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    Default Acer Aspire 7740 Review Discussion

    The Acer Aspire 7740 is a 17.3-inch multimedia notebook designed for people who want a lot of features for not a lot of money. This notebook costs $749 while still offering an Intel Core i3-330M processor, Intel GMA HD graphics, Blu-ray drive, and a HD+ LED-backlight display. In this review, we take an in-depth look at its performance and see how well it stacks up against the competition.



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    Thanks for the review, it's interesting to see the Intel HD graphics don't deviate much in performance between the i3 and i5. Good to know that I'll be getting good performance no matter which system I get. I'm surprised though that this Acer got good marks, I thought they were usually at the bottom of the ladder in quality.

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    Wow, 17" and only 1600x900?

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    I have own a Acer before. My last Acer lasted me 8 years. I Love my new Acer. I use it for Work, school, and Play. This computer boots up fast. runs fast. lots of space for work and school and games. I play World of Warcraft It run Just like if I was on my gamer desk top. I work in EMS SO I do my my reports, MY con ED is done on line with the big 17" screen I see the Videos lot better than my old 15" and loads the video faster. Playing WOW the game runs fast very little lag if any. FPS is just a little slower than my desktop. By the way have I told you I love this laptop. has every thing I need, The price for this laptop is low compared to other laptop of the same built. This the best laptop for the price.
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    Default Re: Acer Aspire 7740 Review Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin O'Brien View Post
    The Acer Aspire 7740 is a 17.3-inch multimedia notebook designed for people who want a lot of features for not a lot of money. This notebook costs $749 while still offering an Intel Core i3-330M processor, Intel GMA HD graphics, Blu-ray drive, and a HD+ LED-backlight display. In this review, we take an in-depth look at its performance and see how well it stacks up against the competition.


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    If you liked it at $749, how do you feel about it at ***$499**** (true, Staples, as of 3/29/10):

    http://www.staples.com/Acer-Aspire-A...68&PID=1727683
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    Quote Originally Posted by lovelaptops View Post
    If you liked it at $749, how do you feel about it at ***$499**** (true, Staples, as of 3/29/10):

    http://www.staples.com/Acer-Aspire-A...68&PID=1727683
    Sorry, I think this is a better, more direct link:

    http://www.staples.com/Acer-Aspire-A...duct-nr_851638
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    Sony Z's: (Z13: i7/8GB/256GB/900p/WWAN - "classic"; still better, lighter than most UBs 4 yrs newer!Z22: i7-2640/6GB/256GB/1080p; stupid fast/2.5 lbs
    HP Envy 14 Spectre 3100
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    Default Re: Acer Aspire 7740 Review Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by lovelaptops View Post
    If you liked it at $749, how do you feel about it at ***$499**** (true, Staples, as of 3/29/10):

    http://www.staples.com/Acer-Aspire-A...68&PID=1727683
    Quote Originally Posted by lovelaptops View Post
    Sorry, I think this is a better, more direct link:

    http://www.staples.com/Acer-Aspire-A...duct-nr_851638
    I'll up the ante: here is the actual graphic from the Staples ad. Says it's good til 4/03, so get going people. I only hope they don't sell out!
    Acer Aspire AS7740-5691 17.3" Laptop

    Special Buy




    Offer Expires on 04/03/2010
    Reg:$649.98
    Save:-$55.00
    Now:$594.98
    Instant Savings:-$95.00
    Price after savings:$499.98Each
    Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus - i7-4500U/8GB/256GB/3200x1800 PLS. Absolutely magnificent piece of kit and a joy to use.
    Sony Z's: (Z13: i7/8GB/256GB/900p/WWAN - "classic"; still better, lighter than most UBs 4 yrs newer!Z22: i7-2640/6GB/256GB/1080p; stupid fast/2.5 lbs
    HP Envy 14 Spectre 3100
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    Default Re: Acer Aspire 7740 Review Discussion

    Reassured by the salesman, I opted for this machine over a similarly featured but a lot more expensive HP model. Now I have had my Acer for one full year.

    I work it hard - 10 to 12 hours on weekdays and a portion of that also on weekends. I have a virtual machine installed and work most often on remote desktops. During this time, I have not had even the tiniest problem - no freezing, no unsolicited shutdown, not even once. Please observe that I load it heavily when I work, and it holds it.

    The screen brightness, though, does not reach really to working outdoors. It is possible but not too comfortable. Even though the brightness of the screen is more than enough for any place indoors, it would need just a wee bit more for the outdoors. And the screen lacks anti-glare, so, in conditions of very bright light you will see the reflection of yourself and the apple-trees behind you.

    The power button is a huge one. It is located right in front of the display and is too brightly illuminated. So, for me, it was quite distracting. But I am at large a little whimsical when it comes to the eyes. I covered the button with just a piece of a multipurpose tape. It still shines through it but is not distracting any more.

    If you need a reliable wide-screen laptop machine, take this Acer. You really don't have to be scared away by the low price. It delivers what it promises and works like a champion.

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    As far as Acer is concerned I think you Americans are really getting the short end of their stick. $750 for this 7740 may sound good until you realize Singapore sells the 4741G for $700 that beats it at all fronts (14", i3-380, 2GB DDR3, GT 420M, 500GB)

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    Thats a silly comparison.

    BTW the 7740g should be able to accept a full HD 1080p screen like my 7738G.

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