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Acer Aspire 5720 review

£349 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Acer

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

This 15.4in full-size Acer Aspire 5720 laptop, which falls easily into the budget desktop-replacement category, is packed with features.

This 15.4in full-size Acer Aspire 5720 laptop, which falls easily into the budget desktop-replacement category, is packed with features.

From the outside you're presented with a shiny black top. Open the Acer Acer Aspire 5720's heavy lid and it has a sober light-grey 'CeramiFinish' top deck and screen surround, with plenty of additional buttons and flashing lights to keep you entertained.

At the heart of the Acer Aspire 5720 is an Intel Core 2 Duo processor – the slowest of the group at 1.5GHz. Its 80GB hard drive is tiny by today's standards, but at least the 2GB of RAM should keep the Vista Home Premium operating system running smoothly.

The Acer Aspire 5720's keyboard feels a little 'spongy' and the trackpad buttons aren't ideally placed for clicking, but the pad itself was reasonably sensitive. Overall build quality was mediocre – the laptop felt somewhat plasticky.

It's not unusual to find various free software trial offers and proprietary software pre-installed on new systems, but the Acer Aspire 5720 comes with way too much of this nonsense.

In our speed tests the Acer Aspire 5720 managed 64 points, a very good WorldBench 6 score for a Vista-based machine that costs less then £400. Graphics performance was poor – the Acer Aspire scored only 15fps (frames per second) even at Fear's minimum quality settings.

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Acer Aspire 5720 Expert Verdict »

Acer Aspire 5720-752G16Mn reviews verified by Reevoo

Acer Aspire 5720-752G16MnScores 8.7 out of 10 based on 558 reviews
1.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5250
Windows Vista Home Premium
WorldBench 6 score: 64
4 USB ports
15.4in, 1,280x800 screen
framerate scores at min/max quality for FEAR: 15/4
battery life on test: 3 hours 21 mins
6-cell, 4,000mAh
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

Acer's Aspire 5720 turned in an impressive score in WorldBench 6, despite housing the slowest processor in the group. It's not for gamers, but it's an otherwise well-specified Vista Home Premium machine.

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