The Bottom Line
- Dedicated Graphics Processor
- Well Priced
- Lots of Trialware
- Plastic Exterior Gives It A Cheap Feel
- Intel Core i3-380M Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
- 500GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 15.6" WXGA (1366x768) LED Backlit Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M Graphics With 1GB Memory
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
- Three USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 5-in-1 Card Reader
- 15" x 10" x 1.3" @ 5.7 lbs.
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter, McAfee Internet Security
Guide Review - Acer Aspire AS5552G-7120 15.6-inch Budget Laptop PC
Mar 24 2011 - From the base specifications, the Acer Aspire AS5552G-7120 looks to be about typical for the average $600 based laptop. It is powered by the ubiquitous Intel Core i3 mobile processor. It has a slightly updated i3-380M dual core version that offers a bit more speed over past models and allows it to run most applications without too much trouble but not as quickly as more expensive i5/i7 based systems. The 4GB of DDR3 memory help mitigate any slowdowns from multitasking or running intensive applications.
Acer sometimes offers a bit more than others when it comes to storage space in their computers but the Aspire AS5552G-7120 sticks to an average setup. It comes with a 500GB hard drive that provides it with an ample level of storage space for data, applications and media files. The dual layer DVD burner provides it with the ability to playback or records CDs and DVDs. A 5-in-1 media card reader handles the most common types of flash media.
What really differentiates the Acer Aspire AS5552G-7120 from other $600 laptops is the graphics. Rather than relying on an integrated solution, Acer has included an NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M graphics processor with 1GB memory. This isn't going to be a huge 3D performance platform but it does offer some casual PC gaming at modest resolutions and detail levels. It also provides improved high definition video playback support as well as increased performance from programs such as Adobe's Photoshop.
The display remains pretty much the same that Acer has been using for past couple years in their 15-inch laptops. Color and brightness are fairly typical and nothing spectacular but few low cost laptops have truly outstanding displays. Viewing angles are a bit narrow especially on the vertical angles. It also features a glossy coating that helps with contrast but introduces a lot of glare and reflections that can make it difficult to use in some conditions.
In terms of power, the system does suffer a bit more because of the dedicated graphics processor. For power, it comes with a six cell battery pack that features a 4400mAh capacity that is typical for a budget class laptop. In DVD playback testing, the system was able to run for roughly two hours and fifteen minutes. This is slightly below most budget laptops without dedicated graphics and is about a quarter hour less than a similarly equipped Acer laptop with integrated graphics.
As with many of Acer's recent releases, the Aspire AS5552G-7120 comes with a large number of applications installed on it already. Many of these applications are trialware that tend to clutter up the system memory and hard drive. It certainly impacts how fast the system will boot into Windows 7. Users should spend some time to remove unwanted applications to help improve performance.