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Acer Aspire 5738G laptop 15.6", Core 2 Duo T6400, 2GHz, 3GB RAM, 320GB HDD, 512MB Geforce G105M dedicated graphics, Win 7 upgrade eligible: £399.97 delivered @ Simply Acer

£399.97 @ Simply Acer
I know it's an Acer but seems like a good spec for £400, especially if you're on a budget but want a reasonably good graphics card. It's also eligible for Windows 7 upgrade. It ranked 6th in the "Whic… Read More
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7y, 5m agoFound 7 years, 5 months ago
I know it's an Acer but seems like a good spec for £400, especially if you're on a budget but want a reasonably good graphics card. It's also eligible for Windows 7 upgrade. It ranked 6th in the "Which?" Best Buy table for laptops, ahead of the Dell Studio 17.

Cheapest I could find this model elsewhere was ~£500. There's a slightly better model of the 5738G at Comet costing £474 after 5% discount.

Acer Aspire 5738G (spec from simplyacer website)
Processor Intel® Core 2 Duo (T6400 - 2.0GHz, 800MHz FSB, 2MB)
RAM 3GB (DDR3 1066MHZ)
Hard Drive 320GB
Graphics Dedicated (NVIDIA® GeForce® G105M with up to 2303MB of TurboCache 512MB Dedicated)
Screen 15.6" (Acer CineCrystal, 1366x768 HD, High Brightness, LED Backlit)
Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium Edition
Optical Drive DVD Rewriter (Records DVDs 8x & CDs 24x & Dual Layer Super Multi)
Wireless LAN Wireless (WIFI LINK A,B,G,N Includes MIMO)
Network Card 10/100/1000 Gigabit Fast Ethernet
Card Reader 5-in-1 card reader (SD//MS/MS-Pro/MMC/xD-Picture card)
USB Ports 4x USB 2.0 Ports
Speakers Intergrated Stereo Speakers
Modem 56.6K Modem
VGA Port 1 External VGA Port
Kensington Lock Kensington lock slot
Charge Time 2.5 Hours
HDMI 1 HDMI Connector
Battery Life 2-3 Hours (up to 3 hours with power management)
Weight 2-3 Kg (This Model 2.82 Kg)
Warranty 12 Months Acer Collect & Return
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#1
To the guy who voted cold first...Please provide the reason and if posible the link where it is cheap.
There is no use in voting Cold without listing the reason.

Great find... Voted hot.

Welcome sirhobo to HUKD..
#2
Don't know much about tech stuff and Acer may not be the best brand, but for a core 2 duo with NVIDIA graphics with 2.0ghz processor speed surely this is a decent deal, heat added.

Welcome to HUKD and congratulations on your first post, cheers for posting.
#3
Thanks maverik_77 and westbrom! I'm really after a Dell Studio 1555 C2D with a good graphics card for £400-£450 but unlikely to find one at that price! What do you think of this Acer as an alternative?
#4
I'm thinking of getting a laptop and this seems like a good one. Will have a think.
#5
sirhobo
Thanks maverik_77 and westbrom! I'm really after a Dell Studio 1555 C2D with a good graphics card for £400-£450 but unlikely to find one at that price! What do you think of this Acer as an alternative?


I am after a laptop for a Christmas present and been looking on here for a decent deal with good specs, so not in a position to recommend but this deal seems good to me, there is a bias about the Acer brand, but the specs are good, there is a similar deal on the Currys website for £399 - Acer 5738, 15.6 widescreen 2.1 ghz, windows 7 premium, 3gb ram and 250gb hd.
#6
sirhobo
Thanks maverik_77 and westbrom! I'm really after a Dell Studio 1555 C2D with a good graphics card for £400-£450 but unlikely to find one at that price!

Try the Dell Outlet as they have had a lot of that model with ATI graphics.
#7
good deal for under £400 delivered- apart from blu-ray it has everything most people would want including hdmi etc.
#8
sirhobo
Thanks maverik_77 and westbrom! I'm really after a Dell Studio 1555 C2D with a good graphics card for £400-£450 but unlikely to find one at that price! What do you think of this Acer as an alternative?


I have a dell , but after having a look at my friends acer (He got it for £475 - http://www.comet.co.uk/shopcomet/product/600024/ACER-AS5738G)i was blown away bcz it was running very cool. It can be kept in the lap and used for hours, not like the dell ones which will blow hot air within a few minutes. But i feel the screen is a letdown, and you will need a bit more pixels to make the 15.6" screen look good.

Have a look at this too as it is a good deal with blueray.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/549447/acer-aspire-6930g-643g25bn-16-wides
This too has only a HD screen (1366 x 768 resolution) which is a letdown.

I would atleast prefer a WSXGA screen(1440 X 900) for a 15.4"+ notebook, but if you can get a full HD at 16" it is always better.
#9
Agharta
Try the Dell Outlet as they have had a lot of that model with ATI graphics.


I agree. :) I've been keeping an eye out on Dell Outlet but so far with VAT+delivery factored in haven't found anything less than £480 for a Studio 1555 with C2D. Does anyone have any experience of Dell's scratch & dent laptops?
#10
I bought a mini9 scratch and dent and have not been able to find any mark on it.
#11
I've also got my eye on a refurb Samsung R522 T6500, 4GB ram, 320 GB HDD, 512 HD 4330 graphics for £415, but not sure if that's a good deal for a refurb...
#12
sirhobo
I agree. :) I've been keeping an eye out on Dell Outlet but so far with VAT+delivery factored in haven't found anything less than £480 for a Studio 1555 with C2D.

I just looked and they have a decent spec with Win7, 3GB, 250GB, ATI 512MB for £417 delivered; it’s a refurb. It has a Pentium T4300 which will put some off but the 1MB cache is generally a non issue especially in a laptop. No virtualisation support but the O/S doesn’t support it either. People make too much about the difference between the two but for most home users it’s an irrelevance. I wouldn't pay £30 for a similar speed C2D unless I was using Win7 Pro.
#13
Agharta
I just looked and they have a decent spec with Win7, 3GB, 250GB, ATI 512MB for £417 delivered; it’s a refurb. It has a Pentium T4300 which will put some off but the 1MB cache is generally a non issue especially in a laptop. No virtualisation support but the O/S doesn’t support it either. People make too much about the difference between the two but for most home users it’s an irrelevance. I wouldn't pay £30 for a similar speed C2D unless I was using Win7 Pro.


Thanks for your comments and the tip. I want to do some stop-motion animation, video editing, use after effects etc. hence wanting sizeable RAM and decent CPU and graphics card (and preferably a firewire port). Do you think there'd be much difference in using a T4300 to do that, rather than something like T6500? Should I care more about the RAM or other features?
#14
sirhobo
Thanks for your comments and the tip. I want to do some stop-motion animation, video editing, use after effects etc. hence wanting sizeable RAM and decent CPU and graphics card (and preferably a firewire port). Do you think there'd be much difference in using a T4300 to do that, rather than something like T6500? Should I care more about the RAM or other features?

I’m not sure that the graphics card makes any difference at all in video editing although Adobe are starting to use GPU acceleration in certain applications and that will become much more important over time.

There’s a comparison at Tomshardware of 1, 2 & 4MB cache Core 2 Duos @ 2.4GHz and for audio and video transcoding the difference is small.
#15
Agharta
I’m not sure that the graphics card makes any difference at all in video editing although Adobe are starting to use GPU acceleration in certain applications and that will become much more important over time.

There’s a comparison at Tomshardware of 1, 2 & 4MB cache Core 2 Duos @ 2.4GHz and for audio and video transcoding the difference is small.


I always thought that Dual Core and Core 2 Duo were significantly different but your post helped me realise that the main difference is in cache, which may not translate into noticeable speed or power differences. This gives me more options in my price range - thanks! :santa:
#16
sirhobo
I always thought that Dual Core and Core 2 Duo were significantly different but your post helped me realise that the main difference is in cache, which may not translate into noticeable speed or power differences. This gives me more options in my price range - thanks! :santa:

There was a time when there was Pentium D versus Core 2 Duo and the difference was massive but those were desktop CPUs. These days all Intel laptop and desktop CPUs except for the new top end ones are Core 2 Duo derivatives. They differentiate mainly for marketing purposes although they do disable some features in the Pentium and Celeron versions which are generally irrelevant for most people anyway.
#17
if this was ranked 6th on which - could u tell us what was the 1st 5
#18
Wouldn't touch Acer for a laptop again but good deal.
#19
Has anyone found a reliable benchmark of the G105M gpu?

A 3dmark2005 score would be ideal; i'd consider anything over 6000 marks as an excellent score - as it would make this a viable budget gaming laptop.

:edit:

Nvm, found it on notebookcheck -> ~4300 Avg.

Still excellent spec. for £400; if I were buying a £400 laptop this is the one i'd go for.
#20
thankshotdeals
if this was ranked 6th on which - could u tell us what was the 1st 5


+1 thanks
banned#21
sorry m8, cold.
ADVENT Roma3000 at Pee World, £399
4gb ram
500gig HD
And slightly faster processor 2.1

And I even haggled it down to £389 to allow for my Tesco points I would lose for a similar lappy that wasn't in stock ;-)
#22
Podzak
sorry m8, cold.
ADVENT Roma3000 at Pee World, £399
4gb ram
500gig HD
And slightly faster processor 2.1

And I even haggled it down to £389 to allow for my Tesco points I would lose for a similar lappy that wasn't in stock ;-)


Good find, and you should also consider the Acer posted here: http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/549412/acer-aspire-5738-core-2-duo-t6400-2. But it does depend on what you want - the ADVENT only has Intel GL40 so the laptop in the OP comfortably beats it on graphics. I don't think the speed differs much and I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong but I think it would be easier to upgrade RAM (and HD) on the Acer later on if you wanted, than to upgrade the graphics on the ADVENT
#23
thankshotdeals
if this was ranked 6th on which - could u tell us what was the 1st 5


brickstar
+1 thanks



Apple macbook (~£800), Samsung Q320 (~£665), Dell Studio XPS 16 (~£800), Dell Studio 1555 (~£750), Acer Aspire 7735Z (£415)

The prices in brackets were on the Which website. I think you could get cheaper but I guess the prices listed reflect the exact spec models they tested
#24
Podzak
sorry m8, cold.
ADVENT Roma3000 at Pee World, £399
4gb ram
500gig HD
And slightly faster processor 2.1

And I even haggled it down to £389 to allow for my Tesco points I would lose for a similar lappy that wasn't in stock ;-)


but that means you get an advent :roll:
#25
How does the Nvidia G105M on this model stack up against the Radeon HD4570 on the £474 version?
#26
foxrocks
How does the Nvidia G105M on this model stack up against the Radeon HD4570 on the £474 version?


The HD4570 is a better gpu; ~6500 Avg. in 3dmark 2005

Not sure it's worth the extra £75 though, unless the £474 model is significantly better in other areas too. Can you link to it?
#27
Podzak
sorry m8, cold.
ADVENT Roma3000 at Pee World, £399
4gb ram
500gig HD
And slightly faster processor 2.1

And I even haggled it down to £389 to allow for my Tesco points I would lose for a similar lappy that wasn't in stock ;-)


To put it bluntly, that machine is crap. :oops:

HD capacity is unimportant, as is the extra gb of ram.
Where-as the 2nd most important component; the GL40 (aka GMA 4500) is an awful GPU; approx. 5 times slower than the Geforce G105M.

As for the difference in CPU, it's a tough call - T6400 2.0ghz with 2mb L2 cache, vs T4300 2.1ghz with 1mb L2 cache.
5% increase in clock speed (T4300) or 100% increase in L2 cache.(T6400)
I suspect any differences in performance will be highly dependent upon the task at hand; suffice to say they're roughly comparable and so shouldn't be considered a significant difference.
#28
sirhobo
I agree. :) I've been keeping an eye out on Dell Outlet but so far with VAT+delivery factored in haven't found anything less than £480 for a Studio 1555 with C2D. Does anyone have any experience of Dell's scratch & dent laptops?


I received a 'certified refurbished' laptop last Friday and it's going back. It has a fault in the screen. How it passed their QC is beyond me.

Communicating with them over the last few days has been a nightmare.

There's a 99% chance I will not be replacing it with anything from Dell. Which is a shame, as I was happy with the price vs spec I decided on. Now, I just don't trust them to deliver the product and support me afterwards..

There are lots of happy Outlet customers; but if my experience is anything to go by, then I wouldn't trust a 'certified refurbished' model, never mind a 'scratch or dent'.
#29
TehJumpingJawa
The HD4570 is a better gpu; ~6500 Avg. in 3dmark 2005

Not sure it's worth the extra £75 though, unless the £474 model is significantly better in other areas too. Can you link to it?


http://www.comet.co.uk/shopcomet/product/600024/ACER-AS5738G/tab/specification

That's the higher spec one. £499 but apparently there's a 5% voucher or something floating around? Main difference seems to be a slightly better CPU, 1GB more RAM, and the superior video card.
#30
Is quidco available as well??:thinking:
#31
foxrocks
http://www.comet.co.uk/shopcomet/product/600024/ACER-AS5738G/tab/specification

That's the higher spec one. £499 but apparently there's a 5% voucher or something floating around? Main difference seems to be a slightly better CPU, 1GB more RAM, and the superior video card.


Personally, I think the Comet laptop looks worth an extra £74 if your budget stretches - I think there's £15-odd cashback available with topcashback on that one as well (deal posted and discussed here: http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/517787/acer-aspire-5738g-15-6-inch-noteboo?)

No quidco on this Acer though unfortunately. I don't know about other cashback sites
#32
foxrocks
http://www.comet.co.uk/shopcomet/product/600024/ACER-AS5738G/tab/specification

That's the higher spec one. £499 but apparently there's a 5% voucher or something floating around? Main difference seems to be a slightly better CPU, 1GB more RAM, and the superior video card.


play.com have that model @ £479.99 + quidco.

For the extra £70 you're certainly getting your moneys worth; significantly better cpu & gpu, more ram, and windows 7 out of the box.

Though neither comet or play.com state the exact resolution of the screen! useless retailers....
play.com get closest by stating it's WXGA; hopefully that means it's 1366×768. (but it could be as little as 1280×720...)

:edit:

Or dabs have refurbished on offer for £401

Though i'm always very skeptical of refurb'ed laptops; battery life is guaranteed to be reduced, and dead pixels are much more likely.
(plus the dabs/bt shop website is woefully short of description; so whether you'll actually get a correctly spec'ed AS5738G is pot-luck)
#33
TehJumpingJawa
play.com have that model @ £479.99 + quidco.

For the extra £70 you're certainly getting your moneys worth; significantly better cpu & gpu, more ram, and windows 7 out of the box.

Though neither comet or play.com state the exact resolution of the screen! useless retailers....
play.com get closest by stating it's WXGA; hopefully that means it's 1366×768. (but it could be as little as 1280×720...)

:edit:

Or dabs have refurbished on offer for £401

Though i'm always very skeptical of refurb'ed laptops; battery life is guaranteed to be reduced, and dead pixels are much more likely.

According to its listing on Scan.co.uk, it's 1366x768.
#34
Anyone got the 5% off code?
#35
I'm tempted as a Christmas gift for one of my kids, but I have had 3 Acer laptops myself in the past & each one has suffered the same fate; ran far too hot after 6 months usage & the on-board fans broke through overuse (even with power saving options set to maximise battery life reducing performance).

Plus, does anybody know if with a 1366x768 HD screen resolution on-board is full 1080p HD output possible on the HDMI port?

BFN,

fp.
#36
fanpages

Plus, does anybody know if with a 1366x768 HD screen resolution on-board is full 1080p HD output possible on the HDMI port?

BFN,

fp.


I'd be very surprised if it wasn't.
#37
Just to complicate things, what's the story on the Medion P6620, £499?
Is it still available anywhere?

The GPU in it is roasting hot, the GT220M is apparently a rebadged 9650M - ~8000 3d 2005 marks!

(promotion page for said machine)
1 Like #38
TehJumpingJawa
I'd be very surprised if it wasn't.


Worth checking though... after looking further I find a Blu-ray drive is an option so yes it will probably be 1080p output.

PS. The Acer web site lists four different configurations for the Aspire 5738 series...

Aspire 5738G-643G32Mn (Presumably the one mentioned in this deal listing)

Aspire 5738G-643G32Mn Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium , Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T6400 (2.13GHz, 2 Mb L2 Cache, 800 MHz FSB), 15.6" WXGA Acer CrystalBrite™ LED, 3GB RAM, 320GB 5400rpm Hard Disk Drive, 8X DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive, nVidia GF G105M (512Mb), Acer InviLink™ 802.11b/g/Draft-N Wi-Fi CERTIFIED® solution, 6 cell Li-ion Battery, 5 in 1 card reader (SD), (MMC), (MS), (MS PRO), (XD) Part Number LX.PAL0X.002

Aspire 5738G-644G32Bn

Aspire 5738G-644G32Bn Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium , Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T6400 (2.13GHz, 2 Mb L2 Cache, 800 MHz FSB), 15.6" WXGA Acer CrystalBrite™ LED, 4GB RAM, 320GB 5400rpm Hard Disk Drive, 4X Bluray Reader/DVD-SuperMulti Drive, nVidia GF G105M (512Mb), Acer InviLink™ 802.11b/g/Draft-N Wi-Fi CERTIFIED® solution, 6 cell Li-ion Battery, 5 in 1 card reader (SD), (MMC), (MS), (MS PRO), (XD), 0.3 MP Crystal Eye Webcam Part Number LX.PAM0X.006

AS5738-644G50MN

Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium , Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T6400 (2.13GHz, 2M Cache, 800 MHz FSB), 15.6" Acer CineCrystal™ LED LCD, 4GB RAM, 500GB 5400rpm Hard Disk Drive, 8x DVD-RW, Shared graphics, 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N Wi-Fi CERTIFIED® solution, 6 cell Li-ion Battery (3.5 Hours), 5 in 1 card reader (SD), (MMC), (MS), (MS PRO), (XD), 0.3 HD MP Crystal Eye Webcam Part Number LX.PAJ0X.172

AS5738G-664G32MN

Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium , Intel® Core™2 Duo processor T6600 (2.2 GHz, 800 MHz FSB), 4GB Memory, 320 GB HDD, 15.6" HD Acer CineCrystal™ LCD, DVD-Super Multi DL drive, ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4570, Multi-in-1 card reader, Acer Nplify™802.11a/b/g/n, Acer Crystal Eye webcam Part Number LX.PEX02.045

BFN,

fp.
#39
Does it have webcam,

i called call center, she said no

any comments guys?


got it now after reading fanpages reply
NO WEBCAM
#40
TehJumpingJawa
Just to complicate things, what's the story on the Medion P6620, £499?
Is it still available anywhere?

The GPU in it is roasting hot, the GT220M is apparently a rebadged 9650M - ~8000 3d 2005 marks!

(promotion page for said machine)

Damn, that's a hell of a spec for the money. Were they available exclusively through Aldi? Would be great if these were still knocking about.

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