Acer Aspire 5740 – Great Configuration at a Moderate Price

14 March 2011

Here’s some good news for laptop lovers and users – Acer made another breakthrough with the new Acer Aspire 5740. The new laptop is a major contender for all moderately priced laptops and it even supersedes them by several counts. Portable and fast, Acer Aspire 5740 is something you had been waiting for.

The Good

The 15.6 inch display and a screen resolution of 1366 by 768p make the laptop great for playing movies. It also has a complete keyboard managed inside with a number board as well. Light weight and subtle, Acer Aspire 5740 is easy to fit on desk tops. However, the thing that gave it good ratings was its price – £550 – which is rare for laptops with such configuration.

Acer Aspire 5740 Laptop

The laptop also proves itself fast for all normally used applications. This speed is due to the 2.27 GHz Core i5-430m processor and 4 GB RAM. Plus, the laptop’s preinstalled operating system is 64bit version of windows 7, which is well known for enabling users to multitask.

In addition, the Acer Aspire 5740 has every port you require. Four USB 2.0 ports are available along with a Bluetooth 2.0+EDR. Fast internet access is assured with a gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi connection and a modem as well. If you ever need to watch TV on your laptop, that is very possible since the gadget supports VGA and HDMI.  Plus, you have a DVD writer and Acer Aspire 5740 charger available in this new laptop. Memory cards like SD, Memory Stick, and xD are also acceptable to its system.

With sufficient lighting, the 2 megapixel webcam is capable of capturing and recording good quality videos. Audio is provided by a pre-installed microphone, thus chatters will have no problems while enjoying a good video chat.

The Bad

Now for the downside of this laptop. Though the Acer Aspire 5740 is considerably cheap and has a good display, it does lack a few things that prevent it from being the best. For instance it is not recommended for gamers as no newly launched game will work well with this resolution. If you want to boost your gaming experience, you will need to pay more for a better graphics card.  In addition, the battery power is quite low at 3 hours only. So, if you play movies, you might not have too much time to do any other work.

Aspire 5740

The keyboard is light and has receptive keys. However, the track pad was a huge blunder made in the design. Users’ fingers can’t adjust easily with the keys and that makes the keyboard an uncomfortable one. Similarly, the mouse buttons are also feeble and the pad requires that users apply more force.

Final Verdict

With good ratings and moderate performance, Acer Aspire 5740 proves good at multitasking and offers a decent speed for browsing and commonly used applications. Video and audio quality is not so attractive and its design of peripherals is also very uncomfortable.

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