The Bottom Line
- Well Priced
- Good 3D Dedicated Graphics Processor
- Short Battery Life
- Lots Of Trialware
- Intel Core i5-520M Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
- 320GB 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 5650 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 5740G-6395 15.6-inch Thin And Light Laptop PC
May 3 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 i5-520M processor in the AS5740G-6395. This is a mid-range processor that provides a very solid dual core processor that should be plenty for those looking to do most applications. It will fall short of some tasks such as desktop video that can benefit from quad core processors. The 4GB of DDR3 memory allow it to multitask just fine though.
Because of its relatively low price tag, storage features on the AS5470G-6395 are fairly subdued. It does come with a 320GB hard drive spinning at 5400rpm that provides a decent amount of storage space. Performance of the drive is falls short of some drives spin at a faster 7200rpm rate. A standard dual layer DVD burner is also included which is typical for most budget focused laptops.
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 5650 dedicated graphics card with 1GB of memory. This should provide plenty of performance for running the majority of games at the panels 1366x768 display and is Direct X 11 compatible. Some newer titles will falter when using too many filtering settings at this resolution. Of course, many games can run at higher resolutions which should be possible with an external display via the HDMI port.
With its 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 i5's performance but it is still an annoyance.