Acer’s Aspire line has become synonymous with affordable computing power, providing an air of quality even towards the lowest end of the pricing scale. With an asking price of £399, the 15.6in Aspire 5749 isn’t going to break the bank and it certainly won’t be shattering records, but can so little money buy reasonable …
wait for the "G" addition
in the past they bumped up the cpu to an i5, slapped a fairly decent ati card on and called it the "XXXX"G where XXXX is the model number.
i use a 5740G at home and it's incredible value for money. i don't play games any more, but the hardware is capable. it's fast, functional and takes on ubuntu like a dream.
"I’m not a fan of 16:9 displays on notebooks - call me old-fashioned, but 16:10 makes much better use of the available area - so it’s no surprise that I didn’t take too well to the 1366 x 768 resolution."
I'm with you on that one, unfortunately I really struggle getting a monitor or laptop at 16:10 ratio, do they exist anymore?
I like 16:9...with less vertical screen the laptop is structurally stronger and it's enough to work with.
Yeah I'm forever having to scroll to bring the bottom of pages into view that I wouldn't need to on my desktop or older laptop. I have a 5472z and that's plenty powerful enough and after two years still going strong. One of the shift keys is a bit temperamental but I can live with it.
I like my 1600x1200 screen. Sad the rest of the laptop is getting old :-(.
What's it like with Linux Mint on it?
There is a lot better budget stuff about for less money.
Some retailers have had Lenovo i5 Sandybridge systems in the £380 region.
With i3's being in the £340 region.
If this was around the £300 mark it would be a good deal, but at £400 there are many better options that won't be broken in 6 months.
Yeah my 5472z was only £450 two years ago. This has a slightly better CPU and more USB ports but not much else. I too would've thought this would be closer to £300.
Can somebody come up with an after-market screen-unglossifier?
Some sort of an etching compound that achieves the silky screen finish found on all the good old laptops that we don't seem to get any more.
And no I don't want royalties for my brilliant idea. Just send me a free tin of the stuff once you'e done, to compensate me fro my brilliant idea. Thank you.
3550 - sandybridge i3, metal casework. backlit keyboard and usb3 goodness all for the same money
16:10 screens rule
I agree too on 16:10. 16:9 is only any use for watching the output of the film studios. And even then it doesn't matter if you've got a 16:10 screen showing a black bar at top and bottom whilst you watch a film does it? Because the reverse - using a movie-resolution 16:9 screen for actual computing just doesn't work - I can't display my extra vertical lines on parts of the screen that don't exist...
As an aside, my old 1920x1200 resolution laptop needs replacing, and I can't find any for sale at all. There's a few 1920x1080 (16:9) around, but I really need the missing 10% vertical resolution. Can anyone tell me of any? Apart from whatever Mac it is that currently has such a screen as I'm just not a mactard.
Just go buy yourself an old Precision
In the range of new Dell Precisions, only the M6500 offers 16:10, in the coveted 1920x1200. Funny, because the top model is also called Covet.
10/100 not a big surprise
From what I've seen, most consumer DSL modem/routers are still only up to 10/100, and certainly those dished out by ISPs in these parts, which is the sort of level of customer these are aimed at I'd think. So a Gbit NIC would probably be wasted in many cases; right decision by Acer to keep the price down IMHO.
How is the wifi likely to outperform 10/100 wired ethernet?
Higher bandwidth, better reliability and lower latency, all at the same time?
My 5740G has a really annoying and loud BEEEEP every time the power cord gets plugged/unplugged. Also, with recent versions of ubuntu the Wifi driver crashes the system
running ubuntu 10.04 LTS
my 5740G has been running ubuntu since i bought it. wifi, bluetooth, webcam for skype calls all work.
Matt_payne666 - Vostro 3550 for £399 with anywhere near the same spec, where?
Today at Argos £399.99 gets you the 5749 with 6GB of DDR3, the Vostro with only 2GB and the tiny 250GB hard drive runs to £358.80!
Is there a Dell discount I don't know about?