Acer 17.3" Aspire Laptop 3GB 250GB | AS7741-5731
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- Intel Pentium dual-core P6000 processor 1.86GHz, 1066MHz Front Side Bus, 3MB L3 Cache
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- Brand Name: Acer
- Display Size: 17.3 inches
- Model Number: AS7741-5731
- Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
- Computer CPU Manufacturer: Intel
Intel Pentium dual-core P6000 processor 1.86GHz, 1066MHz Front Side Bus, 3MB L3 Cache 3GB DDR3 system memory Gives you the comfort for multimedia videos and images, video conferencing, basic gaming and all other simple duties 250GB SATA hard drive Store 166,000 photos, 71,000 songs or 131 hours of HD video and more SuperMulti double-layer DVD burner Watch DVD movies on your computer; read and write CDs and DVDs in multiple formats 10/100/1000 Ethernet; 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Connect to a broadband modem or a wired broadband router with wired Ethernet, or wirelessly connect to a Wi-Fi signal or hotspot with the 802.11b/g/n wireless connection built into your PC 17.3" diagonal HD CineCrystal LED widescreen display Intel HD Graphics with 128MB of dedicated system memory, supporting Microsoft DirectX 10 Additional Features: Built-in HD Webcam Multi-in-1 digital media card reader 3 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x HDMI port, 1 x VGA port, 1 x headphone/speaker/line-out jack, 1 x microphone jack, 1 x RJ-45 Ethernet port 6-cell lithium-ion battery (up to 3.6 hours of battery life) Software: Genuine Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit Edition Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 Edition (60-day trial) Microsoft Works McAfee Internet Security Suite (60 days of complimentary updates) Microsoft Windows Live Essentials Acer eRecovery Management, Acer ePower Management, Acer Backup Manager
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* Replaced 2.5" HDD with an SSD
* Replaced DVD with slim SATA drive tray (to swap a second SSD for the DVD). Be careful with the connector alignment.
* Replaced battery with extra-capacity OEM replacement battery.
* PERFORMANCE BONUS! i5 (effective)
Replace the Pentium P6000 CPU with a $40 Intel 560m (essentially an i5) and you get upgraded built-in Intel HD Graphics GPU too.
Watch the youtube videos on replacing the motherboard or teardown. Super easy. Clean the old thermal paste completely and use a quality paste (diamond or high silver content) because the new CPU generates more heat than the old P6000. It's not terrible, it doesn't run hot, but you should make the most of what is already there.
Not too shabby for a $500 7-year-old laptop rockin a 17" screen that plays some recent AAA games. It did have a hard time with Tomb Raider and the Batman series, but Ark, TF2, Overwatch, etc. all play bearably OK at low settings. Don't expect magic or compare it to a dedicated GPU. It's not. It's a mobile i5 with the Intel HD Graphics internal GPU.
Definitely got my money's worth. Love the 17" screen for surfing, light gaming, and watching movies/TV on.
I will rate this particular Acer model as a catastrophe. It is absolute junk on a stick. Here is why:
Trackpad: Its got bad juju. Its a Alps model; prone to radio interference and touch mis-reads. Cursor jumps all over the place. Its not a driver issue; its a hardware problem with these trackpads and can not be resolved.
DVD drive: insists on popping open whenever it wants to. Close it...and something seems to trigger its eject function randomly.
External display: OMG. If you could only see how badly this thing handles resolutions one a secondary display. Wow. Horrible. Unusable.
HDD: Extremely slow.
Battery: Charge is weak.
Screen: After some use the screen develops hot spots where the back light is brighter.
Buy a different Acer; I've got several models...no real complaints about the others except for the horrific DC power jacks (all have terrible fit and are prone to becoming snagged and break. See: Apple's MacBook break-away reversible charging cable for how to design a proper connector).
This version i am using now, is the same but just with the P6100 Pentium dual-core, 4 gigs of RAM, and a 500gig hard drive which i got at staples for 499$, yes thats not a typo either. The price has went back up by now i'm sure. This thing is just stellar, i already own my 3rd Acer Desktop which i made into a killer gaming rig so i stick with what i know, and what lasts. The screen on this thing is absolutely amazing, no really it has to be THE brightest screen i've ever came across on any laptop. And i've tried many. Also on that note you get 1600x900 resolution on this baby for that price as well, beat that? I dare you to even try. The speakers are very loud and clear, with dolby surround which usually isn't so great, but in this case very good. Its not a speed demon like the I series, but as i said i already have a gaming rig for all the rest i need to do. Its no slouch though, most movies ranging from 700mb to 1.00gb average around 34 to 45 minutes for coversion which isn't bad at all. Using a program like DIVX to DVD runs like a charm and you have DVD ready VSO movies in no time.
The keys are very close to the body of the computer and very touch sensitive, which i like a lot, but it can make you more prone to mistakes if you type as fast as i do. Also the computer comes with 3mb of L3 cache, which also helps give it a boost in processing speed. So for the price your getting much more than you will with much more expensive brands. Especially for a 17.3 in screen. The web cam is great, none are out of this world, but it does what it does, and does it well. The laptop is very thin, even though its large and only weighs around 7.5lbs. So its very easy to tout around with you. The mouse pad is the only thing that can be a little figity at times, but just use it with extra caution, especially when typing. It doesnt run hot in the least, highest temperature i've seen on it using speed fan is around 45C. Even under heavy work load. Wireless is great and pics up a great signal no matter where you are with the new Acer Nplify boost.
There is a walmart version of this computer and its ok if you don't want a lot of space and a little decrease in performance, only 3 gigs which isn't bad, and only a 250gig HD which is not so good. So check out Staples and see if they still sell these at this price, it may not last long. The scores for Windows are as follows btw. Also this version review on here with the 3 gigs, and the older 1.86ghz, i would steer clear off unless you just wanna browse, if so its fine, plus the screen doesnt look nearly as good. I have a friend with one. So here are the Windows specs.
Calculations per second....5.7
Memory Operations per second.....5.9
Desktop for Windows Aero....4.6
3D gaming and Graphics....5.1(not bad for intel HD graphics), usually its down in the 3's
Data transfer rate-5.8
So for what it is you can't beat it, i've seen Sony Vaios that don't even rate that high for 699 or more. So get one of these(the staples or walmart brand that is) with the P6100, you'll be glad for the extra performance. I know i am, love it.
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So far this laptop has been great. Had it for a year, I am a total Gamer, its been great.Read more
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