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Acer Aspire 5742 Series

Acer Aspire 5742 Series
alaScore 85

654 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 654 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the usability and portability. The screen and performance also get good opinions, whereas there are some critical opinions about the sound.

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sound

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Acer Aspire 5742 Series is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

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excellent product

 

i love this computer, it works extremely well for my relatively basic needs. no problems with having multiple programs open, fast to start up, very good battery, nice screen that is not too reflective and a nice generous size.. i suppose the size of the screen makes it a little less portable than smaller notebooks but the weight of the computer is also surprisingly light so i take it into college a lot. sound is good quality but not the best volume so i sometimes plug in speakers to watch a film or whatever. i LOVE the finish on the main part of the laptop, kind of matte and with little indentations, (i don't know quite how to describe it) it doesn't show up fingerprints so never looks grubby. my only minor problem with the laptop is the keyboard, which although it works very satisfactorily, i suppose i am a little bit careless with it and crumbs or little particles can get stuck under a key and then make it awkward to use that key. i must invest in a keyboard cover, and then this laptop would be perfect! specs are 3gb RAM, 320gb HDD and intel core i3-370M processor (also Intel HD graphics, DVD super multi DL drive, 15.6" HD LED LCD sreen, Acer Nplify 802.11b/g/n, whatever that means!). i wasn't really interested in having a great graphics card, as i don't use it for games, but as far as i can tell graphics are good. i've never had any problems connecting to any wireless networks and all the automatic stuff for sorting out connections seems excellent, this laptop is EXCELLENT value for money, i paid £380 for it and am delighted with it. i'm not in any way knowledgeable about computers, but i know that this computer is exactly what i was looking for, and i absolutely recommend this laptop as an excellent everyday laptop that will cope with whatever you need, internet, microsoft office, photo editing, watching videos etc. really super laptop!!

Touchpad, Reliability, Performance, Usability, Design, Value for money, Battery, Connectivity, Build quality, Screen, Sound, Portability

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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...

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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.

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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.

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Acer Aspire AS5742-7645

 

I generally like chiclet-style or island keyboards, where each key is isolated. The AS5742-7645's keyboard is roomy, but the keys are very thin and flimsy, particularly if you don't hit each key at dead center. Unlike most island-key designs, where the...

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

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.

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Acer Aspire AS5742Z-4097

 

The keyboard features chiclet-style (or island-style) keys, and they're widely spaced for a comfortably typing experience. The keys, however, are thin and feel a bit flimsy, particularly if you don't hit each key dead center. And unlike most island-key...

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

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 doubling down on the warranty, providing two years of coverage. There's nothing wrong with this $500 laptop, but Core...

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This isn't the computer - it's the battery

 

Great if you're looking for a battery

Add is misleading - this is the price for a replacement battery, not for the laptop system it goes into. The seller appears to sell only replacement batteries

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Great Computer,

 

I usually have 6 or 7 programs running at once and never have any problems of any kind with this computer.

Fast, Light Weight, Overall very nice computer

Internal fan starts and stops constantly, at first it drove me nuts, now i am kind of use to it. Other thing I don't like is all the external connections except for power are on the front of the side. This means you have a USB or Speaker cable right whe

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Great Computer,

 

I usually have 6 or 7 programs running at once and never have any problems of any kind with this computer. Updated on Aug 27, 2011

Fast, Light Weight, Overall very nice computer

Internal fan starts and stops constantly, at first it drove me nuts, now i am kind of use to it. Other thing I don't like is all the external connections except for power are on the front of the side. This means you have a USB or Speaker cable right whe

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Don't buy this !!! Broke after less than 1 month

 

Lightweight

Built very cheap for the price you would expect alot more for that kind of money. Acers customer service is horrible. I paid $650.00 three weeks later it will not boot , won't let me access the bios , resets at the acer splash screen constantly , the proc

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Amazon review summary for Acer Aspire 5742 Series

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 224 user reviews of Acer Aspire 5742 Series from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com.

value for money, performance, screen, keyboard, portability

sound

80% 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 TravelMate 5742-7159 15.6-Inch Notebook PC (Black)Acer Aspire AS5742Z-4512 15.6" Notebook PC

Product Specifications

Configuration

DVD Writer:Blu-ray Combo / DVD-Writer
Embedded 3G/4G:3G / No
Embedded UMTS:No / Yes
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Hard Disk Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: Yes

Connectivity

Bluetooth:No / Yes
Card Reader:2 in 1 Card Reader / Multi Card Reader
Firewire: No
TV Output:No / Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
LED Backlight:Edge LED / No
True Resolution:WXGA

General Features

Intel ® Centrino Technology:Centrino / No
Intel Centrino Technology:Centrino / No
Media Centre Edition: No
Netbook: No
RAM Type:DDR3 SDRAM
Type:Portable

Graphic

Brand of Graphic Chip:ATI / Intel / Intel ®
GPU Model (Graphic Card):GMA 4500M / GMA X4500 / Intel ® HD GPU / Intel ® HD Graphics 3000 / INTEL HD GPU / Mobility Radeon HD 5470 / Radeon HD6370M / UMA

Processor

Chipset Brand:Intel / Intel® / Unknown
Chipset Type:HM55 / Unknown
Processor:CORE I3 / CORE I5 / Core™ i3 / Core™ i5 / Pentium
Processor Brand:Intel / Intel ®
Processor Number:I3-370M / I3-380M / I5-450M / I5-460M / I5-480M / P6100 / P6200
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