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Acer Aspire 5745DG - Performance, Battery Life and Weight

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers

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Summary

Our Score:

7

User Score:

For everyday use, the Aspire 5745DG 2.4GHz Core i3 is more than up to the task. It will handle most tasks with ease, and certainly won't be a bottleneck in most games.

Gaming is certainly a target audience with a 400-series GeForce, and for regular '2D' gaming it holds up fairly well. Casual games are certainly no problem, and even Stalker: Call of Pripyat was playable at the screen's native resolution.

However, more challenging fare like Crysis is definitely off the menu, as evidenced by it managing only 18.7 frames per second (fps) on high detail (incidentally an almost identical score to the Dell XPS 17, which sported a GeForce 435M). Dropping detail down to Medium resulted in a more playable 32.4fps average, but for us that's a compromise too far.

Unsurprisingly, the 9,000mAh/99Wh battery (one of the highest capacities we've come across) ensures that this laptop will last a relatively long time on the go, despite exclusively relying on power-hungry dedicated graphics. It managed an impressive five hours and 10 minutes in our Productivity test, and an even more remarkable three hours and 40 minutes playing back optical media with the screen at full brightness. We can but imagine how long it would last if it used Optimus.

These are excellent results for any 15.6in laptop, but especially for one not utilizing Intel's weak yet frugal integrated graphics. Even the longest 3D films shouldn't be a problem, and gaming on the go is certainly a viable option – especially since, aside from its awkward shape, the 3kg 5745DG is not too heavy either and offers a reasonable 379 x 250mm footprint.

Runadumb

December 9, 2010, 3:16 pm

"The biggest disadvantage to 3D in the case of Acer's 5745DG is that its GT 425 graphics card simply can't cope with running intensive games in stereoscopic mode"


That was the first thing I thought when I seen this. Why even bother putting 3D on it? As 3D is so demanding I wouldn't want to be doing it on anything less than a high-end desktop card let along a cut done laptop version. As you said there isn't even a blue-ray drive to take advantage of 3D films so I would rather take that added expense and either pocket it or beef up the specs. Bizzare.





I find the Crysis on medium a "compromise to far" is a big elitist :). At medium that game holds it's own against any console game today. I know it's an old title but it was built to last and boy is it still a stunning game maxed out but it still looks great on medium. Playing that on 15inch screen is little "compromise"

Runadumb

December 9, 2010, 3:39 pm

Oh forgot to add you can switch between 3D and 2D while gaming. Can't remember what the short-cut but it's something like ALT+T. Tells you in the control panel.

Denis iii

December 9, 2010, 4:28 pm

are you not adding spec lists anymore?


do they do a version with NO 3D but a higher res d or same resolution display?





@Runadumb


agreed

MrGodfrey

December 9, 2010, 11:09 pm

Why even bother putting 3D on it? I guess because they think enough of us are stupid enough to fall for the gimmick. And sadly, the power of marketing is such that there will always be plenty of people willing to ignore all logic and believe a chocolate teapot is the way forward ;)

TechVegan

December 13, 2010, 4:03 pm

@Runadumb:


Have you seen the lack of water detail on Medium?! :O


(okay, so I'm elitist ;)





@Denis iii:


All the specs are in the review.


As to a no 3D version, not AFAIK - at least not with otherwise identical specs.





@MrGodfrey:


To be fair, undemanding titles in 3D can still be genuinely fun, and if you add an external Blu-ray drive it does a decent job of 3D movies, so chocolate teapot might be a bit harsh. Also don't forget the screen's 120Hz advantage for regular (i.e. non-3D) gaming.

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