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Acer Aspire AS5738PG Netbook review

Apr 16, 2010, 19:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Brandon)

"Buying a laptop is not an easy task – it often means looking for specs you need now and specs that could offer some functionality down the road. For a Linux developer interested in touch computing, the Acer 5738 represents an interesting option for developing touch-screen apps and working with eventual touch versions of Linux distros. Today, the 5738 is intended for use with Windows 7, but it is easy to configure the system for a dual-boot and use any recent distro.

"The Acer Aspire 5738 is essentially a standard laptop equipped for basic computing and development work that happens to support touch. The system uses a dual-core 2GHz processor and came equipped with 4GB of RAM. One of the most impressive specs on this laptop is the weight – at only 2.6 kilograms, it feels portable enough to carry around all day while still benefiting from the fast processing speed and desktop-like performance. The all-grey design lacks some of the pizzazz of a Toshiba or Sony laptop and makes it look like it was designed more for an office setting than home (which is a good thing). The trackpad was unfortunately one detriment to an otherwise well-designed laptop – running Ubuntu 9.10, we found the trackpad would slip slightly and was not quite as precise as we would like for detailed work, although we solved that problem quickly by using an external mouse."

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