. The processor is more than adequate for everyday tasks and more strenuous tasks. The graphics card in this machine means I can play most of the latest games at reasonably high settings at a decent frame rate, but I do stress that this laptop is by no means a gaming laptop! If you want to play video games I would spend your money on a custom made laptop, or better yet a PC, which is designed specifically for gaming. 6GB of RAM is perfect for the everyday user. The 1TB Hard Drive will suit most people and you will most probaly find that you will struggle to fill it, unless you are in media and store hundreds of HD videos etc. Having a HDMI output suits me to the ground and really brings your display to life. However using your TV as a screen for your laptop isn't that practical unless you have a large HDMI cable that can reach your TV from your laptop. The DVD drive is good but mine does make quite a loud noise, I would have prefered a Blu-ray disc drive simply because that is the future, but other models with the same spec but with a Blu-ray were over £150 more expensive. The HD webcam is probably the worst of the features because the quality of the video and pictures it takes are poor. Virtual Surround Sound sounded good on paper, but practically it doesn't sound great when turned up and when you turn it down it's very quiet. So, overall the features of this laptop are good, but the webcam, speakers and the DVD drive let it down, but only slightly. Therefore I give this section 4/5.
On the gaming side it can handle most games on high settings. To give you something to go by, I can play GTA 4 on this laptop on high settings with no lag. Also I run The Sims 3 on high settings with no lag. The graphics are displayed lovely by the screen and thanks to the graphics card it handles the frame rate lovely. But like I have said, this is NOT a gaming laptop, it is no where near the standard for hardcore gaming. For those who play games every now and then it is perfect. 4/5 for gaming.
This laptop will provide you with many hours of fun without any major issues and I predict you won't need to upgrade from this spec laptop for a long time. I haven't come across any hardware or software problems and I have had this laptop since January this year and it has been on everyday since the day I bought it. Fantastic laptop perfect for the family and work, but having no Blu-ray and flimsy body let it down. Overall 4/5.
Summary: Great family laptop, packed with features but build quality isn't good
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