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Acer Aspire 5738PZG review:

Acer Aspire 5738PZG

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Typical Price: $999.00
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The Good Touchscreen. Large comfortable keyboard. Solid performance.

The Bad Predictably low battery life. TouchPortal is terribly gimmicky.

The Bottom Line The 5738PZG is a solid enough workhorse of a machine at the asking price. Just don't buy it for the touchscreen ability or the battery life.

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CNET Editors' Rating

8.8 Overall

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Design

The 5738PZG is a notebook with a frankly ordinary design. If you don't want flashy or ostentatious, that could be just fine. The only concession to eye-catching design that the 5738PZG goes in for is the highlighted power button, which sits to the top left of the keyboard and glows with a track line that suggests something rather TRON-like is happening within.

The 5738PZG features a 15.6-inch display above a 104-key keyboard, including full number pad. As with most laptops that include a number pad, the cursor keys are crunched down to make space, but not terribly so. The trackpad is multi-touch capable, as is the display screen. A fingerprint sensor sits between the two trackpad buttons at the base.

Features

The processor at the heart of the Acer Aspire 5738PZG is a mid-level Pentium dual-core T4400 2.2GHz chip. Our review sample had 4GB of RAM, a 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570 graphics chip and a 500GB hard drive. Optical media duties are handled by a 4x Blu-ray/DVD SuperMulti (double layer) drive. Ports include a memory card reader, four USB ports, fingerprint reader, HDMI and VGA out, RJ-11 modem and Ethernet port.

On the software side, Windows 7 Home Premium runs the 5738PZG, along with Acer Arcade Deluxe, Acer Backup Manager, Acer eRecovery Manager, Acer Bio-Protection, Acer Crystal Eye, Acer GridVista, Microsoft Works and NTI Media Maker. Trial versions of McAfee Internet Security Suite and Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 are also pre-installed.

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