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The Acer Aspire 5742Z - Top Range Budget Material
Acer Aspire 5742Z
Member Name: Ri0TTs
Acer Aspire 5742Z
Date: 03/04/12, updated on 03/04/12 (68 review reads)
Advantages: 500GB of Hard Drive Space, 4GB of Ram, High Definition
Disadvantages: Mono Speakers, very quiet
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.
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Summary: A super features, budget laptop excelling above the majority of others.
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