I saved up and bought this laptop myself 2 years ago, and it's really lasted considering the damage I've done to it. There have been a few virus mishaps, but the Acer 5542 pulled through as strong as ever. I've even dropped it a few times and it still works well.
It runs heavy programs such as Photoshop with ease and has great hard drive space - roughly 500GB. The graphics are also great, and run games such as The Sims 3 very well too.
The Acer 5542 is highly recommendable to people who use their laptop a lot yet do not wish to splash out for something as expensive as a Mac - especially when the Acer 5542 has a bigger hard drive than the Mac Book, unless you add more, and raise the price.
The laptop can also handle multiple tab browsing without crashing, at the same time as running other programs. I currently have 8 tabs running with iTunes and various other programs and the laptop speed is still great.
I will say that of course, the split second speed of the Acer 5542 at purchase will degrade, but that's purely down to the files you put on it. The less files, the higher the speed.
The webcam is also low res, but decent enough for Skype, although the built in mic can be quiet at times.
Overall, I would recommend this laptop to anyone.
i recieved this laptop for xmas 09 my first laptop as not been able to afford a decent one. i wanted to do alot of surfing on the net and my partner wanted it for movies and games.The acer 5542 meets all of our family requirements and more.it came with windows 7 home premium installed along with msn messanger and free 60 day trial of norton security.features 15.6" 16:9 hd led true cinematic view screen which is fantastic for movies on the go or at home the dolby home theater speakers are excellent for this too.
also has HDMI out,numeric keypad,file back up manager and acer arcade deluxe. decent size memory too 4gb. it has a dvd super multi dl drive,and runs AMDathalonx2 m300 and ATIradeon hd 4200 graphics.
this laptop really is a very good machine the keyboard is well spaced which is always a plus if like me u can be a bit clumsy when typing. i have not encounterd a single issue with this laptop, the only downside i can think of is the battery does not last for more than a couple of hours but as long as you have the lead and a socket youll be fine.Also awre that the price was a neat £345 from argos.
I have only recently bought this laptop for a hefty price of £450 but by god it was worth it. The laptop comes already installed with windows 7 which is muchg better than windows xp which i had on my previous laptop. The specs of this laptop are:
Dual core procceser
15.6" HD LED LCD screen
1366* 768 pixels
500GB Hard Drive
5 in 1 memory card reader
Builty in Webcam
There are many other features to this laptop. There are speakers on the laptop these speakers really are good you can watch a film on this laptop and feel like your in the cinema. There is a downside to thi laptop as there normally is the battery life is only around 2 hours but as long as you have the cable and a socket near by you will be fine. The laptop heats up very quickly and if you have it on your lap it can be quite unconfortable.
Although for some reason this laptob has a bluetooth button there is no bluretooth on this laptop. One of the great features of this laptop is the speed it can load up the internet in a matter of seconds and the same amount of time for browsing the internet. I would recomend google chrome as it is must faster and more responsive than the default windows explorer.
The keys are perfectly spreaded out to ensure you can type very fast. This laptop already comes installed with great programs such as windows live messenger, windows live movie maker, microsoft office 2009 60 day trial and many others
In conclusion i would advise people to buy this laptop because it is fast, responsive and overall a great buy.
The Aspire 5542 delivers exceptional multitasking performance, superb media experiences and enhanced mobility. The 15.6" CineCrystal display gives you a 16:9 aspect ratio. Loaded with a host of premium components, the Aspire 5542 brings next-generation radiance to your multimedia.