Acer Aspire AS5755G-2414G75Mnks
MRP: Rs 50,000
Street Price: Rs 44,620 (Flipkart.com)
Netbooks are getting more powerful with each passing day. Therefore, notebooks have to perform as good as the desktops to stay in the game. It's little wonder then how manufacturers stuff insane number of CPU cores and RAM modules in their laptops. However, most brands tend to overlook the most important step in the performance ladder - the graphics card. Having said that, the Aspire 5755G breaks tradition by sporting a 2 GB discrete graphics card. Many will wonder how practical this is. Well, the answer lies in the review.
Design And Build Quality
The retail box contains the notebook, power brick, warranty card, and user manual. It comes pre-installed with 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium, and a bunch of freeware as well as trial software. The 5755G measures 15" (l) x 10" (w) x 1.3" (d) and weighs 2.6 kg. This isn't an ideal travel companion, unless you have your own pack mule. The notebook sports a glossy black lid, which looks attractive, but attracts fingerprints.
The lid reveals a 15.6" screen and a full-fledged island type keyboard. The space has been utilized thoughtfully, while the keys run from edge to edge. Despite the presence of a numpad, all important keys are of full size and well spaced to boot.
The trackpad not only supports pinch-zoom gesture, but also lets you rotate images. Moreover, you can jump to next picture by swiping fingers on the trackpad. Acer has replaced separate mouse buttons with a single strip of buttons, which works well. The pad also features a vertical line on the left side, which serves as a scroll wheel. The trackpad is very responsive, and its gesture support successfully kept me from resorting to a wireless mouse.
The back panel is guarded by screws, which makes it inconvenient for modding. Moreover, Acer's warranty label stands between you and a RAM \ hard drive upgrade.
The laptop incorporates a two-hinge design, which is well built. However, I have seen better from Dell
. Overall, the build quality is good, but nothing extraordinary.
Left side view.
Right side view.
Display And Sound
The 16.5" LED-lit screen provides great contrast and brightness levels. It's perfect for watching movies and playing games. On the other hand, the viewing angles are OK, and the reflective nature of the screen is a bit annoying. The speaker strip placed above the keyboard is blessed by Dolby
wizardry. The sound quality is good, and it's loud too. You can hear dialogues clearly, unless it's The Godfather
trilogy. I didn't notice any distortion while playing music, and there was no problem with sound while gaming either.Performance
The laptop sports a 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5
CPU, and 4 GB of RAM. Although the laptop's exterior is run-of-the-mill, on the inside it's packed with an NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
2 GB graphics card to please gamers on the move. Other specs include 750 GB SATA hard drive, DVD Writer, and a 4400 mAh battery. On connectivity front it's equipped with one USB 3.0 and a couple of 2.0 ports, Ethernet, HDMI, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 3.0. The main attraction here is the GT 540M graphics card. Interestingly, NVIDIA's Optimus Technology
enables the notebook to switch between dedicated and integrated graphics automatically, according to the requirements. This helps in saving battery by disabling the power hungry graphics card when its muscle isn't needed.
Needless to say, this machine's performance can leave many desktops embarrassed. I multitasked a lot, but the device showed no signs of sluggishness. As expected, the 5575G played the 1080p videos flawlessly. These tricks are now standard for laptops in its price range. However, gaming is where this notebook shines. Bulletstorm, Modern Warfare 2,
and Call of Duty: Black Ops
ran smoothly, despite the graphics settings being bumped up to high quality.
NVIDIA's GT 540M in action.
On an average, the games delivered well over 45 fps. A few times Black Ops' framerate fell below 40, but that's something most laymen won't notice without the aid of Fraps
. In all, the laptop will amuse most gamers, as long as its not kept on the lap. Yes, it heats up after about an hour of gaming, but runs cool otherwise.
For those interested in synthetic benchmarks:
Windows 7 Experience Index.
PCMark 7 score.
The laptop's 4400 mAh, six-cell battery lasts for 4 hours, 35 minutes under light usage with brightness set to 50%. On the other hand, it can power the device for 1 hour, 50 minutes under heavy usage. As per my experience, battery performance is better than the competition.
We also carried out the Battery Eater
test, and here are the results:
The Acer Aspire 5755G's processor isn't ground breaking, but its graphics card delivers superb gaming performance. Acer has made a right decision by opting for an i5 over an i7
. This move has enabled it to pack in a great graphics card, while keeping the cost reasonable. What's more, the battery life is great considering the notebook's impressive specs. Finally, at the street price of Rs 44,620, this laptop is ideal for folks looking out for a mid-range multimedia monster.Features:
4/5Design And Build Quality:
4.5/5Value For Money:
4/5 Overall Rating: