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2.0 out of 5 stars
Acer Aspire 5733 15.6 inch Laptop (Intel Core i3-370M Processor, RAM 6GB, HDD 640GB, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit), 7 May 2012
I bought this laptop to replace a now obsolete Presario CQ61 which succumbed to a glass of red wine!
PROs: It's a significant leap forward with twice the RAM, twice the processor power and almost twice the HDD capacity.
The sound card output is much better.
Screen brightness & sound volume and many other functions are controlled using the Function key/cursor keys etc combinations with where necessary an on-screen sound level or other indicator.
Acer provide a barely adequate generic PDF user manual on the HDD along with a proprietary HDD backup system which superficially resembles the Windows 7 system - not used yet. Various data rescue and backup scenarios are covered in the manual.
The keyboard has a light and positive feel and the matt-finish keys are clearly labelled with adequate spacing permitting easy access to remove the inevitable "stuff" which finds it's way between the keys.
The external 3.5mm sound card in/out jacks are right at the front of the left-hand side. The SD card socket is housed under the front lip to the left of the battery status and power LED indicators.
The HDD doesn't have a separate data partition - just the standard C drive with the operating system and two hidden system partitions. I prefer a separate partition for my data to avoid it's loss should the operating system fail leading to a rescue situation. I had to create that partition myself and that could be a bit of a problem for some users.
The USB sockets are positioned towards the front - two on the right and one on the left. This brings the USB cables into the usual clutter zone - normally avoided when they are positioned further to the rear. A consequence of that positioning is that the CD ROM is further back where it's operation can be impeded by the neighbouring USB cables.
There is no IEEE 1394Firewire port or Telephony port nor any clear information about the use of the memory card slot.
I have docked one star for the lack of a clear and dedicated User Manual and for the questionable USB ports/CD ROM positioning.
This machine is not for a beginner but for me personally the increased RAM, processor speed/power and bigger HDD outweigh the the "contras".
Additional comment added Sat 23 June 2012
The pair of USB 2.0 ports on the right hand side have ceased to operate fully - external hard drives are no longer recognised nor will my wireless mouse connect properly - "a device has malfunctioned" is the message. I've used several different cables and still have had no success. Now everything has to connect via the only working socket which slows everything down. The Windows 7 sidebar gadget cannot be activated on this machine - it's a lemon and it's going back. I see that there's a new offer price now - could this signify the shifting of old stock I wonder? I have "adjusted" the star rating in view of these problems.