Acer Aspire 5735
Acer has made a name for itself as the manufacturer of affordable and feature-packed laptops, and the Acer Aspire 5735-583G16Mn (£399 inc. VAT) sticks successfully to this formula.
It's the only laptop in the group to feature a 16:9 aspect ratio – with a wider, 15.6-inch screen than its rivals. It's a similar panel to those found on true widescreen laptops, albeit with a lower resolution, and is ideally suited to movie playback, mirroring the widescreen layout of the latest films.
Image quality is crisp and clear with vivid colours that also make it ideal for editing photographs. It does suffer from reflections in brighter conditions however, due to the glossy Super-TFT coating, but it's a price worth paying.
As with the other machines here, graphics are handled by an integrated Intel GMA 4500M GPU. It's the default choice at this price point – offering enough power for light multimedia use – but you'll have to spend more if you want a gaming machine.
15.6 inch screen. Nice design
No support for HD screens. USB ports too close
A well specced and built laptop that offers great value for your cash
357 x 262 x 42
1366 x 768
Graphics memory type
Intel GMA 4500MHD
Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n (draft)
No. of USB ports
MS Windows Vista Home Premium