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This laptop has everything you really need for home use. It has a DVD player and webcam and has quite a good sized hard drive of 500GB. I use this laptop all the time, to do stuff like working and gaming, in fact, I am using it to write this review right now. I have had mine for quite a while now and have noticed that as I have downloaded more programs the laptop has seemed to work a bit slower. This can be a bit annoying, especially if you are in a hurry to do something. However, this laptop can play most games, but may struggle a little bit with games that have heavy graphics. Overall, it is a very good laptop for home usage but can get extremely slow if you have a lot of programs and installed and can struggle to run games with intense or fast graphics
I bought the Acer Aspire 5742Z 18 months ago and it was a solid purchase. It is primarily used for writing long documents, browsing the web, streaming music and other occasional work projects. It is the perfect machine for me as I mainly use it at home and don't travel around too much. I would not recommend it to someone who is on the go and needs a travel-friendly laptop as for me it is a bit on the heavy side.
The 15.6" screen, for my purposes, is brilliant - not too big, not too small. On occasion we stream films through Netflix and you don't feel as though you need to squint which is a big plus!
I have not had any problems with it slowing down with continued use and it has already lasted longer than my last laptop. It is affordable and for use similar to mine, I would recommend it to anyone.
I bought this laptop because of the good reviews of the people posted about it.
The laptop itself seems like it would be a good basic computer for most of my needs. I'm a gamer without the money to buy high end gaming products. My laptop has absolutely no problem running WoW without a problem. The graphics are good (though i'm not picky). The reason I will give this laptop a low review, though, is because I believe I got a defective one.
From the time I ordered it one side of the speakers didn't work. I had also saved alot of important files onto it without backing them up. (my fault I know) Though, I didn't expect anything would go wrong. Within 6 months the hard drive went out. It was no longer usable and it took 3 weeks for it to be repaired and returned to me. During the repair, however, the ACER workers decided to not repair the speakers at the same time... as of now, they are still defective. I don't doubt this would have been a good product had it not been defective from the beginning.
This laptop does everything a good laptop should do. It works fast, it holds plenty of stuff and it feels nice to use. The screen is the average size, which is no problem, but one highlight for anybody who writes a lot on their computers is the great keyboard, in which the spaced out and clear letters are handy in improving word speed. The laptop does not weigh too much and it is not taxing to carry around, while it is a durable model, which does not have issues regarding its battery life and breakability unless it's owned by a very accident prone person!
As a writer I find this laptop to be a gem; it is the type of laptop which merges a sleek exterior with a fast, well-working interior which allows web surfing, social networking easily, as well as the capacity to watch television shows and films in HD, a treat. The speakers within the laptop are good, perhaps a bit quiet, but they suffice for the price of the laptop.
All in all, this Aspire gives plenty for the price paid, and is easily one of the best low-price laptops on the market. Recommended to all young professionals and those who love to browse the web.
I have just graduated and bought this laptop back in 2008 to take to university with me. I needed it primarily for writing essays and researching topics but also for storing pictures and streaming online videos and music. I added the latest microsoft package myself but the notebook was more than capable of dealing with any demands as it has more than sufficient memory and processing speed.
The laptop doesnt have any exciting new features - but this wasnt important to me. It does have a good quality built in webcam which I used often for skype etc.
Unfortunately my laptop took some wear and tear at university but its sturdy nature manage to avoid any breaks. The only problem Ive had started more recently - the battery wont charge fully so I need it plugged in near permanently. This has also caused issues with the charge cable but perhaps it is because of its age.
Acer is a popular brand of laptop computers. When I was still an undergraduate student, 3 of my classmates bought the same Acer brand laptop. Acer Aspire 5742Z is actually a cheap laptop but in terms of processing power, it is just perfect for people who only need a minimum computer usage like surfing the Internet, word processing applications, presentation software and other software that can run with minimum processing power. The Intel Pentium P6100 2.0 Gigahertz is perfect for the previously mentioned processing needs. However, if you are planning to use Acer Aspire 5742Z for high end games and graphics software it cannot support. Its 500 Gigabyte hard disk drive is also perfect for people who continuously have the needs to save files into their computer systems. Other simple features are DVD, Webcam and Wireless capabilities. In fact, you don't actually need a high end and expensive laptop computer if you are not a hardcore gamer so this is perfect for simple use.
I decided back in 2010 that Acer was going to be my next laptop brand as I'd heard lots of good things about the brand, reliability being the most talked about.
When hunting for the laptop i had noticed they were one of the cheaper brands, i did a little investigation and found this to be OK after reading good reviews.
I ordered the laptop from Acer on the Wednesday and i arrived on the Friday, i was impressed with the speed of delivery. The laptop came well packaged up with extra disks for instillation and antivirus subscription for 60 days.
On first inspection for the laptop was that it was light has a flat keyboard with a number pad at the side. The screen is a 15.6 inch screen, easy on the eye, clear and easily adjustable. It has 3 USB ports with a Ethernet, HDMI and PSU on the sides, no Wi-Fi switch as this in integrated into the OS with the FN key and F keys.
The laptop was easy to set up, took about 2 mins to register. Windows 7 was already installed with all the bells and whistles to go with it. Unfortunately Acer did add lots of junk onto the OS, most are un-needed and took about 30 mins to uninstall.
I took the 64Bit OS with a 2GB ram upgrade so it's quick and won't become obsolete when Windows 8 is released. I also had a 750 HD installed instead of the standard 500 GB one, both upgraded put another £78 on the laptop, well worth it! I have run a few games on it, nothing special graphics wise but all ran OK with no performance issues.
Battery life is good, lasts about 3-4 hours.
I had used acer laptop before, what i like is that the keyboard is really strong and the body, is durable. if it is for sound Acer has a clear sound in terms of media player. For battery life Acer laptop has a good long battery life
Owned this laptop before my current one, and whilst of course my new laptop is superior, this served me well. All features were fine - not incredible, but fine. All media, operating systems, internet etc crashed very rarely, so reliability is definitely a strong point for this model. For that reason I would recommend this to any parents who are considering buying a laptop for a child as a birthday present, or ideally, a student going away, as to be honest, I doubt it will provide them with any real problems. Perhaps the only real complaint I had was the lifting up of the screen was stiff sometimes, but again, this problem is rather superficial - you won't be doing a lot of using the computer with the screen down! this model is a good buy for someone who wants a reliable machine but doesn't need lots of features, just the basics eg internet, word processer, media player so is still definately a good buy!
Acer's Aspire 5742Z takes many of the solid features found in the previous 5740 model and updates a few for increased performance , a great product for the class of low end. with a simple design, is perfect to carry around everywhere. coupled with the performance of Intel Pentium P6100 2.0 GHz, RAM: 4GB and storage features on the Aspire 5742Z are pretty much standard for a budget laptop system. A 500GB hard drive provides a decent amount of storage for applications, data and media files. It spins at the more typical 5400rpm laptop drive speed rate for modest performance. A dual layer DVD burner handles all playback and recording of CDs and DVDs. There is also a 5-in-1 card reader for reading the most common flash memory media types. HDD. Quite satisfactory with an economical price. This product is recommended for those who work freelance. But to have a little short on acer products in bateray that can not be durable.
I purchased this Acer 5742Z ten months ago from Argos in the UK. It has a P6200 CPU, 6GB DDR3, and 320GB HDD so it should be pretty quick, after getting it back home it had to go straight back again because the Norton AV wouldnt load and now with hindsight I should have realised it was a bad un!. I am not expecting the earth but 6 minutes for the screen to boot up, sometimes not at all, is dire quality, I have to shut down and re boot two or three times before the screen will illuminate. The DVD mechanism expired totally after 5 months and as I was outside the UK ended up having to pay to get it replaced so now the DVDs from the UK wont play on the DVD player. Sometimes the machine will save a document and sometimes it wont so that is a tad distressing especially after writing a 2000 word presentation only to find that when I come to send it there is no sign of it in the documents file. The keyboard is poor quality too and some keys dont work as they should, sometimes it will print the capital letter as it should - other times it doesnt. The touch pad is hopeless in its entirety, an old fashioned mouse is much more reliable. The USB sockets "move" too. If somebody asked me if I would buy another Acer, then the answer would be "Not a chance". I have lost so much work thanks to this load of *!F!!* I would not even want to use one much less admit to owning one. If anyone reading this has got one and it has given faultless service, then great but I have yet to find anything even remotely close to being just "acceptable" about this machine.
Acer Aspire 5742Z
The Producer of the Product
The Target Audience
Gamers, Business men, Students, Teachers/Lecturers and for people who want top range products.
Is the product for you?
If you are after a product which is capable of high definition streaming to a TV, gaming, 500gb of hard drive space to store whatever you want on, 4gb of ram which means you can have so many programs or applications open at once without the notebook slowing down at all, a lovely light a compact design with a stylish finish then this is the product for you. It meets all the requirements of all types of people but not recommended for children as it is an expensive piece of equipment.
The product in one
Opening up this product you will fall in love, if you are already in love you will fall in love all over again, it is beautiful, it has a nice sleek thin design (slightly reminds me of an apple Mac air) with a lovely black matte design all over which I think give it a professional appearance.
This product has many amazing aspects to it, starting with its processor been a whopping 2.5GHz Intel Core i3-370M keeping the clock speed running lovely, this is a massive processor for the size of the product, much more than is needed so maybe it allows for a lot of upgrades if your into that kind of thing.
500 gb as you know can store a lot of data as you probably know. I have all of my holiday and personal photos on here, personal videos and all my music albums and I still have over half the space left. To support this entire media collection there is 4 gb of DDR3 ram built into this beauty which will make sure there is no lagging when browsing through
You can watch DVDs thanks to the built-in optical drive 15.6-inch screen is fine for enjoying films, with sharp contrast and rich colours. If you want to work on a larger display, VGA and HDMI ports can be used to hook up an external high definition television or monitor. The 5742z's speakers on the other hand are far too quiet for enjoying music or movies so I recommend you attach an external pair if you are sharing the laptop if not then just plug in some decent headphones and enjoy it to yourself.
The keys are well sized, with the exception of the arrow keys which are flattened into a single row. You also have a separate numeric keypad to the right. The rest of the laptop is well constructed, although the palm rests do flex when you push on them which in your own mind makes the notebook feel slightly cheap, which I guess when you look at the price it is and this is what you should expect.
There is a solid lid to this notebook which is quite surprising as usually the lids are built quite cheaply even though it's the most important part of the notebook as it protects the screen. It will definitely support a drop and quite a few knocks.
The notebook actually excels with its battery life as well lasting a complete 5 hours before switching itself off safely saving all your data.
At 2.3kg, it's a lightweight laptop and would suit the regular commuter. The slim 35mm body slips easily into a bag or rucksack big enough to hold a 15.6-inch laptop, but make sure you pack the charger too.
All in all this is a great product suited to all types of peoples with a great range of features so it is highly recommended.
How does it compare to other Products?
Compared to other products, especially in its price range this notebook is extremely high up. It offers you 6 gb of memory which is more than most desktops and laptops you will find around and if you do find them take note of the cost as it will be majorly high. It offers a massive 640 gb hard drive which is bigger than any notebook I know and It also supports high definition so this notebook is perfect.
Does the Product Achieve its Purpose?
The product achieves its purpose in providing a super cheap, extremely powerful, very stylish notebook that can be used for literally everything, suitable for all types of people.
Breaking it down
* 2.4GHz Intel Core i3 370M
* 15.6in (1366 x 768) gloss LED-backlit display
* Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
* 4GB DDR3-1333
* 500GB 2.5in 5400rpm SATA 3Gb/s HDD
* integrated Intel HD graphics
* HDMI, VGA
* mono speaker, headphone jack, mic input
* 3 x USB 2.0
* Super Multi DVD±RW drive
* 10/100Mb/s Ethernet
* SD/SDHC card slot
* 1.3MP webcam
* 48Wh Lithium Ion battery
* 381 x 253 x 25-34mm
How to Improve
There is no way I would improve on this product it reaches all areas of a laptop you could need and more.
(Thank you for reading my review, if you get chance please take your time to read and rate my other reviews, it will be highly appreciated and I will always go out of my way when I get chance to read through yours and give an honest rating. Many thanks J)
I have owned this laptop for the last year and it hasn't disappointed me. It is relatively quick, has a good sized HDD and has a fairly good battery capacity. The webcam is not the best quality, especially when a room isn't brightly lit. It is also fairly light and easy to handle. It came pre loaded with Windows Seven, which is also good value as that can cost a lot if purchased on its own. It is reliable too; aside from the usual minor software glitches that can occur day to day, the Acer has not once crashed on me, lost any of my personal files or data or forced me to restart the system as a result of bad hardware. All in all, for the price I paid , this is excellent value for money and if you're looking for a good quality, medium priced laptop for general everyday use then the Acer comes highly recommended.
Very pleased with my acer,this is now my 3rd acer laptop VERY easy to set up,this is much lighter in weight than any of my previous laptops, which may be important to some people. Battery life seems quite good though wouldnt be an important aspect for me.Very dissappointed there was no email facility such as outlook express loaded as soft ware.Acer arn't known for their generosity in soft ware but for people like myself with an array of software already available, it makes it a good buy as money goes on perfomance rather than software i dont need
The overall package is really value for your money. This laptop running on 2.0GHz processor with 4GB RAM can minimize or even prevent lagging during running of multiple program or software simultaneously. Means that this laptop is build for multitask.
With 500GB hard disk space, you will never have a problem with the amount of disk space to save something. You may divide your your space into partition. Typically into 2 partition, 1st is for your system and 2nd is for you files or folder or something important. 500GB is more than enough.
Another thing I love is the looks; black is my favorite. With big keyboard button, this will ease for typing task. This also introduce comfort. Slim and techy look with make me proud to have this laptop by my side.
2.8kg is it still easy to carry around, but technology grow. This does not bother me a bit. 15.6" screen is very appropriate to run multiple task and increase visibility. I must, this laptop is really value for money.