Acer Aspire 5739G review
A budget Windows 7 laptop with an impressive turn of speed, this Acer keeps things simple to good effect
Review Date: 2 Dec 2009
Reviewed By: Sasha Muller
Price when reviewed: £512 (£589 inc VAT)
Features & Design
Value for Money
Certain members of Acer's Aspire Timeline series have impressed us with their svelte, workmanlike charm, but the Aspire 5739G is a more entertaining proposition. Gone are the low-voltage processors, integrated graphics and sharp, business looks; instead, the 5739G is a laptop that encourages you to leave the work until later and have some fun instead.
First things first: it isn't particularly stylish. While the deep blue lid glimmers attractively enough, its dumpy frame and matte black base aren't likely to set hearts aflutter. Peer inside and the mishmash of black keyboard and textured grey plastic betray the Acer's budget, but at this price build quality and performance are more pressing concerns and here the Acer really satisfies.
Its styling may not be particularly consistent, but build quality is solid throughout. The base has barely any flex in it at all, and the lid feels up to taking the odd knock now and again. When you consider that it weighs in at a fairly reasonable 2.68kg, the sturdy build is all the more impressive.
The Core 2 Duo processor nips along at 2.2GHz and, with 4GB of DDR3 memory at its disposal, the 5739G scored a respectable 1.06 in our benchmarks. That's enough to keep Windows 7 Home Premium feeling snappy and fleet-footed, and to dispatch most applications without breaking a sweat.
Better still, the Nvidia GeForce GT 240M graphics chipset adds a generous dose of gaming prowess. It's a surprisingly powerful choice for a mid-range laptop, and after whipping through our easiest Crysis test with an average of 68fps, it managed a just-playable 28fps at the more demanding Medium settings.
Hard Disk Shock!
What on earth accounts for the available hard disk space being slashed to 198GB from the 320GB fitted?
By ifaber on 6 Dec 2009
..it might have something to do with me accidentally hitting the 1 key when I meant to press 2.
I'll amend the database entry and get it updated asap. Thanks for the heads-up. :)
By SashaMuller on 7 Dec 2009
The review says DDR3 RAM, but the spec is for DDR2.
So which is it?
By boyartuk on 8 Jan 2010
I would appreciate the courtesy of a reply to my query above re RAM.
By boyartuk on 12 Jan 2010
By SashaMuller on 12 Jan 2010
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