Acer Aspire 5738-644G50Mn review

Stunning power and features make this a near unbeatable bargain 15.6" laptop

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Our Verdict

A solid laptop that goes against its budget roots and offers a powerful and enjoyable computing experience

Product features

  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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  • Great performance
  • Solid build quality
  • HDMI
  • Good storage


  • SuperTFT screen is a bit reflective

Acer is the world's second largest laptop manufacturer and offers a range of high-quality machines at affordable prices. Combining power, mobility and a strong specification, the Aspire 5738-644G50Mn is a very attractive laptop indeed.

Despite sharing the same-sized 15.6-inch widescreen panel as its similarly priced rivals, the 2.7kg chassis is fairly heavy but not too cumbersome as to no longer be easy to carry about.

Unusually, however, it also offers an impressive 291-minute battery life, making it highly portable for those that don't mind the extra weight.

The screen features a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. This makes it wider than many older laptop screens and ideal for watching movies and multi-tasking. Images are sharp, bright and vibrant, but the glossy Super-TFT coating makes it one of the most reflective panels we've seen.

Performance excels, thanks to the Intel Core 2 Duo CPU. Combined with 4096MB of memory, smooth multi-tasking is easy and our test software ran quickly at all times.

Build quality is generally excellent throughout, with a resilience that belies the low price. The glossy blue lid has a finish that is less prone to scratching than other such coatings we've seen, and the textured black and gun-metal grey interior is equally well made and sturdy.

This level of quality extends to the user interface. The wide keyboard features a unique design, with all the keys sitting high above the chassis. While this makes it easier for dirt to settle beneath the keys, usability is excellent, with a firm, responsive and accurate typing action.

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The large touchpad is equally usable. Gesture control functionality is provided for scrolling, rotating and zooming files and photos with your fingers. A button next to the pad lets you disable it, if you prefer to use an external mouse.

Ample storage

Storage is comprehensive. The 500GB hard drive is a decent size for a laptop so whole families can store their files with ease. The dual-layer DVD rewriter and 5-in-1 card reader also let you save data to CD, DVD and memory cards.

802.11n Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet provide high-speed wireless and fixed connectivity for the fastest possible network connections. An HDMI port also lets you connect to an external HDTV for the sharpest high-definition images.

Offering power and features far beyond what we expected at this price, the Aspire 5738-644G50Mn is an exceptional laptop and a true bargain. Even at a higher price, we would have no problem recommending it.

At this low price, there really is no reason not to take a look.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerATI
Graphics Controller ModelRadeon HD 4570
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Product FamilyAspire 5738
Processor ModelT6600
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameAcer
Processor Speed2.20 GHz
Processor TypeCore 2 Duo
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Standard Memory4 GB
Cache2 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Height37 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Product Series5738
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product Model5738G-664G50MN
Product NameAspire 5738G-664G50MN Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineAspire
Manufacturer Part NumberLX.PEX02.035
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Get the sure ticket to high-def cinematic fun and powerful mobile performance. With the Aspire 5738 Notebook riveting action, realistic audio and rich visuals play like a true theater. And, complementing the brilliant performance is the dazzling glow of Acer's Gemstone notebook design sure to capture attention wherever you go.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Aspire 5738G-664G50MN Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Bus Speed800 MHz