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Acer Aspire 5536 review

Verdict

A cheap and cheerful desktop replacement that cuts acceptable corners to hit the low price

Review Date: 2 Oct 2009

Reviewed By: Sasha Muller

Price when reviewed: £365 (£420 inc VAT)

Overall Rating
5 stars out of 6

Features & Design
5 stars out of 6

Value for Money
6 stars out of 6

Performance
4 stars out of 6

PCPRO Recommended

Details
Part Code LX.PAW0X.074
Review Date 2 Oct 2009
Price ex VAT £365
Price inc VAT £420
Overall rating 5 stars out of 6
Features & Design 5 stars out of 6
Value for Money 6 stars out of 6
Performance 4 stars out of 6
Warranty
Warranty 1yr collect and return
Physical specifications
Dimensions 383 x 250 x 37mm (WDH)
Weight 2.590kg
Travelling weight 3.0kg
Processor and memory
Processor AMD Athlon X2 QL-64
RAM capacity 3.00GB
Memory type DDR2
SODIMM sockets free 0
SODIMM sockets total 2
Screen and video
Screen size 15.6in
Resolution screen horizontal 1,366
Resolution screen vertical 768
Resolution 1366 x 768
Graphics chipset ATI Radeon HD 3200
Graphics card RAM 256MB
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 1
HDMI outputs 1
S-Video outputs 0
DVI-I outputs 0
DVI-D outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 0
Drives
Capacity 500GB
Hard disk usable capacity 466GB
Spindle speed 5,400RPM
Internal disk interface SATA/300
Hard disk Hitachi Travelstar 5K500
Optical disc technology DVD writer
Optical drive TSSTcorp TS-L633B
Battery capacity 4,400mAh
Replacement battery price inc VAT £0
Networking
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec
802.11a support no
802.11b support yes
802.11g support yes
802.11 draft-n support yes
Integrated 3G adapter no
Bluetooth support no
Other Features
Wireless hardware on/off switch yes
Wireless key-combination switch no
Modem yes
ExpressCard34 slots 0
ExpressCard54 slots 0
PC Card slots 0
USB ports (downstream) 4
PS/2 mouse port no
9-pin serial ports 0
Parallel ports 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 0
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 0
3.5mm audio jacks 3
SD card reader yes
Memory Stick reader yes
MMC (multimedia card) reader yes
Smart Media reader no
Compact Flash reader no
xD-card reader yes
Pointing device type Touchpad
Audio chipset Realtek HD Audio
Speaker location Above keyboard
Hardware volume control? yes
Integrated microphone? yes
Integrated webcam? no
Camera megapixel rating N/A
TPM no
Fingerprint reader no
Smartcard reader no
Operating system and software
Operating system Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit
OS family Windows Vista
Recovery method Burn own recovery discs
Software supplied Microsoft Works 9 SE
Battery and performance tests
Battery life, light use 3hr 41min
Battery life, heavy use 1hr 1min
Overall application benchmark score 0.88
3D performance (crysis) low settings 16fps
3D performance setting Low
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User comments

Acer Aspire laptops

In fact the Acer Aspire 5536’s dimensions nudge it out of straight laptop and into desktop replacement territory. Its 15.6in screen may fall well short of the 17in displays on the more serious — and expensive — models in this category, but at 16:9, it’s wider than that of most laptops at this size. The catch is that the screen’s native resolution is a mere 1366 x 768, but that’s plenty of room to run a couple of applications side-by-side.
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By Veronica on 27 Apr 2010

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