Despite the lack of HDMI the Aspire 7720G is also well endowed when it comes to connectivity, with a decent selection of USB ports, a card reader and plenty of video outputs too.
Thus, on the left edge, you’ll find D-SUB and the DVI, followed by the Ethernet pot, two USB ports, an S-Video Out, 4-pin FireWire, a 54mm Express Card slot and the aforementioned Card Reader, which supports SD, MMC, Memory Stick/Pro and xD card formats. There’s also a small volume control dial, which is always a useful and welcome addition.
All audio connections can be found on the front, with a dedicated Headphone jack, Microphone/Line-In and a combined Speaker and S/PDIF. There’s also an Infrared port, which could be used in conjunction with a remote, though none is supplied.
Finally, on the right edge, there are a further two USB ports, with the rest of the space taken up by the HD DVD drive and a modem port. Another feature worth noting is the 0.3 Megapixel camera, which is integrated into the bezel surrounding the screen. It’s a solid enough effort and should suffice for most purposes, though an external microphone might be a good idea if you’re a regular video chat user.
As is typical, there’s a lot of pre-installed software to contend with as well. Acer’s ‘Empowering Technology’ suite isn’t too bad compared to Toshiba’s truly woeful Flash Cards, though that isn’t saying all that much. Indeed, all of the Acer branded software, such as Arcade Deluxe and GridVista, is distinctly ordinary and you’re better off using Windows’ own software in most instances.
In addition to Acer’s own software solutions you get Cyberlink Power Producer, NTI Backup NOW! 4.7, Norton Internet Security, with 90 days worth of free updates, and the ubiquitous Microsoft Works 8.0, while there’s also a free 60 day trial of Office 2007.
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