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Acer Aspire 5745PG 5464G32Mn review

Incredible power and Optimus graphical performance from this updated mid-priced laptop

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Optimus technology
  • Sharp, vibrant screen
  • Solid Core i5 performance
  • Highly usable
  • Bluetooth 3.0

Against

  • Touch controls pointless
  • Reflective display
  • Flat keyboard won' t suit all tastes
  • Not the most portable laptop

Acer aspire 5745pg-5464g32mn

The Acer Aspire 5745PG-5464G32Mn is an update of an existing Acer mid-price laptop, which adds a power boost in the form of a Core i5 processor and Nvidia Optimus technology.

Little else has changed, with the same chassis and touchscreen as the Acer Aspire 5745PG-354G32Mn present. However, we liked the strong build quality and usability of the previous model, and as they say, why fix what isn' t broken.

We Liked

The Core i5 processor is an excellent performer at this price, with enough power to dispatch any task thrown at it. Combined with the dedicated nVidia graphics card, it' s possible to run almost any multimedia task and even play the latest games.

However, that extra power isn' t wasted when simply browsing the web or firing off an email, thanks to Nvidia' s Optimus technology. The dedicated GPU is powered down when it isn' t needed, conserving battery power when you' re on the move.

As with the Acer Aspire 5745PG-354G32Mn, we found build quality and usability were excellent. The chassis is dependably solid, while the keyboard and touchpad are comfortable to use and responsive.

Features were mostly strong, with the inclusion of Bluetooth 3.0 and plenty of ports. We also liked the Acer Aspire 5745PG' s display, which was pleasingly sharp.

We Disliked

However, although the Acer Aspire 5745PG' s screen is good, the touchscreen controls are a little gimmicky and unlikely to be used very often. The TouchPortal software is well made but ultimately offers little to keep you coming back. The display is also highly reflective, making it difficult to see outdoors or in bright conditions.

Although we loved the flat keyboard, it won' t suit all tastes. Try before you buy, just to be sure.

Verdict

Anyone looking for a family laptop that' ll keep the kids entertained and have enough power to handle even highly demanding software should definitely consider the Acer Aspire 5745PG. Ignore the gimmicky touchscreen and you have a powerful, well-built laptop that' ll last.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce 310M
BluetoothNo
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated
Maximum Battery Run Time3.50 Hour
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyAspire 5745PG
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli3-350M
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameAcer
Processor Speed2.26 GHz
Processor TypeCore i3
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.60 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
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
Height36 mm
Width379 mm
Depth250 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series5745PG
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelAS5745PG-354G32Mnks
Product NameAspire AS5745PG-354G32Mnks Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineAspire
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberLX.PVY02.004
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

The Aspire 5745PG puts the world at your fingertips! An HD multi-touch screen and customizable Acer TouchPortal let you easily manipulate your multimedia magic, and have fun in the process. Beyond that, this sharp-looking 15.6" notebook graces you with advanced Intel Core processing power, lots of ways to enjoy high-definition entertainment, and a variety of avenues for staying in touch with your connections.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Aspire AS5745PG-354G32Mnks Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year