The 15.6-inch Acer Aspire 5755G isn't the sort of laptop that likes to brag. Instead, it conceals its powerful components beneath a modest-looking chassis. Our model packed a quad-core Intel Core i7-2630QM processor clocked at 2.0GHz, paired with 8GB RAM. It's available now from SaveOnLaptops and other vendors for around £875.
The 5755G is a rather understated affair. The only apparent interruption on its deep black lid is the chrome-effect Acer logo. When you get close up, though, you'll notice that there's a subtle grain effect on the lid. It's barely noticeable but it's just enough to turn an otherwise dull-looking machine into something slightly more sophisticated. The shiny plastic Acer has used to construct the lid is a total fingerprint trap, though, so keep a cleaning cloth handy if you're taking it anywhere posh.
The shell flexed slightly under our fingers but not enough to make us worry. The laptop feels generally well built so we were quite happy hauling it to events all over town, and we think it could withstand a few beatings on the road.
At 381 by 28 by 254mm, the 5755G won't win any awards for portability, but it's not so big that you can't fit it into most backpacks. At 2.5kg, you can sling it over your shoulder quite comfortably while you trot off on your next big adventure.
The 15.6-inch screen has a 1,366x768-pixel native resolution. We'd prefer to see a screen that supports the higher 1080p resolution, but you still have the option of outputting any high-definition video to a massive TV via the HDMI port.
The display is fairly bright and offers decent colour reproduction. It doesn't have the deepest blacks we've ever treated our eyeballs to, but it's quite adequate for watching streamed content and TV shows. If you really want to melt your retinas with gorgeous content, hook the laptop up to a TV like the stunning 55-inchand settle back with a brew and a biscuit. That telly may cost £2,500 but your eyes will thank you.
Keyboard, trackpad and speakers
The keyboard, including a separate numeric keypad, is a really good size, using up all the available horizontal space. The slightly rounded, isolated keys are well spaced out and offer a very comfortable typing experience even when touch typing at high speeds.
The keyboard isn't backlit, sadly, so you won't have an easy time of typing in the dark unless you whack the screen brightness up high enough to illuminate the keys, or go the old-fashioned route and just turn on a light.
The trackpad isn't huge, so those who spend loads of time scrolling may find it rather restrictive. It supports multi-touch gestures, though, such as two-fingered scrolling, which makes life slightly easier. The buttons are connected at the middle to form one big rocker. We found pressing it to be very pleasing.
Like most laptop speakers, the 5755G's aren't anything to shout about. They do an adequate job if you're just watching TV shows or the odd YouTube clip of cats on treadmills but they won't be happy if you ask for anything more. At higher volume levels, you'll notice a fair amount of distortion. If 'mad beats' and intense movie soundtracks are on your agenda, you'll really need to hook this laptop up to some good speakers or get yourself a decent pair of headphones.
Along with a DVD drive, you'll also find an HDMI port, VGA output, one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, an SD card reader, and headphone out/audio in jacks.