This laptop won the Best Value award for very good reasons, the main one being that, it's very close to the best performer (Dell N5010) in this comparison and costs almost Rs 5,000 cheaper. However, you won't get the style and aesthetic appeal that N5010 offers, but again, this machine has an all-matte finish which is such a reliever from finger print stains. The 5740 is built around an Intel HM55 chipset and is powered by an Intel Core i3-330M processor.

Since this platform effectively replaces a basic desktop Pc, it's most common to entry-level desktop replacements like this one. Even the other hardware is not very different, such as 4 GB RAM, a 15-inch glossy screen and a 320 GB hard drive. In addition to gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth and Wi-fi N, the laptop has a dial-up modem. Other plus points include, dedicated volume controls and a numeric keypad and an HDMI port. There are three USB ports, a webcam, a memory card reader, DVD-writer and Kensington lock slot. Finally, the machine is pre-loaded with Windows 7 Home Premium (54-bit). This laptop has the usual Acer Aspire-like metallic navy-blue exterior with dark-grey interiors. The interiors have a matt finish, making the laptop scratch-resistant. except for the lid and screen frame, which are glossy, hence prone to dust and finger prints.

The chiclet keyboard, multi-touch touch pad and the additional feature, the numeric keypad, are all comfortable to use. Typing on the keyboard, with large and well-spaced keys is very convenient and smooth. The keys are properly placed and the Enter and Shift keys are of regular size. The build quality of the laptop is excellent, a full five on five. So basically, there's nothing to be concerned about in terms of looks, ergonomics and build quality. If you're not very keen on the eye candy that the best performer (N50l0) offers, then it makes sense to get this one instead. In a real world scenario, the difference in performance between the two is very little. So we'd say that, if sexy looks and an elite design is not your priority, then get this machine.
VERDICT: Buy this laptop if you want a no-nonsense design, top notch build quality and very good performance. FOR: Excellent build quality, very good performance and good feature set. AGAINST: Slightly bulky.

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