User-Review Acer Aspire 5652WLMI

Our forum moderator Nuffybeerchen wrote this review of the new Acer Aspire 5652 WLMI for us. At present this laptop is very attractive due to its Geforce Go 7600, Core Duo T2300 and the favourable price. Read more here...

Case

The Aspire 5652 does not cause crunching noises (cover, display, keyboard, edges) and seems to be very durable.

Interfaces:

Closed Frontside

  • catch for the display
  • 2x loudspeakers
  • S/PDIF (stereo-loudspeaker- /headphone-exit)
  • line entrance socket
  • microphone entrance socket
  • CIR-receiver
  • battery status display (LED: red for battery, flashes, when under 10% / green for current plug supply)
  • in/out-display (LED: green)
  • key + display (LED: red) for WLAN-operation
  • key + display (LED: blue) for Bluetooth-operation
front
front

Left Side

  • 1x ExpressCard/34-socket
  • 1x PC-cards-socket (PCMCIA Typ II)
  • 4-pole IEEE 1394-interface
  • 5-in-1-cardreader (MS/MS Pro/MMC/SD/xD)
  • infrared port
  • modem (RJ-11)-port
  • 2x USB 2.0
  • fan openings
  • Kensington-lock-socket
left side
left side

Right Side

  • ideal for righthanded people, because really nothing hinders the mouse
  • optical device, which can be attached (DVD-burner with slot instead of an opening drive)
  • status LED for the optical device
right side
right side

Back

  • Ethernet (RJ-45)-interface
  • 2x USB 2.0
  • DC-port (for power supply)
  • S-video interface (NSTC/PAL)
  • port for external LED (VGA)
  • DVI-D-interface
  • fan openings
backside
backside

Opened Front

  • 15,4" TFT LCD
  • keyboard
  • touchpad + keys
  • internal microphone
  • media-keys right beside of the keyboard (volume +/-, pause/play, stop, forward/back)
  • 4x starting keys above the keyboard , beneath the power button (browser, Acer Empowering Technology, E-Mail, 1x free)
  • Einschaltknopf
  • 3x status displays (LEDs for current status, HDD, Caps Lock / Num Lock)

Input devices

The keyboard can be used very pleasantly. Also with several types of games, for which one frequently needs several keys, could not damage the strongly stressed.
The touchpad and the clicking keys are positioned very good and can be used (even with exercise) single-handed. 
I have to mention the multimedia-keys positively, since I use her daily. Whether I want to adjust the volume, a stop a representation or change between different titles in play-lists.
In addition, the quick start keys are useful, since they facilitate surfing in the net. Naturally I use the standard browser key and the E-Mail program key very frequently and the empowering key starts the program for the energy profiles and indicates the battery runtime. I linked the free key with the editor, since I store very often texts. This free key is so useful, that I actually need more.
A further comfort factor are the keys for Bluetooth and WLAN. As a standard for me WLAN is deactivated. When I press this key the Acer Aspire 5652 activates the WLAN chip and creates a connection to the router automatically.
Finally I can say, that the Aspire 5652 is created for me comfortable and I can use alle keys (after some days) even blindly, which supplements the 10-finger-writing.

Display

According the display I can say that it reflects, but the colors are presented magnificently. For my taste, it is even so bright, that I actually never adjusted it to 100% brightness (even with power supply by the net).

As a layman I measured the point of view angle dependence simply: a DVD evening with me and as much people in a row as possible in a distance of 2m in front the laptop.
7 people in a row could see well, but with more persons it got worse outwards. So enjoy the 7.1 sound by TV and a S-Video-cable plugged into the laptop.

Performance

HDTune hard disc performance
HDTune hard disc performance

The laptop possesses still the standard equipment and up to now neither was over-clocked nor newer drivers installed...
Since I possess only the basic versions of the software, only the standard settings can be examined.
Comparison Aspire 5652 / Satellite A100-153 (same CPU T2300 , ATI x1600)

3DMark 01: 16968/16251
3DMark 03: 7877/6132
3DMark 05: 3428/3400
3DMark 06: 2108/1766

PCMark 04: 5008/4411
PCMark 05: 3710/3766

In the case of my two shooter games the following values were measured:

Quake 3 Arena:
Detail: Max        266.8 fps - good value, which guarantees multiplayer fun for hours

Doom 3:
Details: Low        82,8 fps - fluently
Details: Medium   75,0 fps - fluently
Details: High        56,8 fps - fluently
Details: Ultra        37,1 fps - sometimes a few interruptions 
                 
Cinebench 9.5
Rendering (single CPU): 248
Rendering (multiple CPU): 455
Multiprocessor Speedup: 1.84x
Shading (CINEMA 4D): 293
Shading (OpenGL software Lighting): 1213
Shading (OpenGL hardware Lighting): 3096
OpenGL Speedup: 10.58x
               
HDTune:
after switching on [ 23°C on ] / after 8h continuous operation [ 44°C ]
Transfer rate minimum: 17.1/17.1 MB/sec
Transfer rate maximum: 34.5/34.5 MB/sec
Transfer rate average: 27.7/27.7 MB/sec 
Access time: 17.5/17.5 ms
Burst rate: 66.3/68.2 MB/sec 
CPU Usage: 2.4/2.8 %

Emissions

Heat development:
In the battery mode it is noticeable that the area in front of the keyboard heats up minimally. The lower surface is only warm, where the battery sits. The ventilation openings push out cold air (no exageration), which is very pleasant using the laptop on the legs.

A considerable heat arises only in the circuit line operation, if the video card is fully demanded. The fan openings blow out warm air occasionally until everything cooled down and then start again.

Noise Emissions:
With the Aspire 5652 noises are caused exclusively during ventilator activity and usage of the DVD drive assembly. However the fan starts rarely during circuit line operation, if one does not stress the video card too much. When playing occasionally one hears a quiet whirring for a few seconds, which however does not disturb. During the battery operation no one will hear the fan, except larger arithmetic operations are demanded e.g. large data sets of DVD or network have to be copied on the hard disk. Surprisingly, in the most cases the fan operates only 4 seconds and then remains silent. During the DVD rendition one notices noise, due to the open drive assembly.
For the moment I use the laptop already 3 hours in battery mode surfing in the net. The fan could be noticed less than 5 times.

Battery Runtime

All tests based on a battery capacity of 100%  up to the automatic hibernation with 5% capacity.

Battery Eater Classic test: 2h 12min
(1280x800x32, fullscreen, CPU max, LCD max, Firewire/Cardbus/LAN/WLAN/Bluetooth on, nVidia PowerMizer: Quality)
Time for loading after 1. Test: 1h 58min

Battery Eater Readers' test: 4h 9min
(CPU min, LCD min, Firewire/Cardbus/LAN/WLAN/Bluetooth off, nVidia PowerMizer: Performance)
Time for loading after 2. Test: 1h 59min

WLAN operation: 3h 20min
LCD medium, CPU medium, WLAN on, nVidia PowerMizer: Performance, InterNet Explorer 6)
Time for loading after 3. Test: 1h 55min

DVD rendition (headphone): 3h 03min
(LCD max, CPU min, nVidia PowerMizer: balanced, Cyberlink PowerDVD 6 Deluxe)
Time for loading after 4. Test: 1h 59min

DVD rendition (7.1): 2h 34min
(LCD max, CPU min, nVidia PowerMizer: balanced, Cyberlink PowerDVD 6 Deluxe
+ Audigy ZS 2 Notebook (PCMCIA) + 7.1-Soundsystem (satellite boxes + Subwoofer) with external current supply)

Evaluation:
The T2300-Prozessor proves current saving, as one learns with the Readers test and the WLAN test.
The 7600 Go can be regulated efficiently due to the PowerMizer, so that the video card consumes less current, but supplies appropriate performance.
The QuickCharge technology of Acer is not convincing, a loading procedure takes longer than 2 hours.
I did not experience the announced 132min in the "max"-mode so yet, since all games run with CPU-frequency "high", which reduces the time by 20-30 min (combined with PowerMizer: balanced).
Since the Aspire 5652 only offers a stereo exit, I added Audigy ZS 2 Notebook, for receiving  Surround-Sound. The small card fits perfectly into the PC card slot and supplies both when playing and during media rendition magnificent sound. Only deficiency: The card eats a lot of energy, which also becomes apparent in the form of warmth at the left side. In the line operation the Aspire 5652 is top, but in the battery operation there is not sufficient energy for 2 DVDs in consequence.

Result

Since this is my first notebook, I was enthusiastic starting with the first minute on and I must say that my impression did not change over one month. The core duo offers straight enough performance for my applications. Combined with the GeForce 7600 Go it even provides enough performance for up to now unknown levels of details with new games. Furthermore the Aspire 5652 is characterised by a high battery runtime. So I do not want to miss this 3 kg-package any more.

With my model (January 06) of the Aspire 5652 the fan is hardly perceptible, however probably this different with newer models, as I could learn by many empiric reports, which were brought to me. For me (not High end User/Gamer) the Aspire 5652 represents the inexpensive mixture of mobility, connectivity and performance.

Acer Aspire 5652WLMi (LX.ABW05.002)

Specifications

No Specs found for the Notebook with the ID 1336
MSI Megabook L715

Pro / Contra

Positive

  • battery runtime
  • performance
  • connection options
  • right side free for mouse

Negative

  • reflecting display

  • only stereo-sound-exit

  • not convincing loudspeakers

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