Acer Aspire 5810TG-354G32Mn review

A stylish and usable budget laptop with great graphics, but flawed in a few key areas

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Our Verdict

A good laptop for those looking for a multimedia machine but if you need office performance and battery life you might want to look at some rivals

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768

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For

  • Good graphics power
  • Build quality
  • 16:9 screen
  • HDMI port
  • Usability

Against

  • Single core CPU
  • Windows Vista
  • Limited battery

As one of the world's largest laptop manufacturers, Acer's machines are among the best you can buy. The Aspire 5810TG-354G32Mn is one of its more portable machines and offers stunning graphics power, but proves unfortunately limited in some key areas.

At just 2.4kg this is the second lightest laptop in this group test, with sleek dimensions that make it very comfortable to carry. As a result, we were disappointed to find a battery life of just 181 minutes – an extremely average result.

More pleasingly, build quality is excellent and up to Acer's usual standards. The resilient plastics and gun-metal colour scheme create a high-quality feel that belies the low price tag. All panels are firmly fixed, so this is a machine that is sure to withstand the test of time.

This quality is continued across the keyboard. Using a design unique to Acer machines, each key is widely spaced and raised above the chassis' surface. The flat profile may not suit all users, but we found it very responsive and comfortable to use.

A full numeric keypad on the keyboard's right-hand side lets you quickly input data into spreadsheets, while a range of dual-function buttons provide basic multimedia functionality for quickly controlling your music, movies and photo slideshows.

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Where the Acer vastly outperforms its rivals is its graphics power. Using a dedicated ATi HD 4330 graphics card, performance is stunning. Frequent and demanding photo or video editing and mid-level gaming are possible, making this a surprisingly capable multimedia machine.

16:9 widescreen

This is aided by the excellent 15.6-inch screen. While it is not as bright as we would have liked, images are sharp and vibrant. The 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio is ideal for watching movies and this is also the only laptop here to feature an HDMI port for connecting to an HDTV.

Unfortunately, office performance is less impressive and we found the single core Intel Core 2 Solo processor struggled slightly when multi-tasking. It more than suffices for basic daily use, however.

One area that the Acer falls short of its rivals is its Windows Vista operating system (OS). Vista is much older than the Windows 7 OS installed on all other laptops here and is known for being very unreliable, so you may wish to upgrade to Windows 7 - discs cost around £70 (inc. VAT) online.

Despite its poor choice of OS and limited battery, the Aspire 5810TG-354G32Mn's fantastic design, usability and graphics performance ably compensate.

As long as you're not planning to hit the road too often, the power and features on offer here will easily fulfil most needs.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerATI
Graphics Controller ModelMobility Radeon HD 4330
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Maximum Battery Run Time8 Hour
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Product FamilyAspire 5810T
Processor ModelSU3500
Operating SystemWindows Vista Home Premium
Brand NameAcer
Processor Speed1.40 GHz
Processor TypeCore 2 Solo
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.40 kg
Cache3 MB
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelGS45 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 802.11n
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height29.7 mm
Width378 mm
Depth259 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series5810T
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product Model5810TG-354G32MN
Product NameAspire 5810TG-354G32MN Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineAspire
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberLX.PDU0X.147
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

This is the Aspire 5810TG-354G32MN Notebook. With this notebook, Acer has taken a big, if not the biggest step forward in the concept of mobility, an area where finding the perfect equilibrium between light weight and autonomy has always been the number one priority. It was conceived around the duration of the battery and introduces an entirely new way to render the system lighter, more efficient and less harmful to the environment.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Aspire 5810TG-354G32MN Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty2 Year
Bus Speed800 MHz