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Acer Aspire 5820T-373G32Mn review

A well-constructed, highly portable consumer laptop but it sadly fails to excite

Our Verdict

Product features

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

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For

  • Good build quality
  • Battery life
  • Office performance

Against

  • Screen lacks vibrancy
  • Graphics performance
  • Rivals at similar price using Core i5

The Acer Aspire 5820T-373G32Mn is part of Acer's TimelineX consumer laptop range and promises excellent performance with no compromise to battery life.

Although there are more powerful laptops around this price point, the Acer's portability is unrivalled. The bland grey chassis design lacks any significant design flourishes, but the matt finish at least prevents fingerprints from gathering.

Construction is solid and the 2.4kg weight makes this a good laptop for the briefcase and light enough for the daily commute.

Working away from the office is no problem, thanks to its excellent battery life, affording a fantastic 451 minutes of productivity from a single charge. This is almost three hours more than its nearest rival at this price and is the kind of mobility we would expect from a netbook.

Acer has fitted a dual-core Intel Core i3 370M processor, which provides strong budget performance, backed up by 3072MB of memory. You can happily run several office applications at once without slowdown.

However, several laptops around this price point feature a more powerful Intel Core i5 processor for the same price or less.

Benchmarks

Battery life: 451 minutes
MobileMark 2007: 218
3DMark 2003: 3188

The Acer also contends with basic integrated graphics, which are suitable only for simple multimedia tasks, such as browsing photos. If you need more graphical power, the Dell XPS 15 and Samsung Q430-JS02UK are better options.

The full-sized keyboard closely resembles the Packard Bell EasyNote TX86, with flat keys and a dedicated numeric keypad. The keys are firmly set and comfortable to type on, although the gaps between them are a haven for crumbs.

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The touchpad is smooth and has a clearly labelled scrollbar on the right edge for quickly navigating through documents and web pages, although the mouse buttons have very little travel.

This laptop also features a display with a widescreen aspect ratio, which is ideal for watching movies. The Acer's 15.6-inch display is one of the brightest, with deep blacks and strong contrast, but it lacks vibrancy, with none of the punch of the Dell XPS 15 and Toshiba Satellite L650-1GD.

Ample storage

The Acer's 320GB of storage is bettered here only by the Dell XPS 15, and provides plenty of space for your important files, although it could be quickly filled by a large media collection.

Wireless and wired networking are strong with 802.11n Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet both on board, while VGA and HDMI ports can be used to connect the laptop to external monitors or projectors.

The Aspire 5820T-373G32Mn may lack exciting features and settles for a stoic business design, but the excellent battery life and slim, light chassis make it a worthy travelling companion. Recommended for those who spend a lot of time on the road travelling.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
BluetoothNo
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time8 Hour
Finger Print ReaderNo
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyAspire 5820T
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli3-370M
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameAcer
Processor Speed2.40 GHz
Processor TypeCore i3
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory3 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.40 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM55 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
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
Height31.4 mm
Width379 mm
Depth250 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series5820T
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelAS5820T-373G32Mnks
Product NameAspire AS5820T-373G32Mnks Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineAspire
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberLX.PTG02.153
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

Building on the achievements of the previous generation of Timeline laptops, Acer created the Aspire TimelineX series in the pursuit of the extreme extreme performance, extreme battery life, extreme connectivity and extremely thin designs. With the new Aspire TimelineX series there is no need of making compromises, you can have it all.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Aspire AS5820T-373G32Mnks Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter