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Acer Aspire AS5742G-7200 Notebook Review

January 16th, 2011


A laptop is always an accessory to satiate many purposes for an individual in many ways. Surprisingly, today most of the laptops are failing to satiate this purpose. There Acer Aspire AS5742G-7200 can be banked well for this purpose. It is 15-6-inch laptop and roughly priced at $750. Inside this laptop is powered through an Intel CORE i5 processor, Nvidia GeForce GT420M graphics. It has 500 GB hard disk and 4 GB of system RAM. Most of the similarly configured other brand laptops are priced $100 more than the Aspire 5742G-7200.

Inside Details in-depth

This AS5742G-7200 is priced at $749 and the processor is 2.53 GHz Intel Core i5-M460. Its hard disk is 500GB and system memory is 4 GB of 1,066 MHz DDR3 RAM. It has one graphics card of Nvidia GeForce GT 420M along with chipset of Intel HM55. It is designed for every OS, but comes with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. Its width is 15-inches, depth is 10-inches and height is 0.9-1.3-inches. This laptop weighs around 6.5 pounds.


Keyboard and Touch pad

Aspire AS5742G-7200 is designed with thick and clad in matte black plastic, which offers budget look for the laptop. It has full keyboard and its number pad is stretched well edge to edge. It has one embedded mono speaker for good audio quality. Its multitouch pad is little smaller, but goes well with usage. Its flat keyboard offers comfortable usage for the user.

Display:

Acer AS5742G-7200 laptop comes with 15.6-inch display with LED-backlit and got a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels. Video and text will appear crisp over this display. Only draw back is its limited viewing angles.

Audio:

Speaker in this laptop is definitely not up to the mark and quite disappointing too. The manufacturer arranged this laptop with a single speaker to cut down the cost. The speaker is located at the top left of the grille above the keyboard. This speaker is lacking stereo sound and volume is quite low. Movies viewing on this laptop will be hampered through these low volume speakers.

Additional Features:

Acer AS5742G-7200 Notebook has one VGA-out and HDMI port for video. Its speakers are mono and got one headphone/microphone jack. This laptop comes with three numbers of USB 2.0 ports along with SD card reader. It has Ethernet for wired connectivity and has one 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi for wireless connectivity. This laptop comes with DVD burner as an optical drive facility.


Positives:

• Its robust Nvidia graphics is definitely an advantage.
• Pricing is pretty affordable unlike its contemporaries.
• Its Core i5 is always successful at offering competitive performance.

Negatives:

• Design is quite lackluster and offers budget laptop look only.
• Battery life is very short.
• Audio quality is not effective.
• USB 3.0 facility is lacking.

Conclusion:

This laptop offers good value to its price. It cannot be a comparison with latest Sandy Bridge processor though equipped well with the Intel Core i5-460M CPU. Here, it is quite imperative to remember that this laptop is good over the other Core i5 laptops in the market. Multitasking, viewing HD video and daily computing tasks would be perfect with this laptop. Its Nvidia GeForce GT420M is definitely a best addition for this laptop. Some of the present users of this laptop expressed their satisfaction for this well priced laptop.

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