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Review Acer TravelMate 5740Z Notebook

Sebastian Jentsch, 10/21/2010

Pentium Business. An office book for little money? This TravelMate comes in question. How good is the Pentium P6000? Will even fastidious office fans be thrilled about the antiglare 15.6 incher? All answers can be found in this detailed review.

Acer TravelMate 5740Z-P602G25N (LX.TY302.002) with Pentium P6000
Acer TravelMate 5740Z-P602G25N (LX.TY302.002) with Pentium P6000

Inexpensive office machines belong to the notebook category that is sold to consumers in large numbers. This time, we have acquired a sample of Acer's TravelMate line. These notebooks are available in the most different sizes and in a vast amount of configurations. We want to remain less than 500 euro and discover the TravelMate 5740Z-P602G25N (LX.TY302.002) with a Pentium P6000 (2 x 1.86 GHz). The application performance won't likely climb to the highest level with a 2 GB DDR3 RAM and a small hard disk of 250 GB.

Can the 5740Z nevertheless become a good office companion with its strengths and weaknesses? The basic approach of a quiet system noise, a useable keyboard and matt screen make a good start. Find out everything about the TravelMate 5740Z in our detailed review.

Case

Matt and austere surfaces
Matt and austere surfaces
Inconspicuous details (power on slider)
Inconspicuous details (power on slider)

Haven't we met before? We've already made acquaintance with the case in the sister model, Acer TravelMate 5740G-528G64N (Core i5-520M, ATI HD 5650). The interior features differ extremely, but the exterior details are exactly the same.

Our hands lie on a matt, hard and smooth working surface. The gray, fairly high-end looking plastic is typical for TravelMates. Fingerprints or greasy stains haven't got a chance of endurance. The same applies to the lid, which is made of the same material. Matching the austere and serious notebook case's look, the Acer logo hasn't been placed in the lid's center. Rather, it is in the upper right in a rectangle.

The case is overall solid, and even gaps and the finish provide for the matching quality. We could twist the base unit with both hands to an extent. The base plate could also be dented significantly in some areas. The vents on the elongated maintenance cover are so fragile they broke in part as we probingly pressed them with one finger. The large cover bids upgrade options: hard disk, RAM, WLAN module.

In return, the wrist-rest fits tight everywhere on the work surface. Although pressure can't dent it, it can dent the key bed. It coils in the center while typing, as well as over the DVD drive.

The hinges keep the lid tight in place and there is only a slight teetering. We need both hands for opening in order to move the hinges. The maximum opening angle is wide: 165 degrees. We can twist the lid slightly when it's picked up at a corner. But only to an extent. The lid's surface can resist light, selective pressure well, but it dents evidently over the surface.

The battery can be removed for use on the desk. No gap in the work environment is created. There aren't any feet on the flush-fitted battery.

Connectivity

Webcam night photo with 1280x1024
Webcam night photo with 1280x1024

The basic fare is given for the connections. No ExpressCard, eSATA or USB 3.0. In this regard, the low-end business device doesn't differ from the low-end consumer notebook, Aspire 5741G. Our test device's base unit looks exactly like the Aspire (with exception of the top). If you want more connections, but want to stick to TravelMate, you might take a liking to the TravelMate TimelineX 8572T. Aside an Acer Easyport IV connector, it also has a fingerprint reader and UMTS module (option). However, there isn't an ExpressCard or eSATA here, either. Not even on the docking station.

The right and left ports' positioning isn't very reasonable. Connected USB, VGA or HDMI cables impair the use of a mouse and add chaos to the desk. Righties and lefties are equally disadvantaged. Particularly a notebook that will usually be on a desk and take over the role of main computer (connected peripherals & TFT), should have its main connections in the back. Unfortunately, only few manufacturers seem to focus only on the optics (sunken hinges = deep hanging hinges) and barebones' cross-platform usability. User-friendliness details are always neglected.

Front: Cardreader
Front: Cardreader
Left: AC, VGA, Ethernet, HDMI, USB 2.0, line out, microphone
Left: AC, VGA, Ethernet, HDMI, USB 2.0, line out, microphone
Rear: No connections
Rear: No connections
Right: 2 USB 2.0 ports, Kensington Lock
Right: 2 USB 2.0 ports, Kensington Lock

Communication

A wireless network, respectively router access has been standard for some time. The Broadcom 802.11n network adapter supports the fastest transmission standard, draft-n. Acer's SignalUp technology is supposed to provide a better reception with improved antennas. The user doesn't have to forgo on a Bluetooth module (2.1 + EDR) in the sparse configuration, either. If you prefer to use a conventional cable, you can connect your TravelMate with the Gigabit switch in the office (Broadcom NetLink Gigabit Ethernet). The wireless card is Wake-on-LAN ready (remote maintenance). The 5740Z is therefore state-of-the-art in terms of network technology.

Security

Whilst the competition from the high-priced business division protects hard disks against data loss (DASP - Disk Anti-Shock Protection, Shock sensor), prevents data theft (LoJack, TPM) or allows remote maintenance (Intel Pro), the TravelMate comes empty-handed. The security features are restricted to user and supervisor password settings in the BIOS and the Kensington Lock Slot.

Supplies

Nothing of the like is in the box, but it wouldn't have been expected in this price category. The user has to burn his own recovery media to be on the safe side in case of a hard disk failure.

Warranty

Acer offers a 2 year warranty, incl. year International Traveler's Warranty, for all TravelMates. The two years are made up of 1 year product warranty plus a 1 year Advantage warranty extension.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The keys provide us with a slightly unclear pressure point and a too short key stroke length. The key field coils in the center and over the optical drive. All this results in a slightly spongy typing feel. However, the user can get used to it.

The large number pad with a standard layout makes inputting numbers easier. In return, the use of the tiny arrow keys is more difficult. They are squeezed in underneath the shift key. There could have been a small gap, but this is occupied by the dollar, respectively euro symbol. The tiny arrow keys detract the otherwise good impression of the clearly arranged keyboard layout.

Touchpad

The mouse replacement is a Synaptics Multitouch Pad (V7.2). Its surface has the same, slightly dull surface as the wrist-rest. The pad can be used quickly and is sufficiently sized. The key click noise is relatively loud and high-pitched, but needs a lot of pressure. This makes using it a bit more difficult than necessary.

The pad has horizontal and vertical scroll bars, even if only the vertical ones have been marked. The scrolling areas are however no longer mandatory due to gesture recognition. This is why the horizontal scroll bar is disabled in state of delivery. Users can scroll vertically and horizontally with two fingers.

Keyboard
Keyboard
Number pad
Number pad
Touchpad
Touchpad

Display

The matt AUO screen (type B156XW02 V3) pleases serious office workers due to its qualities. Annoying reflections don't show up on the screen because of the AR coating. The 15.6 incher has a resolution of 1366x768 pixels. WXGA is actually too coarse for a 15.6 incher in the business field. A finer resolution would make the use of many complex program windows simpler, or rather even possible.

Image Editors usually want a high contrast with a, at best, very good color coverage. But such screens are rare. The contrasts of our test device are neither high (176:1), nor is the color spectrum practical for professional users (far from Adobe RGB, sRGB). Each target color space in the charts is displayed transparent (t). Consequently, the screen is unsuitable for professionals in the image processing field. It's on par with the broad mass of notebooks.

Acer TM5740Z vs. AdobeRGB (t)
Acer TM5740Z vs. AdobeRGB (t)
Acer TM5740Z vs. sRGB (t)
Acer TM5740Z vs. sRGB (t)
Acer TM5740Z vs. Dell Studio XPS 16 (t) pro TFT
Acer TM5740Z vs. Dell Studio XPS 16 (t) pro TFT
174
cd/m²
170
cd/m²
157
cd/m²
178/
cd/m²
181
cd/m²
169
cd/m²
191
cd/m²
185
cd/m²
184
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
Gossen Mavo-Monitor
Maximum: 191 cd/m²
Average: 176.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 82 %
Center on Battery: 181 cd/m²
Black: 1.03 cd/m²
Contrast: 176:1

The TFT's brightness assessment only supplies below average results. The luminosity has an average of 176 cd/m2. This is sufficient for indoors, but the view is problematic in strong light. 140 to 160 cd/m2 is enough for rooms. However, it should at least have 250 cd/m2 for perfect outdoor enjoyment. The illumination is fairly even with 82% in any case.

The displayed images show the expected lack of brightness in direct and indirect sunlight. It lacks good visibility in bright and direct sunlight. The display remains too dark. The matt surface doesn't help much here, either. The screen is only useable in the shade or on cloudy days outdoors.

Frontal view - direct sunlight
Frontal view - direct sunlight
Lateral view - indirect sunlight
Lateral view - indirect sunlight
Lateral view - direct sunlight
Lateral view - direct sunlight

The eyes can deviate up to 40 degrees from the frontal view on the horizontal plane. The display dims and colors invert as of there. Writing is only legible without ado up to about 50 degrees. The inverting effect already starts at the slightest deviation on the vertical plane, so about 15 degrees. The Travel Mate's narrow viewing angles are very evident on the darkroom picture (light gray, distorted areas). We experience the biggest restrictions when looking down or up on the sides.

Viewing angles: Acer TravelMate 5740Z-P602G25N
Viewing angles: Acer TravelMate 5740Z-P602G25N

Performance

We're dealing with the Intel Pentium P6000 for the first time in the review. It is predestined for inexpensive entry-level notebooks, which are usually office devices without a dedicated graphics card. A processor that clocks with 2x1.86 GHz doesn't need this either because an Intel HD is incorporated. The Intel HD Graphics clocks with a base clock rate of 500 MHz and can overclock itself to 667 MHz due to a dynamic frequency.

The P6000 is based on the Arrandale core (i3, i5, i7 dual core, 32 nm) and has a DDR3 memory controller in the CPU bundle (45 nm) besides the graphics core. Its caches are identical with the Core i3/i5 dual cores. Level 2 - 512KB, level 3 - 3072KB. It can merely surpass the Celeron M P4500 (Arrandale based): 512KB/2048 KB.

The difference to the Core CPUs is as follows: No VT-x virtualization functions / AES Instructions (Core i5), no turbo boost (dynamic overclocking) and no hyperthreading (virtual cores).

The cheapest TravelMate 5740Z-P602G25 alternative only has a single RAM bar with a 2GB DDR3. The second slot remains unoccupied and is just yearning for an upgrade. 4GB is a quasi-standard for Windows 7 systems (in this case 64 bit).

Systeminfo CPUZ CPU
System info CPUZ Cache
System info CPUZ Mainboard
System info CPUZ RAM
System info CPUZ RAM SPD
System info GPUZ
System info HDTune
DPC Latency Checker: Idle, no latencies
DPC Latency Checker: WLAN off/on latencies
 
System information: Acer TravelMate 5740Z-P602G25N

Would you be better advised with a Core i3? The surcharge for an identically configured Acer TravelMate 5740-372G32N, however with a Core i3-370M (2x 2.40 GHz), is merely 40 euro. We'll therefore compare the Intel Pentium P6000 with the i3-370M.

The P6000's 1.86 GHz is inferior to the higher clocking i3-370M (2.40 GHz) in single core calculation. The latter achieves 2711 points (Cinebench R10 single core 32 bit, Asus U45Jc). The P6000 in the TravelMate achieves 2046 points. Due to the lack of hyperthreading, the speed should also be inferior in multi core computing. Cinebench R10 Multi 32 Bit confirms this: 6506 (370M) versus 4885 points (P6000).

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Windows 7 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
5.4
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
5.5
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
4
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
5.1
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
5.7
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
2046
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
3900
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
1642
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
2541 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
4885 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
1683 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
1.07 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
1.18 Points
Help
PC Mark
PCMark 053929 points
PCMark Vantage3616 points
Help

Thus, the Pentium P6000 belongs to the entry-level in terms of performance. Can it run applications without long waiting times, anyway? We determine the system performance with PCMark Vantage. This test checks all components, starting with the processor up to the RAM and hard disk. The Pentium is outshone with 3616 points by the i3-330M, respectively 350M systems, which don't have dedicated graphics, either (Samsung P530 Pro, 4000 points or Lenovo G560, 4266 points). The difference to Acer's TravelMate 5740-372G32N (i3-370M) should turn out even a bit larger. These benchmarks are however not yet available.

The user is better off with this than an average Core 2 Duo of the previous CPU generation, though. A P7350 (2.0 GHz) in Toshiba's Satellite A500-15H  achieved a slightly lower 3462 points in the test back then, despite a dedicated ATI HD 4650.

The IGP graphics, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD (Intel HD), on the CPU bundle achieves 1297 points in 3DMark2006. That is identical with the Intel HD's performance in the Core i3 bundle. The rating corresponds to a GeForce 9400M, aka ION or an ATI HD 4225 (IGP). This is by far not enough for current games. But that's not the energy saving, incorporated GPU's purpose, anyway. Its responsibility lies in unloading the CPU in HD video decoding (MPEG2, H264, WMV9, VC1) and, of course, energy saving. It power consumption is included in the CPU's TDP of 35 watts.

3D Mark
3DMark 033870 points
3DMark 052597 points
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
1297 points
Help
WDC Scorpio Blue WD2500BEVT-22A23
Transfer Rate Minimum: 22.1 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 76.5 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 59.4 MB/s
Access Time: 20.6 ms
Burst Rate: 78.3 MB/s
CPU Usage: 1 %

The 250 GB Western Digital HDD (WD2500BEVT-22A23) reads with 59.4 MB/s in sequential read. This data rate is more slow than fast. The latest notebook hard disks, also with 5400 rpm, usually achieve 65 to 75 MB/s (HDTune assessment). The burst rate of 78.3 MB/s is quite low and indicates a slow HDD cache. The hard disk can be heard sporadically by a distinct clicking during use.

Emissions

Air outlet
Air outlet

System Noise

A good office notebook, especially one with a low performance and without a graphics card, has to have low waste heat and a discreet volume. The 5740Z has to accept reproach in this regard. The fan alternately runs either not at all (29.6 dB(A)) or at 34.6 dB(A) for a few seconds during surfing and writing emails. The cooling also remains quiet over a longer period while executing simple tasks on the computer, especially in energy savings mode. Merely the HDD's delicate hum can be heard when an ear is placed on the notebook.

The increase to the aforementioned 34.6 dB(A) during processor activity is very audible due to this leap and comes very sudden. The fan turns down again after a few seconds of cooling. Just as sudden, a (rare) sporadic and short, nevertheless audible, clicking comes from the hard disk (34.4 dB(A)).

The fan only turns up to 36.2 dB(A) in the CPU benchmarks. This is a very low rate even for an office device. The maximum rate is only 34.1 dB(A) in the stress test of Intel HD and Pentium P6000. We had the impression that the fan calms down a bit under constant load, and thus rotates quieter than in a single CPU benchmark.

In view of the rates, the fan management makes a good impression. However, we disliked the sudden increase of a few seconds of the otherwise inactive fan. A slowly rotating fan that runs constantly would be better. As it is, the on and off gets annoying sooner or later. However, this shouldn't deter the interested buyer completely.

Noise Level

Idle 29.6 / 29.6 / 34.6 dB(A)
HDD 34.4 dB(A)
DVD 33.4 / dB(A)
Load 34.1 / 36.2 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft 320 (15 cm distance)
Stress test: CPU maximum 67 degrees
Stress test: CPU maximum 67 degrees

Temperature

The temperatures stay low, no matter if in idle or under load. The bottom's average temperature is below 30 degrees during word processing and web surfing. The wrist-rest remains within a pleasant range of 29 degrees at most. The 15.6 incher's surfaces don't tend to emit too high waste air at any time. The work surface gets luke-warm with 27 degrees. Use on the lap is possible without any restrictions.

Even when the CPU is loaded, there isn't any noteworthy heating. We determined a maximum of 35 degrees Celsius on the keys. Due to the cool areas on the right, the average is significantly lower with 31 degrees, though. The base plate is useable on the lap even now. We measure a maximum of 35 degrees there.

Max. Load
 33.7 °C31.8 °C25.9 °C 
 35.2 °C35 °C25.6 °C 
 28.5 °C34.2 °C27.7 °C 
Maximum: 35.2 °C
Average: 30.8 °C
24.3 °C30.1 °C34.8 °C
24.7 °C33.3 °C35.1 °C
25.5 °C29.3 °C32.7 °C
Maximum: 35.1 °C
Average: 30 °C
Power Supply (max.)  44.8 °C | Room Temperature 22.4 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Loudspeakers

The stereo loudspeakers are located above the keyboard under a perforated bar. The sound is sufficient for an office laptop. However, it can't hold a candle to the acoustics of a good multimedia notebook. The sound emphasizes the midranges, whilst trebles and basses are neglected. The volume is quite high. We test the sound output with two external Yamaha speakers (YST-M20SDP). The level tethered to the notebook, determined with a simple audio test, is quite high and static-free.

Battery Life

The TravelMate 5740Z can score quite well in the WLAN test with three hours (160 minutes, 2:40 hours). The 48 Wh battery is relatively weak (4400 mAh). The 15.6 incher lasts for 3:20 minutes in idle (209 minutes). The determined runtime with BatteryEater Reader's Test is unrealistic in practical use, though. The measurement was executed in idle, with the lowest brightness and disabled wireless modules. The DVD movie, Lord of the Rings came to an end after 145 minutes (2:25 hours). The 4400 mAh battery is ready for the next movie session after 1:22 minutes.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
3h 29min
WiFi Surfing
2h 40min
DVD
2h 25min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 40min

It is not the power consumption that is responsible for the 15.6 inch office device's short battery life. The TravelMate is frugal with energy as a fairly weak office notebook. When all energy savings options are exhausted and the brightness is dimmed to the lowest level, the power consumption is 10.8 watts (idle).

However, this doesn't indicate an energy saving champion. Even a Core i5 notebook, like Toshiba's Satellite Pro S500-115, lies at 9.5 watts (IGP graphics: Intel HD). The maximum power consumption, determined in the course of the stress test with Prime95 and Furmark, is 44 watts. The small 65 watt adapter (237 grams) is more than suitably sized for this.

Energy savers should note the fairly high power consumption in standby. The 5740Z still needs 0.9 watts in energy saving mode.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.2 / 0.9 Watt
Idle 10.8 / 13.5 / 15.5 Watt
Load 34.5 / 44 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 960

Verdict

The Pentium P6000, 2x 1.86 GHz, with a lower system performance than the TM5740 version with Core i3-370M.
The Pentium P6000, 2x 1.86 GHz, with a lower system performance than the TM5740 version with Core i3-370M.

Acer sets up a 15.6 inch office notebook that meets the needs of many office users. At an attractive price of just under 500 euro, you get a matt display, a (not a very good) useable keyboard and a cool, robust case. However, the system performance lags behind Core i3 office notebooks due to a slow 250 GB hard disk and Intel's Pentium P6000 (2x 1.86 GHz). The small extra cost for the Core i3-370M alternative (Acer TravelMate 5740-372G32N) should be considered.

But there are also disadvantages that have to be mentioned here. Waste heat and system noise are basically alright. However, the fan's sudden and short activation in undemanding office use is annoying. The fan is inactive most of the time, but it starts up vigorously for a short time depending on the CPU's heat development. Just this can get on your nerves in the long run.

The matt display fits to the desired business qualities. However, it's too dark for use in sunlight and the viewing angles are too narrow (as usual for 90% of consumer notebooks). You can type acceptably on the clearly arranged keyboard, but a professional keyboard would have had a considerably superior feedback and would fit tight everywhere.

The case's workmanship is standard but not overwhelming. The same applies for the battery life. Due to the battery's low capacity of 4400 mAh, the user can almost be satisfied with not quite three hours of runtime.

If you're looking for business qualities, you should keep a look out for the TravelMate TimelineX 8x72 series (e.g. the 15.6 inch 8572TG). It is equipped better (e.g. interface for Acer's Easyport IV port replicator, UMTS option) and has strong Intel Core processors. The price can easily exceed 1000 euro, though.

Acer TravelMate 5740Z-P602G25N: A fan that always turns up out of the blue destroys the impression of the otherwise perfect ergonomics
Acer TravelMate 5740Z-P602G25N: A fan that always turns up out of the blue destroys the impression of the otherwise perfect ergonomics
In Review: Acer TravelMate 5740Z-P602G25N
In Review:  Acer TravelMate 5740Z-P602G25N

Specifications

Acer TravelMate 5740Z-P602G25N
Processor
Memory
2048 MB 
, PC3-10600
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, AUO B156XW02 V3, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM55
Harddisk
WDC Scorpio Blue WD2500BEVT-22A23, 250 GB 
5400 rpm
Soundcard
Realtek ALC272 @ Intel Ibex Peak PCH - High Definition Audio Controller [B-2]
Connections
3 USB 2.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: line-out, microphone, 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): 34.15 x 381 x 253 ( = 1.34 x 15 x 9.96 in)
Weight
2.461 kg ( = 86.81 oz) Power Supply: 237 g ( = 8.36 oz)
Battery
48 Wh Lithium-Ion, 10.8V 4400mAh
Price
499 Euro
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Additional features
Webcam: 1.3MP 1280x1024, 24 Months Warranty

 

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You're looking for an inexpensive 15.6 inch notebook that is suitable for working?
You're looking for an inexpensive 15.6 inch notebook that is suitable for working?
is sufficient for the claim of a work machine (cardreader).
is sufficient for the claim of a work machine (cardreader).
The bottom is also worth a glimpse.
The bottom is also worth a glimpse.
We find a mysterious, unused slot.
We find a mysterious, unused slot.
The battery is removed by twisting.
The battery is removed by twisting.
The 15.6 incher has a firm stance without it (battery without feet).
The 15.6 incher has a firm stance without it (battery without feet).
The 4400 mAH battery keeps the TravelMate mobile for two and a half hours.
The 4400 mAH battery keeps the TravelMate mobile for two and a half hours.
The front air vents on the bottom (cover) break easily.
The front air vents on the bottom (cover) break easily.
There are a few exchangeable components.
There are a few exchangeable components.
The hard disk (Western Digital, 250GB),
The hard disk (Western Digital, 250GB),
the Broadcom 802.11n (abgn) wireless module
the Broadcom 802.11n (abgn) wireless module
and the minimalized RAM: 1x 2048 MB, PC3-10600.
and the minimalized RAM: 1x 2048 MB, PC3-10600.
Clever: The cover over the hard disk has a reinforcement / buffering.
Clever: The cover over the hard disk has a reinforcement / buffering.
The small variety of connections (VGA, LAN, HDMI, USB, audio)
The small variety of connections (VGA, LAN, HDMI, USB, audio)
and supplies 65 watts. That is more than apt for the maximum power consumption of 44 watts.
and supplies 65 watts. That is more than apt for the maximum power consumption of 44 watts.
A candidate introduces itself for just under 500 euro:
A candidate introduces itself for just under 500 euro:
The Acer TravelMate 5740Z with a matt display.
The Acer TravelMate 5740Z with a matt display.
The case makes an austere impression with its resistant and matt surfaces.
The case makes an austere impression with its resistant and matt surfaces.
It's not a heavy weight with 2.46 kilograms.
It's not a heavy weight with 2.46 kilograms.
A new Pentium generation, P6000 with 1.86 GHz, does its job as the processor.
A new Pentium generation, P6000 with 1.86 GHz, does its job as the processor.
We consider two gigabyte of DDR3 RAM and a 250 GB hard disk a Spartan configuration nowadays.
We consider two gigabyte of DDR3 RAM and a 250 GB hard disk a Spartan configuration nowadays.
The narrow chrome stripe above the perforated strip wants to set optical accents.
The narrow chrome stripe above the perforated strip wants to set optical accents.
In other places, dull plastic stares at us (display bezel, webcam).
In other places, dull plastic stares at us (display bezel, webcam).
Just like on the bottom (battery lock).
Just like on the bottom (battery lock).
The keyboard can be used adequately. The tiny arrow keys are an exception of the otherwise generous layout.
The keyboard can be used adequately. The tiny arrow keys are an exception of the otherwise generous layout.
The hinges fit tight on the case and keep the lid firmly in place.
The hinges fit tight on the case and keep the lid firmly in place.
The matching adapter is small and light (237 grams),
The matching adapter is small and light (237 grams),
There aren't any recovery data DVDs for Windows Home Premium 64 bit in the supplies. Merely this manual incl. warranty card.
There aren't any recovery data DVDs for Windows Home Premium 64 bit in the supplies. Merely this manual incl. warranty card.

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Pro

+Resistant surfaces
+Quiet and cool
+Low power consumption
+Useable keyboard
+Matt display
 

Cons

-Low application performance
-Jerky fan
-Short battery life
-TFT too dark (outdoors)
-Few interfaces

Shortcut

What we like

Cool case in every situation.

What we miss

A higher quality keyboard and a quieter fan management. The on and off can get annoying.

What surprises us

It's your own fault if you reach for a 5740Z with Pentium P6000, where the cheapest TravelMate 5740's Core i3-370M alternative only costs 40 euro more.

The competitors

MSI CR620: perfect port positioning; Asus X52JB: 350M alternative with HD 5146; Acer Aspire 5551G: with AMD triple core; Samsung P530 Pro: very quiet; Fujitsu Fujitsu LifeBook A530: matt display; Lenovo IdeaPad G560: extremely inexpensive Core i3.

Rating

Acer TravelMate 5740Z-P602G25N
12/04/2010 v2
Sebastian Jentsch

Chassis
80%
Keyboard
78%
Pointing Device
85%
Connectivity
61%
Weight
81%
Battery
76%
Display
74%
Games Performance
54%
Application Performance
76%
Temperature
91%
Noise
93%
Add Points
82%
Average
78%
80%
Office *
Weighted Average
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Author: Sebastian Jentsch, 2010-10-21 (Update: 2013-06- 6)