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Acer Aspire 7720 review: Acer Aspire 7720

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The Good Terrific performance; large display; plenty of ports.

The Bad Ugly looks; poor battery life; heavy.

The Bottom Line The Acer Aspire 7720 is a high powered machine crammed into an ugly plastic box. It's heavy with poor battery life, but give it some numbers to crunch and it'll have them done in no time

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The Acer Aspire 7720 -- nicknamed 'Gemstone' -- is a beast, with a relatively high hardware spec, large widescreen display and weighing in at almost 4kg.

It's not the sort of machine you'd want to have to carry around for very long, but makes a fine desktop replacement and is available for £774.97 from LaptopsDirect.co.uk.

Strengths
Under the slightly lacklustre hood of the 7720 is a 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 processor and a healthy 2GB of RAM, which had no trouble running through the PCMark05 benchmark, returning a result of 4,395 which is extremely impressive for a laptop. Games performance, while not quite as remarkable, was also decent with a 3DMark06 score of 1,533.

With plenty of room to play with, the 7720 includes a spacious 17-inch glossy display that's pleasant to work on and a large keyboard with a separate numeric keypad at the side.

There's also an array of shortcut buttons along the top and a slightly ominous green button which launches Acer's Empowering Technology software, which, despite the slightly overblown name, is a useful suite of configuration utilities.

When it comes to ports and connectors, the 7720 could rival a desktop machine, with sockets for both VGA and DVI, four USB (two on each side), 4-pin FireWire, modem, Ethernet, memory card reader, audio (including SPDIF) and TV out strewn around its body.



Weaknesses
It may stack up well in the performance stakes, but there's no denying the colossal size of this machine. It's also pretty hefty too at nearly 4kg, making only short trips from room to room feasible.

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