Acer Aspire 5738DZG review

The most affordable 3D laptop you can buy, but usability can be a real headache

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Our Verdict

A capable laptop that brings 3D to the mass market, but not without some significant drawbacks.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768

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For

  • Affordable way to enjoy 3D
  • Truly impressive 3D effect
  • Stunningly vibrant screen
  • Strong performance for the price

Against

  • 3D effect quickly creates nausea
  • TriDef 3D software doesn't work well
  • Use of older technology limits future proofing
  • Chassis lacks the quality of other Acer laptops

Sitting at the top of the European laptop market, Acer is well known for offering high-quality laptops built around the latest technology, at truly competitive prices.

As a result, it was no surprise to see Acer be the first to release a fully 3D-capable laptop to consumers in the form of the Acer Aspire 5738DZG – a 15.6-inch Intel and ATI-based multimedia machine that uses polarised screen technology to create a stunning 3D effect.

With such impressive rivals as the Asus G51, G53 and G73, and the Rock Xtreme 680 all currently available and built around Nvidia's far more powerful and more expensive 3D Vision technology, it was this use of a less capable, but far more affordable, polarised screen that always had the potential to be the Acer Aspire 5738DZG's Achilles heel, with far less gaming and movie content currently available and less powerful technology driving the overall 3D experience.

So, with many big-name game developers and content creators backing Nvidia 3D Vision, how does the Acer Aspire 5738DZG measure up to its high-priced rivals and can it truly bring immersive 3D entertainment into the living room?

Unfortunately the answer is not as cut and dried as we'd have liked, and while there's no doubt that the Aspire 5738DZG delivers a striking 3D effect at a great price, this is a laptop with as many flaws as it has benefits.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerATI
Graphics Controller ModelRadeon HD 4570
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Maximum Battery Run Time3 Hour
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Product FamilyAspire 5738DZG
Processor ModelT4300
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameAcer
Processor Speed2.10 GHz
Processor TypePentium
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Cache1 MB
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelGM45 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 512 MB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height37 mm
Width383.5 mm
Depth251.5 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series5738DZG
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product Model5738DZG
Product NameAspire 5738DZG Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineAspire
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberLX.PKF02.045
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

Get the sure ticket to high-def cinematic fun and powerful mobile performance! With the Aspire 5738DZG Notebook, riveting action, realistic audio and rich visuals play like a true theater. And, complementing the brilliant performance is the dazzling glow of Acer's Gemstone notebook design sure to capture attention wherever you go.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Limited Warranty1 Year
Bus Speed800 MHz