Acer TravelMate 5760 review

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With its attractive blue cover the Acer has a playful look, but underneath it means serious business. This is reinforced by the preinstalled software, which includes ProShield, designed to prevent unauthorised access, and the Acer Backup Program – a more intuitive option than the standard Windows Backup and Restore tool.

Acer TravelMate 5760 review

In some respects this is a fine laptop for schools. It starts up in only 55 seconds, and the batteries held up for just over three hours of classroom use, even with the DVD drive in action. The screen can be pushed back flat, and has good hinges, so it should be able to withstand being knocked, while the chassis is both drop- and spill-resistant.

The 15.6in, 1,366 x 768 resolution screen gets solid marks for brightness, contrast and detail, although narrow viewing angles may make it difficult for two pupils to view it at once. The 1.3mp webcam delivers a stronger image than some rivals, and is set at the right angle when the screen is at its optimal position – many budget laptops get this wrong.

Acer TravelMate 5760

Sadly, the Acer is a letdown elsewhere. Staff and students weren’t keen on the placement of the trackpad; it’s too far over to the left, which makes it harder to type. The keys themselves are so flat, with so little travel, that typing feels awkward. Sound is also very tinny and the DVD writer so noisy that it’s impossible to use any DVD-based content without wearing headphones. On a more minor note, shortcuts to eBay and Acer accessories have no place on the desktop of a school’s laptops.

With three USB 2 ports and HDMI and VGA outputs, the Acer has basic connectivity covered, although USB 3 would have been useful. With Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11n Wi-Fi, it’s network ready, too.

The specification is also impressive. With a Core i3 Sandy Bridge processor and 4GB of RAM the Acer is fine for classroom applications, as shown in a 0.66 PC Pro benchmark score. With dedicated Nvidia graphics, there’s 3D horsepower too.

Despite its problems, this is a well-built, high-spec laptop for the money, but one that’s better suited to teachers and co-ordinators than classroom use.


Warranty1yr collect and return

Physical specifications

Dimensions376 x 253 x 34mm (WDH)

Processor and memory

ProcessorIntel Core i3-2310M
RAM capacity3.00GB
Memory typeDDR3

Screen and video

Screen size15.6in
Resolution screen horizontal1,366
Resolution screen vertical768
Resolution1366 x 768
Graphics chipsetIntel HD Graphics 3000
VGA (D-SUB) outputs1
HDMI outputs1


Optical disc technologyDVD writer
Replacement battery price inc VAT£0


802.11a supportyes
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
802.11 draft-n supportyes

Other Features

USB ports (downstream)3
3.5mm audio jacks2
Pointing device typeTouchpad
Integrated webcam?yes
Camera megapixel rating1.3mp

Battery and performance tests

Overall Real World Benchmark score0.66

Operating system and software

Operating systemWindows 7 Professional 64-bit
OS familyWindows 7

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