Feeds
75%
Acer Aspire 5749 15in notebook

Acer Aspire 5749 budget 15in laptop

How much performance does 400 quid get you?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Solid build, uninspiring looks

This Aspire is certainly not visually stunning, but the case design is functional and seems to be built solidly. I’m not too convinced about Acer’s decision to bring all three of the USB 2.0 ports to the front corners, though. Despite its plastic construction, the 5749 still weighs in at a hefty 2.4kg.

PCMark 7 Results

Acer Aspire 5749 15in notebook PCMark 7

Longer bars are better

Given that the case has a quality feel, it might be expected for this to extend to the keyboard and trackpad. However, the keyboard feels a bit cheap and tacky. I didn’t particularly enjoy typing on it due to the flat faces on the keys. As for the trackpad, my recommendation would be to avoid it and plug in a mouse.

I was disappointed to find that the Ethernet port is but a lowly 10/100Mb/s device, not Gigabit. Fortunately, the Wi-Fi works well and will likely outperform its wired counterpart.

Acer Aspire 5749 15in notebook

Not a top-quality keyboard

As with so many PCs these days, Acer bundles a bucket full of bloatware. Sifting through this mess turned up a couple of useful (non-trial) applications in the form of Acer Backup Manager for the data integrity conscious user and Cyberlink Clear.Fi to handle your media streaming needs.

Running PCMark 7 continually resulted in a total drain of the 5749's six-cell, 4400mAh Li-Ion battery in 2 hours 15 minutes, a fairly impressive result. Acer claims that you should be able to squeeze six hours of real-world use, and I’m inclined to believe it.

Acer Aspire 5749 15in notebook

A decent build

Verdict

The Aspire 5749 is far from being the most powerful machine on the market, but the combination of respectable battery life and more than sufficient processing power could make this an ideal notebook for the cash-strapped. It may have its foibles, but Acer has released a decent computer at a very attractive price. ®

More Notebook Reviews

Apple
MacBook
Pro 13in
Acer
Aspire S3
Lenovo
ThinkPad
X1
Dell
Vostro
V131
Sony
Vaio
SB

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

75%
Acer Aspire 5749 15in notebook

Acer Aspire 5749 budget 15in laptop

A low-price 15in notebook the offers reasonable performance and a decent battery life.
Price: £400 RRP

Whitepapers

Go beyond APM with real-time IT operations analytics
How IT operations teams can harness the wealth of wire data already flowing through their environment for real-time operational intelligence.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
How to simplify SSL certificate management
Simple steps to take control of SSL certificates across the enterprise, and recommendations centralizing certificate management throughout their lifecycle.