Review Acer TravelMate 7740G Notebook

Florian Glaser, 08/20/2010

Experiment. Acer attempts an unusual symbiosis between office- and multimedia-notebooks with the TravelMate 7740G. The 7740G is also equipped with a matte display and a suitable graphics card. Whether the attempt is successful or not, you can find out in this detailed review.

Acer TravelMate 7740G-434G50Mnss

The TravelMate 7740G is currently available in several model variations which vary only slightly in terms of their features. Both the processor and the graphic card are the same and the 17.3 inch screen has a resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels for all the models. For the processor, Acer went for the  Core i5-430M from Intel. But he display card comes from ATI and goes by the name Mobility Radeon HD 5650. The two lowest priced models, the 7740G-434G50Mnss (starting from 800 Euro) and 7740G-434G50N (starting from 840 Euro), include more than four GB DDR3 memory as well as a 500 GB hard drive. The 7740G-434G64N is available from 860 Euro and includes a four GB DDR3-RAM and the the hard drive capacity increases to 640 GB. The most expensive  7740G-434G64Bn at around 1000 Euro will feature the 640 GB HDD and all six GB of a DDR3 RAM and a Blu-Ray drive.

Case

Acer takes no risks with design and presents an ordinary and modest case. The dark grey case is made from a matte material and leaves you an impression of good quality. A huge advantage of the case being made out of a matte material is its very resistance of dirt. The TravelMate 7740G is surprisingly not as sensitive compared to some notebooks with a high-gloss finish, which tend to get marked easily from dust particles, fingerprints and small scratches. In terms of stability, the usual defects pop up. For instance, the notebook lid is not particularly sturdy and can be easily bent. The topside will cave in when too much pressure is applied to the centre. The base on the other hand gives a strong impression except around the optical drive.

The hinges are less convincing. Firstly, the base unit vibrates when the lid is opened. Secondly, the hinges do not hold the lid firmly in position. When travelling, the lid tends to vibrate noticeably. However, the lid does open to the above average degree of 180. As a mobile companion, the TravelMate 7740G is anything but dainty weighing 2.88kg and measuring to 410 x 275 mm.

 

Connectivity

Like most current Aspire and TravelMate models, Acer is quite sparing when it comes to connectivity. Whether it is an ExpressCard port, Firewire- or an eSATA-port; many features offerd by competitors of are unfortunately not available with the TravelMate 7740G. There are only three USB 2.0 ports and whoever wants to connect a surround sound system can only do so by using the one and only sound output port, which can only output stereo signals. The image output with VGA and HDMI are nothing to complain about. Internet access is obtained either via a RJ-45 Gigabit LAN cable or wireless through WLAN (a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth (3.0). The connection is a 5-in-1 card reader, which comes in the following formats: SD, MMC, MS, MS PRO, and xD.

Meanwhile, we felt that the port arrangement was suboptimal, as Acer placed most of the ports on the front half on the notebook's sides. This enables the ports to quickly find a connection; however, when there are many cables, they can potentially cause space problems around the front of the notebook, e.g. when using a mouse.

Left: Kensington Lock, Gigabit-LAN, VGA, HDMI, USB 2.0, 2x Audio
Left: Kensington Lock, Gigabit-LAN, VGA, HDMI, USB 2.0, 2x Audio
Right: 5-in-1 card reader, 2x USB 2.0, optical drive, DC-in
Right: 5-in-1 card reader, 2x USB 2.0, optical drive, DC-in

Software and Accessories

The product contents of the TravelMate 7740G are presented very poorly. In addition to the required 90 Watt plug, there is a Quick Start Guide, a quick guide and a warranty booklet. Driver DVDs or data carriers with operating systems are not included in the contents, like what you would usually get from the "bigger" manufacturers, and the user must burn the so-called Recovery DVDs themselves. The software equipment is greatly exaggerated by Acer. The system is packed with numerous and often useless software (bloatware), which constantly brings annoying advertisements to the attention of the user and over time affects the reaction rate of the notebook. Deinstalling the software can works wonders here.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The keyboard proved to be one of the biggest weaknesses of the TravelMate 7740G. The keys, which are not free standing, have an extremely spongy typing feel and the key strokes and pressure points appear much undefined. This is combined with a relatively short key spacing. It also falls short in terms of stability, particularly toward the middle, where a noticeable flex is perceived during normal use. The narrow vertical arrow keys are another flaw which should be mentioned. The well conceived layout is the only aspect we were completely impressed with. Frequent and fast typers should stay away from the TravelMate 7740G. To everyone else, we recommend you test out the keyboard before making any decisions.

Touchpad

In contrast to the Acer keyboard, the Acer Touchpad is outstanding. The handling of the Touchpad is pleasant to use due to its very smooth surface design. Thanks to its size of 90 x 47 mm, this allows one to control the pointer with no problem, even on larger display screens. The marked inlay also allows one to orient themselves well enough. Other strengths of the touchpad are its high precision, impeccable scroll function and reliable multi-touch features. In short, the touchpad is fantastic from the first second, setting the TravelMate 7740G one step ahead of its competition. The feedback of both touchpad buttons could certainly be somewhat more defined, but otherwise, there is little to criticize. 

Keyboard
Keyboard
Touchpad
Touchpad

Display

The 17.3 inch display of the type AUO129E has a screen size of 43.9 cm and is equipped with LED backlighting. It resolves with 1600 x 900 pixels, which represents a good compromise between work space and resource requirements (computer expense in 3D applications). Overall, the display picture quality leaves us with mixed feelings.

190.5
cd/m²
218
cd/m²
170.9
cd/m²
205
cd/m²
221
cd/m²
191.6
cd/m²
189.9
cd/m²
186.7
cd/m²
183.5
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
Maximum: 221 cd/m²
Average: 195.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 77 %
Center on Battery: 221 cd/m²
Black: 1.25 cd/m²
Contrast: 177:1

On the upside, the average luminance of 195.2 cd/m² is more than enough. In fact, for office tasks it is advisable to temper the lightness. On the other hand, a mediocre illumination of 77% (subjectively hardly perceptible) as well as a relatively high black level of 1.25 cd/m² which appear greyish overall.  A contrast of 177:1 is also very poor. The colours make a disappointingly vague impression of brightness and light and colour transitions appear undefined. Games and films lose their atmosphere due to the already mentioned weaknesses; a mirrored screen surface would make this imperfection not half as bad.

Outdoor use
Outdoor use

However, the TravelMate 7740G is suitable to use outdoors due to its anti-glare screen. Even with strong daylight, the user can still recognize things on the screen and is not disturbed by hefty light reflections. Whoever has time to enjoy outdoors, on their balcony or in the garden, will soon not want to do without the advantages of a matte screen.

However, we could do without the limited viewing angle stability of the TravelMate 7740G. Horizontally and vertically, even the smallest changes in position cause changes in illumination and color distortions. This shows itself among other things during films, when one of the two black bars becomes a grey streak.  On the whole, if the user is looking to use this notebook mainly for playing video games and watching films, they should think twice about buying this particular laptop.  But office and internet users won't suffer as much from the modest picture quality and still benefit from the advantage of an anti-glare screen.

Viewing angles Acer TravelMate 7740G-434G50Mnss
viewing angles Acer TravelMate 7740G-434G50Mnss

Performance

Turbo Boost
Turbo Boost

The processor, along with the Intel Core i5-430M, is one of the most popular mid-range models. The two cores of the i5-430M normally clock with 2.26GHz, but are partly over clocked up to 2.53 GHz with Turbo Boost technology. The hyperthreading technology allows for the simulation of two additional CPU cores (found in the task manager) and makes it possible to process up to four threads at the same time. Because gamers hardly have benefited from Hyperthreading up till this point, the advantages are limited except with optimized application. Another feature of the CPU, finished in 32 mm structure width, is a 3072 KB large L3 cache, just like with the GMA HD graphic chip. The TravelMate 7740G does not have a changeover function between the integrated and the dedicated graphics device, like for example with the Timeline X series. Meanwhile, the current consumption of the Core i5-430M is anything but low, yet acceptable considering to the integrated graphic chip.

 

5.9
Windows 7 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
6.7
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
5.9
HWiNFO
HWiNFO

A mid-range model also takes care of graphic processing. The ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 is a 40nm graphic card which is DirectX 11 ready, and with 400 unified shaders, 627 million transistors and 1024 MB video memory. The clock speeds of 550 MHz (core) and 800 MHz (shader) are within the specification from  ATI and is on level with the HD 5650. The biggest pitfall of the ATI card is its small memory interface of 128 bit, which in combination with the DDR3-VRAM limits the performance noticeably. The relatively low energy requirement of 19 Watt is somewhat of a consolation for this fact. The rival Nvidia hardly has an offering to compete with the Radeon HD 5650 in the mid-range segment; the similar GeForce GT 335M doesn't stand up well against the HD 5650 in terms of performance technology.

Systeminfo CPUZ CPU
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Systeminfo HDTune
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System information Acer TravelMate 7740G-434G50Mnss

CPU Performance

Thanks to the efficient architecture and the modern features of Intel´s Core i5-430M, such as hyperthreading and turbo boost, it offers decent application performance. Both 3435 Points in single-core rendering and 7890 points in multi-core rendering are respectable values for the Cinebench R10. For comparison, the entry-level quadcore Core i7-720QM ciphers on average 3690 points in single-core rendering which is only marginally faster (turbo boost up to 2.80 GHz); whereas multi-core rendering outcrops a much bigger difference in performance with 9938 points (eight threads through hyperthreading).

 

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
3435 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
7890 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
4871 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
20.88 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.07 Points
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PC Mark
PCMark Vantage5188 points
PCMark 71876 points
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GPU Performance

The graphics performance of the Radeon HD 5650 is on a similarly good level. The GPU score in the 3DMark Vantage goes to work with a respectable 2967 points. That is around 13% more than a GeForce GT 335M (ex. mySN QMG6), which masters an average of 2625 points.  Compared to the previous Radeon HD 4650, which is now somewhat dated, the HD 5650 can lead by around 35% at 2967 vs. 2207 points.

3D Mark
3DMark 0321014 points
3DMark 0513356 points
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
6713 points
3DMark Vantage3479 points
3DMark 111024 points
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HDD Performance

Acer equips the TravelMate 7740G with a 500 GB hard drive from Hitachi (HTS545050B9A300) which spins at 5400 r/m and offers an anti-shock protection.  The hard drive showed a decent performance in the HDTune and with an average transfer rate of 63.5 MB/s, the HDD positions itself mid-pack. One man's meat is another man's poison: Acer set up only a single (usable) partition on the hard drive, which comprises around 452 GB.  But additional partitions can be added later with free tools like the Partition Wizard.

Hitachi Travelstar 5K500.B HTS545050B9A300
Transfer Rate Minimum: 38.2 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 83.5 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 63.5 MB/s
Access Time: 18.6 ms
Burst Rate: 114 MB/s
DPC Latency Checker
DPC Latency Checker Acer TravelMate 7740G-434G50Mnss

Verdict: Application Performance

The TravelMate 7740G impresses with flawless application performance, which will be more than enough to please the average user. The notebook masters all the normal intended goals with flying colors, from Office, to the web and over to multimedia content.

Gaming Performance

Because we have already reviewed numerous notebooks with ATI's Mobility Radeon HD 5650, we limited our evaluation of gaming performance to three titles.  If interested, the results of other titles are available in our in-depth game list.

Starcraft II

Of course we could not get around putting the extremely successful Starcraft II on our benchmarks test list.  The fact that 1.5 million copies were sold in the first 48 hours speaks for itself. The strategy game is not particularly demanding in terms of hardware technology, but the very high details  still overburden the Radeon HD 5650 in the full HD resolution 1920 x 1080 (16.5 fps).  High details can, however, be played acceptably in medium resolution like 1366 x 768. Our test showed 28.0 fps.  Tip: As the performance of the various missions varies a great deal at times, we decided on the intro video as the primary challenge for the benchmark.

StarCraft 2
 ResolutionSettingsValue
 1920x1080ultra16.5 fps
 1360x768high28 fps
 1360x768medium42.6 fps
 1024x768low152.5 fps

Mafia II

A whole eight years has gone by since the developer studio Illusions Softworks brought out this action title which was highly acclaimed by both critics and gamers alike.  The outstanding mix of an open game world, diverse missions and riveting stories provided a depth of atmosphere unknown at the time.  It is now in 2010 finally time, the next generation should appear in stores on August 27th.  In order to whet the appetite of the waiting fans, the publisher 2k Games put out a demo-version ahead of time, which practically has its own built-in benchmark.  We obviously did not pass up this chance and put the gangster epic to the test with the TravelMate 7740G.  While the Radeon HD 5650 in a resolution of 1920 x 1080 is not up to the task to let Mafia II to run in high details to its full potential (22.4 fps), a resolution of 1366 x 768 is enough for a pleasantly usable 36.8 fps.

Mafia 2
 ResolutionSettingsValue
 1920x1080high, 0xAA, 16xAF22.4 fps
 1360x768high, 0xAA, 16xAF36.8 fps
 1024x768medium, 0xAA, 8xAF44.3 fps
 800x600low, 0xAA, 0xAF54.2 fps

Metro 2033

The first person shooter Metro 2033, which is based on Dmitry Glukhovsky's novel under the same name, dethroned Crysis as the game with the highest hardware demands.  Full HD resolution, very high details and the DirectX 11 mode do not even run smoothly on the currently fastest single chip GPU GeForce GTX 480M, which only masters  12 fps.  On the TravelMate 7740G, Metro 2033 is similarly choppy (14.1 fps) in a native resolution of 1600 x 900, high details and in DirectX 10 mode. Even middle details are too much for the Radeon HD 5650 in a 1366 x 768 resolution and the picture regeneration tends to dip into the critical range under 25 fps, especially on the outer areas. Only when played on low details and in DirectX 9 mode could a fluid image build up of 53.5 fps be got in an 800 x 600 resolution.

Metro 2033
 ResolutionSettingsValue
 1600x900High DX10, AAA, 4xAF14.1 fps
 1360x768Normal DX10, AAA, 4xAF25 fps
 800x600Low DX9, AAA, 4xAF53.5 fps

Verdict: Gaming Performance

So long as one selects a moderate resolution like 1366 x 768 (is not supported by the display of the TravelMate 7740G), the Radeon HD 5650 is strong enough in terms of performance to fluidly play current titles in middle to high details. But, high details are often taboo in the native resolution of 1600 x 900 and there is no getting around the mid level details.  The user even has to accept low details on extremely demanding titles like Metro 2033.  Ambitious gamers should therefore reach right for more powerful graphic cards like the GeForce GTX 260M or the Radeon HD 5850 (GDDR5)

low med.high ultra
Metro 2033 (2010) 53.52514.1fps
StarCraft 2 (2010) 152.542.62816.5fps
Mafia 2 (2010) 54.244.336.822.4fps
Fifa 11 (2010) 236.8137.680.145.3fps
Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010) 67.851.340.422.5fps
Crysis 2 (2011) 55.835.7268.7fps
Dirt 3 (2011) 104.152.536.513.1fps
Deus Ex Human Revolution (2011) 96.532.213.6fps
F1 2011 (2011) 67423614fps
Fifa 12 (2011) 210.7109.375.547.5fps

Noise Level

Idle 30.4 / 31.5 / 33.1 dB(A)
HDD 32.1 dB(A)
DVD 35.2 / dB(A)
Load 38.8 / 40.7 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:     (15 cm distance)

Emissions

System Noise

The TravelMate 7740G delievers flawless performance in terms of system noise. At idle, the notebook is relatively quiet and the fan wooshes - with the exceptions of momentary changes in revolution speed - in a calm and pleasant way. If the notebook runs a DVD, the sound level rises noticeably for a moment, and then quickly returns to an acceptable level; the movie experience is in no way spoiled.  Under load, the TravelMate 7740G was noticeable audible, but we would not describe the sound from the fan as bothersome.  Sidenote: As is unfortunately more and more often the case on notebooks, the TravelMate 7740G gives off a light whistling noise around the area the case's fan for a moment.

CPU Temp Idle
CPU Temp Idle
CPU Temp Load
CPU Temp Load
GPU Temp Idle
GPU Temp Idle
GPU Temp Load
GPU Temp Load

Temperature

At idle, the temperatures of both the components as well as the case's surface are okay.  The 30°C at the processor and 42°C at the graphic card as well as the 32°C on the upper and lower sides make for an acceptably cool notebook. The verdict is a not as good under load, however, as the temperatures rise quickly. A maximum of 43.9°C around the WASD keys and up to 39.9°C in the left area of the palm rests make using it very unpleasant and one's hands warm up quite significantly.  Load operations also quickly make using it on one's lap unpleasant; we could even measure spots up to 44.6°C. In order to squeeze out the maximum form the components, we strained the TravelMate 7740G for several hours with the Tools Prime and Furmark tests.  The results of the endurance tests were disappointing.  The Radeon HD 5650 warmed up to a maximum of 86°C, whereas the Core i5-430M even got up to 94°C (hardware monitor) or a respective 100°C (Coretemp).

Max. Load
 43.9 °C42.3 °C35.4 °C 
 43.9 °C42.4 °C34.2 °C 
 39.9 °C37.3 °C32.4 °C 
Maximum: 43.9 °C
Average: 39.1 °C
32.5 °C35.3 °C44.6 °C
30.2 °C35.7 °C43.9 °C
29.6 °C30.5 °C36.7 °C
Maximum: 44.6 °C
Average: 35.4 °C
Power Supply (max.)  56.4 °C | Room Temperature 22.0 °C

Loudspeakers

The sound quality is anything but outstanding on most notebooks.  The exact same holds true for the TravelMate 7740G: The sound of the two integrated loudspeakers can at best be described as utilitarian.  Improvement could be made particularly in terms of base, which is very week and almost never makes itself known.  Many tones seem indistinct, weak and spongy.  The sounds also give a tinny and artificial impression.  External loudspeakers are therefore highly recommended.

Battery Life

Readers Test
Maximum battery life (Readers Test)
Classic Test
Minimum battery life  (Classic Test)

Acer equipped the TravelMate 7740G with a six cell battery, which with only 48 Whz is quite  weak.  Combined with the resource usage typical of multimedia notebooks, the runtimes come up a quite short. In the Classic Test from Battery eater, the screen would go black after just 46 minutes on maximum brightness and the energy saving modes turned off.  When playing a DVD with medium energy saving settings, the runtime is still one hour and 50 minutes, which is too short for many films.  Surfing the Internet wirelessly via WLAN, you can get around 2.5 hours without the power adapter.  Only when used with maximum energy saving options and minimum brightness decent runtimes of four hours are possible in the Battery Eater Reader's Test.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
4h 05min
WiFi Surfing
2h 34min
DVD
1h 50min
Load (maximum brightness)
0h 46min

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.1 / 0.4 Watt
Idle 13.9 / 14.3 / 16.1 Watt
Load 47.5 / 77.5 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         

Verdict

Acer offers an interesting and in this form pretty unique multimedia/office hybrid with the TravelMate 7740G.  A combination of matte display and gaming ready graphic card are rarely found in the 17" range and there is hardly an alternative with the exception of the Toshiba Satellite Pro L670 or the Dell Vostro 3700. It makes the decision a bit easier for the potential customer, if one looks beyond its many weaknesses.

Starting with the minimal equipment and the suboptimal arrangement of connections.  Further, one can mention the weakly contrasting display with its pale colors, the bad viewing angles and the high black levels.  The spongy keyboard also is not likely to impress anyone with its undefined stroke. To that list we can add high temperatures under load as well as arelatively  weak battery life.

But, the TravelMate 7740G still deserves a good rating.  The reasons for that are among other things the above-average application and gaming performance, the pleasant noise levels at idle as well as the anti-glare feature of the display.  The tough and dirt resistant case surfaces are also advantages, as is the impressive touchpad.

Those who have been on the lookout for a balanced mix of office and multimedia notebook can give it a try, despite some diverse drawbacks.

In Review: Acer TravelMate 7740G-434G50Mnss
In Review:  Acer TravelMate 7740G-434G50Mnss

Specifications

Acer TravelMate 7740G-434G50Mnss

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel HM55
:: Memory
4096 MB, 1x 4096 MByte DDR3-10700 (1333 MHz), max. 8192 MByte
:: Graphics adapter
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 - 1024 MB, Core: 550 MHz, Memory: 800 MHz, DDR3-VRAM, 8.712.0.0
:: Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1600x900 pixel, 43.90 cm, LED-Backlight, AUO129E, glossy: no
:: Harddisk
Hitachi Travelstar 5K500.B HTS545050B9A300, 500 GB 5400 rpm Anti-Shock-Protection
:: Soundcard
Conexant Cx20585 @ Intel Ibex Peak PCH - High Difinition Audio Controller
:: Connections
3 USB 2.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Kopfhörer, Mikrofon, Card Reader: MMC, SD, MS, MS PRO, XD,
:: Networking
Atheros AR8151 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Atheros AR5B93 Wireless Network Adapter (a b g n ), 3.0 Bluetooth
:: Optical drive
TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-L633C
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 36 x 410 x 275
:: Weight
2.88 kg Power Supply: 0.58 kg
:: Battery
48 Wh Lithium-Ion, 4400 mAh, 6 Zellen, AS10D41
:: Price
800 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: 1.3 Megapixel, 90 Watt Netzteil, Quick Start Guide, Kurzanleitung, Garantieheft, PowerDVD 8, 24 Months Warranty

 

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The TravelMate 7740G is very modest in design.
The TravelMate 7740G is very modest in design.
No surprise: The keyboard has a numeric keypad.
No surprise: The keyboard has a numeric keypad.
Volume and brightness buttons are above the arrow keys.
Volume and brightness buttons are above the arrow keys.
The TravelMate series was previously know more for its office notebooks.
The TravelMate series was previously know more for its office notebooks.
Modern components provide good performance.
Modern components provide good performance.
All stickers can be easily removed.
All stickers can be easily removed.
Aver put a Kensington Lock on the left side.
Aver put a Kensington Lock on the left side.
Gigabit-Lan, VGA and HDMI are found very far forward.
Gigabit-Lan, VGA and HDMI are found very far forward.
The left side has only a single USB 2.0 port.
The left side has only a single USB 2.0 port.
A 5-in-1 card reader and two USB 2.0 ports fill out the right side.
A 5-in-1 card reader and two USB 2.0 ports fill out the right side.
An optical drive works as a normal DVD burner.
An optical drive works as a normal DVD burner.
The TravelMate 7740G gets power through the right side.
The TravelMate 7740G gets power through the right side.
The power key has a very unusual form.
The power key has a very unusual form.
Both loudspeakers offer a mediocre sound.
Both loudspeakers offer a mediocre sound.
The matte surfaces are not sensitive and are dirt resistant.
The matte surfaces are not sensitive and are dirt resistant.
The maximum opening angle is a whole 180°.
The maximum opening angle is a whole 180°.
The base plate can also be unscrewed by novices.
The base plate can also be unscrewed by novices.
Wlan, memory, harddrive and graphic card are accesible.
Wlan, memory, harddrive and graphic card are accesible.
The HDD runs with 5400 revolutions per minute.
The HDD runs with 5400 revolutions per minute.
The Radeon HD 5650 is a popular mid-range model.
The Radeon HD 5650 is a popular mid-range model.
Memory modules with four GB are still relatively uncommon.
Memory modules with four GB are still relatively uncommon.
The case must be lifted to put in the battery.
The case must be lifted to put in the battery.
There is unfortunately no space for a second harddrive.
There is unfortunately no space for a second harddrive.
Transportability suffers due to the 17" format.
Transportability suffers due to the 17" format.
The battery life comes up a bit weak.
The battery life comes up a bit weak.
The fan is positioned on the left side.
The fan is positioned on the left side.
The 90 watt power adaptor gets relatively warm under load.
The 90 watt power adaptor gets relatively warm under load.

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Pro

+Matte display
+Tough surface
+Outstanding touchpad
+Good application and gaming performance
+Low noise levels at idle
 

Cons

-Meagre connection options
-Inconvenient arrangement of connections
-Spongy keyboard
-Poorly contrasting display
-Very limited viewing angles
-High tempertures under load
-Unsteady notebook lid
-Modest battery life

Shortcut

What we liked

Thanks to the matte display, use outdoors is no problem.

What we missed

A high contrasting display with better black levels and more stable viewing angles.

What surprised us

 Why Acer went with such a spongy keyboard.

The competition

17" multimedia notebooks like  the Acer Aspire 7551G, the Toshiba Satellite L670, the Dell Vostro 3700 or the Dell Studio 1749.

Rating

Acer TravelMate 7740G-434G50Mnss
12/05/2010 v2
Florian Glaser

Chassis
84%
Keyboard
72%
Pointing Device
88%
Connectivity
68%
Weight
75%
Battery
69%
Display
65%
Games Performance
80%
Application Performance
88%
Temperature
70%
Noise
84%
Add Points
80%
Average
77%
77%
Multimedia *
Weighted Average

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Author: Florian Glaser, 2010-08-20 (Update: 2013-06- 6)