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The Acer Aspire 7520 17" laptop offers the new, innovative Gemstone design for intensive multimedia using Acer empowering tools for digital photos and music. This laptop is an ideal desktop replacement with an AMD Athlon 64x2 dual core processor, 80Gb hard drive and 1Gb memory. The Aspire 7520 comes packed with the latest advances in technology without compromising anything on performance. This model comes complete with a DVD rewriter and Windows Vista Home Premium operating system and weighs 3.36kg.
Features
Name Value
Audio Features Yes
Battery Life 2.5-hour
Bluetooth No
Box Contents Warranty, User Guides & Software CD
Brand Acer
Card Reader 5-in-1 card reader, supporting Secure Digital (SD), MultiMediaCard (MMC), Memory Stick® (MS), Memory Stick PRO (MS PRO), xD-Picture Card (xD)
Features of Product 17" widescreen display AMD® turionTM 64x2 TK53 1.7 GHz processor Acer empowering technnology
Firewire Yes
Graphics NVIDIA® GeForce® 7000M with up to 384Mb NVIDIA® GeForce® Turbocache
Hard Drive 80Gb
Memory 1024Mb DDR2 667 MHz memory
Number of USB Ports 4
Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium
Optical Drive DVD Rewriter
Output VGA, S-video
Processor AMD Athlon TM 64x2 Dual Core
Processor Cache 2 x 256Kb
Processor Model Number TK53
Processor Speed 1.7GHz
Product Depth 29.8 cm
Product Height 4.3 cm
Product Weight 3.36Kg
Product Width 40.4 cm
Remote Control Included No
Screen Features WXGA+ high-brightness (200-nit) Acer CrystalBrite TFT LCD
Screen Size 17"
Software Load Acer Empowering Technology (Acer eNet, ePower, eAudio, ePresentation, eDataSecurity, eLock, eRecovery, eSettings, Management) Acer Arcade featuring Cinema, Video, Album, Music, Acer HomeMedia Acer GridVista Acer Launch Manager Adobe® Reader® CyberLink® PowerProducer® Norton Internet Security NTI CD-Maker Microsoft® Works 8.5 with Office Home and Student 2007 Trial1
TV Tuner None
Wi-Fi Acer InviLink 802.11b/g Wi-Fi CERTIFIED® network connection, supporting Acer SignalUp wireless technology
Wired Networking Port Yes
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#1
Welcome to the forums merseyblueboy!!! Please see the links in my signature for help on posting deals - I have added the price and retailer name to the thread title, which we always try to show. Added a piccy too :)

Thanks.
#2
are there any reviews of this baby anywhere? I can't find any
#3
Theres never a review on every laptop, thousands of models out, google a Acer Aspire 17" to find out generally.

This is a great desktop replacement which is portable.

Do not expect decent graphics with this or for Aero to look great.
But otherwise so long as nothing demanding is put on it, it's very nice indeed for the price.

I'd be tempted to spend extra £20+ on a 1gb ddr 667mhz ddo ram stick though to make it 2gb total and most likely spend £50-£70 later on (once 250gb's fall) replacing that smallish 80gb hdd.
#4
schizoboy

I'd be tempted to spend extra £20+ on a 1gb ddr 667mhz ddo ram stick though to make it 2gb total and most likely spend £50-£70 later on (once 250gb's fall) replacing that smallish 80gb hdd.


I might be wrong, but I suspect that this is suppied as 2 x 512Mb which means that you will have to buy 2 x 1024 Mb and then try to sell the exisitng RAM
#5
stephenashforth
I might be wrong, but I suspect that this is suppied as 2 x 512Mb which means that you will have to buy 2 x 1024 Mb and then try to sell the exisitng RAM


That wouldn't surprise me yeah...
#6
looks a nice deal

ive no idea about laptops but have read elsewhere that the AMD Athlon TM 64x2 runs very hot?

can anyone confirm this from experience or have i got it wrong?

ian
1 Like #7
AMD's CPU's are generally sold at a running speed closer to their threshold than Intel ones so have been known to run 15-25C hotter.

Ultimately most new laptops get too warm to be literally on your lap unless you get the pricey ultra portables.
#8
schizoboy
AMD's CPU's are generally sold at a running speed closer to their threshold than Intel ones so have been known to run 15-25C hotter.

Ultimately most new laptops get too warm to be literally on your lap unless you get the pricey ultra portables.


ok thanks for the info :thumbsup:
#9
There *should* be 5% Quidco on this. This really is a good price, it's £529 direct from Acer. Major bummer is the RAM does come as 2x 512mb. Spec here:

http://www.acernotebooks.co.uk/Acer_TravelMate_7520-401G16_LX.TL70X.062/version.asp



The Acer TravelMate 7520 has everything companies need to maximize their business performance. Boasting a superb 17" widescreen TFT panel and equipped with the powerful processor it provides a complete solution for today's demanding business users at great value. The 17" wide TFT panel and the latest technological advancements make the new TravelMate 7520 the perfect example of Acer's strategy to provide powerful tools to business customers that want to take business productivity to the next level.

* Product Description - Acer TravelMate 7520-401G16 - Turion 64 X2 TL-58 - 17" TFT
* Dimensions (WxDxH) - 40 cm x 29 cm x 4.3 cm
* Weight - 3.7 kg
* Localisation - United Kingdom
* System Type - Notebook
* Processor - AMD Turion 64 X2 mobile technology TL-58 ( Dual-Core )
* Cache Memory - 1 MB - L2 Cache
* RAM - 1 GB (installed) / 4 GB (max) - DDR II SDRAM ( 2 x 512 MB )
* Card Reader - 5 in 1
* Hard Drive - 160 GB - Serial ATA-150
* Optical Storage - DVD±RW (+R double layer) / DVD-RAM - integrated
* Display - 17" TFT active matrix 1440 x 900 ( WXGA+ ) - 24-bit (16.7 million colours)
* Graphics Controller - ATI Radeon Xpress 1250 with up to 384MB HyperMemory
* Audio Output - Sound card
* Telecom - Fax / modem - 56 Kbps
* Networking - Network adapter - Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
* Wireless NIC - Acer InviLink 802.11b/g
* Notebook Camera - Integrated
* Input Device - Keyboard, touchpad, 4-way scroll button
* Power - AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
* Battery - Lithium Ion
* Run Time (Up To) - 2.5 hour(s)
* Operating System - Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
* Manufacturer Warranty - 1 year warranty
#10
Good price for the spec, but acer is just ****, they make very poor quality laptops
#11
Had one for over 2 years with no problems at all
only down side is battery life is a bit poor
apart from that no complaints..
#12
I've used two Acer's before, good build quality.
#13
bellboys
There *should* be 5% Quidco on this. This really is a good price, it's £529 direct from Acer. Major bummer is the RAM does come as 2x 512mb. Spec here:

http://www.acernotebooks.co.uk/Acer_TravelMate_7520-401G16_LX.TL70X.062/version.asp



The Acer TravelMate 7520 has everything companies need to maximize their business performance. Boasting a superb 17" widescreen TFT panel and equipped with the powerful processor it provides a complete solution for today's demanding business users at great value. The 17" wide TFT panel and the latest technological advancements make the new TravelMate 7520 the perfect example of Acer's strategy to provide powerful tools to business customers that want to take business productivity to the next level.

* Product Description - Acer TravelMate 7520-401G16 - Turion 64 X2 TL-58 - 17" TFT
* Dimensions (WxDxH) - 40 cm x 29 cm x 4.3 cm
* Weight - 3.7 kg
* Localisation - United Kingdom
* System Type - Notebook
* Processor - AMD Turion 64 X2 mobile technology TL-58 ( Dual-Core )
* Cache Memory - 1 MB - L2 Cache
* RAM - 1 GB (installed) / 4 GB (max) - DDR II SDRAM ( 2 x 512 MB )
* Card Reader - 5 in 1
* Hard Drive - 160 GB - Serial ATA-150
* Optical Storage - DVD±RW (+R double layer) / DVD-RAM - integrated
* Display - 17" TFT active matrix 1440 x 900 ( WXGA+ ) - 24-bit (16.7 million colours)
* Graphics Controller - ATI Radeon Xpress 1250 with up to 384MB HyperMemory
* Audio Output - Sound card
* Telecom - Fax / modem - 56 Kbps
* Networking - Network adapter - Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
* Wireless NIC - Acer InviLink 802.11b/g
* Notebook Camera - Integrated
* Input Device - Keyboard, touchpad, 4-way scroll button
* Power - AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
* Battery - Lithium Ion
* Run Time (Up To) - 2.5 hour(s)
* Operating System - Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
* Manufacturer Warranty - 1 year warranty


this one has a different processor (turion),bigger hard drive,camera and different styling i believe to the originally posted one:? :?
#14
ext
Good price for the spec, but acer is just ****, they make very poor quality laptops


Rubbish. Most Acer laptops are made OEM by Dell.
#15
are you sure?
I find Dell to be solid.
#16
ajitdattani
are you sure?
I find Dell to be solid.


Up until late last year my brother-in-law worked for Acer Laptop division in QC in Taiwan.
They have very little production of their own.

I've had a string of Acer cast-offs from him as he would be given a new one every year. Only weak point is the circuitry that deals with charging the battery. If you constantly use it on mains (as say a desktop replacement) with the battery left in, they tend to fry. So just take battery out whilst plugged in for any length of time - lengthens overall battery life as well if you do.
Apart from that no problems.
Plus since he has now left Acer I bought my latest one from Tesco earlier this year. Can't go wrong for the money.
#17
Also worth noting Triple points available = 1197 Points
#18
bought one for my dad just now and got 1700 points (roughly) using the 500 point voucher code (in the voucher section of this website), £68 worth of deals cant be bad.
#19
is this still a good deal and what games would this play
cc generals
QUAKE 4
ETC
ALSO IS THE SCREEN SHINY LIKE GLASS OR A DULL MAT ONE
Thank you
#20
locoperro
what games would this play
cc generals
No.
QUAKE 4
No.
ETC
No.
ALSO IS THE SCREEN SHINY LIKE GLASS OR A DULL MAT ONE
Thank you
I'm thinking it's a glossy screen like the Acer I'm using now.
#21
LOL ^^^

is the screen 1400x900?

any one got this and can confirm?
#22
Just got one of these for a relative. Nice machine for the price - it's a big old beast as all 17" models are, but doesn't feel that heavy. Wireless is very stable and has good range. The screen is glossy and quite impressive for video playback. Closed the laptop is quite attractive imo. Battery life is about 2 hours with mid brightness and wifi use. Only fault would be the keyboard is a bit flimsy, so maybe not that good for long typing sessions.

One warning: it's swarming with trials and Acer garbage, took me ages to uninstall it all. If you don't do this, Vista with 1GB isn't really enough. Once you do it's OK.

Oh, and the 80GB disk is stupidly split into multiple partitions - around 8GB for the Acer backup, then 32GB each for the OS and data. Problem is if you start installing stuff on the OS partition it's full really quick. To fix this, rightclick mycomputer, manage, go to disks, delete the data partition, extend the OS one to fill the disk. Nice that Vista can do this internally without the hassle of dodgy external software.
#23
nice info but u didnt answer my Q!!!!! :-D
#24
Arfster, what exactly did you un-install to speed up Vista on this laptop - You see I have one of these laptops and am a bit dissapointed with the performacne of the Operating System and I am a little bit reluctant to start removing stuff just in case I remove something that I shouldn't.

BTW my machine has 3 partitions a 13gig hidden partition, a 30 gig Acer (c drive) partition and a 32gig Data (d drive) partiton so where the hell is the rest of my 80gig! I know about 1024bytes make a meg and 1024meg sometimes makes a gig but then again 1000meg also makes a gig in the wonerfull world of hard disk specs. But even so this doesn't explain why my 80gig drive only adds up to 75gig formatted.

Thanks for any advice or words of wisdom that you migh share with me!
1 Like #25
Muffin: screen res is 1440*900. I think that's pretty much the standard for 17" laptops now - you can get higher but it costs. I've seen 1920*1200 on laptops this size, and it's a little crazy, you have to squint a bit. 1680*1050 is good though.


houghykins
Arfster, what exactly did you un-install to speed up Vista on this laptop - You see I have one of these laptops and am a bit dissapointed with the performacne of the Operating System and I am a little bit reluctant to start removing stuff just in case I remove something that I shouldn't.


I first uninstalled Norton and co - it's only a trial anyway, and it's slow. Replaced it with Avira antivir, which is a free download off the net.

I then removed pretty much everything that autoloads into memory, as stuff that remains on disc isn't a problem. For this you can use msconfig (startbutton+r, type msconfig). Goto services tab, take a screenshot with printscreen button/paste into mspaint, save so you know what you disabled, then untick everything except xaudio.

Then goto startup tab, take another screenshot. Here don't touch realtek's "HD audio control panel", any of the NVidia stuff, the alps pointing device, or anything by microsoft. Everything else can be disabled.

Note this disables the quickey shortcut buttons above the keyboard, probably that's Acerlaunch if you want it.

All this is fairly safe, because you're not actually deleting anything, you're just stopping it from autoloading. If it causes any problem, simply go back and restore stuff to how it was. If you're really worried, do a system restore point before changing anything - in fact, do that anyway, it can't hurt.

I'd also turn off Aero (appearance menu somewhere). It's a resource and batterylife hog.

Doing all this will probably free up 100MB or so ram, as well as processor time. On top of that, it means less pages to disc, and thus better battery life.



But even so this doesn't explain why my 80gig drive only adds up to 75gig formatted.

That's pretty normal, cos HD makers use a gig as 1024*1024*1024 :-) So your 80GB actually becomes 80/1.024/1.024/1.024= 74.5GB.

I wouldn't touch the hidden partition btw, since that's the Acer's ghost backup of default settings - if you really screwup things, you can run that and it'll restore everything back to new.
#26
Wow, that was a real quick and very detailed response -thanks!

I will give it a go and see what happens. Do you have any recommendation on the best way to check the benifits of making the changes. I know that stop watching the start-up and shutdown is a start but do you have anything more trechnical to suggest.

Also, I have been toying with the idea of replacing the 1gig of memory (2 &512meg) with 2gig (2 * 1024meg) available from cruicial for around £45 - do you think that this would significantly improve basic performance of the machine?

For those that are interested in upgrading the memory here is the link to the Crucial Website page:- http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid=F6608A2BA5CA7304

Thanks again
#27
houghykins

I will give it a go and see what happens. Do you have any recommendation on the best way to check the benifits of making the changes.


Hrrrm, other than responsiveness and battery life, if you want something more objective I'd install a cpu/memory meter on the sidebar: right click sidebar, add gadgets, get more gadgets online (bottom right of window), it's under top downloads, named Multi Meter (Dual Core). That shows what both the cores are doing, and the memory - although remember Vista uses a lot of memory temporarily for caching so can be a little misleading. It often seems to be "out of memory" even when it isn't, the memory will be freed up automatically if needed.



Also, I have been toying with the idea of replacing the 1gig of memory (2 &512meg) with 2gig (2 * 1024meg) available from cruicial for around £45 - do you think that this would significantly improve basic performance of the machine?


Only for stuff that needs the extra memory, basic stuff like IE or word doesn't (once you've cleaned the junk of course).

Also check it actually uses 2x512, sometimes laptops have 512 soldered and 512 in a single slot. If it is a single slot then taking it to 1.5GB would be a good cheap upgrade, 2GB is perhaps a touch overkill. Of course either way you can sell the memory on ebay so it won't cost much net.
#28
Thanks again - I will have a think about the best way to proceed now that I am armed with more information. I will update the thread with the outcome sometime in the next few days.
#29
arfster

That's pretty normal, cos HD makers use a gig as 1024*1024*1024 :-) So your 80GB actually becomes 80/1.024/1.024/1.024= 74.5GB.
YAY! Someone else who knows and can explain about hard disk sizes. :D

Have some rep from me. ;)
#30
3.7kg?! Wow thats a heavy laptop!
#31
samc
3.7kg?! Wow thats a heavy laptop!

Yes and no - my normal laptop is a 1.1kg Dell X1, but then that has a 12" screen. For a 17" screen, 3.7kg is pretty normal, indeed even ligher than a lot of others this size (they range from about 3kg to 5kg typically). It's a big beast of a laptop definitely, and anyone who's never seen a 17" model in the flesh should certainly check them out in the shops before buying.

It's all about how you intend to use it. If you want a full size uncramped keyboard, and a nice big screen (maybe for movies?), and use it as a desktop replacement, moving it only occasionally, then this is a good buy. If (like me) you want an ultraportable, you go for as light as humanly possible.

Given that this only costs about 363 pounds delivered after quidco and clubcard cashback, with Vista home premium included, it's pretty hard to quibble with any of the specs imo. It's not the laptop I'd buy for myself, but having recommended it I'm pretty content it was a good choice - indeed was pretty impressed on using it.
#32
anybody got this laptop and upgraded the ram?
#33
Yep, I upgraded and stuck in a 2gb module, also added a 2nd hard disk, both were very easy.

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