Acer's first Sandy Bridge laptop, the Aspire 5750G, looks like a winner on paper. A second-generation Intel Core i7 CPU and a dedicated Nvidia GPU is an enticing combination, but could this entertainment laptop deliver as promised?

We liked

Intel's latest tech is yet to disappoint, with the Aspire 5750G blasting through every application we threw at it. Multitasking is a breeze, and you'll likely have enough power to last you for years.

We tested some of the latest games on high detail and they ran perfectly, thanks to the Nvidia GeForce GT 540M GPU. You can comfortably edit photos and video, and Nvidia's excellent Optimus technology means the integrated graphics kick in for lesser tasks, giving 313 minutes of battery life.

The 15.6-inch screen is colourful with strong contrast, a good panel for gaming and watching films, and the integrated speakers are actually decent. Speaking of films, you can carry hundreds around on the 640GB hard drive.

Usability is impressive as ever with Acer's typical spacious keyboard design in place, although not everyone will like the flat keys. We're sure everyone will like the price, however, which offers great value considering the specs.

We disliked

Very little indeed. The glossy display is reflective, a common complaint with laptops, which reduces usability outdoors. We also found the plastic chassis flexed in areas under pressure, but not to an alarming degree.

Final verdict

The Aspire 5750G is a great all-round laptop, with very few flaws. The reasonable price makes it an excellent option for students and families with a flexible budget, who want the very best performance for their cash.