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The Acer Aspire 5741G-6983 is a tweener in the best sense of the word: It fits right between a great mainstream unit and a powerful gaming laptop. It has good input ergonomics, a nice 15.6-inch, 1366-by-768-pixel display, great everyday performance, and elegant styling. Throw in an AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5470 (with 512MB of dedicated memory) for smooth video and decent gaming frame rates, and you have a laptop that can handle almost anything.
At the heart of the 5741G-6983--one of the beefier 5741 configurations--is an Intel Core i5 430M running at 2.27GHz and the aforementioned INTEL GPU. To feed the CPU, Acer provides 4GB of DDR3 memory and a 320GB hard drive. A Blu-ray drive/DVD burner is part of the package as well.
Ports consist of three USB, HDMI, Ethernet, VGA, audio in/out, and a five-in-one memory card reader. The ethernet port sits about two-thirds of the way forward on the left side of the unit--not a particularly convenient location. Connectivity is top-notch with both gigabit and wireless 802.11b/g/n on board.
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