AVERAGE CONSUMER RATING 3.0 WITH 2 CONSUMER REVIEWS
The Acer Aspire 5749 has none of the usual shortcomings that plague budget laptops: poor build quality, unimpressive performance, and average screen. A sturdy looking laptop, the 5749 also delivers an impressive performance.
The Aspire 5749 is slimmer than many other laptops in the same price range, but it is not the prettiest one. The lid is unattractive and looks like the aluminum flooring that one finds in some factories. If it was not for the decent texture, the whole get up of this laptop would have been boring. Although the device has a plastic chassis, it gives a decent feel. The lid looks reassuringly firm, which is a good thing as many budget laptops have a noticeably weak body.
With isolated and reasonably firm keys, typing on the 5749 is comfortable. However, there is a gap beneath every key, which is not good as food crumbs can easily get lodged in the space.
The trackpad and the mouse buttons are of decent size and are easy to use. With a matte texture, sliding the finger around is not difficult at all.
The 15.6-inch screen has the standard 1,368×768-pixel resolution. The display and colors, however, are better than most other screens in this price range. The Super-TFT coating on the screen is a welcome addition. The viewing angles of this laptop, too, are better than most other laptops in this price range.
The Acer Aspire 5749 includes an Ethernet slot, an HDMI connection, a VGA port, a DVD drive, and 3 USB 2.0 ports. It has 802.11n wireless connectivity, which is the best you can get in this price range. However, there is no Blu-Ray and USB 3.0 port. Their absence, although disappointing, does not surprise us. Budget laptops, like the 5749, seldom include these two features.
Its processor, an Intel Core i3-2330 M, is as good as one gets in budget laptops, and is enough for executing the day-to-day tasks with ease and for moderate multitasking.
One of the best things about this laptop is the ample hard disk space. The Aspire 5749 offers 750GB of hard disk space, more than double the standard of 320 GB of disk space that most other laptops in this price line offer.
Key specifications in the model that we tested include:
- Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
- Processor: Intel Core i3-2330 M
- Processor Speed: 2.20 GHz
- Graphics: Intel 3000 HD (integrated)
- Hard Drive Capacity: 750 GB
- Optical Drive Type: DVD-Writer
- RAM: 4 GB
- Screen: 15.6 inches
- Resolution: 1366×768
- Weight: 5.2 pounds
In our PCMark05 benchmark test, the 5749 recorded 6,536 points. The score is admirable, but not exceptionally impressive. The Asus K53E, a laptop in the same price range as the 5749, performed better in this test, attaining a score of over 7,000.
The 5749 recorded a good score in our Geekbench test. In this test, it recorded 5,710 points. In general, the performance of this laptop was swift. It had no difficulty working smoothly even with several browser windows open and a HD video running.
As far web browsing and word processing is concerned, the 5749 is amply loaded to handle them. It also runs HD videos smoothly. However, its display quality is such that it fails to take full benefit of high definition, but users can use the built-in HDMI port to connect it to a HD TV for a better viewing experience.
The 5749 is not suitable for intense video and image editing. If you love photography and are looking for a budget laptop for this purpose, the 5749 is not for you. The same is true for gaming enthusiasts who love spending hours playing graphics-intensive 3D games. In our 3DMark06 benchmark test, the laptop scored 3,410 points, which is not impressive at all. Without a dedicated graphics card, it was not surprising that 5749 couldn’t run the latest 3D games at the maximum settings. However, its integrated Intel 3000 HD graphics lends it enough power to run older games at moderate settings.
At 5.2 pounds, the 5749 is not difficult to carry along. However, its slightly below average battery life limits its portability. When used cautiously, the machine survives for just 160 minutes. However, if you run it constantly at 100 per cent CPU usage, as we did in our benchmark test, the 5749 would not last for more than an hour and a half.
VerdictThe Acer Aspire 5749, no doubt, is one of the best budget laptops available right now. It gives decent performance and has all the useful features that one finds in budget laptops. If reliability, smooth performance, and ample storage space is what you are looking in your laptop, bring the 5749 home.
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