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Acer Aspire 5742G

alaTest has collected and analyzed 655 reviews of Acer Aspire 5742G. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People really like the keyboard and screen. The design and price are also mentioned favorably. Reviews about the reliability and durability are mixed. The connectivity and touchpad get critical reviews.

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

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Acer Aspire 5742G from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Reviews about the energy efficiency and screen are generally positive. The performance and price are also mentioned favorably.

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This summary is based on the products: Acer Aspire 5742G 15.6 inch Laptop ( Intel Core i3-370M, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, DVD, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470, Webcam, Wireless, Windows 7 Home PremiuAcer Aspire 5742G 15.6 inch Laptop ( Intel Core i3-370M, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, DVD, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470, Webcam, Wireless, Windows 7 Home Premiu

Apr, 2018

Expert review by : Sebastian Jentsch (

Review Acer Aspire 5742G Notebook (GT 540M)


Geforce bargain. Acer puts interesting hardware in a low priced b

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

Contrast weak TFT; TFT not suitable for outdoors; Few interfaces; Adverse positioning of interfaces; Pliable keyboard; Creaking chassis

Eight gigabyte of RAM in a 700 euro laptop. The bars must have fallen off the back of a truck.

Jan, 2011

Expert review by : Scott Stein (

Acer Aspire AS5742G-7200 review


For some, the purpose of a laptop isn't to be exciting or sexy, so much as to be functional. Those who feel that way might appreciate the Acer Aspire 5742G-7200, an utterly uninspiring 15.6-inch laptop that, nevertheless, has a pretty good set of specs...

Robust Nvidia graphics; affordable price; competitive performance for a Core i5 laptop.

Lackluster design; short battery life; weak speaker; no USB 3.0 or Bluetooth.

On a price-to-performance basis, the Acer Aspire 5742G-7200 is one of the better laptop buys on the market, but better-designed alternatives can be had for a little more money.

Jan, 2011

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Acer Aspire 5742G laptop with NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M graphics reviewed, es ist schnell


When first announced, we had fears that the new NVIDIA GeForce GT 500M-series graphics would be little more than a tweak of a clock speed here and a new stic...

Dec, 2010

Expert review by : Brian Westover (

Acer Aspire AS5742G-7200


With strong performance scores across the board, the Acer Aspire AS5742G-7200 is worth a look from anyone in the market for a laptop for under $800.

A good selection of hardware provides strong performance. Big 500GB hard drive. Textured design won't attract smudges.

Plastic construction feels cheap and flimsy.

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Nov, 2010


Expert review by : Jamie Bsales (

Acer Aspire 5742G-7200


The Acer Aspire 5742G-7200 may be priced like a budget notebook, but its Core i5 CPU and dedicated Nvidia graphics chip deliver surprisingly good performance for a $749.99 machine. While its otherwise mundane features and restrained design keep it from...

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

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

Jan, 2011

Expert review by : Chris Barraclough (

Acer Aspire 5742G-384G64Mnkk review


A great all-round student laptop offering good value for money

Good performance ; Decent graphics power ; Large hard drive ; Usability

Battery life ; Some flex in chassis

Jul, 2011

Expert review by : Jeff Parsons (

Acer Aspire 5742G review


Plenty of storage and power make for a great family laptop - but at a price

Good performance ; Battery life ; Vibrant screen ; Connectivity ; Dedicated graphics

Some flex in keyboard ; Keyboard also attracts dust and dirt

Jun, 2011


Expert review by : Elias Plastiras (

Acer Aspire 5742G laptop


Acer's Aspire 5742G is a 15.6in laptop that's big, but not all that heavy. It weighs only 2.4kg and it actually feels light when you hold it in your h...

Relatively lightweight, good performance, good battery life, feels good to use

Screen is reflective

Acer's Aspire 5742G is a 15.6in laptop that offers good performance and battery life in a surprisingly light body. It's comfortable to use and it feels well built. We think it's a good all-rounder that can be used by students, home users and even...

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Barry de la Rosa (

Acer Aspire 5742G review


The 5742G lives up to Acer's reputation for value, with good performance and decent features, but it lacks a few expansion ports

Dec, 2010

Expert review by : Craig Simms (

Acer Aspire 5742G (Core i3)


Decent port complement ; Good performance ; Good battery life

Mono speaker ; No Bluetooth ; No 5GHz radio

While the lack of 5GHz radio is a little concerning, we doubt many people would care at this price point. For general use the Acer Aspire 5742G excels, and its excellent battery life makes it a top choice.

Nov, 2010

Product Specifications


Audio formats supported:AAC, MP3
Audio system:HD / HD Audio / HDA
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:1 / 2
Speaker Power:2


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


Front Camera:N / Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3 / 1.3
Swivel webcam: No
Video capturing speed:30


Certification:- ACPI 3.0\n- Mobile PC 2002\n- DMI 2.0\n- Wi-Fi / - Wi-Fi\n- ACPI 3.0\n- Mobile PC 2002\n- DMI 2.0
Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Silver
RoHS compliance: Yes
Wi-Fi certified:Y
WiFi certified: Yes


Color of product:Black / Brown / Red
Form Factor:Clamshell
Product type:Notebook


3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Contrast ratio (typical):300:1
Display brightness:200 / 220
Display Diagonal:15.6
Display number of colors:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Display response rise/fall:8
Display Surface:Matt
HD type:Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No

Energy Management

AC adapter power:48.8 / 60 / 65 / 90
Battery performance:48.8


Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.5 / 0.512 / 1 / 2
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5470 / AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6370M / AMD Radeon HD 5470 / AMD Radeon HD 6370M / Intel HD Graphics / NVIDIA GeForce 320M / NVIDIA GeForce 420M / NVIDIA GeForce 610M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 240M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 420 / NVIDIA GeForce GT 420M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.521 / 1.024 / 1.759 / 2.304
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
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


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


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


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

Optical Drive

CD read speed:24
CD rewrite speed: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
DVD-R Double Layer read speed:6
DVD-R Double Layer write speed:4
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
DVD-RW write speed:6
DVD+R Double Layer read speed:6
DVD+R Double Layer write speed:4
DVD+R read speed:8
DVD+R write speed:8
DVD+RW read speed:6
DVD+RW write speed:8
LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:Blu-Ray ROM / DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-RW

Other Features

Audio system:HD / HD Audio / HDA
Compatible operating systems:Windows XP/Vista/7
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab / IEEE 802.3/802.3u/802.3ab
Dimensions (WxDxH):15 x 9.96 x 0.906 / 15 x 9.96 x 0.984 / 15 x 9.96 x 1.34
Display:LCD / LED / TFT
Ethernet interface type:Gigabit
External display:N
Graphics adapter family:AMD / ATI / Intel / Intel, NVIDIA / NVIDIA
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
HDD user password:Y
Hot keys:Y
Infrared data port: No
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-x
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-x
Internal modem: No
Number of products included:1
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Power Requirements:100 - 240V / 100-240V AC / 100-240V, 50/60Hz
Power supply type:AC - DC / AC/DC
TV in port: No
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Wireless Technology:IEEE 802.11n / Wi-Fi

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control: No
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes


TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: No
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:No / Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot:No / Yes
TV out:N
TV out port: No
USB 1.1 ports quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3 / 4
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter power:48.8 / 65 / 90
Battery performance:48.8


Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel HM55 Express
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):16 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM55 Express
Number of Processing Die Transistors:382
PCI Express configurations:1x16
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processing die size:81
Processor:i3-330M / I3-350M / i3-370M / I3-380M / i3-390M / i5-450M / I5-460M / I5-480M / i5-560M
Processor boost frequency:2.66 / 2.8 / 2.933 / 3.20
Processor cache:0.512, 3 / 3
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Arrandale
Processor cores:2
Processor family:3rd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel Core i3-3xxx / Intel Core i3-xxx / Intel Core i5-4xxx / Intel Core i5-xxx
Processor frequency:2.13 / 2.26 / 2.4 / 2.53 / 2.66 / 2.67
Processor front side bus:1066
Processor lithography:32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:i3-330M / I3-350M / i3-370M / I3-380M / i3-390M / i5-450M / I5-460M / I5-480M / i5-560M
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-300 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-400 series / Intel Core i5-500 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1288 / PGA988 / Socket 988
Processor threads:4
Stepping:C2 / 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 / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: 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: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:1.0 / 2.0 / No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:No / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Physical Address Extension (PAE):36 / Yes
Processor ARK ID:43529 / 47663 / 49020 / 49022 / 49653 / 50178 / 50179 / 52952 / 52955
Processor code:SLBNF / SLBPL / SLBTT / SLBTZ / SLBUK / SLC22 / SLC24 / SLC26 / SLC27
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


Cable lock slot:Kensington / No
Fingerprint reader: No
Password protection:BIOS / BIOS, HDD, Supervisor / BIOS, HDD, Supervisor, User / BIOS, Supervisor
Password protection type:BIOS / BIOS, HDD, Supervisor / BIOS, HDD, Supervisor, User / BIOS, Supervisor


Bundled software:11.2 x 3.54 x 9.84 / Acer Backup Manager, Acer eRecovery Management, Acer ePower Management, Acer GameZone, Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Reader, Cyberlink Power DVD, Microsoft Windows Live Essentials, NTI Media Maker / Acer Backup Manager\nAcer eRecovery Management\nAcer ePower Management\nAcer GameZone\nAdobe Flash Player\nAdobe Reader\nCyberlink Power DVD\nMicrosoft Windows Live Essentials\nNTI Media Maker / Bing Bar\nWindows Live Essentials / Peter Paul Klapwijk, Gerard Keijsers
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
Optional operating system supplied:Windows XP Professional
Pre-installed software:Microsoft Office 2010
Trial software:McAfee Internet Security Suite / McAfee Internet Security Suite 2009 / Microsoft Office 2010\nMicrosoft Office Starter 2010\nMcAfee Internet Security Suite / Microsoft Office Starter 2010 / Microsoft Office Starter 2010, McAfee Internet Security Suite 2009


Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, xD / MMC / MMC, MS PRO, SD, xD / MMC, SD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity: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:320 / 500 / 640 / 750

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10.1 / 9.96
Height:1.34 / 1.35 / 15
Height (front):0.906 / 0.984
Height (rear):1.34 / 1.35 / 1.36
Weight:5.07 / 5.73
Width:1.34 / 15