Moving onto this machine’s hardware, the 7535G is powered by an AMD Turion X2 Ultra ZM-82. This processor may run at 2.2GHz but it’s essentially the same architecture as the Athlon 64 X2 processors of yesteryear, so it won’t match Intel’s mobile offerings clock for clock. However, it should still give more than adequate performance for the average consumer.
Considering that you can’t get much worse gaming performance than Intel’s integrated graphics at the moment, any chip is going to do a better job, but the 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon 4570 will actually let you play a few titles with decent details. Compared to the Intel GMA 4500M HD found in the Acer Aspire 7735Z-424G32Mn, the Radeon more than doubles its 13fps score in TrackMania Nations at Medium detail with a playable 28.5fps average.
Throwing the 4570 something a little more challenging, Call of Duty 4 chugged along at the screen’s native 1,600 x 900 resolution, but dropping that down to admittedly quite low 1,024 x 600 provided a perfectly smooth 36fps average with all details set to high. If you’re willing to compromise further on detail settings, a more practical resolution should be playable.
We can’t complain about the 4GB of provided RAM either as it’s more than the 32-bit version of Windows Vista Premium knows what to do with. Storage has also received an upgrade from a 320GB drive to 500GB, while Draft-N Wi-Fi remains. Overall, lack of Bluetooth aside, it’s a good specification for the price.
As expected, the discrete graphics card and less power-efficient processor do drive down battery life – in the semi-intensive Productivity test this 7535G managed only 145 minutes compared to the 7735Z’s 186 minutes. A bit short of three hours for the Reader test is still impressive though, especially since this laptop’s screen is perfectly usable at lower brightness settings. It’s certainly plenty for what is essentially a desktop replacement.
When it comes to value, however, the better video card (helped by the larger hard drive) has driven up its price considerably despite the cheaper processor. It still represents good value for money if gaming performance is an important factor for you, but anyone who isn’t sure will find the Intel based 7735Z equally (if not slightly more) adept at everything else and considerably cheaper, too.
This is another good desktop replacement from Acer, providing reasonable gaming performance and good multimedia credentials at an affordable price. It’s not quite the bargain its Intel-based equivalent is, but if you want a little gaming potential you could do worse.