Acer Aspire 5 (A517-51G-8433)

Acer Aspire 5 (A517-51G-8433)

Here’s something you don’t see every day: a 17.3-inch laptop that’s not a gaming rig or a mobile workstation. Instead, the Acer Aspire 5 model A517-51G-8433 (starts at $499.99; $999.99 as tested) is a desktop-replacement aimed at home users who want a big screen for general applications and multimedia, whether that’s surfing the web, watching movies on DVD (it has something else rarely seen these days, an optical drive), or casual gaming thanks to its entry-level discrete graphics. Can you find a more powerful, game-worthy laptop for a thousand bucks? Sure, but it’ll have a smaller screen. Can you find a more powerful, game-worthy 17.3-inch laptop? Sure, but it’ll cost at least $300 more. Seen in that light, this big Acer fills an intriguing niche.

View All 6 Photos in Gallery Here’s something you don’t see every day: a 17.3-inch laptop that’s not a gaming rig or a mobile workstation. Instead, the Acer Aspire 5 model A517-51G-8433 (starts at $499.99; $999.99 as tested) is a desktop-replacement aimed at home users who want a big […]