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Acer Aspire AS7750G 17.3-inch Desktop Replacement Laptop PC

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Acer Aspire AS7750G-9657 17.3-inch Desktop Replacement Laptop PC

Acer Aspire 7750G

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The Bottom Line

Jul 4 2011 - Acer's Aspire 7750G is a nice compromise for those looking at a system with good performance that can be used occasionally for gaming on the side. With a price right around $1000, it falls in line with its features. There are a few annoyances though including fewer peripheral ports than competing 17-inch laptops and a relatively smaller battery that limits the running time away from a power plug. It also would be nice to see Blu-ray but this still isn't a huge requirement for many laptop users yet.

Pros

  • Strong Performance Thanks To New Intel Quad Core Processor
  • Decent Graphics Processor For Casual PC Gaming And Accelerating Photoshop
  • Runs Fairly Quiet For A Performance Oriented Laptop

Cons

  • Relatively Limited Number Of Peripheral Ports
  • Battery Life A Bit Below Average
  • No Hybrid Graphics Setup

Description

  • Intel Core i7-2630QM Quad Core Mobile Processor
  • 6GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
  • 750GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • 17.3" WSXGA+ (1600x900) LED Display With 1.3 Megapixel Wecbam
  • ATI Radeon HD 6650M Graphics With 2GB Memory
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
  • One USB 3.0, Two USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 5-in-1 Card Reader
  • 16.6" x 11" x 1.4" @ 7.3 lbs.
  • Windows 7 Hom Premium, Office Starter,

Guide Review - Acer Aspire AS7750G 17.3-inch Desktop Replacement Laptop PC

Jul 4 2011 - Acer decided to really pack the performance in their new Aspire 7750G system. For the AS7750G-6957, it comes with the new Intel Core i7-2630QM quad core processor. This provides it with a spectacular level of performance that certainly qualifies it as a desktop replacement. It should provide it with more than enough performance for even demanding tasks such as desktop video editing. Acer ships it with 6GB of DDR3 memory which should prevent slowdowns but it would have been nice to see them equip it with the full 8GB as replacing two 1GB modules with 2GB modules is a bit tedious.

Storage features for the Acer Aspire 7750G-6957 are somewhat typical of a laptop in the $1000 price range. It uses a new 750GB capacity hard drive that provides it with plenty of storage space for applications, data and media files. It spins at the more traditional 5400rpm rate which is consistent with most non-gaming laptops so performance is modest. It is a bit disappointing to see that there is no Blu-ray compatible drive on the system but this feature is still not common to all laptops in this class. Instead, it uses a traditional DVD burner that handles playback or recording of CD and DVD media.

While the new Intel Core processors do feature a built-in graphics processor, the Aspire AS7750G-9657 uses a dedicated AMD Radeon HD 6650M graphics processor. Now some systems have hybrid systems that will switch between the two but this only uses the dedicated graphics. Performance from the graphics is good and can be used for 3D gaming on the go but not up to the full 1600x900 resolution of the panel in many of the most recent games. The 2GB of graphics memory is beneficial for accelerating applications such as Photoshop. As for the display, the resolution is a fairly typical one for this price range but it doesn't quite reach up to a full 1080p HD support. Colors are decent enough although viewing angles will make it difficult for multiple people to look at the screen at the same time. It also uses a glossy coating like most consumer laptops that make it difficult to use outdoors.

Acer supplies a fairly typical six-cell battery pack with a rating of 4400mA for the Aspire 7750G. While this helps keep the system fairly compact it does mean that battery life will be less than many other 17-inch laptops with larger batteries. In DVD playback tests, the system yielded just under two and a half hours. This is a bit less than many similarly equipped systems likely because of the smaller battery and the always on dedicated graphics. More typical usage will likely yield around three hours of use.

One of the big downsides to the Aspire 7750G is the peripheral ports. While it is nice to see that there is a single USB 3.0 ports, there are only three total USB ports with the other two being traditional USB 2.0. Most 17-inch laptops come with a total of four so this puts it down with one less than its competition. There is no support for eSATA or ExpressCard slots.

The keyboard design for the Aspire 7750G remains consistent with past 17-inch Aspire models. It uses an isolated design and includes a full sized numeric keypad. It is nice to see that they didn't shrink the right shift key for the arrow keys but this does mean it uses the smaller arrow keys. It is comfortable enough but still not the best on the market either. The touchpad is spacious and centered upon the space bar rather than laptop lid which helps prevent accidental bumps to the cursor. While it has dedicated buttons it does use the rocker bar design.

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