Summary: At last shiny black all over is not what all notebook s 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. Add in decent battery life, an impressive screen for the price and sturdy build quality and what you're getting is closer to bargain than bargain basement.
Pros: Decent performance, good battery life, plenty of storage, good build quality
Cons: Functional, slightly unimpressive design, low volume speakers, no USB 3
Excerpt: The Acer Aspire 5749 is a new entry-level laptop. The tried-and-tested plastic chassis design is starting to show its age compared to budget models from other manufacturers, but build quality is as good as ever. It should be able to withstand a few bumps and scrapes too, as the matt finish hides damage much better than a glossy one would.