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There are people who only need the most basic of basic laptops, and the Acer Aspire 5750 is that.
Containing a less-than-average 2GB of RAM, Intel HD Graphics and a Core i3 2350M, it employs Acer's "floating keyboard" tech, with island-based keys that are raised significantly above the surface. In practice, we feel that it slows down our typing, but it feels fine after an initial period of adjustment.
The touch pad is slick, although it doesn't seem as responsive as it should, even with sensitivity set to its highest. It's almost as if there's a small delay there, causing a brief disconnect with your brain. It uses an Elan pad, meaning that you can assign a simultaneous double finger tap to load the right-click menu.
Despite its budget leanings, Acer has still managed to get in a USB 3.0 port, along with two USB 2.0 ports, VGA and HDMI, headphone and microphone jacks, an SD card reader and a DVD drive. Wireless is of the 2.4GHz variety, but Bluetooth is missing.
Handbrake encoding (in seconds)
- 214Toshiba Satellite P750/0EM (Core i7 2670QM, 4GB RAM, 750GB HDD, GeForce GT 540M)
- 476Acer Aspire 5750 (Core i3 2350M, 2GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Intel HD Graphics)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)