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Acer Aspire 5740G-434G64Mn review

A good all-round laptop, but it comes with limited portability

Our Verdict

A solid laptop that makes good use of the latest components but portability suffers

Product features

  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Core i5 CPU
  • Dedicated ATI graphics
  • Storage
  • Build quality

Against

  • Screen
  • Battery life

Acer is on a roll at the moment, producing a stream of award winning laptops that regularly put other manufacturers in the shade. The Aspire 5740G-434G64Mn continues this good run of form and, although it doesn't boast the number of features of some others, it remains a very usable machine.

As with many Acer laptops in the past, build quality is excellent and this is a laptop built to survive life on the road. The shiny blue lid may attract dust and dirt quickly, but the thickness of the design means good protection for the panel inside.

Similarly, the solid plastics the chassis is built from provide excellent protection for the components within. There are a number of hotkeys above the keyboard for fast access to the likes of Bluetooth and a handy back-up assistant, making it easy to save your files and folders to an external drive. There's also a large programmable button whose function you can designate yourself.

The keyboard features Acer's unique style, whereby the keys stand up from the board. It's a clever design which makes for an intuitive typing action, but it also means there's an empty space beneath the keys for dust and grime to fall into, so regular cleaning will be required.

Acer aspire 5740g

The 15.6-inch screen isn't as sharp or detailed as the Packard Bell or Sony's in this group, but it still features a 1366 x 768 pixel high-definition (HD) resolution.

The optical drive is not Blu-ray compatible, however, so you will have to download any HD content you want to watch.

Core i5 heart

Performance-wise the Acer impresses, and its use of an Intel Core i5 processor back up with 4GB or RAM means you'll be able to run resource intensive applications with very little issue.

Multimedia tasks will also run with ease, thanks to the powerful ATi graphics card included, although as with all the laptops here you'll struggle to run the latest games with maximum settings.

Storage is superb, with the 640GB hard drive providing more than enough space for large photo, music and movie libraries.

Heavy weight

Unfortunately, portability isn't as good as we would have liked. This laptop is quite heavy and the 176-minute battery life is fairly poor, as we expect a minimum of three hours from a modern laptop. This greatly restricts travel use, making this a machine better suited to desktop use at home.

In conclusion, we were suitably impressed by all the Acer Aspire 5740G-434G64Mn has to offer.

True, portability is an issue which may put some off, but we feel the power, durability and usability of the machine successfully compensate for this.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity640 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerATI
Graphics Controller ModelMobility Radeon HD 5470
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeBlu-ray Reader
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated
Maximum Battery Run Time3 Hour
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyAspire 5740G
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli5-430M
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameAcer
Processor Speed2.26 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.80 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedBD-ROM/DVD±R/±RW
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 512 MB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height37 mm
Width383 mm
Depth250 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series5740G
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelAS5740G-434G64Bn
Product NameAspire AS5740G-434G64Bn Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineAspire
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberLX.PMF02.105
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

The 15.6" Aspire 5740 delivers comfortable, accessible computing and entertainment wherever you go. Equipped with the latest Intel processors, ultra fast DDR3 memory, high def audio and video support, and optional Blu ray Disc technology, this notebook has what it takes to let you multitask effectively and indulge in quality gaming, video editing, music, photo viewing and Internet surfing.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Aspire AS5740G-434G64Bn Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter