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Acer Aspire 5742 15.6 inch Laptop (Intel Core i5-480M Processor, 5 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, DVD-Super Multi DL Drive, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit)

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  • Intel Core i5-460M processor
  • 5 GB RAM and 500 GB hard drive
  • 15.6" HD Acer CineCrystal LED LCD screen
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • Webcam, 2-in-1 card reader and DVD Super Multi drive
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Technical Details
BrandAcer
Item Weight3.7 Kg
Product Dimensions51.4 x 32.5 x 7.5 cm
Item model numberLX.R4F02.433
Screen Size15.6 inches
Processor BrandIntel
Processor TypeCore i5
Processor Speed2.53 GHz
RAM Size5 GB
Hard Drive Size500 GB
Graphics Card DescriptionUnified Memory Architecture
Operating SystemWindows 7 Edition Home Premium
Average Battery Life (in hours)3.5 hours
Lithium Battery Energy Content4400 milliamp_hours
  
Additional Information
ASINB005FVOW76
Best Sellers Rank 38,131 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight4.9 Kg
Date First Available4 Aug 2011
  
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Product Description

See how all the features of the Aspire 7741G fit together
See how all the features of the Aspire 5742 fit together. Click here to see more details.

Introducing the Acer Aspire 5742 Notebook

The Acer Aspire Series offers a diverse range of notebooks that give you the performance, graphics and communication tools to step up your digital entertainment, complete your daily computing tasks, and stay in touch with everyone you know, whether you're at home or away.

The Acer Aspire 5742 notebook meets your daily computing needs with the one of the latest Intel Core i5 processors and integrated graphics. Providing smooth HD media playback, this notebook offers richer entertainment at home or on the road, while boundary-free wireless communication keeps you in touch with family and friends. What's more, the Acer FineTip keyboard and multi-gesture touchpad provide simple usability for more relaxed computing. Click here to see a diagram showing the features of this notebook.

Powerful PC Performance

With the abundance of graphics-intensive multimedia and sharing applications available these days, smooth multitasking is more vital than ever before. Keeping this in mind, Aspire Series notebooks pack today's best processors and memory options so your system always runs efficiently.

See how Intel Turbo Boost Technology gives you extra performance when you need it most
See how Intel Turbo Boost Technology gives you extra performance when you need it most. Click here to see a larger image.

The Acer Aspire 5742 comes equipped with the power of the next-generation Intel Core i5 processor, designed to speed up multitasking performance so you can work faster and have more fun, with less waiting. As well as faster performance, this processor enables better playback of high-definition content over the Internet, and allows you to enjoy the full Windows 7 Aero experience on your laptop.

The Intel Core i5 processor also includes Intel Turbo Boost Technology. This revolutionary technology dynamically boosts performance and energy efficiency when and where you need it most. By automatically increasing the processor frequency based on the workload and operating environment, you can get the power to perform the tasks that you need whilst seamlessly allowing inactive cores to lay dormant, meaning that they draw less power - increasing your battery life and reducing your carbon footprint.

The Acer Aspire 5742 also includes fast DDR3 memory, which offers twice the speed of DDR2, ensuring faster, more efficient multitasking. Add that to a large-capacity hard disk drive that provides generous storage for work and multimedia files, and you've got a notebook that can handle almost any task you care to throw at it.

It's easy to connect your notebook to your HDTV for 1080p playback.
It's easy to connect your notebook to your HDTV for 1080p playback. Click here to see a larger image.

Fantastic Graphics and Playback

Movies, Internet video, pictures and more shine brilliantly on Aspire Series notebooks, and HDMI® connectivity extends the spectacle to larger displays.

The Acer Aspire 5742 notebook comes with a high-definition 15.6" Acer CineCrystal display that presents crystal-clear imagery and text. A widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio increases the viewing area while a high resolution displays breathtaking visuals in high definition for productive on-the-go multitasking.

If you need an even bigger screen, the HDMI interface supports exceptional high-definition viewing on a full range of peripherals. Perfect for connecting to a big-screen HDTV, plugging a HDMI cable into your notebook allows the transmission of both audio and high-definition video, up to a 1080p resolution. You'll find lots of compatible HDMI devices are now available, or already in your home, so the Aspire 5742 will fit perfectly into your digital life.

The Latest Communication Tools

Surf the Internet and stay in touch with your people with reliable, high-speed connectivity via Ethernet or Wi-Fi. A Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ wireless-N network connection enables long-range, fast, reliable wireless Internet. Offering greater range and faster connection speeds than wireless-G, the Aspire 5742 allows you to connect to a wireless LAN within 300 ft and with a transfer rate of up to 300 Mbps.

A fast connection is perfect for video chats, and the Acer Crystal Eye webcam with PrimaLite technology for high-definition 1280 x 1024 video conferencing means that you'll always be looking your sharpest online.

Attractive Aspire Appeal

The Aspire Series notebooks are attractive, ergonomic and durable. Slim profiles, cool aesthetic accents, and eye-catching colours abound, while easy-access controls and the innovative chiclet keyboard ensure effortless handling. A variety of environmentally sustainable materials with inviting textures and sturdy construction endow the Aspire Series with a unique and solid feel.

The Aspire 7741G comes with a revolutionary multi-gesture touchpad
The Aspire 5742 comes with a revolutionary multi-gesture touchpad. Click here to see how it could put you firmly in control.

Your notebook won't just look the part - thanks to Acer's multi-gesture touchpad technology you'll quickly be controlling your notebook without the aid of keyboard shortcuts:

  • Scroll - Navigate web pages, files, music playlists and photos using a two-finger vertical scroll motion.
  • Pinch - Pinch to zoom in and out of application windows.
  • Flip - Browse photos, websites, documents and photo albums with a back-and-forth, two-finger horizontal slide motion.
  • Rotate - Rotate images 90 degrees in either direction with a two-finger pivot motion.

Click here to see more details on the multi-gesture technology.

The usability doesn't stop there. The Acer Aspire 5742 also comes with intuitive and helpful software to help you get the most from your machine. The Acer Backup Manager places an advanced yet simple-to-use backup utility at your fingertips. Whether you want one-press backups or scheduled backups, you're in control, allowing you to safeguard your files for the future the way you want to.

This notebook also includes all the benefits of Windows 7, helping you to simplify everyday tasks, make complicated tasks (such as setting up a new network) easier, and enjoy the many features of Window Media Center. A faster, safer and more reliable operating system for your digital life.

Explore the Full Acer Aspire Range

The 15.6" Aspire 5560G range features notebooks with AMD quad-core processors for blisteringly fast performance and smooth HD media playback. Movies look great on the Aspire 5750 and 5755 series, with stunning HD 15.6" screens. Or, why not browse the full range of Acer computing, and find the perfect partner for your digital life?


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

The Best Entertainment Experience On Your PC

Windows 7 Home Premium makes it easy to create a home netWindows 7work and share all of your favorite photos, videos, and music. You can even watch, pause, and rewind TV or record it to watch whenever and wherever you want. For the best entertainment experience, choose a PC with Windows 7.

Windows 7: Your PC Simplified

Simplifies everyday tasks, works the way you want, and makes new things possible.

  • Improved desktop navigation features like Snap, Peek, and Shake, make it easier to manage all of your open windows.
  • Creating a home network has never been easier. You can even share files and printers with all the PCs with Windows 7 on the network.
  • Find virtually anything on your PC--from documents to songs to email--just by typing a word or two with Windows Search.
  • Designed to make your PC sleep and resume quicker.
  • Watch, pause, rewind and record TV with Windows Media Center to watch whenever and where ever you want.


Manufacturer's Description

See how all the features of the Aspire 7741G fit together
See how all the features of the Aspire 5742 fit together. Click here to see more details.

Introducing the Acer Aspire 5742 Notebook

The Acer Aspire Series offers a diverse range of notebooks that give you the performance, graphics and communication tools to step up your digital entertainment, complete your daily computing tasks, and stay in touch with everyone you know, whether you're at home or away.

The Acer Aspire 5742 notebook meets your daily computing needs with the one of the latest Intel Core i5 processors and integrated graphics. Providing smooth HD media playback, this notebook offers richer entertainment at home or on the road, while boundary-free wireless communication keeps you in touch with family and friends. What's more, the Acer FineTip keyboard and multi-gesture touchpad provide simple usability for more relaxed computing. Click here to see a diagram showing the features of this notebook.

Powerful PC Performance

With the abundance of graphics-intensive multimedia and sharing applications available these days, smooth multitasking is more vital than ever before. Keeping this in mind, Aspire Series notebooks pack today's best processors and memory options so your system always runs efficiently.

See how Intel Turbo Boost Technology gives you extra performance when you need it most
See how Intel Turbo Boost Technology gives you extra performance when you need it most. Click here to see a larger image.

The Acer Aspire 5742 comes equipped with the power of the next-generation Intel Core i5 processor, designed to speed up multitasking performance so you can work faster and have more fun, with less waiting. As well as faster performance, this processor enables better playback of high-definition content over the Internet, and allows you to enjoy the full Windows 7 Aero experience on your laptop.

The Intel Core i5 processor also includes Intel Turbo Boost Technology. This revolutionary technology dynamically boosts performance and energy efficiency when and where you need it most. By automatically increasing the processor frequency based on the workload and operating environment, you can get the power to perform the tasks that you need whilst seamlessly allowing inactive cores to lay dormant, meaning that they draw less power - increasing your battery life and reducing your carbon footprint.

The Acer Aspire 5742 also includes fast DDR3 memory, which offers twice the speed of DDR2, ensuring faster, more efficient multitasking. Add that to a large-capacity hard disk drive that provides generous storage for work and multimedia files, and you've got a notebook that can handle almost any task you care to throw at it.

It's easy to connect your notebook to your HDTV for 1080p playback.
It's easy to connect your notebook to your HDTV for 1080p playback. Click here to see a larger image.

Fantastic Graphics and Playback

Movies, Internet video, pictures and more shine brilliantly on Aspire Series notebooks, and HDMI® connectivity extends the spectacle to larger displays.

The Acer Aspire 5742 notebook comes with a high-definition 15.6" Acer CineCrystal display that presents crystal-clear imagery and text. A widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio increases the viewing area while a high resolution displays breathtaking visuals in high definition for productive on-the-go multitasking.

If you need an even bigger screen, the HDMI interface supports exceptional high-definition viewing on a full range of peripherals. Perfect for connecting to a big-screen HDTV, plugging a HDMI cable into your notebook allows the transmission of both audio and high-definition video, up to a 1080p resolution. You'll find lots of compatible HDMI devices are now available, or already in your home, so the Aspire 5742 will fit perfectly into your digital life.

The Latest Communication Tools

Surf the Internet and stay in touch with your people with reliable, high-speed connectivity via Ethernet or Wi-Fi. A Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ wireless-N network connection enables long-range, fast, reliable wireless Internet. Offering greater range and faster connection speeds than wireless-G, the Aspire 5742 allows you to connect to a wireless LAN within 300 ft and with a transfer rate of up to 300 Mbps.

A fast connection is perfect for video chats, and the Acer Crystal Eye webcam with PrimaLite technology for high-definition 1280 x 1024 video conferencing means that you'll always be looking your sharpest online.

Attractive Aspire Appeal

The Aspire Series notebooks are attractive, ergonomic and durable. Slim profiles, cool aesthetic accents, and eye-catching colours abound, while easy-access controls and the innovative chiclet keyboard ensure effortless handling. A variety of environmentally sustainable materials with inviting textures and sturdy construction endow the Aspire Series with a unique and solid feel.

The Aspire 7741G comes with a revolutionary multi-gesture touchpad
The Aspire 5742 comes with a revolutionary multi-gesture touchpad. Click here to see how it could put you firmly in control.

Your notebook won't just look the part - thanks to Acer's multi-gesture touchpad technology you'll quickly be controlling your notebook without the aid of keyboard shortcuts:

  • Scroll - Navigate web pages, files, music playlists and photos using a two-finger vertical scroll motion.
  • Pinch - Pinch to zoom in and out of application windows.
  • Flip - Browse photos, websites, documents and photo albums with a back-and-forth, two-finger horizontal slide motion.
  • Rotate - Rotate images 90 degrees in either direction with a two-finger pivot motion.

Click here to see more details on the multi-gesture technology.

The usability doesn't stop there. The Acer Aspire 5742 also comes with intuitive and helpful software to help you get the most from your machine. The Acer Backup Manager places an advanced yet simple-to-use backup utility at your fingertips. Whether you want one-press backups or scheduled backups, you're in control, allowing you to safeguard your files for the future the way you want to.

This notebook also includes all the benefits of Windows 7, helping you to simplify everyday tasks, make complicated tasks (such as setting up a new network) easier, and enjoy the many features of Window Media Center. A faster, safer and more reliable operating system for your digital life.

Explore the Full Acer Aspire Range

The 15.6" Aspire 5560G range features notebooks with AMD quad-core processors for blisteringly fast performance and smooth HD media playback. Movies look great on the Aspire 5750 and 5755 series, with stunning HD 15.6" screens. Or, why not browse the full range of Acer computing, and find the perfect partner for your digital life?


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

The Best Entertainment Experience On Your PC

Windows 7 Home Premium makes it easy to create a home netWindows 7work and share all of your favorite photos, videos, and music. You can even watch, pause, and rewind TV or record it to watch whenever and wherever you want. For the best entertainment experience, choose a PC with Windows 7.

Windows 7: Your PC Simplified

Simplifies everyday tasks, works the way you want, and makes new things possible.

  • Improved desktop navigation features like Snap, Peek, and Shake, make it easier to manage all of your open windows.
  • Creating a home network has never been easier. You can even share files and printers with all the PCs with Windows 7 on the network.
  • Find virtually anything on your PC--from documents to songs to email--just by typing a word or two with Windows Search.
  • Designed to make your PC sleep and resume quicker.
  • Watch, pause, rewind and record TV with Windows Media Center to watch whenever and where ever you want.



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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Paul on 7 Nov 2011
Bought this as a present for my son for Christmas. The spec seems good and all worked well on arrival. However, whilst I do not mind having optional software that I can easily delete loaded, all Acers appear to have Mcaffee anti-virus loaded as standard. You must pay for this after an initial trial period and cannot easily remove it (do not think that add/remove programs gets rid of it - even though it may tell you that it has).

I spent over 2 hours looking for the correct removal tools and process on the internet so that I could load my ant-virus of preference. Acer should make this a much less painful process and make it much clearer what they are loading on your computer!
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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Ally G on 13 Oct 2011
I spent quite a while shopping around and to-ing and fro-ing over how much to spend, did I really need that big a hard drive, etc, etc. I eventually took the plunge on this Acer which ticked all the boxes on paper and I'm *really* pleased that I did. My other half really wanted a Vaio/Macbook but I persuaded him that it was the spec that was important and not the brand and I think even he'd admit that I was right! Speed is excellent and as our music and photos were the most important thing to us, the memory size is great. The screen is also great although I'm not convinced that the smartpad (mouse mat thingy) is fully functioning so I wouldn't recommend buying it specifically for that particular feature. The off centre keyboard takes a bit of getting used to but, personally I'm glad that they've included the "calculator" pad to the right hand side as I rely heavily on that for accounts, etc - a reasonable trade off in my book! Overall, I would definitely recommend this. In fact, I had to really make myself think of some downsides so that it wasn't too much of an OTT rave review!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Andycam900 on 7 Nov 2011
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My old laptop was 7 years old. Not being an expert when I decided to change I looked around for a while and ended up selecting from a long list. The Acer Aspire is a powerful laptop with fast response and lots of memory (even after loading lots of software) and the graphics are excellent. Regarding value when comparing this with others I reckon it was at least some 25% lower in cost than its competitors. I know there is a long way to go to compete with my old 7 year old laptop but my initial impression is good value at a competitive price.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy T on 9 Nov 2011
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So far so good with this laptop.

Its quick and multi-tasks well. With the amount of RAM is should!

Battery life is OK.

Only real problems were 1) the sound quality from the internal speaker is pretty poor, doesn't worry me as not using sound for more than iPlayer/youtube. 2) There is a lot of useless software pre-installed by Acer (such as time limited demo's) that need removing. Not enough of a problem to lose a star over.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By cruiser on 27 Oct 2011
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This notebook looks absolutely superb,set-up was really easy and very fast with the specification supplied,screen picture is very good and sharp,this is one to be recommended for all interested in the purchase of a solid notebook ? recommend Amazon.
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62 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Andy on 17 Sep 2011
Searcheds high and low for a decent spec laptop and this Acer was perfect. Amazon's usual great price and speedy delivery made it even better. The laptop is very fast, excellent build quality with a great keyboard. The high spec levels and low price means this is a great buy! Very recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barry Marshall on 22 Jan 2012
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With Acer machines, you certainly get plenty of power and storage for your money. But at this price-point, you aren't going to get everything features-wise you'd expect in a £600+ machine.

Pros:

On the plus-side, the Acer 5742 comes powered by a fast 64-bit i5 core processor able to handle multiple tasks effortlessly. I usually only have a couple of programs open at a time, typically internet and music and/or word processing, and the CPU hovers around the 2% mark. Even opening six or seven programs at once makes seemingly little difference to the engine inside.

The processor is assisted by a hefty 5GB of RAM, which is upgradeable to 8GB if needed. Again, the machine easily copes with my multitasking needs and never seems to slow down or pause at all. (Hardcore gamers will need something else entriely of course, but then again they won't be looking in this corner of the market.) The 500GB hard drive is equally quick. Although my music and movies are stored on an external drive, it's nice to have all that extra storage should I need it.

I spend hours surfing the net so the Acer's long battery life is another plus. Just surfing on the net with a fully charged battery, you can get around three hours and about two and a half watching movies. It doesn't take long to recharge the unit, either.

And speaking of movies, the sharp hi-def screen displays good contrasts and deep blacks. One word of caution, though, is that it is a glossy screen. This is not a minus for me as I actually prefer them. Matt screens diffuse light and never seem as vibrant or sharp as glossy screens, though, obviously, glossy screens can be a nuisance outside.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Leyton on 4 Nov 2011
I was really looking forward to this laptop after needing an upgrading on my old Acer for a while. The spec and reviews convinced me this was the one.

Took me a day to find that something just wasn't right. Loaded Norton ran it then got online seemed a little slow but carried on. Downloaded Itunes again seemed alot slower than i' expected due to the spec, i5 5gb mmm?
It got there in the end so started to sync my iphone......crash non responsive program and the cooling fan kicks loudly into overdrive. Strange.

Try again same result....mmmmmm. After a slow search of the net taking 15-20 seconds to load a page i opened earlier whislt trying to multitask uploading some photos..... crash non reponsive program again fans still going hell for leather.

This ain't right, Somethings wrong with it.

I have returned it this morning to Amazon for a refund.
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