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Acer Aspire 7750 review

Excellent features are the exception rather than the rule here

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1600 x 900
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Decent performance
  • Large hard drive
  • Good sound quality

Against

  • Build quality
  • Graphics performance
  • Battery life

At first glance, the Acer Aspire 7750 seems like a good choice for a 17-inch multimedia laptop. It has a simple, clean design with plenty of storage space and powerful speakers. Unfortunately, a couple of underlying issues pull the overall experience down somewhat.

Firstly, the grey and silver plastic design is nondescript. It looks much nicer on the inside of the laptop, though, offset against the black keyboard and screen bezel.

As this is a 17-inch laptop, there's lots of space to go around, and Acer accentuates this by putting a regular keyboard square in the middle of the chassis, adding a touchpad and leaving it at that.

There are no hotkeys, no flashing lights and although it's difficult to tell from the picture, the chassis feels expansive and spacious. All well and good, until you realise that the build quality (of the keyboard in particular) is pretty shabby. We felt quite a bit of flex around the edges of the chassis and the keyboard was practically bouncing up and down as we typed.

The machine isn't particularly heavy at 2.9kg, but since most people buying a 17-inch laptop aren't looking for portability we'd be happy with a few extra grammes in exchange for a more solid build.

While we're on the subject, we're going to assume most people buy a 17-inch laptop for the screen – be it to browse the web or watch a movie. The screen here is decent, complete with Super-TFT reflective coating, but the 1366 x 766 pixel resolution limits you to 720p HD content when, really, we'd quite fancy the full-blown effect of a 1920 x 1080 resolution.

Similarly, the integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics card means the latest games and editing suite will have trouble running here.

Huge hard drive

If you want to put your media on the Aspire 7750 – high-definition or otherwise – you have a huge 720GB hard drive to fill up. If music is your thing, then the Dolby Advanced Audio speakers will go some way to convincing you this is the laptop to buy. You can get plenty of volume, but at no point does the audio become fuzzy or distorted – no mean feat for a laptop.

General performance is no slouch either. The Aspire rocks an Intel Core i5-2410M CPU that coped admirably with both our benchmark tests and general usage. We should probably attribute some of that to the generous 6GB of RAM Acer has stashed away inside. It's more than the average 4GB and while it won't make much of a performance difference for the average user, it will help your laptop last that little bit longer into the future.

TechRadar Labs

tech labs

Battery Eater '05: 135 minutes
Cinebench: 9652
3DMark 2006: 4646

Yet, in spite of the positives, we have difficulty recommending the Aspire because it doesn't specifically do what we want a 17-inch laptop to do – which is provide an awesome visual experience.

We understand Acer wanting to keep the price down, but a better choice would be the Dell Inspiron 17R or the Lenovo G770.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity750 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 3000
BluetoothNo
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time4 Hour
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyAspire 7750
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli5-2410M
ColourBlue
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameAcer
Processor Speed2.30 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size43.9 cm (17.3")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1600 x 900
Standard Memory6 GB
Weight (Approximate)3.30 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
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 Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height34.6 mm
Width414.8 mm
Depth275 mm
Screen ModeWSXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series7750
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelAS7750-2416G75Mnbb
Product NameAspire AS7750-2416G75Mnbb Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineAspire
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberLX.RN902.008
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

The 17.3" Aspire 7750 offers perfect big-screen enjoyment and smooth multitasking with its expansive HD+ display and Intel processing power. Built-in communication capabilities also help to make this notebook exactly what you need to get full-featured performance at home.

Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Aspire AS7750-2416G75Mnbb Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year