Acer Aspire AS7741Z-4633 review -17.3 inch Notebook
If you are looking for a big 17.3 inch laptop under a bargain price of $500, Acer Aspire AS7741Z-4633 could be answer to your quest for a big screen. Available at Walmart for $498 under roll back ( at the time of writing) Acer Aspire AS7741Z-4633 DOES COME with webcam and HDMI output. While we are not so much impressed with the pairing of a Pentium P6100 ( a Pentium core i3 would have been nice) with a big screen, we do not see why it is not a good buy under $500. Read on for detailed review.
What does Intel Pentium P6100 mean for a common customer ? True, it is 2.0GHz dual core processor that has 3MB L3 Cache. But most importantly it is based upon the Arrandale architecture, the same architecture that powers Intel core i3 processors. So it has an integrated memory controller, which helps speedier transfer between the processor and memory. We would like to mention two more processor which are used in the entry level notebooks. One is the Intel Pentium P4500 and the other is the core i3-330M. The Pentium Dual Core T4500 is a 2.3 GHz processor but still not a great processor because of the architectural deficiencies. The core i3-330M at 2.13 GHz is better than the P6100 not only because it has higher 2.13 GHz clock frequency, but also because it supports hyperthreading. The P6100 should be good enough for you home and office computing, but you may like to invest in Core i3 or higher processor if processing power is your main concern.
The biggest reason we recommend Acer Aspire AS7741Z-4633 is its large 17.3 inch display. The screen is in widescreen format is the backlight is LED driven giving you brighter display color. The graphics is driven by the Intel HD Graphics and has 128MB of dedicated system memory. It does support the Microsoft DirectX 10
RAM and Hard Disk
Another major reason for our recommendation forAspire AS7741Z-4633 is the 4 GB RAM that comes with this notebook. This makes multitasking faster. The Hard disk is moderate sized 320 GB – probably you will never exhaust even half of this, unless you are a video freak.
Webcam and HDMI
The integrated 1.3 Megapixel webcam and the HDMI makes up the last set of reason this notebook is highly recommended for buying at the price at which it is offered.
And yes the Acer AS7741Z-4633 notebook does come with other common feature that we take for granted. It includes the USB ports, the optical DVD drive, the VGA connector, wired and wireless networking and the microphone and audio connector.
Acer has not been live upto the mark as far as the quality of the built is concerned. They lack the workmanship and durability of Sony and Toshiba. The customer support and services has been rated low. This is one reason why this AS7741Z-4633 may possibly be not recommended, which, otherwise would have been great from its specification and price perspective.