Software and Usage
We liked using the Acer Aspire 5750. It is big at 15.4 x 10.0 inches (390 x 255 mm) and weighs 5.7 lbs (2.6 kg), which makes it not the best choice if you need to carry it around all the time, as you may expect from a notebook of its class. It is not an “ultra thin” like the Aspire TimelineX AS3830T which we analyzed last week.
The audio quality of the Aspire 5750 is excellent due to two strong speakers located on the upper sides of the equipment. When it comes to video performance, we have been able to watch full HD movies with no problems.
This laptop comes with no drivers or operating system installation disks. However, you have the option to create system rescue DVDs (four blank DVDs are required), which can be used to return the hard disk to the factory default state, if needed. There is also an option to return to the original state using an application that uses a hard disk image stored at a hidden partition on the hard disk. It would be far better if the manufacturer had included an operating system installation disk and a drivers disk with the laptop so you could install and customize the operating system. For example, this laptop comes with only one big hard disk partition available to the user, but many people prefer to split it in two partitions, one for the operating system and another for personal data.
As with any laptop, the Aspire 5750 comes with a typical “bloatware” (preinstalled, usually useless software) package, which will make you spend some time uninstalling software. Among them, there are the Norton Online Backup and the McAfee Internet Security Suite, both in 30-days demo version. There is also the NTI Media Maker and The Microsoft Starter 2010, which is a free version of the famous Suite from Microsoft that brings only Word and Excel, supported by advertising.
Some games and utilities from Acer come preinstalled, as well as other software with dubious utility such as the MyWinLocker, Shredder and eSobi 2. There is also the Clear.Fi application from Acer, which allows you to share media contents (videos, pictures and music) between devices (laptops, desktops, smartphones and media players) which have this utility installed.
Generally, the Aspire 5750 comes reasonably ready to use, mainly thanks to the free versions of Microsoft Word and Excel. The Windows 7 is a great operating system for this laptop.