Acer Aspire 5739G review

2 Dec 2009

A budget Windows 7 laptop with an impressive turn of speed, this Acer keeps things simple to good effect

Price when reviewed: 
589inc VAT
5

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.

Acer Aspire 5739G

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.

Details

Price ex VAT £512
Price inc VAT £589
Overall rating 5
Features & Design 4
Value for Money 5
Performance 5

Warranty

Warranty 1yr collect and return

Physical specifications

Dimensions 373 x 262 x 42mm (WDH)
Weight 2.680kg
Travelling weight 3.2kg

Processor and memory

Processor Intel Core 2 Duo T6600
Motherboard chipset Intel GS45
RAM capacity 4.00GB
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 Nvidia GeForce GT 240M
Graphics card RAM 1.00GB
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 320GB
Hard disk usable capacity 198GB
Spindle speed 5,400RPM
Internal disk interface SATA/300
Hard disk Hitachi HTS545032B9A300
Optical disc technology DVD writer
Optical drive Optiarc AD-7585H
Battery capacity 4,400mAh
Replacement battery price inc VAT £0

Networking

Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec
802.11a support yes
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
eSATA ports 1
PS/2 mouse port no
9-pin serial ports 0
Parallel ports 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 1
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? yes
Camera megapixel rating 1.0mp
TPM no
Fingerprint reader no
Smartcard reader no
Carry case no

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use 4hr 19min
Battery life, heavy use 1hr 30min
Overall application benchmark score 1.06
Office application benchmark score 1.07
2D graphics application benchmark score 1.27
Encoding application benchmark score 0.96
Multitasking application benchmark score 0.96
3D performance (crysis) low settings 68fps
3D performance setting Low

Operating system and software

Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
OS family Windows 7
Recovery method Recovery partition, burn own recovery discs
Software supplied Microsoft Works 9, NTI Media Maker