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Acer Aspire 5745PG 5464G32Mn review

Incredible power and Optimus graphical performance from this updated mid-priced laptop

Acer aspire 5745pg 5464g32mn

The main update over the Acer Aspire 5745PG-354G32Mn is the upgrade from an Intel Core i3 processor to an Intel Core i5, and the new Nvidia graphics card which supports Optimus.

We found the Aspire 5745PG-354G32Mn' s Core i3 CPU was a great budget choice that could handle multi-tasking without much of a sweat. However, the Acer Aspire 5745PG-5464G32Mn' s Core i5 460M chip running at 2.53GHz offers an extra chunk of power that gamers and anyone running intensive design or editing software will appreciate. Everything runs incredibly smooth, even with several applications open at once.

Best of all is the Nvidia GeForce GT 420M GPU, which runs alongside a basic integrated Intel GMA HD chip. If you' re simply typing up a document or browsing TechRadar, the integrated GPU will be in charge, as it drains the battery at a slower rate. You' ll also notice the Acer Aspire 5745PG is a little quieter when using the integrated graphics.

However, load up a game such as Fallout: New Vegas and the dedicated GeForce card takes over, providing impressive performance. We found the latest games ran fine, although we had to fiddle with the video settings on some of the more graphically intense titles. DirectX 11 is supported, and we were impressed by the smooth textures and excellent frame rates the Acer Aspire 5745PG churned out.

Although the Acer Aspire 5745PG does a great job of switching from integrated to dedicated graphics automatically, you can also manually set which games and applications use each GPU.

We found the Intel GMA HD GPU still packed some impressive power for an integrated option, enough to run video editing suites and other multimedia applications if you' re desperate to stretch out battery life. It also admirably handles HD video, with no stuttering or other unpleasantness.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce 310M
BluetoothNo
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated
Maximum Battery Run Time3.50 Hour
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyAspire 5745PG
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli3-350M
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameAcer
Processor Speed2.26 GHz
Processor TypeCore i3
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.60 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
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
Height36 mm
Width379 mm
Depth250 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series5745PG
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelAS5745PG-354G32Mnks
Product NameAspire AS5745PG-354G32Mnks Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineAspire
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberLX.PVY02.004
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

The Aspire 5745PG puts the world at your fingertips! An HD multi-touch screen and customizable Acer TouchPortal let you easily manipulate your multimedia magic, and have fun in the process. Beyond that, this sharp-looking 15.6" notebook graces you with advanced Intel Core processing power, lots of ways to enjoy high-definition entertainment, and a variety of avenues for staying in touch with your connections.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Aspire AS5745PG-354G32Mnks Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year