Other than that the keyboard’s pretty usable; the keys have fairly deep, lose travel, which can make typing a slightly loud, clicky affair, but it’s clearly built on a solid base and lends itself well to flurries of fast touch-typing. The mousepad is similarly good: a vertical stripe on the right hand side provides scrolling duties (you can also scroll by swiping down or up with two fingers) and the single strip of plastic disguising the two buttons looks tidy.
Well connected, but no Blu-ray disc play on-board
There’s a good range of ports for those looking for a machine to perform day to day computing. For instance, the 5755G is the latest in a string of laptops to offer both HDMI and VGA ports, which is handy. You also get three USB ports; one on the left and two on the right. Of the two starboard ports, one is a USB 3.0 socket, while the front edge is home to an SD card slot.
Beneath the keyboard is a capable set of hardware. The Sandy Bridge processor pushing everything along is a Core i7-2630QM, which motors at 2GHz, backed up by the fullest complement of RAM you’re likely to see on a consumer laptop at 8GB. The quad-core processor, plus hyperthreading, gives Windows an apparent eight cores to throw tasks at, and tripping it up is difficult, underlined by a PCMark Vantage score of 7370.
PCMark Vantage Results
Longer bars are better
Battery Life Results
Battery life in Minutes
Longer bars are better
Graphics duties are provided by the on-processor Intel HD Graphics 3000, with extra punch available for games thanks to Nvidia’s GeForce GT 540M. 3DMark Vantage returned a decent score of 3966, although framerates in the mid-teens suggest this is a laptop best saved primarily for work, with low-resolution gaming more of an afterthought.
Next page: Weighty considerations
Title we don't need no stinking title
£900 for a 15.6" laptop with a 1366x768 screen and that's supposed to be good value?
You've been using Mac's for too long.
That screen format
This may seem a stupid question but is anyone making laptops that aren't i that useless widescreen format?
Given that most of what I do on screens is reading and writing text, having two horizontal miles of space is useless to me if I only have three vertical inches for the column of text I'm perusing. It's like reading a novel through a letterbox.
My three month old Aspire which has pretty much the same spec but with an i5 CPU is a great bit of kit. However, 10 minutes of pushing the CPU hard results in a thermal shutdown.
It's well ventilated and free of dust, but it can't cope with a 100% load. The system options for fan management are laughable, and I've had to limit the CPU to 85% through power management to stop it happening.
Anyone else got the same issue or is mine a dud?
£900 for 1366 x 768?
Where's the Twaaaarp, *raspberry* icon?
Mines the one with the campaign for 4:3 laptop screen pin
And the 1400x1050 screened Thinkpad in the pocket
-They're huge pockets, okay?! :-p
One of the annoyances I have with widescreen displays is that you can't quite get a full 1024x768 Remote Desktop console to a server :-(