The Bottom Line
- Well Priced
- Solid Performance From Core i5 Processor
- Direct X 11 Compatible Graphics
- Glossy Screen Produces Too Much Glare And Reflections
- Lots of Trialware Applications
- Battery Life A Bit Below Average
- Intel Core i5-460M Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
- 500GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 15.6" WXGA (1366x768) LED Backlit Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 420M Dedicated Graphics With 1GB of Memory
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
- Three USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 2-in-1 Card Reader
- 15" x 9.9" x 1.3" @ 5.7 lbs.
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter, NTI MediaMaker, PowerDVD, Norton Internet Security
Guide Review - Acer Aspire AS5742G-7200 15.6-inch Thin And Light Laptop PC
Nov 2 2010 - Acer's Aspire 5742G-7200 laptop provides a good balance between performance and price. At just $750, it isn't that much more expensive than the budget oriented Aspire 5742 but offers a good deal more performance and features. This includes the Intel Core i5-460M dual core mobile processor with 4GB of DDR3 memory to give the system a fair amount of performance. It should be more than capable of dealing with all but the most computing intensive tasks and has no problems with multitasking.
Storage features on the Aspire 5742G-7200 are what most consumer will find in a laptop of this price and size. The 500GB hard drive provides plenty of space for applications, data and media files. It spins at the more traditional 5400rpm rate which means that it won't have the same level of performance as models that use faster 7200rpm drives. A standard dual layer DVD burner handles all playback and recording of CDs or DVDs. A multicard reader allows the laptop to use some of the more popular forms of flash media.
Unlike the standard Aspire 5742 models, the 5742G uses the NVIDIA GeForce GT 420M dedicated graphics processor. This is fairly low end graphics chip from NVIDIA but with the modest 1366x768 resolution 15.6-inch display, it does a decent job. It handles most games up to the native resolution without too much trouble although more demanding games will require that detail levels be turned down. The display itself uses a glossy coating typical of most consumer laptops and it generates a noticeable amount of glare and reflections that can be very annoying under certain conditions.
The Aspire 5742G-7200 uses the same battery pack as the less expensive non-dedicated graphics versions of the laptop. The six-cell battery has a rated capacity of 4400mA which is fairly typical of more affordable laptops. In DVD playback tests, the system last roughly two and a quarter hours. This is slightly lower than the models based solely on integrated graphics and is a bit lackluster but consistent with laptops of this size battery. More traditional usage should yield roughly three hours of usage before going into standby mode.
As with many of Acer's recent releases, the Aspire 5742G comes with a large number of applications installed on it already. Many of these applications are trialware that tend to clutter up the system memory and hard drive. It certainly impacts how fast the system will boot into Windows 7. Users should spend some time to remove unwanted applications to help improve performance.
While the exterior of the Acer Aspire 5742G still has a glossy overall look, they have moved to a weave style pattern for the plastic. This does a much better job than the previous 5740 model at hiding smudges and fingerprints from view. Of course, the glossy texture still collects them, they just aren't as visible.