There are people who only need the most basic of basic laptops, and the Acer Aspire 5750 is that.
Containing a less-than-average 2GB of RAM, Intel HD Graphics and a Core i3 2350M, it employs Acer's "floating keyboard" tech, with island-based keys that are raised significantly above the surface. In practice, we feel that it slows down our typing, but it feels fine after an initial period of adjustment.
The touch pad is slick, although it doesn't seem as responsive as it should, even with sensitivity set to its highest. It's almost as if there's a small delay there, causing a brief disconnect with your brain. It uses an Elan pad, meaning that you can assign a simultaneous double finger tap to load the right-click menu.
Despite its budget leanings, Acer has still managed to get in a USB 3.0 port, along with two USB 2.0 ports, VGA and HDMI, headphone and microphone jacks, an SD card reader and a DVD drive. Wireless is of the 2.4GHz variety, but Bluetooth is missing.
Handbrake encoding (in seconds)
Toshiba Satellite P750/0EM (Core i7 2670QM, 4GB RAM, 750GB HDD, GeForce GT 540M)
Acer Aspire 5750 (Core i3 2350M, 2GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Intel HD Graphics)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Being the only Core i3 in the round up, the Acer falls to the bottom of the pack in performance; it's not as dramatic as one might think, though.
Battery life (time)
- Heavy battery test
- Light battery test
- 4h 26m
- Acer Aspire 5750 (Core i3 2350M, 2GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Intel HD Graphics)
- 4h 20m
- HP Pavilion dv6 (Core i5 2450M, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Radeon HD 7690M XT)
- 3h 32m
- Asus A53S (Core i5 2430M, 4GB RAM, 750GB HDD, GeForce GT 520MX)
- 3h 31m
- Toshiba Satellite C665 (Core i5 2430M, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, GeForce 315M)
- 3h 30m
- Asus N53SV (Core i7 2630QM, 6GB RAM, 640GB HDD, GeForce GT 540M)
- 2h 6m
- Toshiba Satellite P750/0EM (Core i7 2670QM, 4GB RAM, 750GB HDD, GeForce GT 540M)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
That lack of power translates into some excellent battery life for the budget laptop. Do note what good engineering and a higher budget can do; the much more powerful HP almost keeps pace on battery, but will cost another AU$400.
The Aspire 5750 is a modest computer, but for AU$599, we can find very little to complain about. If you're on a tight budget and have basic expectations, it'll serve you well.