Acer Aspire 7740 review

A widescreen laptop at a sensible price

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Our Verdict

A well-priced, well-specced and well-built widescreen machine

Product features

  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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  • Great screen
  • Solid battery life
  • Well built


  • Dodgy speakers

With the netbook came unprecedented demand for teeny-tiny laptops, with teeny-tiny screens. Then we all started streaming TV onto our little lappies 24/7 and suddenly we weren't so happy with our minute screens.

Now we're seeing far more demand for panels over and above even the old-school 15-inch standard, though interestingly not just in the thousand squid desktop-replacement sphere.

Acer's latest Aspire machine, the 7740, boasts a rather mammoth 17.3-inch screen in proper 16:9 format. That means a pleasing 1,600 x 900 native desktop resolution, perfect for those widescreen cinema classics.

The panel is only powered by Intel's latest mobile Arrandale Core i3 processor's integrated graphics, though. In 3D terms, then, you're getting a bit of a raw deal. But in terms of HD playback you're not going to be left wanting.

More life in her

What you do get, though, is a much better battery life than you would expect to get with a dedicated GPU. The Aspire 7740 manages a pretty darned impressive two hours 46 minutes of use – and that was playing back high-definition content with Wi- Fi enabled.

It's by no means the perfect laptop, though, and typically it's the dodgy lappy speakers that let it down. The actual bass response and all-round sound is pretty good; unfortunately they were also a little crackly during playback.

And that's a great way to completely ruin the otherwise smooth-as-silk 1080p video. But we always expect laptop speakers to be a massive letdown. Besides, if they weren't it would just be encouraging numpties on trains not to use headphones because everyone must love the compilation of Family Guy songs they've made...

Otherwise, then, it's a decent widescreen lappy. The screen is big and quite beautiful, the build quality is excellent and that 500GB HDD is large enough for most needs.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerATI
Graphics Controller ModelMobility Radeon HD 5470
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated
Maximum Battery Run Time3.50 Hour
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
Product FamilyAspire 7740G
Processor Modeli3-330M
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameAcer
Processor Speed2.13 GHz
Processor TypeCore i3
Screen Size43.9 cm (17.3")
Standard Memory4 GB
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 512 MB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Height45 mm
Product Series7740G
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product Model7740G-334G50MN
Product NameAspire 7740G-334G50MN Notebook
Product LineAspire
Manufacturer Part NumberLX.PNX02.028
Manufacturer Website Address
Package Contents
  • Aspire 7740G-436G64MN Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter