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Acer Aspire 5742Z
Member Name: supernova666666
Acer Aspire 5742Z
Date: 26/07/12, updated on 26/07/12 (17 review reads)
Advantages: Reasonably priced for spec
Disadvantages: Acer cluttered OS with junk
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.
Summary: Overall the laptop is very good for less than £500, good buy and would defiantly recommend.
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