The Acer 5542G is the company's replacement model for the very popular 5536 / 5536G series. The new model has an improved processor and a completely new Tigris platform. After more than a week of waiting and phone calls, I got an Acer Aspire 5542G. From the moment I read the datasheet, I was very excited to get my hands on the machine. The technical specifications include an AMD Turion II with 2.2 GHz, 3 GB DDR2 memory, a dedicated ATI 4570 graphics card with 512 MB DDR3 memory and a quite generous 320 GB hard drive at a price of less than RS 34000 what is an enticing deal.
In this detailed test, we'll see how these specifications meet actual performance requirements.
In this section we will take a closer look at the key components of this laptop. I will also try to include as many specifications and details as possible from the manufacturer's source.
The Acer Aspire 5542G comes with the second generation AMD Turion processor (AMD Turion II M500), which is clocked at 2.2 GHz and contains a 1 MB L2 cache. The Turion II M500 is manufactured using the 45 nm technology. It belongs to the Caspian processor generation and supports HyperTransport 3.0 and hardware virtualization.
The Turion is AMD's answer to mobile processors, which provides excellent performance while reducing power consumption to a minimum. The Turion processors generate less heat than AMD's desktop workhorses, which have a bad reputation in the heat dissipation department. The Turion II is the next version of the decent top performer Turion and has high expectations of competition with the Core 2 Duos on the market. We'll see how it scores in real performance when we evaluate it later.
Graphics card: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570 512 MB DDR3
One of the main attractions of this laptop is the graphics engine, which is under the hood. The Acer 5542G has a dedicated ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570 with 512 MB DDR3 memory.
For those of you who don't understand the difference between an integrated and a dedicated graphics solution, I add a few words. An integrated graphics solution (e.g. the Intel X4500) has a dedicated video memory. It consumes your system memory for graphics processing and therefore the slower path between system memory and the graphics engine creates the greatest bottleneck when it comes to performance. In addition, the integrated graphics processor would be less powerful than a mainstream dedicated processor with raw processing power. On the other hand, a dedicated graphics card typically has dedicated high-speed video memory (e.g. DDR3) that is coupled to the graphics processor. This removes the bottleneck and gives the card superior performance. The graphics processor on a dedicated card typically supports high-end effects provided by the latest DirectX and OpenGL APIs, giving the realism and visual advantages of the latest games.
The HD 4570 is a faster clocked version of the Mobility Radeon 4530/4330. It has a 64-bit memory bus and a 512 MB DDR3 VRAM. The 512MB should suit most gaming and graphics needs, unless you're playing at the craziest resolutions. (As the rendering resolution increases, more memory is required). The DDR3 memory meets the requirements for the fastest and most extensive texture processing that modern games require. However, the 64-bit bus is inferior to the 128-bit bus that most mainstream cards offer.
The ATI Mobility Radeon 4570 is based on the RV710 chip and offers 80 stream processors. The Mobility Radeon also offers the video technology Avivo HD, which offers an integrated 7.1 sound chip. The graphics solution also features a 2nd generation Unified Video Decoder that supports full bitstream decoding of H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC and VC-1 streams. The 4570 graphics unit can perform all video tasks including HD video decoding.
The Acer 5542G has a 15.6-inch TFT LCD display with LED backlighting and backlighting, which offers a high brightness of 220 nit and the Cinecrystal display technology from Acer. The pure widescreen display (16: 9) supports a maximum resolution of 1366 x 768 and offers a 60% color gamut. It has an HD response time of 8 ms.
Memory: A 3 GB DDR2 800 MHz memory that comes with the Acer Aspire 5542G does not offer much compared to the current laptops, many of which have 4 GB under the hood. The 3 GB is sufficient for most computer requirements, which can later be upgraded to 4 GB. However, the 3GB deal seems reasonable considering the price of the Acer 5542G.
Hard disk drive: Nothing is stunning in this department either. But I would say that the 320 GB that comes with the Acer 5542G is generous for most of your storage needs.
Processor performance and benchmark:
At first, I hesitated to switch from Intel's proven Core 2 Duo workhorse to AMD's Turion processor family. It is generally accepted that the Intel processor outperforms the AMD counterpart, provided both run at the same clock speed. The main culprit is the lower L2 cache on AMDs. But my reluctance to switch to the AMD Turion II was swept away by the performance benchmarks. The AMD Turion II M500 with 2.2 GHz surpasses the Intel Core 2 Duo 6670 with 2.2 GHz. When the AMD Turion II M500 scored a decent 1426, the Intel Core2 Duo 6670 only reached 1379, although the margin isn't very big.
The Turion II M500 also achieved a higher score of 5.7 in the Windows 7 performance rating compared to 5.5 points of the Intel Core 2 Duo 6600.
The Turion II has undoubtedly dramatically improved the architecture of the Turion II compared to the previous generation Turion, which helps it achieve a higher-performance benchmark while competing directly with its Intel counterpart, although AMD Turion II contains the M500 only 1 MB L2 cache compared to the 2 MB offered by the Intel variants.
The AMD Turion II M500 is undoubtedly an excellent performer and commendable as the first AMD processor model to overtake the Intel Core 2 Duo along the performance lines, both of which are clocked at the same speed. Although the Turion II only has 1 MB L2 cache, it offers excellent performance and computing power on a budget. The Turion II M500 processor offers the Acer 5542G a high cracking efficiency. This was particularly noticeable when we ran tests with compression / extraction, gaming and video rendering with 3D graphics tools. The Acer 5542G performed quickly during daily computing, and Windows' responsiveness and multitasking were very fast.
Graphics card performance:
The Acer 5542G with the ATI Mobility Radeon 4570 with 512 MB dedicated DDR3 VRAM is not an exceptional performer in terms of the latest gaming standards. Very few laptops have a high-end graphics card that meets the needs of high-end gamers, and these computers are sure to burn a hole in your wallet. The HD 4570 in the Acer 5542G is a decent graphics card that allows you to play some older game titles in detail. With the latest games, you may need to set the level of detail to a medium to achieve reasonable frame rates.
The Acer 5542G is an excellent choice for price-conscious gamers as well as for 3D graphic designers and animators.
I found that the Acer 5542G delivers very smooth frame rates on Test Drive Unlimited even at the highest settings, although a video check of the Dell Studio 15 with the same graphics card in YouTube showed significantly lower frame rates. The increase in performance may be due to the DDR3 video memory and the better number processing by the AMD Turion II M500. The card performed very well in older titles such as Need For Speed Most Wanted, Need For Speed UnderCover, Unreal Tournament 2003 and Crysis Warhead even with the highest detail settings with a resolution of 1024 x 768 and activated FSAA. The Acer 5542G also delivered constant playable frame rates in Microsoft Flight Simulator, which is a fairly resource-intensive game due to the large textures and the extensive terrain.
The high-brightness 220-nit display of the Acer 5542G offers excellent display quality with good sharpness and good contrast. It also provides very good and accurate color rendering (60% color gamut). Visibility from the sides is not exceptional, but sufficient. The only major disadvantage of the display is that its high-gloss finish causes glare. It is therefore unsuitable when viewed against a direct light source.
The Acer 5542G has a Dolby certified audio system. The Realtek chip offers 32-bit audio decoding as well as SP-DIF and Dolby Digital output. It also supports Dolby Headphone and Dolby Virtual Surround modes. When you connect the Acer 5542G to a nice home theater or high-end headphones, you're in for audio bliss.
The built-in speakers of the Acer 5542G clearly lack the bass and it was a disappointment in our tests. The sound clearly lacks the percussion element. This means that the speakers are worthless. The speakers give you very good high and mid-range frequencies quite well. The volume was loud enough and is sufficient if you are not in a very noisy environment.
The Acer 5542G comes with a 6 cell battery. You would probably be disappointed if you are looking for a laptop with more than 3 hours of battery backup. The lower battery backup is due to the modestly large 15.6-inch display in conjunction with the dedicated graphics card, which can consume a lot of battery power. With a low screen brightness, I was able to get a backup of 2 hours 50 minutes. No audio, video or game functions activated. With the highest power setting, you can count on a battery backup of around two hours.
As an AMD-based laptop, most of us who have used an AMD-based system would have concerns about overheating. Stay calm. The Acer 5542G tolerates heat well. If you use it for longer hours for your daily computer needs, it does not generate any significant heat. I found the heat near the palm rests to be lower compared to some other Intel-based competing laptop models. The Acer 5542G has sufficient ventilation at the bottom and ventilation at the back that blows out the hot air. The fan switches to high speed as soon as it gets hot.
This means that the Acer 5542G does not generate any heat at all. As soon as you start playing, the rosy picture changes. Although the body of the Acer 5542G only stayed warm, the vent at the rear end blew out very hot air, which obviously means a lot of heat is generated, even though it is displaced well. Although the Acer 5542G copes quite well with the heat, it is a good choice to buy an efficient laptop cooling pad if you want to play seriously.
The Acer 5542G has a good DVD burner, Bluetooth, WLAN etc. These devices work quite well and do not seem to have any notable points.
The laptop comes with a nice backpack from Targus with Acer logo. The backpack offers enough space for additional things while you are on the go. The build quality is good and provides adequate cushioning for the laptop compartment.
The Acer 5542G is a laptop that offers added value to those on a budget who need excellent processing and graphics performance. I highly recommend it to all gaming enthusiasts and graphic designers due to the excellent performance of the processor and the integrated graphics solution. The powerful processor can meet most extreme computing needs, unless your requirements are for the ultra high end like an i7. The Acer 5542G equipped with the Turion II processor of the Acer 5542G competes very well with the Core2 duos. No need for the & # 39; Will AMD do equally well? & # 39; Question more. It delivers brutal computing power.
If you're an audiophile who plays music 24/7 through the laptop's built-in speakers, the Acer 5542G may not be the best choice for you. If this is not a top priority for you or if you have a nice home theater / headphones, the Acer 5542G offers you great pleasure in the audio department thanks to the Dolby processing and the digital outputs. It all depends on your needs.
The battery meets the requirements for home computers / games / design. The 2-hour backup can also process your presentation on the go, although a 3-hour backup would have been more recommendable.
The laptop model I bought is equipped with the Linpus Linux operating system (prompt only) and eliminates the Windows dependency, which keeps the Acer 5542G low. You may also get a version with Windows pre-installed, but at a higher price.
Excellent graphics for designers and budget gamers
Very robust design
Good audio processing and digital output
Built-in speakers do not match the good audio processing and they lack the bass completely
Glossy screen difficult to work in direct light
Volume controls could have felt softer
The arrow keys need to be refined
Prices and final words:
This laptop is available in India on many online shopping websites for under 35,000 RS. I got one for RS 33700 / – (about 717 USD) from a local dealer. With such a reasonable price and convincing features, I recommend the Acer 5542G.