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Acer Aspire 5745PG review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £666
inc VAT

Poor software lets down some clever touchscreen technology in an otherwise decent mid-range laptop.


15.6 in 1,366×768 display, 2.8kg, 2.26GHz Intel Core i3-350M, 4.00GB RAM, 320GB disk, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

The bundled Microsoft Surface programs make the most of the touchscreen. Globe, a 3D version of Bing maps, is an excellent example of how desktop applications can be optimised for touch input. Pinch gestures can rotate and zoom in-and-out at any point in the world, although its usefulness is limited because you can’t search for directions. The Acer touch-enabled multimedia programs were basic and the small control interface wasn’t especially touch-friendly either. There likely isn’t enough extra functionality to entice users away from their media players of choice.

Acer Aspire 5745PG right

Touchscreen aside, the 5745PG is a well-balanced mid-range laptop. A Core i3-350m processor and 4GB of memory provide decent performance in everyday applications. The nVidia 310m graphics chip will play 1080p video, although a meagre 15.7fps in Call of Duty means it’s not suited to playing modern games.

Acer Aspire 5745PG left

Mobile devices have made touchscreen technology increasingly popular, so it makes sense for laptop manufacturers to experiment with multi-touch support. Unfortunately, Windows needs a great deal of refinement to make touchscreens anything more than a novelty feature. The added touchscreen hasn’t raised the price of the 5745PG dramatically, making it reasonable value even with this added technology. Whether the touchscreen will be of any use is personal preference, but until software improves we’d recommend avoiding such displays for the foreseeable future.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor Intel Core i3-350M
Processor clock speed 2.26GHz
Memory 4.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 8GB
Size 29x379x250mm
Weight 2.8kg
Sound Realtek HD Audio
Pointing device touchpad, touchscreen


Viewable size 15.6 in
Native resolution 1,366×768
Graphics Processor Nvidia GeForce 310M
Graphics/video ports VGA, HDMI
Graphics Memory 512MB


Total storage capacity 320GB
Optical drive type DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 4
Bluetooth no
Wired network ports 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11n
PC Card slots none
Supported memory cards SD, MMC, Memory Stick Pro, xD
Other ports minijack audio output, minijack microphone input


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option burn own restore disc
Software included Microsoft Surface Touch Pack,

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £666

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