This laptop falls into the increasingly serviced middle of the road. Bog standard specifications, average performance.
If you buy this expect to have your needs basically serviced. The screen I suppose is the main selling point 17", bright, clear perfect for watching movies on. There are however some drawbacks when compared to the competition.
The plastics used on the keyboard and wrist rest area are very cheap. After six months of use the 7730 looks like it is five years old. The slight bobble on the plastic has worn smooth in patches, making it appear as if the laptop has some strange skin condition.
Aesthetics aside be aware this is a very heavy piece of kit. Other 17"ers may be portable but unless you are 6 feet 6 and built like a prop forward dont expect this to leave your desk.
Other niggles aside
- Graphics capable of decoding one HD 1080 source and no more.
- Almost comically low battery life if you even slightly stress the processor and have WIFI on.
-WIFI toggle key too close to TAB key, so its easily to kill your internet connection.
But most importantly this laptop comes installed with VISTA.
There is a strange breed of human that has managed to coexist with Windows VISTA, I am not one of them. If you are like me avoid this laptop like the plague, or be prepared to downgrade XP or upgrade to Windows 7. (The driver and acer software support for XP is a bit spotty, expect your fancy pseudo surround sound to not be recognised in XP)
Overall unless you see it on sale, I would avoid the 7730. Find something else for the same price. Windows 7, a less powerful processor (meaning smaller lighter heatsink) in a nicer case material.
Value for money. The specification of the laptop is very high for the price paid. Its performance for multi tasking is impressive. This is the first time I have purchased what I would consider to be a non big brand laptop and if Im honest it outperforms the more known brands.
It is slightly heavy and hasnt got the best battery life. However I personally would rather my laptop was slightly heavy and performed better. The battery life is also not a great issue for me and if you set your power performance settings properly this should not be an issue either.
Ive dropped this bdboy several times and its withstood it every time, it seems to take to damage far better than other laptops. It has an okish memory, but with regards to gaming is fairly poor. But ultimately great value for money, a great all round laptop for anyone
As I do quite a lot of travelling with my job, I decided it was about time I invested in a laptop. My desktop at home is an Acer Aspire and it was very affordable when I bought it in comparison to some other makes, having had it a good few months now and experienced no problems with it, I decided the new laptop would also be an Acer.
My budget was around £650 when I started looking about 2 months ago, and I found the Acer Travelmate in my local PC World just about on budget. It ticked all the boxes, as my new laptop would be being carried around in the boot of my car most of the time and the only real carrying of it I would have to do would be into a hotel room really, size and weight did not really matter to me. In fact quite the opposite really as I decided I would like a decent sized screen and a full size keyboard as then once I had got it on site it would be as close to my desktop as possible and much easier to use.
The Acer Travelmate 7730 has a 17" screen so this was perfect for me. It also has a built in Wifi card, another thing on my wish list as many of the hotels I stay in have free Wifi. With an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz proccessor it is not exactly the fastest laptop ever but it also has 3GB of RAM which is useful when operating multiple programs, it is also useful as the Acer Travelmate comes with the memory sapping Windows Vista pre loaded. At 250GB the harddrive is plenty big enough and there is also a 5 in 1 card reader which I find handy for putting pictures on to it from my digital camera, it also has bluetooth. It is also very nice to look at in my opinion and the keyboard and mouse pad are very nice and 'comfortable' to use.
I very rarely use this laptop on the battery, as I am normally somewhere near a plug when I use it, however on the rare occasion that I have used it on the battery, I get nearly 2 hours of charge time, which I thing is quite good for a full size laptop. There are also 4 USB ports which always come in handy as most external items seem to connect through USB at the moment.
All in all I am very happy with this laptop, I have had it 6 weeks now and did not pay the £650 at PC World, I found it online at a company called OYYY.co.uk for a little under £600 and they delivered it within 3 days. As I have already said it is not the fastest computer in the world, and is noticibly slower than my desktop, however it is more than good enough for surfing the internet and looking at and fixing photos which is what I use it for most. I often have four or five applications open and this does not seem to affect the speed at which it runs at all. The screen is brilliant, at 17" it is more than big enough for a laptop and the display quality is excellent, I have not complaints about it at all. It is fairly heavy as a result of being quite a large laptop, but as I don't carry it very far it does not bother me. I would not recommend it to someone who wants to carry it around with them a lot as I think it would soon start to hurt your shoulder, but if, like me, you want to have a full size laptop and don't intend carrying it very far I would deffinately recommend it.
The TravelMate 7730 boasts enhanced productivity, solid connectivity, maximum expandability, and strict security. These benefits come via the latest Intel Centrino 2 Processor Technology, Intel Turbo Memory support, Intel dual-band quad-mode Wireless WiFi Link, the Acer EasyPort IV connector, Acer DASP (Disk Anti-Shock Protection) and the Acer Bio-Protection fingerprint solution.