Acer Aspire 5755G laptop review

Stylish business notebook with Core i7 and discrete Nvidia graphics
Photo of Acer Aspire 5755G laptop
£900

The AcerAspire 5755G announces its style in an understated way, with an almost invisible wave pattern on the shiny piano black lid. Similarly, inside there’s an unassuming feel to the gun metal grey and black tones of the work surface and keyboard, as though inviting you to avoid frivolities and get to work. But beneath the hood there’s some serious hardware packed inside, from an Intel Core i7 processor and dedicated Nvidia graphics.

Large keys
A slim and reasonably lightweight notebook, measuring just 381x28x254mm and weighing in at 2.6kg, the Aspire 5755G comes with a 15.6in reflective display surrounded by a thick bezel that sports a 1.3M HD Webcam. There’s an HDMI-out on the side, but the screen’s native resolution of 1366×768 means you won’t be watching any Full HD movies on the laptop itself- so, not surprisingly, Acer has installed a DVD SuperMulti Dual-Layer drive rather than a Blu-ray.

In addition to VGA-out and Ethernet connectivity, the Acer comes supplied with two USB 2.0 ports and one Super-Speed USB 3.0 for fast file transfers, together with a 5-in-1 card reader. The keyboard is of the familiar chiclet style with well-spaced full-size keys and a complete numberic keypad – made possible by using every available inch of space. Typing is firm and responsive (if a little loud), but some may not like having the Enter and left Shift keys touching their neighbours, nor the outsize right Shift key, which means the arrow keys are much smaller than the rest. The Acer’s touchpad is unusually positioned to the left of centre, but at least its scrolling action is smooth.

Punchy processor
As far as performance is concerned, Acer has packed in a second-generation Sandy Bridge Intel Core i7-2630QM processor running at 2GHz (and able to be Turbo boosted to 2.9GHz), with a generous 8GB RAM that can cheerfully handle multitasking without breaking a sweat. The notebook’s native Intel HD Graphics card is supplemented with an NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M with 2GB of VRAM so relatively undemanding games (such as Tomb Raider Underworld) can be enjoyed without stuttering, and DVD movies look sharp although the colours are a shade pale on the laptop’s display.

Hard drive storage space is more than adequate for normal business needs, at 750GB, and at very light usage we managed to squeeze about 4 hours 20 minutes out of the battery. On full performance settings, that figure drops to nearer two hours – so don’t leave home without a power lead.

Company: Acer

Website: http://www.acer.co.uk/

Contact: Acer on 0870 900 2237

Positives
  • Powerful processor.
Negative
  • Less than Full HD display.

Verdict

The Acer  Aspire 5755G 15.6in notebook is slim and unassuming, but its unremarkable exterior hides a powerful Core i7 CPU and a decent Nvidia graphics card which together are ideal for business multitasking, if not quite the full gaming experience. It's just a shame there's no Full HD display.