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Acer AS5740-5144 Laptop with Intel Core i3 Processor

The Acer AS5740-5144 laptop has an Intel Core i3 processor, 15.6″ display and Microsoft Windows 7.

Acer AS5740 5144 Laptop with Intel Core i3 Processor

Acer AS5740-5144 Laptop with Intel Core i3 Processor

This laptop features Intel’s latest Core i3-330M processor. The Core i3 features dual cores capable of four processing threads.  It is a 64-bit processor that comes with 3 MB of L3 cache, runs at 2.13 GHz and built on a 32 nm die.  That means lower power, and less heat, which is ideal for a laptop.  It has 4 GB of DDR3 RAM, which is the maximum memory the system can hold.  This is enough to smoothly multitask.

The display is a 15.6″ HD Widescreen Acer CineCrystal™ LCD display with a resolution of 1366 x 768.  This is a 16:9 aspect ratio which is good for watching widescreen movies.  Driving the display is the integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD with 128 MB of dedicated video RAM and support for Microsoft DirectX 10. Not a lot of dedicated memory, but better than all shared.

For storage you get a 500GB Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive rotating at 5400 RPM.  This is a large hard drive that should have enough space for the large music or movie collection you want to store.  The optical drive is an 8x SuperMulti DVD±R/RW drive can also write to CD, DVD-RAM, and dual-layer (DL) DVD±R discs–which can hold up to 8.5 GB of data.. You also get a 5-in-1 card reader for optional MultiMediaCard™, Secure Digital, Memory Stick®, Memory Stick PRO™ or xD-Picture Card™.

For networking you get an integrated 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi adapter for connection to your wireless network. For wired networking you can use the integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet port (RJ-45). Other ports include an HDMI port for connecting to your HDTV, a VGA port for connecting an analog monitor, 4 high-speed USB 2.0 ports, 1 headphone out, and 1 microphone in jack.

The laptop also comes with a Crystal Eye webcam  which supports Acer PrimaLite technology, which consists of a premium sensor, firmware and lenses to provide superior video performance under low-light conditions. A built-in digital microphone helps keep background noise levels low and minimizes echoes for clear video chatting.

The hard drive comes installed with Microsoft Windows Home Premium 64-bit.  Other software includes

McAfee Internet Security Suite (trial version); NTI Media Maker; Google Toolbar; Acer Recovery Management; Acer GridVista; Microsoft Works; Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 Trial (60 days); Norton Online Backup; MyWinLocker.

The laptop measures 15.1 x 9.9 x 1.5 inches and weighs 6.2 pounds.  You can get up to 4 hours of unplugged power from the 6-cell (4400 mAh) Lithium ion battery pack.

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