Robust Nvidia graphics; affordable price; competitive performance for a Core i5 laptop.
Excellent productivity Speed for price; strong 3D acceleration for games; 500GB hard drive; Nvidia Optimus technology
Decent port complement; good performance; good battery life.
A good selection of hardware provides strong performance. Big 500GB hard drive. Textured design won't attract smudges.
Well Priced, Solid Performance From Core i5 Processor, Direct X 11 Compatible Graphics
Lackluster design; short battery life; weak speaker; no USB 3.0 or Bluetooth.
Mediocre battery life; small touch pad; bland design; weak Webcam, audio
Mono speaker; no Bluetooth; no 5GHz radio.
Plastic construction feels cheap and flimsy.
Glossy Screen Produces Too Much Glare And Reflections, Lots of Trialware Applications, Battery Life A Bit Below Average
By TechRadar on July 31, 2011
Students on a tight budget will find great value to be had from the Acer Aspire 5742G-384G64Mnkk. Strong performance is just the icing on the cake, with plenty of great features to speak of, although the short battery life is a pain.The Aspire...70
By TechRadar on June 29, 2011
Acer aims to balance price with performance and the Aspire series has been its mainstay for many years. With the Aspire 5742G, Acer has put everything you need in a starter laptop and wrapped it up in a great-looking package. Right out of the box the...80
By Dev Hardware on March 22, 2011
he AS5742G-7200 has a built-in DVD drive for entertainment. It also has integrated 802.11n Wi-Fi for connecting to fast wireless networks. If you need to transfer data from other devices, there is a...-
By Good Gear Guide on February 18, 2011
Acer's Aspire 5742G is a 15.6in laptop that offers good performance and battery life in a surprisingly light body. It's comfortable to use and it feels well built. We think it's a good all-rounder that can be used by students, home users and...80
By NotebookCheck on January 24, 2011
Acer takes an inexpensive chassis and fills it with currently popular components. The Aspire 5742G-458G64Mnkk speeds up applications with a Core i5-450M and a whole 8 GB of RAM (2x 4GB). NVIDIA's GeForce GT 540M is added. It supplies a high 3DMark...79
By cnet on January 13, 2011
On a price-to-performance basis, the Acer Aspire 5742G-7200 is one of the better laptop buys on the market, but better-designed alternatives can be had for a little more...70
By Computer Shopper on January 01, 2011
A top performer in its price class, the Aspire 5742G-7200 demonstrates that bland can be beautiful if you need speed on a budget....82
By Expert Reviews on December 20, 2010
The 5742G lives up to Acer's reputation for value, with good performance and decent features, but it lacks a few expansion ports...80
By Gadget Guy Australia on December 16, 2010
When shopping for a basic notebook PC that neither sacrifices performance to be super-light or super-stylish, nor expects you to pay a hefty premium for power you might not even need, well, you're usually spoilt for choice. Dozens of models with...60
By CNET Asia on December 15, 2010
While the lack of a 5GHz radio is a little concerning, we doubt many people would care at this price point. For general use the Acer Aspire 5742G excels, and its excellent battery life makes it a top choice....80