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Acer Aspire 5749 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £400
inc VAT

A fantastic budget laptop with everything you need – performance, battery life and masses of storage


In spite of its glossy finish, which made it difficult to avoid reflections, image quality on the 15in screen was surprisingly good. Colours were vibrant and contrast was also good. With its 1,366×768 resolution, there’s room to work on two programs at once, but you’ll only be able to watch 720p videos natively. There’s a huge amount of screen tilt, which helps make up for the average vertical viewing angles.

Acer Aspire 5749 right side

As with virtually every laptop, the integrated speakers aren’t up to the task of playing loud music or movie audio. They’re fine for YouTube videos, but the lack of bass means you’ll want to use the 3.5mm audio jack to connect a pair of headphones. Other connections include three USB ports and a multi-format card reader.

Although it doesn’t lead the pack in terms of design or features, the Aspire 5749 still has almost everything else you need from an entry-level laptop. Great performance and battery life, a massive 750GB hard disk and a high quality screen make it a joy to use, and with a collect-and-return warranty, you can’t ask for more at this low price. It’s the obvious choice if you’re on a tight budget.

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Basic Specifications

ProcessorIntel Core i3-2330M
Processor clock speed2.2GHz
Memory slots2
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory8GB
SoundRealtek HD Audio
Pointing devicetouchpad


Viewable size15.6 in
Native resolution1,366×768
Graphics ProcessorIntel HD 3000 Graphics
Graphics/video portsHDMI, VGA
Graphics Memory384MB


Total storage capacity750GB
Optical drive typeDVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports3
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support802.11n
PC Card slotsnone
Supported memory cardsSDXC, MMC
Other portsminijack audio output, minijack microphone input


Carrying caseNo
Operating systemWindows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore optionrestore partition
Software includedMicrosoft Office 2010 Starter Edition
Optional extrasnone

Buying Information

Warrantyone year collect and return

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