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Acer Aspire 5536G-744G32Mn review

Acer have really hit the value sweet-spot with this laptop

Our Verdict

Style, features and unique usability make this a great choice for the price

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Excellent usability
  • Strong graphics performance
  • Great features

Against

  • Processor not that powerful
  • Not very portable

Acer is a highly popular and successful name in the laptop market and produces a wide range of high-quality corporate and consumer laptops. Its Aspire range targets consumers and the 5536G-744G32Mn is hard to beat at this price point.

While the 2.8kg chassis is wider than most laptops of similar screen size, its slim depth makes it suitable for use around the home. The 153-minute battery life falls below the three-hour minimum we expect from a modern laptop, but allows basic travel use.

Build quality is impressive for such an affordable device, with sturdy plastics used throughout all areas of the chassis. The glossy lid attracts scratches and smudges, however, so suitable protection will be required to prevent damage on the move.

The user interface is unique among this type of machine. The keyboard has keys raised high above the chassis, which provides an eye-catching look and makes it easy to differentiate between keys when typing at speed. Dust and dirt can easily accumulate beneath the keys, however, which may cause issues with responsiveness.

The large touchpad incorporates gesture control functionality to improve usability. Pinching your fingers together on the pad lets you zoom into photos, for example. A button alongside the pad can be used to disable it when necessary to avoid accidental activation when typing.

AMD processor

Rather than use an Intel processor, Acer has opted for an AMD chip. While it fails to match the power of its rivals for raw processing power, it runs quickly and smoothly enough for most daily use, including word processing, browsing the internet, watching DVDs and viewing photos.

Conversely, graphics performance is ample for the intended user. The ATI graphics card is designed for processing high-definition video and provides enough power for mid-level gaming, as well as editing digital photos and videos.

This combines well with the 15.6-inch Super-TFT screen. Its widescreen design makes it ideal for watching movies and viewing photos. It isn't the brightest panel we've seen, but images are extremely sharp, with strong colour and contrast.

The 320GB hard drive is extremely capacious for such a low-priced laptop. The dual-layer DVD rewriter and 5-in-1 card reader provide read/write access to CD, DVD and flash storage cards. Basic Microsoft office tools are also included.

Although the Aspire 5536G is not the most powerful or portable laptop around, its unique usability, stylish design and impressive features make it a great choice at this price. For home, office or family use, you won't be disappointed.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ManufacturerATI
Graphics Controller ModelMobility Radeon HD 4570
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilitySemi-shared
Maximum Battery Run Time2.50 Hour
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Product FamilyAspire 5536G
Processor ModelRM-74
Operating SystemWindows Vista Home Premium
Brand NameAcer
Processor Speed2.20 GHz
Processor TypeTurion 64 X2
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerAMD
Chipset ModelM780G
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 2.25 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Height37 mm
Width383 mm
Depth250 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product Series5536G
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product Model5536G-744G32MN
Product NameAspire 5536G-744G32Mn Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineAspire
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberLX.PAZ0X.092
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

Delight your senses with the Aspire 5536G-744G32Mn Notebook. Please your eyes with brilliant visuals on the large high-def display and thrill your ears with realistic sound via advanced audio technologies.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Aspire 5536G-744G32Mn Notebook
  • Lithium-Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year
Bus Speed3600 MHz