As already mentioned, the Aspire 5750 is available in a range of prebuilt configurations, which go from around £360 to our £450 model. As usual with Acer, its model name simply flows off the tongue: it’s the 5750-2414G32Mnkk. See? So easy to remember you can go into a shop and ask for one without even writing it down.
What this 2414G32Mnkk configuration gets you for starters is an Intel ‘Sandy Bridge’ Core i5-2410M. This impressive dual-core chip runs at anywhere between 2.3 to 2.9GHz, and offers Hyper-Threading for up to four virtual cores. It will handle the tasks an average user might throw at it with consummate ease, and frankly, we reckon most who are after a budget machine like this will be just as well served by going for the cheaper Core i3 version.
Unfortunately the impressive performance doesn’t hold for Intel’s integrated graphics, which will do a great job with HD video but leave a lot to be desired in the games department. With detail set to medium and resolution at a sub-native 1,280 x 720 in TrackMania Nations Forever, the Intel HD 3000 managed 47 frames per second – which doesn’t sound too bad until you consider TMNF is a three-year old game that was hugely undemanding even for its time.
Other specs include the standard 4GB of RAM and a slow, 5,200rpm 320GB hard drive, which is the bare minimum you would expect these days. In use this Acer stays relatively cool and doesn’t suffer from loud or whiny fans, though under load it’s still audible.
Last but not least, what’s the 5750-2414G32Mnkk like away from a socket? At 2.6kg it’s not the most portable of machines, but still easy enough to take out and about. It managed just short of five hours in MobileMark’s low-intensity Productivity test with wireless radios disabled and screen brightness at 40 percent, which means you should still get at least four hours under more strenuous conditions. Considering there’s a Core i5 under the hood that’s not too shabby a performance from the removable 4150mAh battery.
So how does the £450 Aspire 5750 hold up in the value stakes? If you’re after a general purpose productivity machine and don’t mind the screen’s weaknesses, very well indeed! As an example, an equivalently priced Inspiron 15R from Dell would leave you with a Core i3 and only 3GB of RAM (though you do get Bluetooth and a 500GB hard drive), while HP doesn’t even offer Sandy Bridge laptops in this price class (in the UK).
Another apt example is the MSI CR640, which is now available for the same £450 price and sports a similar spec, but also moves down to Core i3. Indeed, if you’re really after a bargain, trade in the Core i5 CPU on our 2414G32Mnkk review sample for Acer’s Core i3 2314G32Mnkk, and it will only set you back around £360!
Its screen’s poor viewing angles and contrast hold it back from an outright recommendation, but if these issues don’t bother you and you’re just looking for a solid laptop that does the job, Acer has produced a decent machine at a superb price. Sandy Bridge Core i5 power, good usability, surprisingly punchy speakers and highlights like USB 3.0 and an HD webcam means there’s plenty to like.
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Battery Life 8