Acer Aspire 5750G £900
18th May 2011 | 17:08
A performance marvel that's great value too
Acer Aspire 5750G: Overview
We've seen Sandy Bridge laptops emerge from almost every major manufacturer since Intel unveiled its second generation processor earlier this year. While these laptops have differed wildly in look and size, from the tiny Samsung 9000S to the hulking Dell XPS 17, we've found that performance is consistently excellent.
Now it's Acer's turn to join the Sandy Bridge club, with the Aspire 5750G. It looks like a typical Acer machine on the outside, with the Taiwanese giant's standard design in place, but inside it's brimming with power.
Best of all, the £680 asking price is rather low considering the tight specs. If you're a student with high demands, or need a laptop that'll suit the whole family, this is a great, affordable option.
With a pleasant blue finish to the lid and palmrests, the Aspire 5750G is a decent looking laptop. It's an obviously plastic build, and we did notice that some areas flexed when pushed or prodded, but it's unlikely to break unless you stomp on it or knock it flying off your desk.
At 2.6kg, you can take the Aspire 5750G on the road when needed. The body is surprisingly slender, with a maximum thickness of just 34mm, so you shouldn't have much problem slipping it into a backpack or briefcase.
Just one look at the keyboard and it's obvious that this is an Acer laptop. When it comes to design, Acer has stuck with a raised panel of perfectly flat keys, separated by slim gaps.
Touch typists will like the spacious layout, although the flat key definition won't suit all tastes. If you're used to beveled keys, we'd recommend a visit to your local Currys to test the Aspire 5750G before you buy.
Our only other complaint is those gaps. Crisp lovers beware, if you munch over this laptop the delicious cast-offs will infiltrate the insides.
Acer Aspire 5750G: Specifications and performance
The Aspire 5750G is built for entertainment, and the 15.6-inch screen is a real highlight. Photos and movies look fantastic, with rich and vibrant colours and sharp contrast levels, and the screen tilts back to near horizontal - a good thing, as the vertical viewing angles are tight. A 1366 x 768-pixel resolution is typical of 15.6-inch displays, and images and text are reasonably sharp.
However, a glossy coating makes the display reflective in bright light, a massive pain when you're trying to work outside, or if you're sat beside a window. The Aspire 5750G is best used indoors, if you actually like to see what you're doing.
The Aspire 5750G also has built-in Dolby Advanced Audio speakers, which reach a surprisingly loud maximum volume. You won't risk bursting your eardrums, but it's better than the usual pitiful effort from laptops. Sound is crisp at all times, although a lack of bass means you'll want an external pair of speakers to get the most from your music and flicks.
If your media collection is huge, you'll be glad to hear there's 640GB of storage crammed into the Aspire 5750G. That's enough space for around a thousand full-length standard def movies, or hundreds of thousands of photos. You also get a 5-in-1 memory card reader, to expand storage space or access your media direct from portable devices.
As with most modern laptops, you have 802.11 wireless N support for hooking up to Wi-Fi networks, and Gigabit Ethernet if you prefer cables. VGA and HDMI connections are available for attaching external monitors, and a sharp integrated webcam proves good for Skype chats, with minimal motion blur and excellent auto focus.
Battery: 313 mins
MobileMark 2007: 256
3Dmark 2003: 19855
Intel's second generation Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, collectively dubbed 'Sandy Bridge', offer the best performance of any chips we've tested. The Aspire 5750G uses a Core i7 2630QM chip running at 2GHz, with 4GB of DDR3 memory.
It was no surprise to see our most intensive design suites running at full pelt, even alongside dozens of other applications. Our MobileMark 2007 score of 256 is typical of Intel's powerful CPUs, although some other Core i7 Sandy Bridge machines such as the MacBook Pro (scoring 307) and Sony's VAIO VPC-SB1V9E (283) gathered higher scores. Still, based on this level of performance, the majority of users won't need to replace the Aspire 5750G for years to come.
Multimedia performance is also excellent, with a dedicated Nvidia GeForce GT 540M on board for rendering graphics. We ran recent games such as Need For Speed Shift 2 on high detail at an impressive frame rate, and the Aspire 5750G performed perfectly when editing video.
The 3DMark 2003 score of 19855 is impressive given the laptop's price, almost doubling the score of rivals such as the Packard Bell EasyNote TS13 and the Medion Akoya E6221. Graphical performance is comparable to the Dell XPS 17 and Sony VAIO VPCF21Z1E/BI, both of which also feature Nvidia GPUs.
Nvidia's Optimus technology, which automatically deactivates the GeForce card when it's not needed, means an extended battery life for the Acer Aspire 5750G. We worked for over five hours with the laptop unplugged, an excellent effort considering the performance. Only a few Core i7 laptops such as the Dell XPS 17 offer longer battery life.
Acer Aspire 5750G: Verdict
Acer's first Sandy Bridge laptop, the Aspire 5750G, looks like a winner on paper. A second-generation Intel Core i7 CPU and a dedicated Nvidia GPU is an enticing combination, but could this entertainment laptop deliver as promised?
Intel's latest tech is yet to disappoint, with the Aspire 5750G blasting through every application we threw at it. Multitasking is a breeze, and you'll likely have enough power to last you for years.
We tested some of the latest games on high detail and they ran perfectly, thanks to the Nvidia GeForce GT 540M GPU. You can comfortably edit photos and video, and Nvidia's excellent Optimus technology means the integrated graphics kick in for lesser tasks, giving 313 minutes of battery life.
The 15.6-inch screen is colourful with strong contrast, a good panel for gaming and watching films, and the integrated speakers are actually decent. Speaking of films, you can carry hundreds around on the 640GB hard drive.
Usability is impressive as ever with Acer's typical spacious keyboard design in place, although not everyone will like the flat keys. We're sure everyone will like the price, however, which offers great value considering the specs.
Very little indeed. The glossy display is reflective, a common complaint with laptops, which reduces usability outdoors. We also found the plastic chassis flexed in areas under pressure, but not to an alarming degree.
The Aspire 5750G is a great all-round laptop, with very few flaws. The reasonable price makes it an excellent option for students and families with a flexible budget, who want the very best performance for their cash.