Wallet-friendly. That’s one way to describe Acer’s new 2.3GHz Intel Sandy Bridge-powered laptop. Because the company has certainly pulled off something special in the value for money stakes with the price-to-specification ratio of its AS5750G-2414G50.
The notebook comes loaded with an Intel i5-2410M dual-core processor running at 2.3GHz (with turbo-boost to 2.9GHz) and an Nvidia GeForce GT 540M driving its 15.6in WXGA resolution (1366×768) display. With 4GB of system memory and a 500GB Hitachi hard disk, that makes for a very impressive core specification for a laptop priced at just over five hundred quid.
Popping on a DVD, the display proved itself to be bright and sharp. Viewing angles are pretty narrow, though – something that’s particularly noticeable in the vertical plane. Blacks could perhaps be a bit darker in films, but we’re nit-picking here, and the colours certainly glow vibrantly when it comes to gaming.
And gaming is a task that this laptop handles with some aplomb. The turbo-charged processor, and GeForce GT 540M GPU with its 1GB of video memory proved a more than able combination, running older games very smoothly indeed. Booting up Codemasters’ latest rally outing, Dirt 3, the game ran at an average of almost 40fps at the display’s full resolution, with 2x anti-aliasing and high details across the board – a great performance for a laptop at this price. Stalker: Call of Pripyat’s most intensive benchmark on ultra details returned a result of 30fps – again, surprisingly high.
The heat is on
Along with that scorching performance, though, we couldn’t help but not that the AS5750G ran a little hot when it was pumping out its relatively lavish – for a notebook – visual details. You can feel the heat of the bottom left-hand side on your knees, and the cooling fan works overtime. The DVD drive can be a touch on the noisy side too when it spins up, but none of this detracts from the fact that this portable performs excellently as an entertainment system.
Windows performance is solid, with the Acer being quick to boot and responsive in use. ‘Solid’ is also a word that could be applied to the laptop’s build quality, as it boasts some fairly sturdy construction. The Aspire doesn’t look particularly thrilling, decked out in a slightly drab black and grey, but there’s nothing offensive about the aesthetics.
The keyboard has a nice, light action that’s comfortable to type with, plus it sports a numeric keypad too. The touchpad is decent enough – even if its buttons are a little stiff to press.
Any port in a storm
The rest of the spec includes an HD webcam, Wi-Fi, a memory card slot that accepts SD and MMC cards, two USB ports, a USB 3.0 port, microphone and headphone sockets, an ethernet and HDMI port. All these are positioned along the sides of the laptop, offering a reasonable range of connectivity considering the market at which this machine is pitched.
Battery life is respectable, too. We got four and a half hours out of the Aspire tackling various tasks on balanced power settings, and there’ll be more juice than that available with light use.
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- Exemplary power-to-price ratio.
- Display suffers from rather weak viewing angles.
The Aspire AS5750G is a great all-round laptop that can handle up-to-date games at higher detail levels with pretty smooth results. Not everything is perfect, we do have some slight niggles - the most notable of which is the rather narrow viewing angle of the display. However, given the performance this laptop represents for the asking price, it's nothing short of superb value for money.