Oh, Acer, you don't half churn them out. The prolific spawner of laptops has just given birth to another addition to the Aspire range, the 15.6-inch 5553G. The configuration we're looking at, the 5553G-N934G32Mn, can be yours for around £700 from PC World and other vendors. It packs a quad-core AMD chip, which, in a laptop of this price, gets us rather hot under the collar.
Where's the flair?
The 5553G's design lacks flair. The glossy pinstripe pattern on the lid and brushed-aluminium finish on the wrist rest look pretty snappy, but the machine looks like pretty standard fare otherwise. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but, if you like your laptop to make a statement, we'd advise you to look elsewhere.
The 5553G's 15.6-inch, LED screen makes more of an impression. Sporting a maximum resolution of 1,366x768 pixels, it's really bright, which helps to counteract the fact that its glossy coating is extremely reflective. As it stands, the 5553G's display is vivid and easy to gaze upon.
The keyboard is comfortable to use and sensibly laid out, although we worry that crumbs and fluff will fall between the large gaps between the individual keys. The trackpad is large, and responsive enough to avoid driving you crazy.