Before you started to read the review, I want to share my one line opinion about the Acer Aspire 5742 laptop. It is not a fully professional laptop and you can use it for most of your personal or office work purpose.
The laptop comes with the following configuration:
- Intel Core i5 Processor 2.53GHz
- 4GB DDR3 RAM
- 640GB Hard Drive
- 15.6-Inch Screen, Integrated Intel HD Graphics
- Windows 7 Home Premium
Personally, I believe windows 7 is a better choice than the all confusing windows 8 or 8.1. Anyway, you can always upgrade or change the windows with an extra price.
Operating system can’t be a ideal marker to choose your laptop. In this case, you can use Windows7 or Windows 8 with a little tweak. If you are planning to install ubuntu or other Linux distros on Acer aspire 5742, I must say you should hold your rush. First of all you might not find all the drivers and full support of the hardware for the laptops in Linux.
I said earlier this is not a professional laptop based on it’s processor and the RAM. Core i5 with a 2.53GHz computing power should do most of your day-to-day job. It’s good for frequent travelers, writers and students. It might not be suitable for high resolution graphics or video rendering. You must get extra RAM for that. If you are a designer or video maker then this is not suitable.
Three things I give priority while choosing a laptop – Price, Design and Usability. On a price scale, this laptop does very well. With the Intel processor, graphics and 4GB DDR3 RAM this is a good bargain in this price.
The design could have been much better. I like the metallic finished body over a matt finishing or the plastic feel. This has nothing to do with the performance though, just a personal preference. Design is OK.
When it comes to the usability, I already said this is not suitable for the hardcore users. You will not be happy if you use the Photoshop or adobe premiere suit for video creation. You will definitely find it sluggish and not comfortable at all. You can see that the fan is getting too much CPU power and all the blot ware from Windows 7 is making it drain the battery faster. I will get to that.
Music is your favorite past time? I have to disappoint you here too. The speakers of the laptop are not quite to the point for listening music. You can always use an extra Bluetooth speaker or headphone for that. The speakers are not loud enough to watch movies or music on the go. You must use a headphone for that.
So, overall experience with the Acer aspire 5742 can be very good if you take it just for normal use, everyday home use or office work. In this price, this is not bad at all. The screen size is good, weight is comfortable to carry and the battery stays for 4+ hours.
You might need some accessories if you are already using this laptop. I am listing some of them.
If you frequently use your battery and most of the times it drains out empty then you re actually killing it. Try not to use your laptops battery when you are at home or office. Plug it with the power source and use it. Whatever other people say this is the best way to make your battery live longer. As less as you are on battery power, you can save it that much for future.
The replacement battery also won’t cost you much only $15 from Amazon. It’s just like the original one and it will reinstate your power as like as you bought the laptop new.
This is not a necessary thing, but in case you need some extra boost you can add an extra RAM. Off course do this with the warranty. Don’t do it by yourself, you might harm the laptop.
Another not essential item, but using this can decrease the dusts from getting inside your keyboard. Try this: MiNGFi Silicone Keyboard Cover Protector Skin for Acer Aspire E1-421 E1-431 E1-471G E1-471 US Keyboard Layout – Black
Adaptor can be very tricky in time. If I were you I would have take an spare adapter for emergency.
Let us know what is your thought about this laptop, you can share your experience with the readers in the comment section.