Review Acer TravelMate 5740G-524G50MN Notebook

Sebastian Jentsch, 06/19/2010

Business Gamer. Business laptops usually do not have strong graphics cards. Acer begs to differ with its newest TravelMate model, the Acer TravelMate 5740G-524G50MN. Thanks to the ATI HD5650 and Core i5-520M duo in the laptop, Acer can promise its buyers good performance for business laptops too. You can read the following in-depth review to find out more about the 15.6 inch TravelMate 5740G-524G50MN.

Acer TravelMate 5740G-524G50MN: ATI HD5650 and Core i5-520M
Acer TravelMate 5740G-524G50MN: ATI HD5650 and Core i5-520M

Acer usually produces attractive and affordable models which are intended to target the mid-range buyers. However, Acer does also have "business" series: the TravelMate and the Extensa. The low prices of 400 euros (Extensa) and up to 600 euros (Travelmate) attract a lot of buyers who want a simple and affordable business laptop, especially as these models came with a matt display, docking ports and good input devices. However, "affordable" also means weaker hardware, and so the models of the Extensa and TravelMate series have always  been inherently flawed due to their middle-class processors and weak graphics units (they did not even have a dedicated graphics card); That is all going to change now because the latest TravelMate model is here: the Acer TravelMate 5740G-524G50MN.

The Acer TravelMate in this review breaks the age-old tradition and brings about a new era: business notebooks with high-performance hardware, such as the ATI HD 5650, (a middle-class graphics card) and the heavy-duty Core i5 processor, the 520M. You can find out all the details about this exciting new model in the following in-depth review.

Case

The bottom of the laptop can be bent inwards in certain places
The bottom of the laptop can be bent inwards in certain places
Tight joints
Tight joints
Wide opening angle
Wide opening angle

The case of a Travelmate laptop should be optimized for both desktop and mobile use. This also applies to the 5740G which has a comfortable, matt, slightly smooth surface. The dark, hard synthetic material used for the case is typical for the Travelmate series. Fingerprints or smudges have no room to settle in on this laptop. This is also the case with the display which follows the overall design of the laptop and maintains a conservative, matt look. This notebook is perfect for buyers who are looking for a nice and businesslike laptop.

The case is sturdy in most places and makes an overall good impression. Even when we pressed down with both hands, we could only bend the cover slightly inwards. The hand-rest regions, on the other hand, have no weak spots. The same goes for the area under the keyboard.

The hinges hold the screen up and only let it fall slightly. All the joints are robust and so both hands are needed to open up the laptop. The maximum angle the display can be opened up is enormous: 165 degrees. The cover can be bent slightly on the edges. Thanks to this resistive cover, the display does not show any errors in the picture due to pressure placed on it from behind. The bottom corner of the screen, which is the spot exactly between the two hinges is very wobbly, which is a fault in the otherwise perfectly sturdy case.

The battery can be taken out when the laptop being used on a desktop, and does not leave an ugly hole when removed. The bottom plate of the notebook is made of a simple synthetic material and  so does not have the same design as the rest of the laptop. The big flap on the bottom covers a lot of upgrade options: hard disk, RAM and WLAN module.

Connectivity

5740G: this is all there is
5740G: this is all there is
Copy: Aspire 5741G bottom
Copy: Aspire 5741G bottom

Acer manages to do everything wrong when it comes to connectivity. No docking port, no eSATA, no fingerprint reader, no ExpressCard and no FireWire. Obviously, no USB 3.0 either. Basically it's the case of the Aspire 5741G-334G50Mn, which is available from 600 euros.

Where did all the ports disappear? They were all still there when we tested the previous TravelMate models. The TravelMate 8571 which we tested recently still had a docking port (Easy Dock Station), fingerprint reader, "Anti-Shock Protection" (HDD). Devices of the older Travelmate generation can still be upgraded with FireWire, ExpressCard54 and PCMCIA. Sometimes a smartcard reader and serial interfaces were also available. To find out more, read 6592G-832G25N.

The TravelMate sitting before us has lost almost all the characteristics of a business laptop. Why is Acer turning a business laptop into a consumer notebook? Should the customers still consider this Acer TravelMate model? Definitely not, as the price of 1000 euros is too high for this model. Plus consumers can find better models with the same processor and graphics card for a lower price.

The positioning of the right and left USB ports does not seem very logical. USB cables sticking out will hinder the use of the mouse and reduce the available workspace. Both right- and left-handed users will be annoyed by this positioning of the ports. The laptop will also be surrounded by HDMI or VGA cables which will reduce the available space even further. This will hinder the use of an external mouse for left-handed users and leave the  area around the notebook looking rather crowded on a desktop. Using the back of the laptop for some of the ports would have been a much more rational choice. However, the low hinges hinder the use of the rear. All ports, including the power outlet, can be seen clearly on the sides. As mentioned before, a docking station can not be used to prevent the chaos created by the cables.

Front: card reader
Front:  card reader
Left: AC, VGA, LAN, HDMI, USB, Line-Out, Mic
Left: AC, VGA, LAN, HDMI, USB, Line-Out, Mic
Back: no ports
Back: no ports
Right: 2xUSB, DVD-LW, Kensington
Right: 2xUSB, DVD-LW, Kensington

WLAN has the fastest Draft-N standard and has a Broadcom wireless module with 802.11a/b/g/n. This includes an integrated Bluetooth module. The Broadcom NetLink Gigabit Ethernet adapter is the perfect Ethernet card for a "Gigabit-Switch". The network capabilities of the 5740G are at the highest standards right now.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The keys offer an indistinct pressure point and a short stroke distance, thus giving an overall spongy typing feel. Still, the user can easily get used to the keyboard. The keys bounce slightly near the middle of the keyboard resulting in a springy typing feel. However, the biggest input regions (left and right) are fixed in position.

Acer integrated a number block into the keyboard which allows for easier number input. However, this additional feature resulted in smaller-dimensioned cursor keys which make their use harder and far less comfortable, as they are also squeezed under the "Shift" key. Still there could have been some space left over, but the dollar and euro symbols take up that space. Tiny cursor keys on a business notebook? That is yet another fault in the 5740G.

Touchpad

The touchpad used in the laptop is a Synaptics "Multitouch Pad" (V7.2), which is also used in the Aspire notebooks. The surface of this touchpad is smooth like the hand-rest regions and easy to use. The keys are quiet when pressed but relatively need a lot of pressure to press. The touchpad left us with an overall good impression.

The touchpad also has horizontal and vertical scroll bars. However, the horizontal bar is deactivated by default. Thanks to the dual finger recognition, the user can easily scroll up and down and side-to-side when viewing documents and thus has no need to use the cursor keys.

Keyboard
Keyboard
Touchpad
Touchpad

Display

Colour range of the AUO B156XW02 V3
Colour range of the AUO B156XW02 V3

The anti-glare AUO panel (model: B156XW02 V3) has a esolution of 1.366 x 768 pixels. This WXGA resolution is not enough for a 15.6 inch business notebook. A more detailed resolution would help a great deal when using multiple, complex programs.

The AUO panel has a low contrast of 184:1. Such a low value is typical for office laptops and is thus not so important for most buyers. However, this notebook is equipped with the strong ATI HD5650 graphics card and so a better contrast would have definitely made sense. Plus, the price of 1,050 euros is too high for the laptop to use a "0-8-15 Office" display.

Still, the display would suffice business users. However, professionals will be left yearning for more as this display is not designed for picture editing. The small colour range is another contra of the display.

206
cd/m²
203
cd/m²
196
cd/m²
213
cd/m²
217
cd/m²
210
cd/m²
226
cd/m²
226
cd/m²
222
cd/m²
Information
Maximum: 226 cd/m²
Average: 213.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 217 cd/m²
Black: 1.18 cd/m²
Contrast: 184:1
Distribution of brightness

The brightness we measured off the TFT is decent. On average, the brightness lies around 213 cd/m². The illumination is even at 87 percent. Inside buildings, the user will rarely need the full brightness of the display. In those cases, a lower brightness level of 160 cd/m² would be optimal.

Outdoors use - front (slightly cloudy)
Outdoors use - front (slightly cloudy)
Outdoors use - side (slightly cloudy)
Outdoors use - side (slightly cloudy)

Those user who like to go outdoors with their laptop will be happy with the good brightness of the 5740G (213 cd/m²). The power consumption due to the high brightness of the TFT will sink the battery life but on the other hand it allows the user to be able to clearly see the items displayed under direct and bright sunlight. Office notebooks are supposed to have matt displays just like that of the 5740G. This prevents annoying reflections on our test model. Depending on the location and sunlight, we could adjust the display so as to be able to clearly read off the display.

Horizontally the picture starts to change when the viewing angle deviates by more than 40 degrees. When this happens, the colours get inverted and the screen darkens. This effect is induced much faster vertically as a deviation of a mere 15 degrees vertically can lead to a similar result. A darkroom photo shows the small vertical viewing angles of the 5740G clearly; Especially strong changes can be observed when one changes the viewing angle vertically from the side.

Viewing angles of the Acer TravelMate 5740G-524G50MN
Viewing angles of the Acer TravelMate 5740G-524G50MN

Performance

Acer equipped the 5740G with a Intel Core i5-520M. The CPU has two physical cores of each 2.40 GHz. The overclocking potential lies between 2.4 and 2.93 GHz with the "Turbo Boost" function. As can be seen from the above numbers, Intel's technology allows for dynamic overclocking.

In addition, the CPU also has the "Hyper-Threading" function which allows it to simulate two additional cores and so allows for programs to have access to up to 4 cores. However, when using this function, the overclocking potential decreases from 2.93 GHz to 2.5 Ghz for all four cores. This overclocking hurdle can be overcome if all the processing is done by a single core. In that case, the CPU can be overclocked to the above-mentioned 2.93 GHz. This is usually the case when certain programs, such as a "Single Core CPU" benchmark, are run.

4.096 MB DDR3 RAM are available for the useIntel Core i5 520M Notebook Prozessor. These RAM modules sit in two slots and are standard-issue for Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit systems.

System information: CPUZ CPU
System information: CPUZ Cache
System information: CPUZ Mainboard
System information: CPUZ RAM
System information: CPUZ RAM SPD
System information: GPUZ
System information: HDTune
DPC latency times: short alterations after the WLAN is switched on/off
System information of Acer TravelMate 5740G-524G50MN
Steamy performance: 520M & HD5650
Steamy performance: i5-520M & HD5650

The PCMark Vantage calculated a total score of 5.657 for this system. This value is intended to display the performance of the laptop when running programs. All the hardware components of the notebook, i.e. the CPU, the graphics card, and the RAM, are included in this benchmark. Thanks to the strong processor installed within, the Acer Travelmate 5740G manages to compete at the same level as the performance giant, the Acer Aspire 8943G (720QM, HD5850) or the Apple MacBook Pro 17 (540M, GT 330M).

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
2789
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
6114
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
4896
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
3426 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
7129 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
4862 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
18.58 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
1.97 Points
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PC Mark
PCMark Vantage5657 points
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5.8
Windows 7 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
6.8
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
5.9
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
6.7
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
6.7
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
5.8

The 5740G is no doubt a system with a lot of potential, and so the user will not have to be worried about insufficient performance. On top of that we also have the option of "Turbo-Boost" which allows for increased performance in any program. The Core i5-520M is faster than the Core 2 Duo T9800, with 2.93 GHz, in most benchmarks.

3D Mark
3DMark 0321115 points
3DMark 0513564 points
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
6715 points
3DMark Vantage3406 points
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Seagate Momentus 5400.6 ST9500325AS
Transfer Rate Minimum: 36.6 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 78.3 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 62.5 MB/s
Access Time: 18.5 ms
Burst Rate: 61.8 MB/s
CPU Usage: 1 %

The 500 GB HDD (ST9500325AS) reads data at 62.5 MB/s in "Sequential Read". The data transfer rate is average. The "Burst Rate" is very low with a value of 61.8 MB/s, which leads to the cache of the hard drive being very slow. The hard disk is inaudible when in use.

Gaming Performance

Wie wir testen - Leistung

The graphics card installed is an ATI Radeon HD5650 (1.024 MB GDDR3). The core is clocked at 550 MHz, and the memory has a frequency of 800 MHz. The HD5650 is the strongest graphics card of the current ATI mid-range. In the 3DMark2006, the system scored 6.697 points. This is only a few points more than a Samsung R780 with a Nvidia GT 330M. The game benchmarks show that the mid-range graphics card from ATI can leave the Nvidia mid-range cards far behind in the dust.

Those players who want to play their games with high settings would be advised to buy the ATI HD5650 (the buyer should go for a version of the ATI HD5650 with at least 550/800 MHz, i.e the core and memory frequency respectively, and a faster Core i5-Prozessor). The 5740G will definitely please any on and off players. Real game enthusiasts might be disturbed by the fact that the new games cannot run in native HD-Ready resolution. Still, the fact remains that the user should not expect too much from this laptop as the display has a weak contrast which means that the colour range is also very restricted.

Crysis: Details Medium - executable
Crysis: Details Medium - executable
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Details High - executable
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Details High - executable
FarCry 2: Details High - executable
FarCry 2: Details High - executable
low med.high ultra
Call of Juarez Benchmark (2006) 25.6fps
World in Conflict - Benchmark (2007) 1385933fps
Crysis - GPU Benchmark (2007) 94.95528fps
Crysis - CPU Benchmark (2007) 96.947.423fps
Far Cry 2 (2008) 83.6839.3fps
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (2010) 43.7630.53fps

Emissions

Air vent
Air vent

System Noise

The Travelmate remains on the quiet side and is very comfortable to work on. Be it surfing on the internet, listening to music, or typing in Word, the computer remains very quiet: everything runs at the lowest fan speed (30.7 dB(A)). The acoustic pressure remains constant. That means that the fan rotation speed changes only slightly between 30.5 dB(A) and 32.1 dB(A). The cooler fan switches off completely when the laptop is idle. After about 2 minutes, it switches back on, only to switch off again after 20 seconds.

When we played games on the notebook, the system noise emission did not rise much. Most of the time we measured an emission of 32.8 dB(A), which is only slightly louder than when the laptop is being used for office purposes. Rarely, when the GPU is under heavy usage, the cooler fan turns up to its maximum speed and reaches an emission of 36.5 dB(A).

During our 12 hour stress test (Furmark & Prime95) the cooler fan ran constantly at its maximum speed and emitted 36.5 dB(A). All-in-all the cooling system design is impressive and manages to keep the system noise emission in the background for most of the time.

Noise Level

Idle 30.5 / 30.7 / 32.1 dB(A)
HDD 30.5 dB(A)
DVD 34.1 / dB(A)
Load 32.8 / 36.5 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:     (15 cm distance)
In stress test the laptop hardware heats up: GPU 84 / CPU 98 degrees (Maximum)
In stress test the laptop hardware heats up: GPU 84 / CPU 98 degrees (Maximum)

Temperature

The temperature remains low, at least when the laptop is idle. When typing or surfing on the internet, the bottom of the laptop remains at 31 degrees. The hand-rest regions are slightly cooler at around 30 degrees.

However, the measurements during the "Stresstest" showed some weaknesses of the cooling system. The region of the keyboard heats up to an uncomfortable 48 degrees. The bottom of the laptop is even worse: 52.4 degrees celsius.

During the 12 hour stress test we also stressed the processor. The 520M CPU heated up temporarily to 98 degrees. Still this did not affect the performance of the CPU or the GPU (Thermal Throttling). The 3DMark06 calculated a result of an identical 6,715 points (CPU score of 2,733).

Max. Load
 46.8 °C46 °C30 °C 
 48.1 °C47 °C30.4 °C 
 36.6 °C41.1 °C30.9 °C 
 
28.9 °C42.8 °C52.4 °C
30.8 °C46.5 °C50.2 °C
30 °C34.3 °C46.2 °C
Maximum: 48.1 °C
Average: 39.7 °C
 Maximum: 52.4 °C
Average: 40.2 °C
Power Supply (max.)  56.5 °C | Room Temperature 20.8 °C

Loudness

The integrated stereo speakers can be found above the keyboard under a small panel with holes. The user should not expect a high sound quality from them but they do deliver sufficient audio for office work. The sound stresses the middle notes and leaves out the high and low notes. All-in-all the sound quality left us with a very expressionless impression. The connecting of external speakers helps, and we tested this with two Yamaha speakers (YST-M20SDP). The sound output of the notebook is very strong and does not distort.

Battery Life

Charging: 91 minutes
Charging: 91 minutes
WLAN test: 138 minutes
WLAN test: 138 minutes

"Ultra Low Voltage" processors have shot the battery lifes of laptops upwards. However, the Travelmate 5740G does not seem to use this feature to its full potential as can be seen by the 2 hour run time (138 minutes) during the WLAN test. This is due to the weak 48 Wh battery and the power hungry dedicated ATI graphics card. During the WLAN test we visited a few sites and managed to complete a download.

During light usage the run time extends itself to 3 hours and 23 minutes. The  run time of 203 minutes, which we found from the "BatteryEater Reader" test, seems unrealistic. The measurement was taken when the laptop was idle and the brightness was set to the lowest level. In addition, all the hardware modules were deactivated.

We tried to play "Lord of the Rings" (DVD film) on the laptop but the battery ran out after 144 minutes (2:24 hours). The 4,400 mAh battery then needs a period of 1 hour and 31 minutes to be fully charged and ready for the next film.

Battery runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
3h 23min
WiFi Surfing
2h 18min
DVD
2h 24min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 08min

The power saving options available on the Acer Travelmate are really effective for a business notebook. When all of these options are turned on and the display brightness is dimmed to the lowest level, the power consumption of the laptop lies around 10.8 W (idle). This low power consumption is really unique as very few Core i5 laptops have reached such a low consumption. One exception would be the Toshiba Satellite Pro S500-115 which has a really low power consumption of 9.5 Watt, but that model does not have a dedicated graphics card.

The power usage rises up to 47.4 W when the HD5650 is under heavy usage, like for example, during the 3DMark 2006 benchmark. We found the maximum consumption with the Prime95 and the Furmark benchmarks (stress test). The multimeter showed a net result of 77 W, and so the 90 W adapter supplied with the notebook is a good idea.

Power consumption

Off / Standby 0.7 / 0.9 Watt
Idle 10.8 / 15.3 / 15.9 Watt
Load 47.4 / 77.4 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         

Verdict

Sadly, the end product which promised so much delivers very little. Acer is selling a laptop with the Travelmate brand which has almost nothing good besides the matt display and the businesslike design. The list of important missing parts is long: eSATA, Docking-Port, Fingerprint-Reader, Anti-Shock Protection (HDD), FireWire, ExpressCard54, PCMCIA, Smartcard, serial interface, etc. In addition, the input devices are also not good. The slow feedback and the tiny cursor keys will not convince any business user to consider the notebook as a travel companion.

The only things that remain are a 15.6 inch laptop with high performance. The Core i5-520M (2.4 GHz) is better than its Core 2 Duo predecessors with the same or higher clock frequency. Especially, multi-core programs benefit from this advanced processor. Games run nicely on this system thanks to the ATI Mobility Radeon HD5650, the strongest graphics card of the ATI mid-range, which can run most games in high details.

The workmanship of the chassis is fine but nothing amazing. The same goes for the small viewing angles and the contrast-weak matt panel. The battery life of the 15.6 inch notebook is also disappointing and lies at around 2 hours for surfing on the internet with an active WLAN module. This is far too little, but on the bright side, the brightness and the matt display of the laptop allow for good outdoors use.

Those readers who yearn for the classical business qualities offered by the Travelmate series, should take a look at the Travelmate Timeline 8x72 series, which is better equipped (an interface for the Acer Easyport IV port replicator and UMTS option) and is equipped with the lates Intel processors. One example of a model from this series would be the TravelMate TimelineX 8572G with the Core i7-620M and the GeForce GT330M (1,100 euros).

Those buyers who would rather take another look at the even older Travelmate models should consider the currently available TravelMate 6593 series. This 15 inch laptop has all the necessary ports but does not come with the latest Intel processors.

Acer TravelMate 5740G-524G50MN: Dicke Leistung mit ATI HD5650 & I5-520M, aber nur wenige Business-Features.
Acer TravelMate 5740G-524G50MN: Dicke Leistung mit ATI HD5650 & I5-520M, aber nur wenige Business-Features.
In review: Acer TravelMate 5740G-524G50MN
In review: Acer TravelMate 5740G-524G50MN

Specifications

Acer TravelMate 5740G-524G50MN

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel HM55
:: Memory
4096 MB, PC3-10700
:: Graphics adapter
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 - 1024 MB, Core: 550 MHz, Memory: 800 MHz, GDDR3, 8.692.1.0
:: Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, AUO B156XW02 V3, glossy: no
:: Harddisk
Seagate Momentus 5400.6 ST9500325AS, 500 GB 5400 rpm
:: Soundcard
HD Audio
:: Connections
3 USB 2.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Line Out, Mic, Card Reader: SD/MMC/MS/MS Pro/xD,
:: Networking
Broadcom NetLink Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000MBit), Broadcom 802.11n (a b g n ), 2.1+EDR Bluetooth
:: Optical drive
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GT31N
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 34.1 x 381 x 253
:: Weight
2.499 kg Power Supply: 0.363 kg
:: Battery
48 Wh Lithium-Ion, AS10D31
:: Price
1100 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: 1.3MP, 24 Months Warranty

 

A typical Acer TravelMate.
A typical Acer TravelMate.
Conservative and matt. Boring perhaps?
Conservative and matt. Boring perhaps?
No, the installation of a ATI Mobility Radeon HD5650 makes it a lot more interesting.
No, the installation of a ATI Mobility Radeon HD5650 makes it a lot more interesting.
Together with a Core i5-520M, the notebook mutates into a 15.6 inch heavy-weight champion of the TravelMate series.
Together with a Core i5-520M, the notebook mutates into a 15.6 inch heavy-weight champion of the TravelMate series.
Whether 1.050 euros are worth it? At best we are skeptical.
Whether 1.050 euros are worth it? At best we are skeptical.
The ports are really disappointing.
The ports are really disappointing.
There is no eSATA, and let us not even mention ExpressCard.
There is no eSATA, and let us not even mention ExpressCard.
Shouldn't there have been at least a docking port here?
Shouldn't there have been at least a docking port here?
CardReader (SD/MMC/MS/MS Pro/xD)
CardReader (SD/MMC/MS/MS Pro/xD)
and 0-8-15 Webcam are available in every netbook.
and 0-8-15 Webcam are available in every netbook.
Even the keys are not appropriate for an expensive business laptop.
Even the keys are not appropriate for an expensive business laptop.
At least, the friends of the "Extensa"look will have the choice of having it.
At least, the friends of the "Extensa"look will have the choice of having it.
One power adapter is available.
One power adapter is available.
It lights up is decent white or blue (Standby/On).
It lights up is decent white or blue (Standby/On).
The workmanship is sturdy but the synthetic material look can not be hidden (feet).
The workmanship is sturdy but the synthetic material look can not be hidden (feet).
New design for Acer: the battery can be swung out,
New design for Acer: the battery can be swung out,
but not pushed out of the back.
but not pushed out of the back.
The bottom is covered by a big cover.
The bottom is covered by a big cover.
When opened it reveals a 500GB Seagate HDD (ST9500325AS), which is relatively slow (Burst Rate),
When opened it reveals a 500GB Seagate HDD (ST9500325AS), which is relatively slow (Burst Rate),
DDR3 RAM, which works fine,
DDR3 RAM, which works fine,
and the WLAN module which is installed in the mini PCI-Express slot of Broadcom (abgn).
and the WLAN module which is installed in the mini PCI-Express slot of Broadcom (abgn).
We found a similar ominous slot in the Aspire 5741G. Maybe it is just a preparation for a UMTS modem?
We found a similar ominous slot in the Aspire 5741G. Maybe it is just a preparation for a UMTS modem?
The LAN cable is very long,
The LAN cable is very long,
and the 90 W power adapter is relatively heavy with 363 grams.
and the 90 W power adapter is relatively heavy with 363 grams.
Outdoors use is possible with the bright and matt TFT.
Outdoors use is possible with the bright and matt TFT.

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Pro

+Good 3D performance
+Strong processor
+Matt display
+Quiet during normal use
 

Contra

-No ExpressCard, eSATA, or DockingPort
-Weak contrast TFT
-Poor pressure points of the keyboard
-Short battery life
-Warm during heavy usage
-Poor loudspeaker output quality

Shortcut

 

What we like

A lot of power under the hood but still quiet and (almost always) cool.

What we miss

Ports, ports and one more time: ports. At least an Acer EasyPort would have been a great help.

What confused us

How Acer used the "Travelmate-Image" software and sold badly designed consumer hardware under that lable.

The competition

Those users who absolutely have to have the ATI HD5650 should pick the Aspire 4820TG Timeline X, the Dell Studio 1749 or the Sony Vaio VPC-EB1S1E/BJ. To get the original "TravelMate" feeling, we would recommend the upcoming TravelMate TimelineX 8572G. We will of course do a review of it as soon as it is out.

Rating

Acer TravelMate 5740G-524G50MN
06/03/2010
Sebastian Jentsch

Chassis
80%
Keyboard
76%
Pointing Device
85%
Connectivity
70%
Weight
80%
Battery
73%
Display
83%
Games Performance
90%
Application Performance
93%
Temperature
71%
Noise
96%
Add Points
60%
Average
80%
80%
Multimedia *
Weighted Average

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Author: Sebastian Jentsch, 2010-06-19 (Update: 2013-06- 6)