AVERAGE CONSUMER RATING 5.0 WITH 3 CONSUMER REVIEWS
The Acer Aspire 5349 series is aimed at users who need a laptop for word processing, web surfing, and other everyday computing tasks. The laptop fulfills this role admirably.
Yes, it is short on features, is not exactly amazing to look at, and is not superfast. However, it costs less than £300, and at this price, no maker can afford to offer you all these things. This Acer laptop is a great choice as household’s second or third PC.
The Acer Aspire 5349 has a plastic body, which is not surprising considering its price. Nevertheless, it has decent design. At 5 pounds, the Acer Aspire 5349 is neither heavy nor light; it is somewhere between the two extremes. Its body is pretty solid, which is a pleasant surprise.
Aspire 5349 offers a maximum resolution of 1,366×768, which is pretty standard for ultra-budget laptops under £300. The keyboard is of good quality, with keys showing good sensitivity to touch. That said, one needs to exert just a little bit of extra pressure to use the ‘Delete’ key, which works out as an additional safety feature. The layout of the keys is impressive. Aspire 5349’s keypad boasts of a dedicated PgDn, PgUp, End, and Home keys. In addition, the laptop has a dedicated numeric keypad. The only unimpressive thing about this laptop is that the cursor arrows are a bit small.
The audio output of this ultra-budget laptop is not great, which is not at all surprising since under-£300 laptops offer, at best, manageable audio output. The two small speakers located just above the keypad in the Acer 5349 produce decent audio.
The Acer Aspire 5349 has two wireless capabilities. It offers users 802.11 Wi-Fi, a standard feature in ultra-budget and budget laptops, which is sufficient for downloading and browsing. It also offers Clear.fi, Acer’s very own technology, which allows users to stream multimedia between 2 Acer laptops or devices. Intel’s Wi-Di is missing, as is bluetooth. However, this is not a surprise; these two capabilities are rarely seen in an under-£300 laptop.
The Acer Aspire 5349 is not USB 3.0 compatible. It does not even have a single USB 3.0 port. This is a bit disappointing as some under-£300 laptops offer a USB 3.0 port. The Aspire 5349 contains 3 USB 2.0 ports, one on the left side and two on the right.
The hard disk space is 320GB, which is the average for laptops in this price range. The Acer laptop comes loaded with the usual bloatware- nothing more and nothing less than what is present in other laptops.
Other key specifications in the model we reviewed include:
- Operating system – Windows 7 Home Premium
- CPU Processor – Intel Celeron B815
- Memory – 2 GB
- Screen size – 15.6 inches
n our tests, we found the Acer Aspire 5349’s performance at par or above par than most other laptops in this price line. It completed our Photoshop CS5 test in less than 8 minutes—7 mins and 40 sec to be precise—which was impressive to say the least. In fact, its timing was comparable to some other more expensive Acer laptops. Its multimedia capabilities are not great, as expected. In our two tests for evaluating multimedia performance, Handbrake and CineBench R11.5, the Acer Aspire 5349 recorded a time of 3 mins 5 sec and 1 min 25 sec respectively.
We found this Acer laptop to be an effective machine for web browsing, office work, and other everyday tasks. It is also capable of performing mild to moderate multitasking. However, the Aspire 5349 laptop is not suitable for gaming. We were only able to record 11 fps in the two games we tested, Lost Planet 2 and Crysis. Both games were run at settings less than the maximum setting. Needless to say, this performance is not impressive. In short, the Acer Aspire 5349 is not suitable for gaming, a fact highlighted by this laptop’s inability to complete the PCMark 7 benchmark test.
The Acer Aspire 5349’s battery life is decent. In the MobileMark 2007 test, a test for calculating the battery life of a laptop, it recorded a time of 4 hrs and 56 mins.
VerdictFor under £300, the Acer Aspire 5349 is a great laptop even with its few shortcomings. In this price line, you are not likely to get all the features in your laptop. The Aspire 5349 is not superfast, but it is good enough to perform everyday computing tasks with ease. According to us, at present, you are unlikely to come across a better deal than the Acer Aspire 5349 for less than £300.
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