Acer Aspire 7551G Laptop Review – AMD Phenom II X4 N930

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Aspire 7551G 17 Inch Laptop

Acer Aspire 7551G

A few weeks ago we had our first look at an Acer product, the Acer Aspire 1551 Notebook. Today in our lab we have something a bit more powerful, the Acer Aspire 7551G. Make no mistake, this laptop is a processing power house. It’s fully capable of video encoding/decoding thanks to it’s 2GHz AMD Phenom II N930 Quad core CPU. If you are into gaming it has one of the most powerful graphics processors to ever grace a portable product, the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650. That’s right, a DirectX 11 laptop that can play today’s latest and greatest titles.

The 17 inch laptop segment seems to be a hot bed of activity as consumers are looking at replacing their traditional desktops with something that can be used on the go without compromising all of the performance they’ve grown accustomed to. Walk in to most brick and motor stores today and you’ll find that 15-17 inch portables are a large part of the selection. You can expect to see more reviews of portables this size coming up! Let’s take a look at the specifics of the Acer Aspire 7551G.

  • AMD Phenom II Quad-Core Mobile Processor N930 (2MB L2 cache, 2GHz)
  • 4GB DDR3 1066 SDRAM
  • 500GB SATA hard drive, 5400RPM
  • 5-in-1 card reader for optional MultiMediaCard, SD, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO or xD
  • CineCrystal HD+ 17.3″ (1600×900) high-brightness (200-nit) TFT display with LED backlighting
  • ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 with 1GB of dedicated GDDR3
  • Integrated Acer webcam, 1280 x 1024 resolution and Acer Video Conference Manager software supporting 1280×1024 resolution
  • VGA and HDMI with HDCP support ports
  • Two integrated Acer 3DSonic stereo speakers
  • High-definition audio support
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Gigabit LAN
  • 103-key Acer FineTip keyboard, independent standard numeric keypad, hotkey controls, international language support, Multi-gesture touchpad supporting two-finger scroll, pinch, rotate, flip, 1.8mm key travel
  • 16.3″ (415.0mm) W x 10.8″ (275.0mm) D x 1.1″ – 1.4” (27.1mm – 34.3mm) H
  • 7.3 lb. (1.4kg) with six-cell, 4400mAh battery 
  • 90w AC adapter
  • One-year and labor limited warranty with concurrent International Traveler’s Warranty

This is a power house of a laptop, a quad core processor with a significant graphics card for gaming duties. At the price of about $1000 it’s not cheap but that’s the result of compromise.

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