Monday, February 7, 2011

Acer Aspire 4738ZG Review, Features and Specs

Acer Aspire 4738ZG is a laptop with latest Pentium dual-core processor with attractable price. Acer 4738ZG comes with Pentium dual core p6100 (3.00GHz/3MB) processor and ATI HD5470 (512MB). Now we will have a detailed review for this Acer Aspire 4738ZG.

Acer Aspire 4738ZG Specs:

Processor: Pentium dual core p6100 (3.00GHz/3MB)
Memory: 2GB DDR3-1333×1
Chipset: HM55
Graphics card: ATI HD5470 (512MB)
HDD: 320GB 5400 switch to 2.5inch
Operating System: Linux
Screen size: 14.1 inch (1366×768)
Wireless LAN: 802.11 b / g / n

Red grid shell

As a low-cost entry-level notebook, Although Acer Aspire 4738ZG doesn’t come with metal drawing processing design or other high-cost design, but the grid design also makes the whole laptop delicate.

Red grid material

Acer 4738ZG series laptops are available in many colors. And the laptop we got is in very eye-catching red and black color. Aspire 4738ZG bottom side and screen frame are in black color.

Acer Aspire 4738ZG color design

Moderate thickness

As an entry-level laptop, Acer Aspire 4738ZG is in appropriate weight and thickness. And now we come to show more detailed to understand this product.

Acer Aspire 4738ZG ports and connectors

Although Acer 4738ZG is an entry-level laptop, and the price is relatively low; Aspire 4738ZG still comes with mainstream design, we first look at the ports of Acer 4738ZG.

The left side ports of Acer Aspire 4738ZG

On the left side of Acer 4738ZG, there is power connector, heat vents, VGA and HDMI. It is a cute design that the USB ports are designed on the front of the left side, easy to be used.

The right side ports of Acer Aspire 4738ZG

On the right side of Acer 4738ZG, there are only two USB ports and drive, while the USB ports are also on the front of the right side, which may affect the experience of the mouse to some extent.

The Acer Aspire 4738ZG front side design

The left of the front side, there is a audio jack and multi-in one card reader, this position is quite easy to use.

More details of the body design

Next, let us look at Acer 4738ZG more body design details; on the whole, this product has been designed with simplicity, practical-oriented.

Textured feel palm rest and matte texture touchpad
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Palm rest texture is very comfortable

Red grid design is one of the signs of this Acer 4738ZG, this design is not only used in the shell case but also the palm rest, while the touchpad is in the smooth matte design, feel more comfortable.

Suspended-type keyboard design

Acer Aspire 4738ZG adopted a suspended keyboard, the black keys are in moderate hardness, Cap areas are also good. Although four arrow keys are a little small, the spaces of the fours keys are relatively large and it will not cause misuse.

Black power button
The new Pentium Dual Core P6100 processor

The new Pentium dual-core P6100 processor performance

ATI HD5470 discrete graphics card

Acer Aspire 4738ZG is equipped with the latest ATI HD5470 discrete graphics card, though not high-end configuration, the price for such a notebook, it is still very good value.

Acer Aspire 4738ZG 3D and Gaming Performance

Next, we’ll look at this Pentium Dual Core P6100 + HD5470 graphics card notebook’s 3D and gaming performance.

3Dmark 06 result (in 1366 × 768 resolution): 3935 points

Lost Planet Results (in 1366 × 768 resolution)

Resident Evil five results (in 1366 × 768 resolution)

Street Fighter 4 score (in 1366 × 768 resolution)

Lost Planet score (in 1366 × 768 resolution)

From the above games tests, Acer Aspire 4738ZG (in 1366 × 768 resolution) can be run games smoothly around the frame of 20-30, but even in the 1024 × 768 resolution, Acer Aspire 4738ZG HD5470 still can not run the large current games.

Acer Aspire 4738ZG weight, battery life and heat test

In terms of portability, although cheap, Acer 4738ZG was doing well, now we look at its weight, and battery life performance.

Aspire 4738ZG Weight

Acer 4738ZG laptop weight is 2.18Kg, which is light among 14-inch notebooks, and the travel weight (including adapter) is only 2.6Kg.

4400mAh battery

Battery life test

Pentium Dual Core P6100 processer TDP power consumption is about 35W. In the actual Battery Mark test, the machine’s battery life is up to 3 hours or so.

Aspire 4738ZG heat test

We run Acer Aspire 4738ZG with 3Dmark 06 for half an hour to test the notebook surface temperature. From the results, the keyboard and touchpad have slightly higher temperature, and users hands can be clearly felt the heat. However, the bottom side temperature is relatively satisfactory; most of the region remains below 40 degrees Celsius.

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