Pros

  • Discrete numeric keypad
  • Good gaming performance

Cons

  • Poor audio quality
  • Keyboard layout not optimal for touch typists

At A Glance

This $750 Acer laptop offers very good performance, but substandard audio and a lack of Bluetooth may limit its appeal.

Manufacturer’s Description

The 15.6" Aspire 5740G-6979 Notebook delivers comfortable, accessible computing and entertainment wherever you go. Equipped with the latest Intel processor, ultra-fast DDR3 memory, high-def audio and video support, this notebook has what it takes to let you multitask effectively and indulge in quality gaming, video editing, music, photo viewing and Internet surfing.

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number LX.PMB02.070
Battery Information
Battery Chemistry Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 4400 mAh
Maximum Battery Run Time 3 Hour
Interfaces/Ports
HDMI Yes
Total Number of USB Ports 4
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 4
VGA Yes
Audio Line In Yes
Audio Line Out Yes
Display & Graphics
Screen Size 15.60 "
Display Screen Type Active Matrix TFT Color LCD
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Screen Mode WXGA
Screen Resolution 1366 x 768
HDCP Supported Yes
Graphics Controller Manufacturer ATI
Graphics Controller Model Mobility Radeon HD 5650
Graphics Memory Capacity Up to 1 GB
Graphics Memory Technology DDR3 SDRAM
Graphics Memory Accessibility Dedicated
Storage
Storage Size 500 GB
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA
Solid State Drive Capacity No
Optical Drive Type DVD-Writer
General Information
Manufacturer Acer, Inc
Manufacturer Part Number LX.PMB02.070
UPC Code 099802630669
Brand Name Acer
Product Name Aspire 5740G-6979 Notebook
Marketing Information

The 15.6" Aspire 5740G-6979 Notebook delivers comfortable, accessible computing and entertainment wherever you go. Equipped with the latest Intel processor, ultra-fast DDR3 memory, high-def audio and video support, this notebook has what it takes to let you multitask effectively and indulge in quality gaming, video editing, music, photo viewing and Internet surfing.

Product Model 5740G-6979
Product Type Notebook
Manufacturer Website Address http://us.acer.com
Product Line Aspire
Product Series 5740
Memory
Memory Card Supported MultiMediaCard (MMC), Secure Digital (SD) Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, xD-Picture Card
Standard Memory 4 GB
Maximum Memory 8 GB
Memory Technology DDR3 SDRAM
Memory Standard DDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Number of Total Memory Slots 2
Memory Card Reader Yes
Miscellaneous
Package Contents
  • Aspire 5740G-6979 Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Additional Information

Wireless LAN: Acer Nplify 802.11b/g/n

Network & Communication
Wireless LAN Yes
Wireless LAN Manufacturer Intel
Wireless LAN Model Centrino Wireless-N 1000
Wireless LAN Standard IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet Technology Gigabit Ethernet
Physical Characteristics
Height 1.5"
Width 15.1"
Depth 9.8"
Weight (Approximate) 98.72 oz
Built-in Devices
Webcam Yes
Microphone Yes
Speakers Yes
Processor & Chipset
Processor Manufacturer Intel
Processor Type Core i5
Processor Model i5-430M
Processor Speed 2.26 GHz
Processor Core Dual-core (2 Core)
Cache 3 MB
Chipset Manufacturer Intel
Chipset Model HM55 Express
Software
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium
Operating System Architecture 64-bit
Input Devices
Pointing Device Type TouchPad
TouchPad Features Multi-gesture TouchPad

Performance

Overall Performance
WorldBench 6 Score 93.0
Battery
Battery Life 2:58   (hh:mm)
Office Productivity
Web Browsing 272.0   seconds (lower is better)
Office Suite Use 355.0   seconds (lower is better)
File Compression 517.0   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 448.0   seconds (lower is better)
GPU Graphics Rendering 331.0   seconds (lower is better)
CPU Graphics Rendering 462.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 236.0   seconds (lower is better)
DVD Burning 512.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Editing 200.0   seconds (lower is better)
Gaming
Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 800 by 600 108.76   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 1024 by 768 102.41   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 800 by 600 72.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 1024 by 768 72.52   Frames per second (higher is better)
Multitasking
World Bench 6 Multitasking 326.0