March 6, 2012
- Affordable price
- Nice-looking display
- Good battery life
- Solid performance
- Mediocre graphics performance
- No discrete mouse buttons
The laptop market is definitely a crowded one, but the laptops with an affordable price without sacrificing performance are the ones that stand out. The Acer Aspire 5755-6647 is a 15-inch notebook that doesn't break the bank yet offers solid performance, good battery life and a nice-looking display.
Before the 2011 holiday season we reviewed the Acer Aspire 5755-6823 and found that while it delivered an appealing design and the same affordable price, it lacked slightly in performance and USB 3.0 connectivity. This model improves on both of those shortcomings to our delight.
The Acer Aspire 5755-6647 has an appealing design that includes a glossy black plastic lid with a subtle striping. The deck of the laptop has a slate gray finish that contrasts well with the lid. It measures 15.0 x 10.0 x 1.3-inches (wdh) and weighs about 5.5-pounds. It is slightly larger than some 15-inch notebooks, but only by less than an inch.
The added width gives rise to a dedicated number pad that sits to the right of the keyboard. The keyboard itself is an island-style layout with black matte keys. A few of the keys were a little undersized but for the most part, it provided a comfortable, accurate typing experience. The touchpad with its gray matte color was very smooth and provided a virtually frictionless surface. There is no multitouch gestures oddly enough besides the typical two-finger scrolling. We disliked the use of a single bar instead of two discrete mouse buttons, so there's some gripe there.
Acer's glossy 15.6-inch LED-backlit display has a native resolution of 1366 x 768-pixels. Overall we found it to deliver a high-quality image and excellent viewing angles. It is glossy, however, so reflections and glare are apparent.
When it comes to connections and ports, Acer gives us everything we'd want to have. There's one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI-out, VGA-out, gigabit Ethernet, a headphone and microphone jack and a 4-in-1 memory card reader. There is also a tray-loading DVD+/-RW optical disc drive and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity. We applaud the addition of USB 3.0 in this system because the previous Acer Aspire 5755 model that we reviewed did not.
Our review configuration included an Intel Core i5-2450M (2.5GHz) CPU, 6GB of RAM, a 500GB 5400RPM hard drive and integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics. We found performance to be right on-par with other comparable 15-inch notebooks. It also had much improved performance over last year's Aspire 5755.
The only area where performance lacks is in gaming, where the integrated Intel graphics simply can't keep up. You'll have no problem playing casual games or watching streaming HD video, but playing 3D games is out of the question.
Battery life clocks in at just shy of 5 hours, which is about the same as the previous model that we reviewed. It also fits squarely into the category average, so nothing to complain about here.