Acer Aspire 5551-P32G32Mn review

A laptop that's hard to fault - a fantastic choice for the first-time buyer

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Product features

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

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  • Good power
  • Decent graphics
  • Software suite
  • Connectivity


  • Screen could be better

Acer has gone from strength to strength over the past few years, offering a staggering range of high-quality laptops at affordable prices. Its Aspire 5551-P32G32Mn strikes a nice balance between power and mobility and has a lot to offer for such a low price.

Built around a 15.6-inch screen, the 2.6kg chassis is nice and light for its size. While its 207-minute battery life is slightly bettered by the HP 620, it provides adequate mobility for commuting or use around the home.

The impressive design quality seen throughout this machine shows Acer's commitment to the entry-level market. With its faux-metallic palmrest and resilient textured plastic lid, this laptop is tougher than many you'll find at this price and will take the knocks of family life.

The quality of Acer's laptop keyboards is another area that has impressed of late and this model is no exception. The flat keys may not suit all tastes, but the spacious, responsive board moves exceptionally well and is a pleasure to use, even for extended periods of time.

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The 15.6-inch screen is equally pleasing, with impressive brightness, accurate colours and striking contrast. Its 1366 x 768-pixel resolution isn't quite as sharp as we would like, but is standard for this price point and sharp enough for most tasks.

While this laptop doesn't use Intel technology, its dual-core AMD processor is a more than capable choice. Speeding through single tasks with ease, it shows its limits when multitasking, but there is ample power on offer for internet browsing and office use.

The integrated ATi graphics card is built to smoothly process high-definition (HD) video and offers plenty of power for basic photo and video editing. Inevitably at this low price gaming is not possible.

Excellent connectivity

Where the Acer again betters its rivals is its network connectivity and excellent software package.

It features both 802.11n Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet support, the fastest wireless and fixed network connections are possible.

Market-leading software for basic home office use, online data backup, DVD playback and disc creation are also included, among others, helping you get started straightaway – a rarity at this price and a key selling point of this laptop.

Offering impressive performance, great usability, a stunning screen and cutting-edge connectivity, the Aspire 5551-P32G32Mn is perfect for first-time buyers. Add its surprisingly generous software package and you've got a fantastic bargain on your hands.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerAMD
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Maximum Battery Run Time3.33 Hour
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyAspire 5551
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor ModelP320
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameAcer
Processor Speed2.10 GHz
Processor TypeAthlon II
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory3 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.60 kg
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height34 mm
Width381 mm
Depth253 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series5551
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelAS5551-P323G32Mn
Product NameAspire AS5551-P323G32Mn Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineAspire
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberLX.PWK02.109
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Providing the perfect balance of performance, size and boundary free wireless capability, the modish yet practical Aspire 5551 is the right tool for efficient multitasking and smooth communication at home or away.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Aspire AS5551-P323G32Mn Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Bus Speed3200 MHz