The Bottom Line
- Solid Performance Thanks To Core i3 Processor
- Well Priced
- Limited Battery Life
- Glossy Outer Shell Shows Fingerprints And Smudges Easily
- Lots Of Trialware
- Intel Core i3-330M Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 4GB PC3-8500 DDR3
- 320GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 15.6" WXGA (1366x768) LED Backlit Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- Intel GMA 4500MHD Integrated Graphics
- v.92 56Kbps Modem, Gigabit, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
- Four USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 5-in-1 Card Reader
- 15.1" x 9.9" x 1.5" @ 6.2 lbs.
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Works, NTI MediaMaker, McAfee Internet Security
Guide Review - Acer Aspire AS5740-5513 15.6-inch Budget Laptop PC
Apr 5 2010 - Acer's Aspire 5740 is their updated laptop that uses the new Intel Core 2010 platform of processors. In the case of the AS5740-5513, it uses the budget class Core i3-330M dual core processor. While this is the lowest of the new grade of Intel processors, it clearly outperforms even the higher end Core 2 processors found in this price range in the past. It also provides a better memory path allowing the 4GB of DDR3 memory to leap ahead of the older Core 2 processors using similar types of memory.
Storage features on the Aspire AS5740-5513 are pretty typical of laptops priced around $650. It features a sizable 320GB hard drive that provides enough space for applications, data and media files. It uses a standard 5400rpm spin rate that may not match the hard drive spin rates but data performance is acceptable. A dual layer DVD burner is included for handling playback and recording of CD and DVD media.
Like many budget class laptops, the Aspire 5740 uses a fairly typical 15.6-inch display panel with a glossy coating. The picture is bright and colorful with decent viewing angles but the glossy coating does cause some problems with glare and reflections in certain lighting conditions. The graphics are driven by the Intel GMA 4500MHD integrated processor. This doesn't provide the system with any sort of 3D graphics performance for even casual PC gaming but it is sufficient for watching HD video streams smoothly.
One of the areas that budget laptops save money is by using smaller battery packs. In the case of the Aspire 5740, it uses a 4400mA battery pack that is below average in size. Acer claims this will yield around four hours of running time. In my DVD playback tests, the system was able to run a little more than two an a half hours before going into standby mode. This should translate in roughly three and a half hours of more typical web usage which is close to their estimates but below what some other laptops in this price range can achieve.
Shipping with the Aspire 5740 is a large number of pre-installed applications. Many of these are trailware applications that clutter up the system desktop and hard drive. Performance isn't impacted much thanks to the Core i3 processor but users will want to remove those programs they don't need.
Overall, the Aspire AS5740-5513 is a good choice for those looking at a general purpose budget laptop system thanks to its performance. Pricing is a bit less expensive than the competition with similar features making it a choice for those that want to save a few dollars.