The Bottom Line
Oct 15 2012 - Acer's aging Aspire 5750 laptop design still manages to offer an above average level of performance in the under $600 price range thanks to its Core i5 processor and 6GB of memory. The problem is that it sacrifices new features found in the Aspire V3 and other brands that limit its overall potential. In particular, it lacks any of the high speed USB 3.0 ports meaning that external storage options are not quite as fast.
- Faster Core i5 Processor
- 6GB Memory
- Lacks USB 3.0 Ports
- Lots Of Preinstalled Software
- Intel Core i5-2450M Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 6GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 500GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 15.6" WXGA (1366x768) Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- Intel HD Graphics 3000 Integrated Graphics
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless
- Three USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 4-in-1 Card Reader
- 15" x 9.9" x 1.3" @ 5.7 lbs
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter
Review - Acer Aspire AS5750-2456G50Mtkk
- The Acer Aspire AS5750-2456G50Mtkk is based around the venerable Aspire 5000 chassis that has been used for several years now. So, why look at buying an older design instead of the new Aspire V3? The answer to that question is performance. Most laptops in the $600 and under price range are built around the Intel Core i3, Pentium or AMD A6 processors. While those all provide sufficient performance for most users, those that want to do a bit more demanding applications can pick up this laptop model with a Core i5-2450M dual core processor and 6GB of memory. The faster processor and extra memory give it a distinct advantage when either multitasking or doing demanding tasks such as desktop video editing.
While there is additional performance from the Aspire AS5750-2456G50Mtkk, storage features are much more typical of laptops in its price range. A 500GB hard drive provides a good deal of storage for applications, data and media files. It spins at the standard 5400rpm spin rate so performance on the whole is average. The only real downside here is that if you want to add additional storage space through an external drive, the older chassis design does not include a USB 3.0 port similar to what the Aspire V3 or many other brands new laptops have. It is still possible to use USB 2.0 based drives but the performance will be notable slower. A standard dual layer DVD burner is included for playback and recording of CD or DVD media.
As with most laptops in the under $600 price range, the Aspire 5750 comes standard with a 15.6-inch LCD panel with a native resolution of 1366x768. It uses the TN display technology that is decent but has limited viewing angles and less than stellar color but it doesn't really stand out as being any better or worse than most of the others displays in this price range. Unlike the Aspire V3 at this price point, Acer uses the Intel HD Graphics 3000 that is built into the Core i5 processor. This is perfectly fine as long as you aren't intending to use the laptop for any real 3D applications such as PC gaming even at a casual level. What the graphics does provide however is the ability to accelerate media encoding when used with Quick Sync compatible applications.
Acer continues to use a standard six cell 48WHr battery pack for the Aspire 5750 chassis. In digital video playback testing, this lasted just over three and a half hours. This is pretty typical for a 15-inch laptop with this size battery pack. It was slightly longer than the Aspire V3 but not enough to really be significant. Of course, if running time is something that you want than a more power efficient laptop such as HP's Envy Sleekbook 6 with its larger battery offers up two additional hours. Dell's Inspiron 15R offers a much more similar laptop as the Aspire 5750 and last just under four hours total.
As with many of Acer's computer lately, the Aspire 5750 comes with a fair amount of programs already installed on it. This isn't necessarily a bad thing but many of these programs are of the trialware variety. In addition, a large number of them load when the system boots up which slows down the system when it is first turned on. It is advised that consumers take the time to remove unwanted programs to help try and boost boot times.
With its roughly $580 price tag, the primary competition comes from two laptops. The first is the Acer Aspire V3-571G that has been mentioned throughout this review. While the performance isn't as fast, it does offer a dedicated graphics processor and USB port all at the same basic price point. The other is the Dell Inspiron 15R which can be found just under $600 but comes with a new Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor with its improved graphics and an amazing four USB 3.0 ports.