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Acer Aspire 5551G-4591 15.6-in AMD Turion II Notebook Review

Subject: Mobile
Manufacturer: Acer

Introduction and Specifications


I love small laptops as much as the next guy. The reality of laptops, however, is that most people don’t end up buying cool, slim systems. Instead they buy larger laptops with 15.6” displays. Although large and somewhat clunky, these laptops offer a lot of power at a low price. They’re portable enough to tote around a house or apartment, as well – which is the most many users will ever ask their laptop to do.

The Acer Aspire 5551G-4591 doesn’t pack any surprises. It is the definition of a mainstream 15.6” laptop, which means that it will probably appeal to many readers. However, the laptop steps into a market that contains fierce competition. Does the Acer Aspire 5551G-4591 find a way to stand out from the crowd? Well, have a look for yourself.

If you read a lot of laptop reviews you may find these specifications to be familiar. That’s because they’re similar to the specifications of a number of Acer models both past and present, including both 15.6” laptops and some 17.3” models.

This familiarity isn’t a bad thing, however. Acer has consistently offered laptops with Mobility Radeon HD 5650 discrete graphics at very low prices, making budget laptop gaming a possibility. The Intel powered AS5740G-6979, for example, was one of the best inexpensive gaming laptops available earlier this year (it now appears to be discontinued).

So, the Acer Aspire AS5551G-4591 we’re looking at today isn’t exactly a brand new design. The main difference between this and the earlier AS5740G is the processor, which is an AMD Turion II instead of Intel’s Core i3. Let’s take a look at what this change means for performance – and how Acer’s overall design competes with other laptops currently available.

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