Quick impressions on the Acer Aspire 4740

I’ve been sitting on this Acer Aspire 4740 laptop for the past three weeks now and before I send it back, let me give my quick impressions about this Intel Core i5 14-inch laptop.

Acer Aspire 4740

It looks boring, feels heavy and battery lasts only a short time. Ok that’s a bit too quick and it’s not how I roll in my blog. I need to provide a couple of photos and a couple more paragraphs to turn this into a decent post worthy of your precious time.

Ok let’s do that again.

The Acer Aspire 4740 that I got has the Core i5 processor. Is it fast? Uhh yes. Is it good for graphics editing? Well only light ones. You will feel the sluggishness once you start editing those 10 MB photos or layouts due to lack of a discrete graphics card and only 2GB worth of memory.

So what’s it good for? Flash games! HD videos! I really like the sounds on this one after using a pair of cheap headsets (as long as there’s some sort of sound isolation). Hooking it up to a decent 2.1 speakers will make this a very good entertainment laptop.

Acer Aspire 4740

It’s good for typing long documents too because of the nice keyboard. Well not too long I hope because the battery only lasts a paltry 2.5 to 3 hours on regular usage.

It’s also good for Skype or other video-chatting thingy. The low-light-capable webcam really works. I didn’t use my netbook to video chat with my wife when I had this laptop.

So how much it’s going for? Around Php40k in reputable stores locally. Or you might want the Core i3 version which sells for less.

Acer Aspire 4740

Ok let’s wrap it up. I think this is the section that you would probably only read.

The Good: Virtual Surround Sound rocks! Webcam does really well in low-light setting. Dedicated buttons on the right side for volume control. Doesn’t really heat up that much which is good for a Core i5 processor.

The Bad: The muscle-inducing 4.8 lbs. weight. The short battery life. The ho-hum appearance.

If you want a more detailed review, I also wrote one for Laptop Manila. Or if you want another review of the Core i3 version, there’s one at The Lady Programmer.

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8 Responses

  1. claudine says:

    hehehe.. boring.. :P

  2. crickette says:

    i don’t know much about computers… but i just really love being in front of it, all the time. i recently got an ASUS EeePc and im happy with it.

    but like i said, i wouldn’t know naman the difference because i know blah about computers.

  3. Gem says:

    After a while I had to agree the design is boring. It doesn’t make a good impression probably for any ordinary laptop users. I know tech lovers look more beyond the appearance of any laptop – which is the true power that it brings.

    But I’m always more after the power and functionality. Sa akin, I do open photoshop photos (several at a time but no more than 10 photos, pero hindi naman mabagal), plus several other apps that I use for web development.

  4. Jesse says:

    hehehe i use a 4736z same but with a 2.0ghz core duo 2gb and 250gb. same battery life as well. but i got it at P26000 so im really happy =) haha and yes it is heavy!

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