6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: Acer Aspire AS7741Z

About Video Transcript

First Look: Acer Aspire AS7741Z

2:14 /

The Acer Aspire AS7741Z-4643 does an admirable job for an entry level big-screen laptop, assuming you can live with the corner cutting.

I'm Dan Ackerman and we are here taking a look at the Acer Aspire AS 7741Z. That mouthful actually kind of caught my eye because this is pretty much the least expensive desktop replacement, 17-ich laptop that I have seen for the holiday season 2010. You can actually find this guy in retail exclusively at Walmart; although there are similar versions you may be able to find at other retailers. The reason why they can cram this big 17.3-inch screen into a system that's under $500 is because inside, it's actually pretty much the same as a lot of these super inexpensive 14 and 15-inch laptops you're gonna find usually, but the 17-inch model is getting more powerful processors, bigger hard drives, more bells and whistles. What they've really done here is take one of the super low and mid-size laptaps that use the Double Dore Intel Pentium P60100 CPU. I'm just giving it-- It's actually a bigger screen and a separate number pad and dress that up in a body that's mostly plastic. It's got some kind of plastic that looks like [unk] metal right here. The construction, a little bit again on the plastic side. The keyboard and too much flex for me right there on the middle but it's not a terrible keyboard. I do get an HTMI output for outputing high definition videos to big screen TV. If you feel like doing that, the screen itself has actually got a 1600 x 900 resolution. We were a little afrad when we first saw this based on the price that it was gonna be a 1366 x 768 screen. Fortunately, that is not the case. You know, for under $500 and the 17-inch laptop, I guess that 's about as good a resolution as you're gonna find. It's got 3 Gigs of RAM. Again, it's got that very basic Intel Double Core CPU which means it's good for web surfing and email, and we were able to play, you know, high definition video files back without a problem and watch them online streamining video. You're not gonna be able to do a heck of a lot more than that; maybe set this up in the corner of [unk] room. It's like a little low power media center. Of course, the key thing to remember, 498 bucks if you want a big screen. Don't spend big money, pretty much the only thing that we've seen this holiday season. I'm Dan Ackerman and that is the Acer Aspire AS7741Z

New releases

Dayton Audio B452 speaker cheap not nasty
1:13 January 27, 2015
Dayton Audio's entry-level B452 bookshelf speaker's sound is remarkably satisfying for a speaker under $30.
Play video
Exploding Kittens: NSFW edition
1:32 January 27, 2015
The Oatmeal's Matthew Inman reveals a few of the explicit cards that are slated for the adult version of Exploding Kittens
Play video
Exploding Kittens rake in millions on Kickstarter
2:50 January 27, 2015
We interview Matthew Inman of the Oatmeal about his new project Exploding Kittens, a wildly imaginative card game that surpassed $4...
Play video
An exclusive live chat with Google Lunar XPrize teams!
55:24 January 26, 2015
The Milestone phase of the $30 million Google Lunar XPrize is coming to a close, so we're gathering representatives from the five prize-winning...
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 118: Bill Nye's spacecraft, Mozilla's in-browser VR and more
26:20 January 26, 2015
On today's show, we check out Bill Nye and the Planetary Society's new privately funded spacecraft, discuss Mozilla's plans for VR,...
Play video
2015 Subaru Outback 3.6L Limited
6:00 January 26, 2015
Does the new Outback do enough to keep Subaru drivers coming back? Brian Cooley gets behind the wheel and checks the tech.
Play video
Icy adventure in the Land Rover Discovery Sport
1:10 January 26, 2015
Land Rover takes CNET editor Wayne Cunningham for a drive across Iceland, covering snow, ice and a river, in its new Discovery Sport...
Play video
iSmartAlarm's new camera sets out to secure the smart home
2:33 January 26, 2015
For $150, the iCamera Keep looks like a promising addition to one of our favorite security systems.
Play video