Acer Aspire 7740 Review
A multimedia notebook with excellent features that can be obtained without burning a hole in their pockets is what some users want. And the all-new Acer Aspire 7740 is what exactly can satisfy their demands.
1> 17.3-inch HD+ LED-backlit display (1600 x 900, glossy finish)
2> Windows 7 Home Premium
3> Intel Core i3-330M (2.13GHz, 3MB Cache)
4> 4GB DDR3 Memory (2GB x 2GB)
5> Intel GMA HD Integrated Graphics
6> 6-cell 48Wh battery, 65W 19V AC adapter
7> Dimensions: 16.2″ x 10.8″ x 1.6-1.8″
8> Weight: 6lbs 14.3oz
Build and Design
The Acer Aspire 7740 conceals its size with a slim profile. From the side, it appears short with the lower chassis not much higher than the VGA-port’s height. The design becomes narrow in the front giving the palmrest an attractive sharp edge. The color scheme is elegant with a glossy, dark-blue screen-cover, metallic blue palmrest and keyboard trim, and black keyboard. A moderately sized Acer logo is embossed on front and center.
The build quality is decent with a solid body without much flex. The screen cover provides decent protection from impact for the LCD not allowing the screen to be distorted. The glossy paint on the screen lid withstands scratches and can resist other stains and dents.
The palmrest shows very little flex under pressure. The strong chassis supports the body panels attached to it. The screen hinges are strong and hold the screen properly closed.
The Acer Aspire 7740 can be easily upgraded by accessing components through a single cover on the back of the notebook.
The laptop has a HD+ display with a 1600 x 900 resolution supporting 720P content and 1080P content when scaled. This resolution is good enough for watching movies, viewing photos etc. Color saturation and contrast are average with fine backlight levels suitable for bright office conditions, but not for outdoor viewing with the shiny screen. The screen is visible until about 60 degrees when viewing from the side.
The speakers produce good quality sound even without a subwoofer or a low-frequency driver. Experts have found highest volume levels to be perfect for watching a movie keeping close to the screen. The speakers support simulated Dolby surround sound. There’s a hint of bass and midrange while toggling on and off the Dolby Audio Enhancer.
The laptop uses a floating island-style keyboard comfortable for typing but is problematic during fast typing. This keyboard is without an internal bezel structure & solid key design, so it’s easy to press another key and cause typing errors. The layout has the advantage of the chassis with a four-key wide spacious numeric pad.
Surprisingly, quick-access media keys, touch-sensitive buttons for volume control or media playback aren’t included in the keyboard. But it has quick-access buttons for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, backup software, and a customizable program launch.
The touchpad is an ALPS design with a spacious layout and supports multitouch gesture. It is responsive but with some lag. Touch sensitivity is good but any adjustment for sensitivity isn’t there in the ALPS control menu. There’s a button to the right of the touchpad to disable the touch surface.