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Acer Aspire 5735 review

Barry de la Rosa
16 Apr 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
469
inc VAT

The Aspire stands out only for its support for Draft-N WiFi

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Acer's Aspire 5735 may cost a similar amount as HP's 6735s, but the two could not be more dissimilar.

Where HP's laptop is plain and business-like, Acer's is a flashy, gadget-laden entertainment centre. It has a 16:9 widescreen display, integrated webcam and a half-decent set of speakers.

The wide case allows Acer to shoehorn in a number pad next to the keyboard. Although the keys aren't as large as some here, they're adequate for touch-typing, with a crisp action and an ergonomic shape. The touchpad is large, but the buttons lack travel and are recessed behind a ridge at the edge of the case, which makes it hard for your thumb to rest comfortably on them.

Performance-wise, the 5735 sits in the middle of the group. As with the other laptops here, it doesn't have enough power for playing 3D games. It isn't the best option for working on the move, either; it lasted two hours and 23 minutes in our light-use battery test, which is a relatively poor showing in this company. However, it's good to see Draft-N WiFi, Gigabit Ethernet, a webcam and a 250GB hard disk.

The main attraction is the 1,366x768 screen; this is an increasingly popular resolution for laptops. The 16:9 aspect ratio allows you to watch movies with thinner or no black bars above and below the picture. The glossy finish makes colours more vibrant and improves contrast. Unfortunately, you won't be able to see the image as clearly in brightly lit environments, where reflections will spoil the picture. The lack of an HDMI output is disappointing, but the VGA port means that it's easy to connect the Aspire 5735 to projectors and HD TVs.

Of the three laptops here with a 16:9 widescreen display, the Aspire stands out only for its support for Draft-N WiFi. Dell's 1545 is cheaper and looks smarter, while Medion's P6613 adds a larger hard disk, much better battery life and an HDMI port, and is a better choice overall.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T5800
Processor clock speed2GHz
Memory4.00GB
Memory slots2
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory4GB
Size37x383x250mm
Weight2.7kg
SoundRealtek High Definition Audio
Pointing devicetouchpad
Power consumption standby1W
Power consumption idle22W
Power consumption active55W

Display

Viewable size15.6 in
Native resolution1,366x768
Graphics ProcessorIntel GMA 4500M HD
Graphics/video portsVGA
Graphics Memory64MB

Storage

Total storage capacity250GB
Optical drive modelPioneer DVRTD08RS
Optical drive typeDVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports3
Bluetoothno
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support802.11a/n
PC Card slots1x ExpressCard/54
ModemYes
Supported memory cardsSD, MMC, Memory Stick Pro, xD
Other portsminijack audio output, minijack microphone input

Miscellaneous

Carrying caseNo
Operating systemWindows Vista Home Basic
Operating system restore optionbackup and recovery software
Software includedMicrosoft Works 8.5

Buying Information

Warrantyone year collect and return
Price£469
Detailswww.acer.co.uk
Supplierhttp://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk

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