The Bottom Line
Apr 3 2012 - Acer's Aspire AS5750-6414 takes their several year old design and updates it with a newer and faster Core i5 processor which is one of the few available for under $600. This is great for anyone that is looking for a low cost laptop that needs a faster processor. The problem is that the design is old and really needs updating. The lack of newer USB 3.0 or eSATA ports makes it difficult to do any high speed external storage updates. Add to this the continued practice of lots of software installed that decreases boot times and you have what is essentially a budget laptop that only stands out for a single feature. It will appeal to some but those looking for a more general purpose laptop may find better alternatives.
- Faster Core i5 Processor
- Lots Of Software Installed Slows Down Boot Times
- Lacks USB 3.0 or eSATA Ports
- Intel Core i5-2450M Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 500GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+R/W Dual Layer Burner
- 15.6" WXGA (1366x768) LED Backlit Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- Intel HD Graphics 3000 Integrated Graphics
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/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 AS5750-6414 15.6-inch
Apr 3 2012 - The majority of laptops that are found under $600 that use an Intel processor are based upon the Core i3 dual core processors. Rather than using this, Acer has decided to give a bit more performance in this price range with an Intel Core i5-2450M dual core processor with the Aspire AS5750-6414. While it might not seem like a big difference, it can mean a lot of time savings for anyone that needs a low cost system for more demanding tasks such as video editing. It still comes equipped with just 4GB of DDR3 memory which is typical of this price range which will likely impact those demanding programs a bit more.
Storage features on the Acer Aspire AS5750-6414 are common of low cost laptops. A standard 500GB hard drive provides a good deal of storage space but it does spin at the more traditional 5400rpm rate which gives it modest performance compared to more expensive options. It still comes equipped with a dual layer DVD burner for handling playback and recording of CD or DVD media. What is disappointing is the same old chassis design that has been used by Acer for several years now and its limited port options. There are three USB ports on it but they are of the older USB 2.0 variety rather than the newer USB 3.0. That along with the lack of eSATA support means that there are no high speed external storage expansion options. Still, not many competing systems with Intel processors feature the port beyond Dell's Inspiron 15R.
Graphics on the Acer Aspire AS5750-6414 remain unchanged from past versions of the laptop. Much of this stems from the use of the standard 15.6-inch LCD panel with a 1366x768 native resolution that has been used for quite a while. It doesn't offer any special color or clarity and has the typical limited viewing angles of your standard TN based LCD panel. As with most budget system, it also relies on the Intel HD Graphics 3000 that are built into the Core i5 processor. This still lacks any real 3D performance for use with even casual PC gaming. What it does offer thought is the ability to speed up media encoding with QuickSync enabled applications.
Acer continues to use a fairly standard 4400mAh battery pack with their Acer Aspire 5000 series laptops. This puts it pretty much on par with most of the offerings in the budget class of laptops. In DVD playback testing, the laptop is able to run for just over two and a half hours before going into standby mode. More typical usage should yield roughly another hour of running time.
One of the big problems that has plagued all of Acer's computers over the past couple of years is the preinstalled software. Much of the programs are of a trialware variety or are just extra toolbars to simplify existing functions. While some of these may be useful to buyers, the sheer number of them that are installed does have implications to the performance of the system. In particular, the system takes longer than average to boot up into the Windows system. It is highly advised that buyers take the time to remove any unwanted applications to help improve loading times.