The Bottom Line
- Three Gigabytes of RAM
- Well Priced
- A Bit Larger Than Average Sized Notebook
- Limited Software Package
- AMD Athlon 64 X2 TK-57 Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 3GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
- 160GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 15.4" WXGA (1280x800) Wide LCD Display with 1.3MP Webcam
- NVIDIA GeForce 7000M Integrated Graphics
- v.92 56Kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g Wireless
- Four USB 2.0, One FireWire, ExpressCard/54, 5-in-1 Card Reader
- 14.4" x 10.8" x 1.7" @ 6.1 lbs.
- Vista Home Premium, NTI CD-Maker, PowerProducer
Guide Review - Acer Aspire AS5520-5891 Budget Laptop Personal PC
4/7/08 – Memory prices have dropped significantly the last year, and that has really benefited those looking at lower cost notebooks. Many companies now features 2GB as standard on their systems. Acer has decided to pack the Aspire 5520 with 3GB of PC2-5300 DDR2 memory. This let's it run more applications without the need to rely on the swap file giving it slightly better performance when using memory intensive programs or multitasking. The Athlon 64 X2 TK-57 mobile processor can handle most tasks but does trail the Intel Core 2 processor lineup.
Storage wise, the Aspire 5520 is pretty much want one would expect in its price category. A fairly large 160GB hard drive handles all application and data storage. A dual layer DVD burner handles all playback and recording of CDs or DVDs. A built-in 5-in-1 card reader also allows it to interface with most of the popular digital media card storage formats.
Most of the budget systems now use a 15.4-inch widescreen LCD display. Acer sticks with this trend and uses this size screen. It also uses an integrated NVIDIA GeForce 7000M graphics processor to handle annd 2D and 3D graphics. As it is an integrated solution, it doesn't really have any 3D performance behind it, but this is true of all systems in the sub-$750 price range.
The biggest drawback to the Acer Aspire 5520 is its size. It is fairly thick with a 1.7-inch measurement at its thickest. This makes it bigger than the average 15.4-inch notebook system. This doesn't translate into addition weight though. Some might also be upset that it doesn't come with any productivity software at all. This can add some extra expense and time for those that would like it to come with the system.