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.
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.