Acer Aspire 5532-6C3G32Mn

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Acer Aspire 5532-6C3G32Mn

Do more and enjoy life more with the Aspire 5532! Advanced AMD mobile processor technology drives this 15.6" notebook to give you better entertainment...

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Review of "Acer Aspire 5532-6C3G32Mn"

published 14/09/2010 | GemmaC25
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Pro It looks rather nice and it runs fast and quite smoothly.
Cons Occasional problems with the Wi-Fi, scroll pad often doesn't work, and there's NO Caps Lock light.
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"Acer Aspire 5532: Easy to set up and easy to use."

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Acer Aspire 5532

I never thought I would end up owning a laptop. I've never really liked them, for one I can't stand that touch pad which you use in place of a mouse, and don't start me started on the keyboard! For various reasons though I have ended up with a laptop, and it's my very first laptop. I took my time in deciding, making sure I was getting good spec for my money, and I settled on this Acer Aspire 5532 as it seemed like good value for money. The Acer Aspire 5532 has a 15.6 HD inch screen and comes with pretty good spec for the price as it features an AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive. It also comes with Windows 7, which I had never used before, and a webcam though there is no microphone. I wasn't going to use my laptop for gaming as I have my PC tuned for that so I wasn't too fussed on a decent graphics card; I mainly wanted to use it for Internet browsing.


The laptop is black, sleek and shiny, though I wouldn't say it was lightweight as it is a rather heavy (2.7kg according to the website) thing to carry around. I don't often take my laptop outside of the home, but I would probably look for something more lightweight if I was going to be carrying this around quite a lot. The keys on the keyboard aren't actually that bad, I usually have my reservations about them, and it even has a number pad on the right which some laptops don't have. It has the usual touch pad pointing device with a section on the right of the touch pad to use for scrolling. The laptop only has 2 USB ports and whilst this is sufficient for me, it may cause a problem to people who would require more than 1. They are also really close together so if you need to plug any USB in that is quite bulky, you may struggle to plug something else in the USB slot next to it. The Multi-in-1 card reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO/xD) is situated just underneath the laptop at the front, directly underneath the touchpad part. There is also a DVD drive and security wise there is a slot for Kensington lock and of course you can set passwords on Windows 7.

The laptop was easy to set up originally, it doesn't come with any discs though you do need to make your own set of 3 recovery discs which I still haven't gotten around to doing, but really need to! I did though spend quite a while going through deleting pre-installed software I don't want or need, and it does come packaged with a lot of things such as Acer Game Zone and it took time to go through and get rid of these, to this day I still haven't gone through it all. It comes with a free trial of Microsoft Office, if you wish to have the full version you can simply buy a product registration key to type in and you're all set. I however intend to use OpenOffice once this free trial has ran out as I don't have a big need for the Office software. There is also a McAfee 60 day trial version which I haven't bothered with as I use AVG Free edition and SpyBot to keep my computer virus and spyware free.


Problems begin...

I've had this laptop a while now and for the most I have been happy enough with it. Windows 7 is brilliant and the laptop runs fast, even whilst I am using iTunes and editing photos, playing videos on sites such as YouTube also runs perfectly. I do however, have some problems with the laptop which I think other consumers should be aware of before purchasing.

1. The keyboard has no way of indicating whether the Caps Lock key is on or not. This can get very annoying if you are typing in a password on a website, for it to say it's wrong and you then have to click on a normal text screen and type a letter to see if the Caps Lock is on or not. I do mainly use the shift key when I am typing, I rarely have use for a Caps Lock key, but because I find laptop keyboards really fiddly I must keep knocking it on when I am typing. The frustrating thing is there are some small lights on the laptop near the screen indicating some various things I haven't worked out yet, so I can't see why they missed out a small light to show the Caps Lock!

2. One main reason I dislike laptops is the touchpad, and for this reason I do plan on buying a mouse to go with my laptop as I've had enough. Sometimes the cursor sticks, the scroll part of it often doesn't work, and I'm often clicking on things I didn't want to click on as I was simply moving my cursor across the screen but the slightest touch is taken as a 'click' of the mouse. If like me you hate these things, then I recommend buying a mouse straight away with this one.

3. I have an intermittent problem with the Wi-Fi connection. I first noticed it a couple of weeks after I started using this laptop. I have a Virgin Media cable internet connection at home, and have a speed of just under 10MB and it always works fine on my PC and my iPhone. Quite often however my laptop struggles and barely reaches 0.5MB when I run a speed test, yet it's not a problem with my internet. At other times it works fine and happily connects at just under 10MB, but I still can't figure out why it sometimes runs frustratingly slow. I thought it may be down to how much battery power is left, but when the speed has slowed right down I check and I sometimes have full power and it doesn't change when I plug the laptop into the mains charger. I've gone through all the settings on the laptop and ran the troubleshooting but it doesn't seem to pick up any problems, and I've now given up searching for an answer.


To buy or not to buy?

Those are the only 3 problems I've experienced with this laptop and apart from those it's a pretty good laptop. The speakers on it aren't so bad, though if I was going to be using it to listen to music or watch films I would want something better. The webcam is decent enough but I have no need for a webcam so after messing around with it for a while I've never bothered with it, but I should point out it doesn't have a microphone so you'd need to buy one if you wanted to make full use of the webcam. It starts up quickly, mainly because I haven't bogged it down with software, but it's a pleasure to use apart from when the Wi-Fi is acting up and I feel like I'm back in the days of dial up 56k internet waiting an age for web pages to load. The installation process was instant, you simply turned it in and after a few clicks here and there you could start using it although if you're anything like me and hate all the pointless software that comes pre-installed then you may spend some time uninstalling various things.

The battery actually lasts a couple of hours, which is much better than I expected. It hasn't started dying yet, I know many laptops won't run for longer than 5 minutes without being plugged in after many months of use, and it charges up rather quickly too.

On the whole I paid £349 which was considerably less than other laptops I was looking at before buying this one, it had a good amount of RAM and Windows 7 is much better than Windows Vista which I currently run on my PC. The design is quite nice, though I do find it rather heavy and bulky at times, but it doesn't get extremely hot when using this on my lap and it also doesn't make much noise at all. The Wi-Fi problems I sometimes have may just be my laptop as no one else seems to have this problem, and I hate laptop touchpad's so again, don't read too much into my problem with that as I'm more of a mouse fan! If you are looking for a decent laptop without a huge price tag then I would say this is an affordable piece of kit if you can get it for the price I did.

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  • MrBrightside1987 published 16/10/2010
    Very well reviewed :)
  • davidbuttery published 20/09/2010
    No Caps Lock light, as I said on the other side, would do my head in. Argh.
  • kevin121 published 20/09/2010
    I find touch pads soo irritating!
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Product Information : Acer Aspire 5532-6C3G32Mn

Manufacturer's product description

Do more and enjoy life more with the Aspire 5532! Advanced AMD mobile processor technology drives this 15.6" notebook to give you better entertainment and great functionality anywhere. With an intelligent combo of remarkable hardware and smart design, the Aspire 5532 is your indispensable portable for life on the go. Don't leave home without it!

Product Details

Product Description: Acer Aspire 5532-6C3G32Mn - 15.6" - Athlon X2 TK-42 - Windows 7 Home Premium - 3 GB RAM - 320 GB HDD

Product Type: Notebook

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium

Processor: AMD Athlon X2 TK-42 / 1.6 GHz / 1 MB Cache

Memory: 3 GB DDR2

Storage: 320 GB HDD

Optical Drive: DVD SuperMulti DL

Display: 15.6" CineCrystal 1366 x 768 / HD

Graphics: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200

Networking: 802.11b/g/n (draft) , Gigabit Ethernet

Battery: 6-cell - up to 2.5 hours

Dimensions (WxDxH): 37.2 cm x 24.6 cm x 4 cm

Weight: 2.7 kg

Microsoft Office Preloaded: Includes a pre-loaded image of select Microsoft Office 2010 suites. Purchase an Office 2010 Product Key Card or disc to activate preloaded software on this PC.

Localisation: United Kingdom

Environmental Standards: ENERGY STAR Qualified

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

General

MPN: LX.PGY02.048

Product Type: Notebook

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

Processor / Chipset

CPU: AMD Athlon X2 TK-42 / 1.6 GHz

Number of Cores: Dual-Core

Cache: L2 - 1 MB

64-bit Computing: Yes

Chipset: AMD M780G

Memory

RAM: 3 GB

Max RAM Supported: 4 GB

Technology: DDR2 SDRAM

Form Factor: SO DIMM 200-pin

Slots Qty: 2

Storage

Main Storage: 320 GB HDD

Interface: SATA 1.5 Gb/s

Optical Drive: DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - fixed

Display

Type: 15.6"

Resolution: 1366 x 768 ( HD )

Widescreen: Yes

Colour Support: 24-bit (16.7 million colours)

Features: CineCrystal

Audio & Video

Graphics Processor: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200

Memory Allocation Technology: HyperMemory up to 1919MB

Camera: Integrated webcam

Sound: Stereo speakers , microphone

Compliant Standards: High Definition Audio

Input

Type: Keyboard, touchpad

Features: Built-in numeric keyboard

Communications

Wireless: 802.11b/g/n (draft)

Wireless Controller: Acer InviLink Nplify

Network Interface: Gigabit Ethernet

Features: Acer SignalUp

Battery

Technology: 6-cell Lithium Ion

Capacity: 4400 mAh

Run Time: Up to 2.5 hours

AC Adapter

Input: AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )

Connections & Expansion

Interfaces: 2 x USB 2.0 ¦ VGA ¦ Headphone/SPDIF combo jack ¦ Microphone input ¦ LAN

Memory Card Reader: Yes ( SD Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard, xD-Picture Card )

Software

Software Included: Google Toolbar, Adobe Flash Player, Acer Backup Manager, Acer Game Console, Acer GridVista, Adobe Reader, Google Desktop, Norton Online Backup, Acer Arcade Deluxe, Acer GameZone, Microsoft Works 9.0, CyberLink PowerDirector (Trial), NTI Media Maker, McAfee Internet Security Suite (60 days trial), Acer eRecovery Management

Microsoft Office Preloaded: Includes a pre-loaded image of select Microsoft Office 2010 suites. Purchase an Office 2010 Product Key Card or disc to activate preloaded software on this PC.

Miscellaneous

Features: Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately), administrator password, system password, hard drive password, wake on LAN

Compliant Standards: ACPI 3.0

Localization: United Kingdom

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 37.2 cm

Depth: 24.6 cm

Height: 4 cm

Weight: 2.7 kg

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details: Traveller warranty - 1 year

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