Acer offers a full-size keyboard including number pad on the Aspire 5750. While hardly a stand-out effort and far from on par with offerings from HP, Toshiba or keyboard-king Lenovo (which can make even netbook efforts like that of its ThinkPad X100e feel great), it’s certainly usable.
The majority of the flex is located towards the right side, meaning it won’t interfere too much with normal typing. The large, matt keys are well-spaced and offer a good amount of travel, though they could have done with a more defined click. However, typing for long periods is pleasant enough.
Thankfully, the touchpad is well-positioned so that it doesn’t interfere with typing. It’s also nicely integrated, as it’s one unbroken piece with the wrist-rest. We were surprised by its unusually smooth surface, which is almost slippery and does take a little getting used to, but works well. Our only niggle is the large dead zone in the centre of the rocker switch the pad’s buttons have been integrated into.
Getting to the 15.6in screen, it’s a standard affair: a glossy-finish TN panel with a resolution of 1,366 x 768. It has its strong points, including even backlighting with no obvious bleed and minimal banding. However, poor viewing angles and a lack of contrast spoil the party somewhat, leaving those discerning about their visuals to look elsewhere. Specifically, both horizontally and vertically there’s some significant contrast-shift which limits the amount of people you can view with, and in our greyscale test the Aspire 5750 couldn’t distinguish between the three darkest shades, meaning you may miss out on some detail in gloomy games or movies.
However, while on higher specced (and therefore higher priced) configurations of the 5750 this is undoubtedly a deal-breaker, on our model and its even cheaper Core i3 siblings, some compromises are expected. If you’re just after a productivity machine these won’t be significant issues, and even for more graphically intense activities, many will find the screen to be adequate.
We were pleasantly surprised when it came to the sound this Aspire manages to produce. We weren’t expecting much, but – aided by a little Dolby processing – the speakers hold their own, resulting in audio that has good depth and punch at volumes loud enough to fill a small bedroom without losing significant definition.