Product Type: Acer laptops
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Quality at an affordable price
Acer Aspire 5742Z
Member Name: GTGlenn
Acer Aspire 5742Z
Advantages: Fast PC, good price
Disadvantages: Screen gets dirty quickly
This Acer was my first step into the world of laptops, as I have used a desktop and internet mobile phone previously.
It's a neat laptop and though not the lightest in it's class is perfectly light enough to carry comfortably around.
On opening the laptop up you'll immediately notice that the thumb pad (mouse) is set slightly to the left. Some otehr laptops which have a numeric keypad to the right also do this, so it's a matter of personal taste. I've had no problems with it but it might be a bit awkward for those who are left-handed. Certainly, try a laptop with an offset mouse before you buy.
The screen is good quality. pictures are sharp and colour saturation is good. It does seem to attract dust and finger marks a bit more than I would like but cleans easily with a good anti-static cloth.
The 4GB of RAM is very generous for a laptop in this price bracket (I paid £360), as is the 500GB HDD. It's great for multi-tasking and whizzes through most day to day applications with ease. In fact, it barely slows down when crucnhing heavy graphics either.
The sound was surprisingly good for a budget laptop and I have not bothered getting peripheral speakers.
If you are going to get seriously tech-heavy and stream HD movies or play the newest, graphics heavy games, then you might find that the graphics card is a little lightweight and possible the mouse pad not responsive enough, but otherwise I don't think you can go wrong with this handy little machine.
Summary: Great value for money
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