One of the best budget laptop of its time in 2009, the Acer Aspire 4736 is still available right now and makes excellent sense for a laptop buy while shopping with a light pocket. Well-built, the Aspire 4736 has a two toned grey-on-black color scheme, while sporting a glossy blue screen lid. Although it isn't in the class of the Dell Studio 15 Artist Edition or the Sony VAIO CW in terms of looks, it has plenty more to keep you interested. The Acer Aspire 4736 still offers one of the best combination of feature set and performance, for its asking price.
The Acer Aspire 4736's keyboard, with chiclet-styled keys, and multi-gesture touchpad (with an on-off toggle button) is an extremely good combination to work with on a day-to-day basis.
The Acer Aspire 4736's 14-inch glossy screen with 1366x768 pixel resolution is LED-backlit, and nice and bright. It runs on an Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 2.2-GHz processor, 3GB RAM, and a 320GB hard drive--quite a good combination for a budget laptop, even today. Apart from the standard connectivity ports and a DVD writer, it also has the holy trinity of faster connectivity options--Gigabit Ethernet, Draft-N Wi-Fi, and an HDMI port--despite its budget billing.
We ran our benchmarks on 32-bit Windows 7 Home Premium edition. It fared pretty well in our set of synthetic benchmarks (couple of points behind the Compaq CQ40-536TX), and also did very well in other vital departments: features, design and usability, even price. We enjoyed watching high-definition movies on the Acer Aspire 4736 thanks to its very good LED-backlit screen and surprisingly good onboard audio. The Aspire 4736 handled both 720p and 1080p movies smoothly and stutter-free--the same can't be said of some other budget laptops we've come across in the past.
The Acer Aspire 4736's keyboard, with chiclet-styled keys, and multi-gesture touchpad (with an on-off toggle button) is an extremely good combination to work with on a day-to-day basis. I had absolutely no problems typing out this review on the Aspire 4736's able keyboard and relatively wide touchpad. The only minor concern on the Aspire 4736's touchpad is its single-strip mouse button--we would have ideally liked the mouse buttons to be separated. But after you get habituated to using the Aspire 4736's mouse "buttons", it isn't bad at all.
The Acer Aspire 4736 even comes with a fingerprint reader, but isn't very light while weighing 2.3-kg. We tested the Aspire 4736's battery life with BatteryEater--with full screen brightness and high performance mode, and Bluetooth turned off-- and managed to extract 1 hour 15 minutes out of it, which isn't very good but still alright for a budget laptop with a six-cell battery. Expect the battery to last about 3 hours in real-life usage, in power save mode.
The only thing the Aspire 4736 doesn't have is a graphics card. Little compromise for an otherwise distinguished laptop which offers one of the best value for money in terms of features and performance. Acer says it isn't taking any more orders for the Aspire 4736--pushing the newer Aspire 4740 no doubt--but quite a few dealers across the country still have some stocks available. So if you can get your hands on the Aspire 4736, it will be a steal.
The Acer Aspire 4736 is a 14-inch value for money laptop which has a very good keyboard and touchpad. It also offers a very good combination of feature set and performance, without burning a huge hole in your pocket. Check out its successor, the 14-inch Acer Aspire 4740 laptop.