Acer Aspire 5745G

Acer's 5745G almost hits that perfect note between price and performance — so long as you don't care about Bluetooth or 5GHz 802.11n.


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A little more upmarket than its siblings appearance, the Aspire 5745G ditches the plastic kickplate design for a glossy line etched lid, and plastic faux brushed aluminium interior, reminding us of a cheaper, yet still attractive version of 80s hi-fi equipment.

Its floating keyboard is back, and as a virtue of its size it contains a numpad as well. Above this is a user customisable hot button, as well as something we're used to seeing on Macs — an eject button for the DVD+-RW drive. Thankfully Acer includes a tray drive rather than slot, and so retains the emergency push hole should things ever become stuck in the drive. Slot users aren't so lucky.

Equipped with a 1366x768, 15.6-inch LED backlit screen, a muscle bound Core i7 740QM, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD and a GeForce GT 330M, the 5745G is powerful without getting cocky. Even though it could use a higher resolution screen, we think those needing to do content creation work will appreciate its capability.

Ports include VGA, HDMI, gigabit Ethernet, an extremely generous four USB ports, SD card reader, headphone and microphone jacks. While all of this is offered at a decent AU$1499, the lack of Bluetooth and 5GHz 802.11n is surprising.

The included Dolby Home Theatre speakers have better tonality than usual, but still flange and distort, offering a muffled sound instead of the clarity we're looking for.

Acer runs Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit as its base, with a McAfee trial thrown in with Norton Online Backup, Skype, Oberon media's game browser, NTI Backup Now and Media Maker, as well as eSobi. Most you'll want to uninstall, especially the offensively huge custom Bing toolbar Acer has somehow crammed into Internet Explorer.

The Core i7 inside the 5745G lends to some great performance, that when put in concert with the mid level GT 330M makes it quite a capable machine.

Scoring 7369 in 3DMark06 and 6564 in PCMark06, the 5745G establishes itself as a laptop that can play current games at modest settings, while happily tackling all but the harshest production work you may wish to throw at it.

All this power of course comes at the cost of battery life. With screen brightness and volume set to maximum, all power saving features turned off and an XViD file played back full screen, it lasted only one hour and 15 minutes. This isn't particularly bad for a laptop of this size and power, and casual use will see significantly better battery times — but you won't want to be away from the wall for too long.

Acer's 5745G almost hits that perfect note between price and performance — so long as you don't care about Bluetooth or 5GHz 802.11n.

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JavierA posted a comment   
Singapore

after 8 moths of using this laptop, i have to say seriously its is no a bad laptop. actually that is a lot cons but due to price, that is nothing i can say about it.

Pros:it can run most app smoothly including Photoshop cs6,from one program to another is quit responsive.

Cons: laptop start appear GREEN pixe at right side screen just one small dot, Left side Shift-key no longer response. Maybe due to i'm rough user. performance wides you can running too many program at background. and i always running CCleaner almost every 1-2hours time.

Bottom line: Great laptop for daily usage like borrowing internet ,excel, playing Med-resolution game, But is you looking at high-performance laptop this laptop will disappointing.


Tips for making this laptop running faster!
1.Ready Boost 4-8GB. when you using Photoshop, you can feel the difference.
2.Virtual Ram 5-7GB under advenced system setting
3.Install CCleaner Clear every 2- 4hours,

MichaelK2 Facebook
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"great laptop"

MichaelK2 posted a review   

The Good:speed,bluetooth,plays games well battlefield 3

The Bad:battery could be bit better

bought this laptop 10 months ago been fantastic and mine has bluetooth not slow at all one of the best laptops ive owned

byronst
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byronst posted a review   
Australia

The Good:nothing

The Bad:SLOW SLOW SLOW

Not at all happy with the performance of my Acer Aspire 5745G.
Just about every action takes FOREVER! It is SLOW! Simply typing into Word or the browser address takes forever. Frequently everything stops whilst the laptop about what I asked it to do 2 minutes ago. Scrolling down a page can take a long time!! Touchpad is already 'clunky' with the left click sticking each time it is used.
Acer Aspire?? Not impressed..

dhiraj
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"Do not bye any acer plastic box (laptop)"

dhiraj posted a review   
Australia

The Good:nothing

The Bad:everything

I bought this laptop 9 months ago.and within this period ,the charger and keyboard has been replaced , and now the mother board is gone out of order. Now they are saying the will replace the whole laptop, but its been 50days they have not replaced it. Now I am going to fire a complain in the consumer court. as i have spend much time and money by visiting/requesting (over phone) the service center. So if you do not want to be harassed , DO NOT BYE ANY ACER PLASTIC BOX(LAPTOP)
As their product quality is extremely poor, and their after sale customer service is terrible, even in warranty period.

 

Diane posted a comment   

I bought this laptop 2 days ago after reading CNETs great review. The laptop comes with an inbuilt Blu-Ray player and a demo blu-ray dvd, but when you try and play the dvd a message comes up that you need to install a playback application that supports a blu-ray disc. The laptop does not come with the application and the Acer (help & support .. ha!) website does not offer any help whatsoever. I will be taking the computer back to the store today.

J
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J posted a review   

Yep i agree with JC and also 5745G has bluethooth

 

AshishB posted a reply   

how to use bluetooth. i have installed its driver but also i dont know how to access.

 

hellomynameisLOL posted a comment   

The Good:meh,

The Bad:mah,

well i want a laptop, :)

JC
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JC posted a review   

The Good:godlike

The Bad:nothing

well....
i have this computer, so, i know what is right and what is wrong...
the specification given wasn't correct...
eg, graphic card = geforce gt420M cuda 2gb, upgradable to 16gb ram, and of course, this machine have bluetooth as well =.=
so...
believe it or not, it's up to you ^^
i7-740QM not really the best, but i think with the graphic card and 16gb ram, it can last for 5 years :)

 

Craig Simms posted a reply   
Australia

The specification was correct for the model we received.

There are many different SKUs sold under the one laptop model -- good to hear there's an upgraded 5745G out there!

 

bigmacfries2go posted a reply   

I bought this from officeworks 3 weeks ago for $1148; it has bluetooth and wireless n; this one's graphics are nvidia 330M so ? the variance, but with physics option in nvidia control panel allocated to main ram it allows the card's ram to manage the rest, enhancing gaming performance noticeably. a tip i use to save power if on battery (which is irritatingly short) is flipping to high performance option to speed up program installations or intensive tasks, then flipping back again. the floating keyboard's only draw back is collecting crumbs etc b/w keys, needing a brush to flick them out. Overall
i'm wrapped with it anyhow.




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  • JavierA

    JavierA

    "after 8 moths of using this laptop, i have to say seriously its is no a bad laptop. actually that is a lot cons but due to price, that is nothing i can say about it.

    Pros:it can run m..."

  • MichaelK2

    MichaelK2

    Rating10

    "bought this laptop 10 months ago been fantastic and mine has bluetooth not slow at all one of the best laptops ive owned"

  • byronst

    byronst

    Rating2

    "Not at all happy with the performance of my Acer Aspire 5745G.
    Just about every action takes FOREVER! It is SLOW! Simply typing into Word or the browser address takes forever. Frequently eve..."

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