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Acer Aspire 5741 review

Impressive build quality and battery life, backed by equally strong performance

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Good performance
  • Build quality
  • Battery life

Against

  • Reflective screen

Acer's Aspire range is constantly growing and covers everything from entry-level laptops to top-end multimedia machines.

The Aspire 5741-333G32Mn is a budget laptop that combines strong performance and mobility with a solid and highly usable chassis.

The Intel Core i3 330M chip is the same as used by the Packard Bell Bell EasyNote NM86 and is slightly less powerful than that of the HP G62-A45SA and Toshiba Satellite Pro C650-197, but we saw minimal difference in our benchmarking tests. There's more than enough power to comfortably multi-task with fairly demanding office software.

Portability is another strength. The 284 minute battery life is second only to the Packard Bell, and is particularly good for a budget laptop.

At 2.5kg, the chassis is a little heavier than the Packard Bell and Toshiba, but it is still light enough to carry in your bag all day.

This is a well-built laptop with a firm chassis that shows only minimal flex across the palmrests. A faux-metal finish keeps off fingerprints and is more desirable than the HP's, although the Packard Bell's chassis is slightly more solid.

This strong build quality extends to the keyboard, which uses Acer's typical flat keys raised from the chassis. It's a comfortable board to type on, with a firm action and full-sized keys. Only the Packard Bell features a similarly satisfying typing experience.

Acer aspire 5741 build

A smooth and sensitive touchpad is also in place, with an integrated scrollbar for scrolling through web pages and documents. However, it's easy to brush the pad while typing, which annoyingly jerks the cursor around on screen.

Reflective screen

Images appear lifelike on the 15.6-inch widescreen display and brightness levels are suitable for lengthy work sessions. The glossy screen coating is highly reflective, however.

The widescreen aspect ratio is perfect for working on multiple documents side by side or watching movies.

HDMI and VGA ports are available for connecting external displays, while three USB ports can be used to attach peripherals.

The 320GB hard drive provides ample storage, although larger media files could fill it quickly. Networking is also strong, with the fastest wireless and wired connectivity currently available.

The Aspire 5741-333G32Mn is a successful budget entry in Acer's portfolio. Performance is assured by the Intel Core i3 processor and the strong build makes for a robust and highly usable laptop.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
BluetoothNo
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time4 Hour
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyAspire 5741
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli3-330M
ColourSilver
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameAcer
Processor Speed2.13 GHz
Processor TypeCore i3
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Standard Memory3 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.60 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height34 mm
Width381 mm
Depth253 mm
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series5741
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelAS5741-333G32Mn
Product NameAspire AS5741-333G32Mn Notebook PC
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineAspire
Manufacturer Part NumberLX.PSV02.033
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

Providing the perfect balance between performance, energy use, mobility and size, the Aspire 5741 Series brings you computing without limits or boundaries. This innovatively designed notebook delivers high-performance multitasking, cinematic entertainment, complete connectivity -- and endless possibilities.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Aspire AS5741-333G32Mn Notebook PC
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year