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Acer Aspire 5740G Core i3 Laptop, 4GB DDR3, 500GB HD, ATI 5650 GPU - £589.85 @ Laptops Direct

£589.85 @ Laptops Direct
Edit: Quidco at 2% brings this down to £578 In response to some high spec but low GPU, poor gaming performance laptop deals posted, I thought I'd post a deal that I thought looked pretty good and d…
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6y, 9m agoFound 6 years, 9 months ago
Edit: Quidco at 2% brings this down to £578

In response to some high spec but low GPU, poor gaming performance laptop deals posted, I thought I'd post a deal that I thought looked pretty good and delivered pretty good gaming performance too.

This ATI 5650 GPU in this laptop typically delivers double the frame rates in games as the £700 - £800 laptops with the ATI 5470 GPU. So that's a 100% gaming performance boost for £150 - £200 less money.

Full spec below.

An entertainment laptop needs some muscle behind it to run your demanding applications and play your movies smoothly. The 5740G comes with the latest Intel Core i3 processor and a huge 4GB RAM so itll have no trouble with your multimedia multitasking. Want to download some new music whilst youre watching a film? Go for it.

When youre watching films and playing games obviously you want everything to look stunning; visuals are the key to any entertainment experience. The 5740Gs 15.6 display and its 1GB ATI Radeon graphics ensure that whether youre jumping into the action with a game or sitting back and watching a movie, youll be enjoying an amazing visual treat.

It comes with a hefty amount of storage space for all your multimedia files too, boasting a massive 500GB hard drive thatll give you more than enough room for anything you need to save. A large part of entertainment is interaction so connectivity is a must. The 5740G comes packed with features to help you stay in touch, including wireless internet, and an integrated webcam.

If you want a laptop designed for pure entertainment then the Acer Aspire 5740G is for you.

Screen size - 15.6 in - 1366 x 768
Processor - Intel Core i3 I3-330M - 2.13 GHz
RAM - 4 GB
Hard Drive - 500 GB
Operating System - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
Optical Drive - DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM
Graphics - ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
Webcam - Integrated
Warranty - 1 year warranty
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#1
A 1 off alternative is a core 2 duo T6600 based, GT240M GPU, refurbished laptop from the same seller. £470

http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/GRADE_A2_-_Minor_Cosmetic_Damage_-_Acer_Aspire_5739G_Windows77011719-1-LX.P/version.asp

The spec is a little lower and there is only 1 available, but it's a decent enough gamer for that 1 lucky buyer.
#2
Notebookcheck. net says "the 5650 GPU is performing on a level with the previous Mobility Radeon HD 4670 or the Nvidia GeForce GTS 250M (with DDR3 graphics memory). This means the performance is sufficient for high details in nearly all DirectX 10 games"

http://www.notebookcheck.net/ATI-Mobility-Radeon-HD-5650.23697.0.html

3d Mark 05 scores give the 5650 13,171 on average.

Whereas the 5470 only gets 6,380 on average.

These statistics may be skewed a little as the average 5650 will be fitted with a better CPU than the average 5470. I would still expect to see a near 100% performance improvement though.
#3
looks pretty reasonable, pity only i3 processor but at that price point the graphics card is top :thumbsup:
#4
not going to buy it but will give some heat!!!:santa:
#5
Good to see this GPU on a laptop around £600 and with a small chassis. But it’s poor value compared to a Dell Studio 17 if you can live with the bulk of its larger higher resolution screen. For £630 after Quidco you can get this spec and scope to customise it:

Core i5-430M (2.26Ghz, 4Threads, turbo boost up to 2.53 GHz, 3MB cache)
4096MB 1067MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM [2x2048]
1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
500GB (7,200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive
17.3” High Definition+ (1600x900) LED with TL

For £95 more you get the Core i5-540M (2.53Ghz, 4 Thread, turbo boost up to 3.06 GHz, 3MB cache) and a 1080P screen. This is because you can then use the 10% voucher as opposed to the 5% one. Pretty good for £725.
#6
SmilingCrow
Good to see this GPU on a laptop around £600 and with a small chassis. But it’s poor value compared to a Dell Studio 17 if you can live with the bulk of its larger higher resolution screen. For £630 after Quidco you can get this spec and scope to customise it:

Core i5-430M (2.26Ghz, 4Threads, turbo boost up to 2.53 GHz, 3MB cache)
4096MB 1067MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM [2x2048]
1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
500GB (7,200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive
17.3” High Definition+ (1600x900) LED with TL

For £95 more you get the Core i5-540M (2.53Ghz, 4 Thread, turbo boost up to 3.06 GHz, 3MB cache) and a 1080P screen. This is because you can then use the 10% voucher as opposed to the 5% one. Pretty good for £725.


I've not really looked into the black art of quidco (does it sometimes not work?), but I can see that this has a potential 2% cashback bringing its price to £578.07.

I'm not sure how you are getting your quoted spec & price to £725, I've got the Studio 17 configured with the i5 540 and the 1080p screen and it is at £848.99. To hit £725 you need to get 15% off, is the quidco 10%? Another deal on here for a Dell has it quoted at 6%. I see there are also 5% dell vouchers too. If it is correct at £725, I'd vote that a hot deal, although still £150-ish more than this and the article i'm quoting in my next message indicates that the i5 or even the i7 will barely improve gaming performance, if at all, as the i3 has enough horsepower to cope when it is paired with a reasonably good GPU, the GPU is still the bottlneck for performance rather than a relatively moderate i3 CPU.
#7
mubod
looks pretty reasonable, pity only i3 processor but at that price point the graphics card is top :thumbsup:


It would seem the i3 has enough performance that it doesn't hinder game performance. This article is based on a desktop i3 compared to a desktop i7. I'm assuming Intel have kept the naming structure on their mobile CPUs so that relative comparisons can be made.

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/core-i3-gaming,review-31852.html

This shows that almost all modern games are not CPU bound once you get a certain perfomance level and they deliver almost identical performance on an i3 as they do on an i7. It would seem as far as gaming is concerned an i3 is more than capable of number crunching enough data so that the GPU becomes the limit on the a systems gaming performance.

That makes this £578 laptop capable of performing on a par with an i5 or i7 costing hundreds of pounds more.

In fairness, an i5 or an i7 will be significantly faster for productivity tasks, video rendering or large format image processing etc. but for gaming it seems i5 and i7 based systems do not show any improvement over this little beauty.
#8
Willie_Hmmm
I've not really looked into the black art of quidco (does it sometimes not work?), but I can see that this has a potential 2% cashback bringing its price to £578.07.

I'm not sure how you are getting your quoted spec & price to £725, I've got the Studio 17 configured with the i5 540 and the 1080p screen and it is at £848.99. To hit £725 you need to get 15% off, is the quidco 10%? Another deal on here for a Dell has it quoted at 6%. I see there are also 5% dell vouchers too. If it is correct at £725, I'd vote that a hot deal, although still £150-ish more than this and the article i'm quoting in my next message indicates that the i5 or even the i7 will barely improve gaming performance, if at all, as the i3 has enough horsepower to cope when it is paired with a reasonably good GPU, the GPU is still the bottlneck for performance rather than a relatively moderate i3 CPU.


There are a couple of Studio 17 deals on the site and one knocks off more money than the others. I seem to get it to £746.09 after applying the coupon and before quidco (which is paid at 6%):
http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&kc=&oc=n0074904

Quidco doesn't always pay but it does pay the vast majority of the time. Cashback takes several months to get to you and if you haven't used it before they will take the first £5 of your cashback for themselves. You should never rely on it but if you do any shopping at all online it is definitely worth signing up for.

Must admit I'm tempted by one of these deals. I don't have a desktop at the moment and my laptop is a few years old and starting to show its age.
#9
To get the prices I quoted use http://www.dmxdimension.com/ as a starting point for deals and then go via Quidco. I use Quidco and TopCashBack for my business and have accrued over £2,000 worth of cashback with a failure rate of 1 to 2%; it’s not rocket science and just put in a claim if it fails to track.

You seem focussed almost exclusively on the gaming side of things but the Studio 17 offers a much more balanced package than the Acer. The only advantage I can see for the Acer is if you want a smaller and probably lighter system; it’s a significant difference between the two. But ignoring personal preference the Dell seems much better value when you look at the extra spec for only a bit more money. That’s why I couldn’t vote this Hot. I think it’s an interesting niche product but niche products aren’t good candidates for good value.
#10
If nothing else I've learned enough about quidco to sign up for it.

The focus on gaming was in response to some of the other laptop deals on here which had hardware which seriously neglected gaming, so I thought I'd post an alternative that I would actually buy (had I not already bought a GT 240M based laptop 6 months ago).

Thanks for the quidco info and the info on the higher spec alternatives from Dell, a £150 more for i5 & 1080p will certainly suit some. It's a shame they don't offer bluray too.
#11
Willie_Hmmm
It's a shame they don't offer bluray too.

It's being embraced very slowly by PC manufacturers. :thinking:
#12
The Acer Aspire 5740G with same spec except an Intel® Core™ i5 Dual Core (430M, 3MB Cache, 2.26 GHz) processor and Blu-Ray player is £699.97 from here

http://www.simplyacer.com/Acer_Aspire_5740G_698444.html
#13
Robbo11
The Acer Aspire 5740G with same spec except an Intel® Core™ i5 Dual Core (430M, 3MB Cache, 2.26 GHz) processor and Blu-Ray player is £699.97 from here

http://www.simplyacer.com/Acer_Aspire_5740G_698444.html


Thanks for that Robbo.

So to sum up...

i3, 720p display, no bluray for £578

i5, 720p, with bluray £699

i5, 1080p, without bluray £725

Still looking for that elusive 1080p with bluray and we have the perfect deal.
#14
Willie_Hmmm
So to sum up.


Acer 15.6”
i3 2.13, 1366 x 768, £578
i5 2.26 (2.53), 1366 x 768, Blu-ray, £699

Dell 17.3”, 7,200 rpm HDD
i5 2.26 (2.53), 1600x900, £630
i5 2.53 (3.06), 1920x1080, £725

TurboBoost speed in brackets
#15
SmilingCrow
Acer 15.6”
i3 2.13, 1366 x 768, £578
i5 2.26 (2.53), 1366 x 768, Blu-ray, £699

Dell 17.3”, 7,200 rpm HDD
i5 2.26 (2.53), 1600x900, £630
i5 2.53 (3.06), 1920x1080, £725

TurboBoost speed in brackets


As we've only come up with a few limited alternatives, I'll offer you Full HD 1080p, 18.4" screen, bluray and all for £499. Have a look at this, found it through Robbo's link:

http://www.simplyacer.com/Acer_Aspire_8930G_904744.html

CPU is a little slower than an i3, RAM is reduced to 3GB, hard drive is reduced to 320GB, OS is Vista rather than Windows 7, and GPU is a little slower (Nvidia 9700m GT), 3D mark 05 score is 11,355 compared to 13,171 with the ATI 5650. Despite all the lesser hardware, this will still give an 80% gaming improvement over those laptops with the ATI 5470, so really quite a good deal.

The fact it's Vista tells me this is old stock. The link shows its previous price as £749, I can imagine that is exactly what this was selling for a year ago.
#16
Actually, here's the link for all the summer sale laptops. Again all seem like old stock but some great deals on offer.

http://www.simplyacer.com/summer-sale

Bluray writer, plus near identical spec to this deal, slightly faster CPU, slightly slower GPU all for £699.

Bluray reader, 17.3" 1440x900 display, Nvidia 9400m, for £429

Definitely worth a look.

All credit to Robbo for pointing me in the direction of that site.
#17
Don't go to simplyacer, they send out substandard laptops and when they fail they want you to pay for it!.


The story goes....
I bought i Acer Aspire 8935G (P8700 2.53GHz 4 GB DDR3 1066MHz Ram 500Gb H.D.D 5,400rpm ATI Radeon HD4670 1GB GDDR3 18.4in Full HD 1080p.)

The screen cover cracked, so i phoned up and they pointed me to Acer as they said it was a warrenty issue. I then spent 1 month arguing with acer about it as they refused to do anything about it. I then gave up got the laptop back and then decided to see what i could get out of simplyacer as they where the retailer. After 2 letters including the threat of court action they finally agreed to repair my laptop at no cost to myself.

I sent the laptop at a cost of £30 insured by courier. 9 days went past with nothing not even a email to let me know what had gone on with my laptop. I phoned up and they said "we cant get the part at a cost effective price so we are sending the laptop back to you.".

Oh i did laugh, they tell you they will sort something out and then they wiggle out of it and leave you in the lurch!. Simplycrappyacer are a retailer to stay away from, they supply substandard laptops with crap screens!. Don't make the same mistake as i have. You will come to regret it.
#18
Don't go to simplyacer, they send out substandard laptops and when they fail they want you to pay for it!.


The story goes....
I bought i Acer Aspire 8935G (P8700 2.53GHz 4 GB DDR3 1066MHz Ram 500Gb H.D.D 5,400rpm ATI Radeon HD4670 1GB GDDR3 18.4in Full HD 1080p.)

The screen cover cracked, so i phoned up and they pointed me to Acer as they said it was a warrenty issue. I then spent 1 month arguing with acer about it as they refused to do anything about it. I then gave up got the laptop back and then decided to see what i could get out of simplyacer as they where the retailer. After 2 letters including the threat of court action they finally agreed to repair my laptop at no cost to myself.

I sent the laptop at a cost of £30 insured by courier. 9 days went past with nothing not even a email to let me know what had gone on with my laptop. I phoned up and they said "we cant get the part at a cost effective price so we are sending the laptop back to you.".

Oh i did laugh, they tell you they will sort something out and then they wiggle out of it and leave you in the lurch!. Simplycrappyacer are a retailer to stay away from, they supply substandard laptops with crap screens!. Don't make the same mistake as i have. You will come to regret it.

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