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Acer Aspire 5742

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1717 reviews of Acer Aspire 5742. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People really like the portability and screen. The usability and price also get good feedback. There are some critical opinions about the sound, and comments about the energy efficiency and durability are different.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Acer Aspire 5742 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Acer Aspire 5742

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 683 user reviews of Acer Aspire 5742 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and screen. The usability and price are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the sound.

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sound

88% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Acer Aspire 5742Z 15.6 inch Laptop ( Intel Pentium P6100, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, DVD, Webcam, Wireless, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit) - BlackAcer Aspire 5742Z 15.6 inch Laptop ( Intel Pentium P6100, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, DVD, Webcam, Wireless, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit) - Black

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Acer Aspire 5742

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 48 user reviews of Acer Aspire 5742 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. People really like the portability and screen. The usability and price are also mentioned favorably. Many are critical about the touchpad and energy efficiency. Opinions are divided on the size.

performance, price, usability, screen, portability

durability, energy, touchpad

77% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Acer Aspire 5742-6838 15.6' Notebook - Intel Core i5-460MAcer Aspire 5742-6838 15.6' Notebook - Intel Core i5-460M

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: (notebookcheck.net)

Review Acer Aspire 5742G Notebook (GT 540M)

 

Geforce bargain. Acer puts interesting hardware in a low priced bundle that is available for starting at 699 euros. The newest GeForce GT 540M is still extremely uncommon and we also don't find eight gigabyte of RAM very often. Performance for money in...

Good 3D performance GT 540M, Good application performance, Nvidia Optimus with low power consumption, Low system noise, Low waste heat, Number pad & arrow keys, Acceptable battery life, An Nvidia GPU for inexpensive notebooks that can keep up with...

Contrast weak TFT, TFT not suitable for outdoors, Few interfaces, Adverse positioning of interfaces, Pliable keyboard, Creaking chassis, Even a multimedia notebook has the right of a typing-eager keyboard

Jan, 2011

Expert review by: Michael A. Prospero (laptopmag.com)

Acer Aspire 5742 (6814)

 

This 15-inch notebook offers fairly strong computing power in an affordable package.

For $549, the Acer Aspire 5742-6814 is a pretty good value. You get a somewhat plain but fairly portable 15-inch design, a spacious keyboard, and strong dual-core performance, all for just a little bit more than the cost of an iPad. Still, we wish the...

Jan, 2011

Expert review by: Joe Osborne (pcmag.com)

Acer Aspire AS5742-7120

 

The Acer Aspire AS5742-7120 promises to bring casual desktop users into the world on Intel i-powered desktop replacement laptops.

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Dec, 2010

Expert review by: Matthew Elliott (pcmag.com)

Acer Aspire AS5742-7645

 

The Acer Aspire AS5742-7645 laptop delivers excellent bang for your budget buck and a long-running battery. But, it comes packed inside a boring, somewhat flimsy chassis.

Strong performance for the price. Great battery life. Big hard drive. Two-year warranty.

Plain design. Plastic chassis feels thin and cheap. Sub-par keyboard. Trial apps and offers litter the hard drive.

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Oct, 2010

Expert review by: Matthew Elliott (pcmag.com)

Acer Aspire AS5742Z-4097

 

The Acer Aspire AS5742Z-4097 laptop covers the basics by supplying a dual-core CPU, a roomy 15.6-inch display, and a Webcam, while providing two years of coverage.

Dual-core processor offers competitive performance for the price. HDMI port. Two-year warranty.

Similar, and only slightly pricier, Acer model offers much better performance and battery life. Flimsy plastic chassis. So-so battery life. Trial apps litter the hard drive.

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Oct, 2010

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Expert review by: (pcmag.com)

Acer Aspire AS5742-6475

 

The 15.6-inch widescreen is spacious and easy on the eyes. Its 1,366-by-768 resolution is as high as a budget laptop will go, but it's more than adequate for office work and media consumption. The keyboard is made up of large, island-style keys that,...

Fast Core i3 processor. Great battery life. Big hard drive and HDMI port. Very affordable. Lightest in its class

Design is bland

With excellent speeds, ample features, and good battery life, the Acer Aspire AS5742-6475 can be that primary laptop for a computer novice or secondary one for the family.

Expert review by: (pcmag.com)

Acer Aspire 5742-6811cl

 

The 15.6-inch display has a resolution of 1,366 by 768, which is standard issue for a budget-class laptop. The screen is bright and delivers bold colors, but there is a hint of color shifting when viewed from a side angle. The full-size keyboard has...

The Acer Aspire AS5742-6811 budget laptop delivers very good performance at a very reasonable price and come with a generous warranty

Integrated graphics. No WiDi or WiMAX. No Blu-ray drive

The Acer Aspire AS5742-6811 budget laptop delivers very good performance at a very reasonable price and come with a generous warranty.

Expert review by: ComputerShopper (computershopper.com)

Expert Review

 

A top performer in its price class, the Aspire 5742G-7200 demonstrates that bland can be beautiful if you need speed on a budget.

Excellent productivity Speed for price, Strong 3D acceleration for games, 500GB hard drive, Nvidia Optimus technology

Mediocre battery life, Small touch pad, Bland design, Weak Webcam, audio

Jan, 2011

Expert review by: HardwareCentral (hardwarecentral.com)

Laptop Review: Acer Aspire 5742G

 

For optical storage, the unit has an 8x DVD drive that supports reading and writing to all platter formats, including double-layer discs. The memory-card reader in the unit is less versatile, though. It can only read MMC and SD cards. Battery life is...

Dec, 2010

Expert review by: Chris Barraclough (techradar.com)

Acer Aspire 5742Z review

 

Great value for money with strong performance

Good performance ; 6GB of RAM ; Generous storage ; Portable

Integrated graphics ; Some flex in palmrests ; Battery life

Sep, 2011

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:HD / HD Audio / HDA
Audio system full duplex: Yes
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Built-in subwoofer:No / Yes
Number of built-in speakers:1 / 2
Speaker Power:2

Battery

Battery Capacity:4400 / 48.8
Battery capacity (Watt hours):48.8
Battery life (max):3 / 3.1 / 3.5 / 4 / 4.5
Battery performance:4400
Battery recharge time:2 / 2.5
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:6

Camera

Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3
Rear camera:N
Swivel webcam: No
Video capturing speed:30

Certificates

Certification:ACPI 3.0 / ACPI 3.0\nWi-Fi / WEEE
Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Silver
RoHS compliance: Yes
Wi-Fi certified:Y
WiFi certified: Yes

Design

Color of product:Black / Brown, Copper / Copper / Red
Form Factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium, Plastic
Product type:Notebook

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Contrast ratio (typical):300:1
Display brightness:200 / 220
Display Diagonal:15.6 / 16
Display number of colors:16.77 / 16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Full HD: No
HD type:HD / Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Panel Type:TFT
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output voltage:10.8
AC adapter power:48.8 / 65 / 90
Battery performance:48.8
Power auto-sensing: Yes

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.5
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 6370M / Intel GMA 4500 / Intel GMA 4500M / Intel GMA HD / Intel GMA X4500 / Intel HD / Intel HD Graphics / Intel HD Graphics 2000 / Intel UMA / No / NVIDIA GeForce GT 420M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.763
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:500
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):667 / 766
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics / Intel® HD Graphics

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY
Keyboard number of keys:103 / 105
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY
Numeric keypad: Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad / Touchpad + Scroll zone
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4 / 8
Memory clock speed:1066 / 1333
Memory layout:1 x 1 + 1 x 2 / 1 x 2 / 1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 1 + 1 x 2 / 1 x 2 / 1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM
Memory slots (available):1 / 2

Networking

3G: No
4G:N
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR / 3.0 / 3.0+HS
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X) / 10/100Base-T(X)
Data network:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Networking features:Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN
SIM card support: No
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11n / IEEE 802.11n
WWAN: No

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 85
Operating relative humidity range:20 - 85
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 85
Storage relative humidity range:10 - 85
Storage temperature (T-T):-15 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-15 - 60

Optical Drive

CD read speed:24
CD rewrite speed:16 / 24
CD write speed:24
CD-R read speed:24
CD-R write speed:24
CD-RW read speed:24
CD-RW write speed:16
Disc types supported:CD, CD-R, CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD+RW DL / CD, CD-R, CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW / DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW
DVD-R Double Layer read speed:6 / 8
DVD-R Double Layer write speed:4 / 6 / 8
DVD-R read speed:8
DVD-R write speed:8
DVD-RAM read speed:5
DVD-RAM write speed:5
DVD-RW read speed:6 / 8
DVD-RW write speed:6
DVD+R Double Layer read speed:6 / 8
DVD+R Double Layer write speed:4 / 6 / 8
DVD+R read speed:8
DVD+R write speed:8
DVD+RW read speed:6 / 8
DVD+RW write speed:8
LightScribe: No
Optical drive interface:SATA
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-RW / DVD±RW

Other Features

Assisted GPS (A-GPS): No
Audio system:HD / HD Audio / HDA
Compatible operating systems:Windows 7 Home Premium
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.11 b/g/n / IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab / IEEE 802.3/802.3u/802.3ab
Dimensions (WxDxH):15 x 10 x 1 / 15 x 10 x 1.3 / 15 x 9.96 x 0.984 / 15 x 9.96 x 1.26
Display:LCD / TFT
Ethernet interface type:Fast, Gigabit / Gigabit
External display:N
Graphics adapter family:Intel / NVIDIA
GSM module: No
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
HD-Ready: Yes
HDD user password:Y
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: No
Number of products included:1
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Power Requirements:100 - 240V / 100-240V / 100-240V/50-60Hz / 120-230 V
Power supply type:AC - DC / AC/DC
TV in port: No
Type:PC
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Warranty:2
Weight:5.73
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Bag included: No
Cables included:AC / Yes
Handheld remote control: No
Manual: Yes
Mouse included: No
Package dimensions (WxDxH):15 x 10 x 1.3
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: No
Ambient light sensor: No
Electronic compass: No
GPS: No
GPS (satellite):N
Orientation sensor: No
Proximity sensor: No
TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: No
DC-in jack:No / Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI version:1.4
Headphone outputs:1
Line-in: Yes
Microphone in:No / Yes
S-Video port: No
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot:No / Yes
TV out:N
TV out port: No
TV-out:N
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output voltage:10.8
AC adapter power:48.8 / 65 / 90
Battery performance:48.8
Power auto-sensing:Y

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel GL40 Express / Intel HM55 Express
Compatible processor series:Core i3 / Core i5
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):15 / 16 / 18 / 19 / 20
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Maximum number of SMP processors:1
Motherboard chipset:Intel GL40 Express / Intel HM55 Express
Number of Processing Die Transistors:382
Number of processors supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processing die size:81
Processor:i3-370M / I3-380M / i5-450M / I5-460M / I5-480M / P6100 / P6200
Processor boost frequency:2.66 / 2.8 / 2.933
Processor cache:0.512, 3 / 3
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Arrandale
Processor cores:2
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel Core i3 / Intel Core i3-xxx / Intel Core i5 / Intel Core i5-4xxx / Intel Pentium / Intel Pentium Dual-Core / Intel® Pentium®
Processor frequency:2 / 2.13 / 2.4 / 2.53 / 2.66
Processor front side bus:1066
Processor lithography:32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:i3-370M / I3-380M / i5-450M / I5-460M / I5-480M / P6100 / P6200
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-300 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-400 series / Intel Pentium P6000 series for Mobile
Processor socket:BGA1288 / PGA988 / Socket 988
Processor threads:2 / 4
Stepping:K0
System bus data transfer rate:2.5 / 4.8
System bus rate:2.5 / 4.8
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35
Tjunction:105 / 90

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:45
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology:No / Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):No / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N / Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / Y
Intel® Insider™:No / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:No / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Yes
Physical Address Extension (PAE):36 / Yes
Processor ARK ID:49020 / 49022 / 50175 / 50176 / 50178 / 50179 / 52952
Processor code:SLBTZ / SLBUK / SLBUR / SLC22 / SLC26
Processor package size:34 / 37.5 / rPGA 37.5x 37.5, BGA 34x28
Supported instruction sets:SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1/4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington / No / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint reader: No
Password protection:BIOS / BIOS, HDD, Supervisor / BIOS, HDD, Supervisor, User / BIOS, HDD, User / BIOS, Supervisor / HDD, Supervisor, User / Yes
Password protection type:BIOS / BIOS, HDD, Supervisor, User / BIOS, HDD, User / BIOS, Supervisor / HDD, Supervisor, User / Y
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): No

Software

Bundled software:4.57 x 7.09 x 3.54 / Acer Crystal Eye\nAcer eRecovery Management\nAcer Identity Card\nAcer Registration\nAcer Updater\nAdobe Acrobat Reader\nAdobe Flash Player\nCyberLink PowerDVD (OEM)\neSobi\nGoogle Toolbar\nMicrosoft Silverlight\nNorton Online Backup\nNTI Media Maker (OEM)\nSkype\nWindows Live Essentials / Bing Bar\nWindows Live Essentials / CB; CE; ERP; ISO; TÜV; EAC; EEI; IS 1121; SASO; SABS; CSA; FCC; ICES-003; NOM; S-Mark; VCCI; KC; PSB; ISC; CCC; CECP; CEL; BSMI; RCM; MEPS; SEPA; E-Standby; Vietnam Energy; Technicolor / iPhone 3/4, iPad 1/2, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, PC. / LC-52\nLF-1\nHB-34\nCL-0815 / Microsoft Office Starter, Bing Bar, Windows Live Essentials / Microsoft Office Starter\nBing Bar\nWindows Live Essentials
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:32-bit / 64-bit
Operating system installed:Linux / Windows 7 Home Basic / Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 7 Professional / Windows 7 Starter
Pre-installed software:Microsoft Office 2010
Trial software:McAfee Internet Security Suite / Microsoft Office 2010 Microsoft Office Starter 2010 McAfee Internet Security Suite / Microsoft Office 2010\nMicrosoft Office Starter 2010\nMcAfee Internet Security Suite / Microsoft Office Starter 2010

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, xD / MMC, SD / SD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:250 / 320 / 500 / 640 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA / Serial ATA II
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA / Serial ATA II
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:250 / 320 / 500 / 640 / 750

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10 / 10.1 / 9.96
Depth (imperial):10
Height:1 / 1.26 / 1.3 / 1.31 / 1.34 / 1.35
Height (front):0.906 / 0.984
Height (imperial):1.3 / 1.35
Height (rear):1.34 / 1.35
Weight:3.53 / 5.64 / 5.69 / 5.73 / 7 / 7.54
Width:15
Width (imperial):15