Acer Aspire 5742G (Core i3)

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.


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Acer's Aspire 5 series covers quite a few price tiers, but to the consumer they'd never be able to tell the difference just by looking at them. Without the stickers on the side pointing out that the internals are different, you'd not be able to tell them apart.

They all have a rubberised plastic feel, pocked with a kick-plate-style pattern. They all feature Acer's attractive "floating" keys, an island-style set-up that does indeed make the keys look like they're floating. They all have 15.6-inch, glossy, 1366x768 screens, multi-touch touch pads (along with their infuriating inaccuracies), and have cheapened out by providing only mono sound, which is hidden by a speaker-grille facade that runns along the full length of the laptop.

There are VGA and HDMI out, gigabit Ethernet, three USB ports, headphone and microphone jacks, a DVD+-RW drive and an SD card reader. There is no Bluetooth, and although different models use different chipsets, the 802.11n supports only 2.4GHz, not 5GHz. These are mainstream models, folks. They're even all kitted out with 4GB RAM and a 500GB hard drive.

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit is the platform of choice, paired with McAfee, Norton Online Backup, CyberLink PowerDVD 9, NTI Media Maker, Skype, a bunch of game demos (which you can install thanks to the annoying Oberon Media), an RSS reader called eSobi and Shredder (which is a trial secure file deletion program).

Thankfully, things do differ somewhere — the processor, motherboard and graphics.

Performance

The Aspire 5742G, for example, runs a Core i3 370M @ 2.4GHz with an Nvidia GeForce GT 420M. This gives access to Optimus technology — that is, when the Nvidia card is not needed for hefty 3D or movie work, it switches to Intel graphics to save on battery life.

3DMark06 brought in a score of 6713, less than the AMD-powered Aspire 5552G, but it's still a respectable result, which allows the 5742G to play some modern games at modest settings. PCMark05 came a little under the 5552G as well, scoring 5784, meaning while it should be fine at office and productivity tasks, it's not as powerful as the AMD alternative.

Where the 5742G really came into its own was battery life. With all power-saving features turned off, screen brightness and volume set to maximum and an XviD file played back, the laptop lasted two hours, 24 minutes and 29 seconds before going into hibernation.

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.

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Roary8383
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Roary8383 posted a review   

The Good:big screen full keyboard

The Bad:false advertised dissapointed

i have the version that states nvidia geforce gt 420m cuda 1gb graphics but i am sorley disapointed that this video card is in fact not 1gb as advertised and stated on the sticker on the laptop itself the graphics are in fact 128mb and the rest come froms shared memory

the rest of the laptop peformes well i am just dissapointed that i paid $1399 for a laptop that has very low graphics don't buy this one if you want any sort of good gaming experience

jai
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jai posted a review   

The Good:everything

The Bad:speakers and wrong gpu.....very sticky touchpad :/

hey i bought and recieved my laptop only to find out that acer isnt doing the ati 5730's in the acer 5742g's anymore....so instead they only come with gma/5470/or the one i got which is the GT 420m :c it isnt good compards to the 5730 but it will do compards to the 5470, gt 330m etc...just for those who game, other than that the laptop is fine, im very glad i bought it, and also Dell has a deal on the xps 15's with i5-540m, 1gb gt 420m, 4gb ram, and 640gb hdd 7200rpm....all for $50 more ($800) soooo yea id get that, the deal didnt start till a week i recieved my acer so im pretty **** but the laptops is still great :D still give it a 9/10

 

Dan posted a reply   

Hey are you sure that the Dell XPS is going for that little (like $800)? I just checked on their site and the xps 15 is $1349?

jai
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jai posted a review   

The Good:price, battery, gaming (ati 5730 1gb), and price :3

The Bad:just sound not a biggy??

iv tested this but dont own one, i have just bought one though off ebay for $740 brandnew with, i3-370m 2.4ghz, 640gb hdd, 4gb ram, 1gb ati mobility radeon hd 5730 (better than 5650)win 7 home premium :3 i think is a awsome buy, the card is 20 billion times better than the nvidia gt 420m, look it up on notebookcheck.com its true. uhh to what iv watched on youtube, this notebook can pull off gta iv on med-high details, crysis on med-high (overclocked high details) metro 2033 medium, mafia 2 high, and fear 2 on high etc. notebookcheck.com has all gaming details for it to. but youtube is better option to get examples if your a gamer :3 anywho cant wait for it to get here, it seems awsome :D the seller on ebay has around 10 in stock (apparently) (australia only) so check it out :D hope i helped some people

Neil
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Neil posted a review   

The Good:Good performance

The Bad:mono speaker

Got a 5742G as a replacement for an older Travelmate 17" that went bad recently. I do miss the bigscreen and fingerprint ID a bit, but this computer performs better than the older one by far! Excellent size HDD, great chip & memory performance and Windows 7 seems to actually WORK!!
Fantastic for the price. The mono speaker IS a let down - but i just run a haedset and the sound on it is very good. Don't miss Bluetooth and the wireless connectivity seems excellent. Would have liked the i5 chip, but I don't know that it's much faster anyway.
Very, very happy with this machine.

Sptoz
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Sptoz posted a review   

The Good:Great performance for the price

The Bad:No bluetooth

I've had this laptop for 4 months now and it has not let me down. It cranks out a Premier Elements video conversion quicker than my desktop and has a light, strong feel to it. I didn't want bluetooth when I bought it, but now I have a Galaxy S and wish it was there. Looks like I'll have to give up a USB port to a dongle...

rosie
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rosie posted a review   

The Good:good price, good quality

The Bad:battery

i got my acer aspire 5742G in August and i love it. Only having it for 4 months, my battery doesn't charge higher then 78% and my fan does get quite hot causing it to turn off. - i'm not sure if thats from having it on my bed near blankets or what. Other then that its fantastic, it has a big wide screen making it good to watch dvd's or tv shows. it also fantastic whilst playing games quality is crystal clear. The keyboard is too fantastic to type on and I like the 'fn' button for volume etc as it makes it look clean and sheek. A bit disappointed it doesn't have bluetooth. Over all a good laptop

Alec
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Alec posted a review   

The Good:High performance - good price

The Bad:really nothing

with Core i3 370M @ 2.4GHz, 4GB Dual Channel RAM & Nvidia GeForce GT 420M, you can do almost whatever you want to do. from routines job to semi-high end graphic games.

you can barely feel heat & hear voice. when you're on high performance, you can hear the sound of fan but other times it works fluently and quietly.
finally the screen is wide and mate. it's so so. good for watching videos and using wide-screen needed softwares.
My Acer 5742G has Bluetooth device and the wireless LAN work well.




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  • Roary8383

    Roary8383

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    "i have the version that states nvidia geforce gt 420m cuda 1gb graphics but i am sorley disapointed that this video card is in fact not 1gb as advertised and stated on the sticker on the laptop it..."

  • jai

    jai

    Rating9

    "hey i bought and recieved my laptop only to find out that acer isnt doing the ati 5730's in the acer 5742g's anymore....so instead they only come with gma/5470/or the one i got which is the GT 420m..."

  • jai

    jai

    Rating9

    "iv tested this but dont own one, i have just bought one though off ebay for $740 brandnew with, i3-370m 2.4ghz, 640gb hdd, 4gb ram, 1gb ati mobility radeon hd 5730 (better than 5650)win 7 home prem..."

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