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Monday, 07 February 2011 11:04

Acer Aspire 5745DG reviewed - 3. Design and Ergonomics

Written by Sanjin Rados
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Review: 3D - are we there yet?

Acer Aspire 5745DG -5454G50Bnks measures 40 x 379 x 250mm (H x W x L) and weighs in at 2.9kg. It might not be the most compact among its 15’’ brethren, but it has much to offer even despite its size and weight.

Generally speaking, the laptop is pretty sleek. As you can see, it’s black with barely noticeable grey stripes, which is something Acer tends to use on all its laptops.

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The only thing of interest on the front is the card reader.

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Once placed on a hard surface, you’ll notice that the rear part of the laptop is elevated by about 2cm, which comes in pretty handy as it slightly angles the keyboard. As you can see from the picture below, the battery is the culprit. Acer Aspire 5745DG does not have any connectors on the back.

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We must admit that the battery, which is the main reason for such weight, can get pretty uncomfortable when you keep the laptop in your lap for longer hours.

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The bottom part is made of plastic and comes with plenty air outlets. Hot air exits via the outlet on the left side, which means that right handed users won’t get hot air on their hands.

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Keyboard

Acer Aspire 5745DG is a real treat for typing and office work so first-time laptop users will feel at home pretty quick. Other than perhaps a bit smaller arrow keys, we had no complaints. The keyboard is tough and will not bend unless you apply strong pressure.

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There’s not much plastic around the keyboard, meaning no need for frequent cleaning of dust fingerprints. The palm rest is made of brushed aluminum.

Touchpad

The touchpad is large and supports multi touch – scrolling with two fingers, Pinch Zoom, etc. As you can see, it looks pretty nice.

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The touchpad is Synaptics TouchPad V7.2 and it offers plenty of options.

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