The Acer Aspire 5740G is a refreshed model in Acer's 2010 Aspire series line up. Earlier versions of the Aspire have been decent performers with a Value for Money (VFM) proposition. This year it receives an update with Intel's Core i3 330M 2.13 GHz processor and the new generation ATI Radeon HD 5470 graphics chip. The rest of the design and components are the same. So will Acer continue to reign in the paisa vasool desktop replacement segment? Or should people expect more than just a CPU/Graphics update.
The Acer Aspire 5740G has got a fairly sturdy body. The design is exactly the same as the earlier model - Aspire 5738G - which is something we are not too happy about. C'mon Acer, we're kinda bored with the chunky 15-inchers that we've been seeing from you guys all this while.
A newer design with a thinner, lighter body would've been great. You could take pointers from your recent Gateway acquisition now, can't you? Or maybe that's too much to ask since you do manage to keep the bang for the buck pricing. The Aspire 5740G sells in the market for Rs. 38,624. A similarly configured Dell Inspiron 15 costs Rs. 3,500 more and that too with a slightly lower power ATI Radeon HD 5450 graphics card.
We may crib about the dated design but that doesn't mean it's a bad one to begin with. For instance, the keyboard is quite comfortable to type on, and thanks to the hardware upgrade there's a fair performance boost when compared to the last generation. Just have a look at the benchmark score graphs.
Therefore the bottom line is, if you're interested in a big-screened laptop to do fairly heavy-duty work and don't mind playing games at slightly lower detail setting, then the Aspire 5740G is a decent pick. But we're tempted to suggest a better Aspire 5740G version that comes with a powerful Core i5 430M processor and ATI Radeon 5650 graphics. It also comes with a 500GB drive instead of 320GB. This one should run your games better and will cost you roughly Rs. 4,000 more, which is more value for money in our opinion. But expect a little lower battery life from it.