Acer Aspire 5742

Jayesh Shinde 2011-01-04
83 Very Good
Price: Rs 30,605

Page 1: Intro, Design, Usability

The Acer Aspire 5742 is a 15-inch budget laptop for users interested in a basic laptop for home use around Rs. 30,000. The Acer Aspire 5742 breaks the monotone of dull-looking Acer Aspire laptops of the past and brings in a colorful new look and design. Let’s look at what the Aspire 5742 laptop offers for home users.

Looks and Design
The first thing you notice about the Acer Aspire 5742 is its surprisingly good-looking exterior. We were all bored to death with Acer’s Aspire range of laptops sporting a blue-on-gray color scheme -- Acer Aspire 5740G, Aspire 4740, Aspire 5740 and Aspire 5542G, for example.

If there's one gripe we had of past Acer Aspire laptops it had to do with the respective laptops' boring looks. So it’s a welcome change to see the Acer Aspire 5742 draped in a bright red exterior on it screen lid, palmrest and touchpad.

The Acer Aspire 5742’s exterior is non-glossy -- opposite to Acer Aspire laptops of the past -- so it attracts no fingerprints. What’s more, the Aspire 5742 laptop’s screen lid has a nice mesh pattern which looks and feels good -- it’s similar to the Compaq Presario CQ42 and HP G42 laptop.

The Aspire 5742 laptop is decently built for its price and weighs 2.25-kg with a standard 6-cell battery -- which is very good for a 15-inch budget home laptop. It’s lighter than some of the other 15-inch laptops we’ve reviewed like the Dell Inspiron 15R, Dell Inspiron M501R and Lenovo IdeaPad Y560.

Usability: Screen, Keyboard, Touchpad

The Acer Aspire 5742 comes with a 15.6-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with a 1366x768 pixel resolution. Nothing different from most 15-inch laptops sold in the market currently. The Aspire 5742’s display is pretty good for reading text or watching movies, although it isn’t very good for outdoor use. Overall, the laptop’s screen has good viewing angles, by laptop standards. The Acer Aspire 5742 laptop’s included webcam is good for videochats over the Web.

The Aspire 5742 laptop’s keyboard is like the new Acer Aspire Timeline X 4820TG and Aspire 5745G laptop’s keyboard, sporting isolated, chiclet-styled keys that are nice to type on. The Aspire 5742’s keyboard also has a dedicated number pad on the right which is good. The Aspire 5742’s laptop dips ever so slightly while typing but overall works just fine.

The Aspire 5742 laptop’s palmrest has a finely textured surface which is nice and responsive while moving the cursor around with your finger. If anything, the touchpad could’ve been a bit larger, but it is of average size. The Aspire 5742’s singe-strip mouse button takes a while getting used to, but one can definitely work with it.

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