The Acer AS5738PG-6306 has an Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 processor, 4GB of RAM, 320GB HDD, built-in optical drive, and a memory card reader. The screen is a 15.6-inch touch sensitive unit with a resolution of 1366 x 768. Graphics for the machine are via ATI Radeon 4570 and the notebook has built-in WiFi, a modem, and a webcam.
To test the Acer AS5738PG-6306 I will be using my Battery Eater Pro test, my iTunes encoding test, and my Windows Media Encoder test. This notebook and the Acer 3D notebook that I tested yesterday are virtually identical so the performance will be very close for both machines.
The first test up is Battery Eater Pro. I ran the benchmark with all power saving setting turned off and the screen at 100% for the maximum performance test. The battery lasted 78 minutes. For the power saver test, I used the same settings and turned the screen brightness down to 50%. The battery was able to last 88 minutes at these settings.
The next test up was iTunes encoding. I took the Stone Temple Pilots Core CD in MP3 format and used iTunes to turn the tracks into AAC format. I timed the process with a stopwatch and the Acer AS5738PG-6306 was able to perform the conversion in 1 minute and 49 seconds. The final benchmark was my Windows Media Encoder test.
I used Windows Media Encoder to turn the 1080p Magic of Flight movie into a DVD quality movie with CD quality audio suitable for streaming from a computer. The Acer AS5738PG-6306 took 4 minutes and 9 seconds to encode the video.
After the tests were done, I started using the notebook to see how it works it the real world. The machine offers plenty of performance for the average computer user and will work very well for those wanting to do average computer work with a bit of multimedia mixed in.
As you saw with the benchmarks, the machines big problem is battery life. You will get more run time in the real world than I did on my benchmarks, but other machines in the category offer longer run time. The screen and its touch technology are the big draw here.
The screen allows you to navigate with a finger rather than having to use the track pad. I am not a fan of track pads so using my finger to surf the net was great for me. I did find that I had to touch a bit above where I thought I needed to touch to activate links and such on the computer. This was annoying when trying to pick options in drop down lists online. The screen is very glossy, which means lots of glare. Color reproduction is good and the screen works well for movie watching.
The keyboard is a full-size unit with a chicklet style. The keys are well spaced and offer good feedback and typing feel. A full number pad is attached to the keyboard as well. The track pad is as accurate as you can expect a track pad to be. Acer uses a unit that supports multitouch and gestures on the Acer AS5738PG-6306. You can move the cursor with a single finger, scroll with two, and zoom with pinch gestures. The notebook has a built-in optical drive and full connectivity features too making it a well-rounded machine that many users will enjoy.
The Acer AS5738PG-6306 is a good all around notebook with a touchscreen that works well and is useful to the average user.
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