The Bottom Line
- Well Priced
- Dedicated Graphics Processor
- Large Hard Drive
- Below Average Battery Life
- Lots Of Trialware
- Intel Core i3-330M Dual Core Mobile Processors
- 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
- ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 Graphics With 512MB Memory
- v.92 56Kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
- Four USB 2.0, VGA, HDMI, 5-in-1 Card Reader
- 15.1" x 9.8" x 1.5" @ 6.2 lbs.
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Works, NTI Media Maker, McAfee Security Center
Guide Review - Acer Aspire AS5740G-5309 15.6-inch Thin And Light Laptop PC
Feb 28 2010 - Acer's Aspire 5740 series of laptops is not a major redesign but more of an internal upgrade of the platform to take advantage of number parts from Intel and ATI. The big change is the new Core i mobile platform from Intel that includes the HM55 chipset and the Core i3-330M processor in the AS5740G-5309. While this is a relatively low model of the new Core i processor, performance is actually quite surprising. In many cases, this low dual core mobile part was able to outperform higher end Core 2 processors found in more expensive laptops just months before. It should be more than enough for someone on a budget that wants a decent performing laptop for even high end software applications.
Because of its relatively low price tag, storage features on the AS5470G-5309 are fairly subdued. It does come with a sizable 500GB hard drive spinning at 5400rpm that provides a fair amount of storage space. Performance of the drive is decent but falls short of some smaller drives that also spin at the 5400rpm rate and falls well behind 7200rpm drives. A standard dual layer DVD burner is also included which is typical for the $700 price range of this model.
The 15.6-inch display of the Aspire 5740G runs at a modest 1366x768 resolution. It would be nice to see a bit higher resolution but for its price it is not surprising. The screen was bright and colorful with decent viewing angles. The glossy coating did make it difficult to use in some lighting conditions because of the excessive glare and reflections.
The Aspire AS5740G-5309 comes with a new ATI Radeon Mobility HD 5470 dedicated graphics card with 512MB of memory. This isn't one of the higher grades of dedicated processors from ATI but it is able to handle casual PC gaming up to the displays 1366x768 resolution without much problem and is Direct X 11 compatible. Some newer games might be required to run at lower resolutions or detail levels but it is still capable and certainly a step up from the typical integrated graphics.
With its very low price tag, some things had to be downscaled. The battery is one of those items as it only comes with a 4400mA battery pack that is relatively small and light. While this keeps the weight and size of the Aspire 5740G down, it also means it has a below average running time. The system was able to run for just under two and a half hours in my DVD playback test before going into standby mode. This translates into roughly three and a half hours of more typical web usage.
In another price savings move, Acer has loaded the Aspire 5740G with a large number of applications. Many of these are trailware applications and they clutter up both the system desktop and hard drive. Performance isn't impacted much because of the Core i3's performance but it is still an annoyance.