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Acer Aspire 5738DZG review

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

Acer aspire 5738dzg

While there's no denying the Acer Aspire 5738DZG is a unique and, above all, affordable entry into the burgeoning 3D laptop market, there's also no hiding from it flaws.

With its polarised screen making us feel far too queasy for our liking, we cannot say that we'd be comfortable using it for long periods of time.

Despite its strong performance and decent specification, this is what ultimately prevents the Acer Aspire 5738DZG from a higher recommendation and if you have the budget to buy an Nvidia 3D Vision powered machine, you're sure to find it a far more usable alternative to this flawed entry-level 3D machine.

We liked

At such a low price, this is a great way to enter the 3D market. With its vibrant screen and stunningly effective 3D screen creating an immersive way to enjoy your photos, videos and games, the Acer Aspire 5738DZG truly brings a new world of entertainment to your home.

Despite its comparatively low-powered components, the Acer Aspire 5738DZG is a surprisingly powerful laptop for the price. Whether you want to use it as a home office machine or an entry-level family media centre, there's plenty on offer for the whole family to enjoy.

Acer's unique user interface makes the Aspire 5738DZG a pleasure to work on at all times. The spacious keyboard and large touchpad are easily accessible, consistently responsive and always accurate, making it easy to keep working over extended periods of time.

We disliked

By trying to trick your brain into seeing a 3D image that doesn't exist, the Acer Aspire 5738DZG's polarised screen quickly made us feel dizzy and nauseous – an uncomfortable feeling that managed to last long after we took off the 3D glasses and switched the laptop off.

Despite its gallant efforts to turn basic 2D photos and videos into 3D, the Acer Aspire 5738DZG's TriDef 3D software failed to make much of an impact. Adding the most basic 3D effects at best, we found most images just became blurry and pixilated by the software.

By using older Intel Pentium processor technology and DDR2 memory to keep costs down, the Acer Aspire 5738DZG is already showing its age. While it excels as an affordable entry into the 3D market, this is not a machine to future-proof yourself against the years ahead.

Verdict

While the Acer Aspire 5738DZG must be commended for bringing 3D technology to the entry-level laptop market, it can only really be seen as a proof-of-concept, rather than a full 3D home media centre.

Despite its strong performance and stunning screen, its polarised technology proves far too uncomfortable to use for long periods of time, making it very hard to recommend against the many excellent Nvidia 3D Vision equipped laptops already on sale.

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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