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PostSubject: Acer Aspire 4553G Review   Thu Aug 12, 2010 9:59 am

The Acer Aspire 4553G is probably the first
locally-available laptop sporting an AMD triple-core CPU. The CPU sits
somewhere between Intelís Core i3 and Core i5 systems (not just because
it has 3 cores).

The unit is fairly heavy but is expected in its category ó not meant
to be lugged around but, IMO, more like a desktop replacement unit. The
14.1-inch screen has a maximum resolution of 1366◊768 pixels. The
display is bright and crisp although I found that cranking the
brightness to the highest setting makes it a bit washed out.



The dark glossy lid has those subtle striped lines but that didnít
prevent the surface to be a fingerprint-magnet. The inside surface is
the same except for the dark-gray brushed-metal finish on the palm rest
area.

The laptop comes with a full-sized keyboard feature that
Acer-signature flat, island-type keys that maximizes the keyboard real
estate. The extra-large trackpad is flushed to the left side and,
although the left and right buttons are not separated, the larger-than
usual size makes up for it.



The Aspire 4553G is un-assuming and what youíd expect from a
workhorse laptop ó a mix of good specs and an affordable price point.
Check out the specs of the review unit we got (with Linpus OS
pre-installed):

Acer Aspire AS4553G
14.1″ display @ 1366◊768
AMD Phenom II X3 N830 2.1GHz
ATI Radeon HD5470 512MB
2.0GB DDR3 RAM
320GB HDD
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth, HDMI
DVD+RW

From what Iíve read around, the triple-core Phenom II X3 is actually a
quad-core X4 CPUs with one of the cores disabled. The crippling of that
single core allowed AMD to offer a mid-range CPU between the dual-core
X2 and the more expensive quad-core X4 CPUs (see the CPU ID screen shots
below).




The CPU runs at a maximum speed of 2.1GHz for each of the 3 cores
(each core has 1 thread only). The graphics is switchable between the
more powerful ATI Radeon HD5470 with 512MB of DDR2 RAM and the on-board ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 used in power-saving mode.


The HD5470 is still an entry-level DirectX 11 graphics card so donít
expect this to be able to handle high-detail settings when playing
games.

Since the laptop did not come with Windows OS pre-installed, I had to
load it up with Windows 7 Ultimate so we can get the Experience Index
scores.



The X3 N830 processor got a sub-score of 6.2 on Windows Experience
Index (sits between a Core i3 330M at 5.9 and a Core i5 520M at 6.7).
The graphics card (ATI HD5470) got the lowest sub-score of 5.0 but itís
still a pretty decent score nonetheless.



As for battery performance, I got split results depending on which
graphics card I used in the testing. When running on the discreet
graphics, I get a battery rating of just over 2 hours. However, when
using the integrated graphics, battery life improved and can go close to
4 hours on a single charge (set in power-saving mode).



The Acer Aspire 4553G looks to be a good mid-range
laptop considering the specs that came with it. With a retail price
starting at Php29,990 (without OS), it can still hold its ground even
when compared to counterparts running Core i3 CPUs.
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