Acer Aspire 5745DG review

  • £900

An affordable 3D Vision laptop, but it's clear the technology is still in its infancy

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Product features

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

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For

  • 3D Vision
  • Battery life
  • Powerful graphics
  • Decent performance

Against

  • Not suited to powerful programs
  • A bit bulky

Thanks to a successful year of releases, Acer has become the top-selling manufacturer in Europe, and the Aspire 5745DG-374G32Mnks is its second foray into the world of 3D.

Whereas the first Acer 3D laptop, the Aspire 5738DZG, used passive screen technology, this laptop uses Nvidia's active 3D Vision product, producing great results.

The system is easy to set up, thanks to an intuitive wizard, and matters are helped by the fact that the infrared module used to connect the glasses wirelessly to the Acer has been integrated into the laptop, making the process a lot less fiddly.

Once set up, we found the technology produced both positives and negatives. On the positive side, there's no doubt the 3D effect enhances the gaming experience. Images pop out at you and there's a great sense of depth to games, so we found the experience extremely immersive. Sadly, the effect varied between products.

For example, while some official 3D Vision games look fantastic, some disappointed, with a large amount of colour washout and low brightness.

When not in 3D mode the laptop works as any other. The 15.6-inch screen is clear and colourful, but not as bright as we would expect and those who work in bright conditions might suffer as a result.

The simple brushed-aluminium design is very effective, both looking great and proving very easy to keep clean from dust and dirt. The lid is made of shiny plastics, however, and quickly attracts smudges.

Numeric keypad

The keyboard spreads the width of the chassis and features large keys with room for a dedicated numeric keypad – which will suit those who regularly input data into spreadsheets and make calculations.

The Intel Core i3 processor will easily provide more than enough power for the everyday user looking to run a few office applications while listening to music and browsing the internet. Those looking to run the most resource-intensive multimedia applications may find the laptop displays signs of lag at times, however.

Nevertheless, the dedicated Nvidia graphics card uses an impressive 1024MB of dedicated memory and so has little problem running the latest games.

The Acer features a large battery which makes it a bit bulky to carry around, and contributes to the 2.9kg weight, but the 333 minutes you get between charges is quite impressive for this type of laptop.

The Acer Aspire 5745DG-374G32Mnks is a decent multimedia performer, and you won't find Nvidia 3D Vision much cheaper at the moment. But the technology is still in its infancy and not without its hitches, so aim to try out the 3D feature in-store before you buy if possible.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GT 425M
BluetoothNo
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated
Maximum Battery Run Time3 Hour
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyAspire 5745D
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli3-370M
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameAcer
Processor Speed2.40 GHz
Processor TypeCore i3
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells9-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.80 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM55 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Height57.7 mm
Width380 mm
Depth249.9 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series5745D
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelAS5745DG-374G32Mnks
Product NameAspire AS5745DG-374G32Mnks Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineAspire
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberLX.R0102.024
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

Bring home the Aspire 5745DG, and deal with this: 3D multimedia on this killer notebook makes everything else seem tame. Featuring breakthrough display technology, the revolutionary Aspire 5745DG presents wild 3D visuals that pop out at you and deliver you into their depths. Whether you're watching the latest 3D movie or engaged in action-packed gaming hundreds of PC games can be transformed into stereoscopic 3D right out of the box you'll never view PC-based multimedia the same again!

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Aspire AS5745DG-374G32Mnks Notebook
  • Lithium ion Battery
  • AC adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year