Acer Aspire 5739G review

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Certain members of Acer’s Aspire Timeline series have impressed us with their svelte, workmanlike charm, but the Aspire 5739G is a more entertaining proposition. Gone are the low-voltage processors, integrated graphics and sharp, business looks; instead, the 5739G is a laptop that encourages you to leave the work until later and have some fun instead.

First things first: it isn’t particularly stylish. While the deep blue lid glimmers attractively enough, its dumpy frame and matte black base aren’t likely to set hearts aflutter. Peer inside and the mishmash of black keyboard and textured grey plastic betray the Acer’s budget, but at this price build quality and performance are more pressing concerns and here the Acer really satisfies.

Acer Aspire 5739G

Its styling may not be particularly consistent, but build quality is solid throughout. The base has barely any flex in it at all, and the lid feels up to taking the odd knock now and again. When you consider that it weighs in at a fairly reasonable 2.68kg, the sturdy build is all the more impressive.

The Core 2 Duo processor nips along at 2.2GHz and, with 4GB of DDR3 memory at its disposal, the 5739G scored a respectable 1.06 in our benchmarks. That’s enough to keep Windows 7 Home Premium feeling snappy and fleet-footed, and to dispatch most applications without breaking a sweat.

Better still, the Nvidia GeForce GT 240M graphics chipset adds a generous dose of gaming prowess. It’s a surprisingly powerful choice for a mid-range laptop, and after whipping through our easiest Crysis test with an average of 68fps, it managed a just-playable 28fps at the more demanding Medium settings.


Warranty1yr collect and return

Physical specifications

Dimensions373 x 262 x 42mm (WDH)
Travelling weight3.2kg

Processor and memory

ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T6600
Motherboard chipsetIntel GS45
RAM capacity4.00GB
Memory typeDDR2
SODIMM sockets free0
SODIMM sockets total2

Screen and video

Screen size15.6in
Resolution screen horizontal1,366
Resolution screen vertical768
Resolution1366 x 768
Graphics chipsetNvidia GeForce GT 240M
Graphics card RAM1.00GB
VGA (D-SUB) outputs1
HDMI outputs1
S-Video outputs0
DVI-I outputs0
DVI-D outputs0
DisplayPort outputs0


Hard disk usable capacity198GB
Spindle speed5,400RPM
Internal disk interfaceSATA/300
Hard diskHitachi HTS545032B9A300
Optical disc technologyDVD writer
Optical driveOptiarc AD-7585H
Battery capacity4,400mAh
Replacement battery price inc VAT£0


Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec
802.11a supportyes
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
802.11 draft-n supportyes
Integrated 3G adapterno
Bluetooth supportno

Other Features

Wireless hardware on/off switchyes
Wireless key-combination switchno
ExpressCard34 slots0
ExpressCard54 slots0
PC Card slots0
USB ports (downstream)4
eSATA ports1
PS/2 mouse portno
9-pin serial ports0
Parallel ports0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports1
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports0
3.5mm audio jacks3
SD card readeryes
Memory Stick readeryes
MMC (multimedia card) readeryes
Smart Media readerno
Compact Flash readerno
xD-card readeryes
Pointing device typeTouchpad
Audio chipsetRealtek HD Audio
Speaker locationAbove keyboard
Hardware volume control?yes
Integrated microphone?yes
Integrated webcam?yes
Camera megapixel rating1.0mp
Fingerprint readerno
Smartcard readerno
Carry caseno

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use4hr 19min
Battery life, heavy use1hr 30min
Overall application benchmark score1.06
Office application benchmark score1.07
2D graphics application benchmark score1.27
Encoding application benchmark score0.96
Multitasking application benchmark score0.96
3D performance (crysis) low settings68fps
3D performance settingLow

Operating system and software

Operating systemWindows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
OS familyWindows 7
Recovery methodRecovery partition, burn own recovery discs
Software suppliedMicrosoft Works 9, NTI Media Maker

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