Excerpt: At last shiny black all over is not what all notebooks seem to be. Here a 15.6inch screen offering with a quad core Intel i3 processor. While the base is matt black the lid is patterned grey, sadly the screen surround is still shiny black.
Conclusion: It's easy to underestimate the Aspire 5749 when you look at the £400 pricetag and the all-plastic case, but when you cast your eye over the specifications and try it out it starts to look more attractive.
Pros: Decent performance, good battery life, plenty of storage, good build quality
Cons: Functional, slightly unimpressive design, low volume speakers, no USB 3