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Acer Aspire 5742-7120 Review

The Acer’s Aspire 5742 line up of notebooks meet the everyday computing needs of the consumers with the Intel processor and the integrated graphics chip. It also plays the high definition content with rich environment independent of the location. It has wireless communication that is boundary free in order to keep in touch with the family and friends. It makes use of the FineTip keyboard of Acer and the multi touch gesture touch pad. These two aspects of the 7120 make it suitable for relaxed computing. There are many different configurations in the Aspire 5742 series.


The 7120 notebook measures 15 inches in width, 10 inches in depth and about 0.9 to 1.3 inches in thickness. This range depends on the choice of the battery pack. It weighs around 2.6 kilograms. The exterior of the Aspire 5742-7120 is overall glossy in appearance. The company has shifted to a weave styled pattern for the plastic enclosure. This material is better when compared with the one used on the previous model, the 5740. it hides the finger prints and the smudges from the view though it collects them being glossy.


The 7120 notebook sports a 15.6 inch display. This screen makes use of the Cine Crystal technology of Acer. The display has a native resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. It has an aspect ratio of 16:9 and features a glossy coating. The display has decent viewing angles. The glossy coating produces reflections and glare that are quite annoying. This display offers ample space for work as well as for entertainment.

Keyboard and Touchpad

The 7120 notebook has the Acer’s FineTip keyboard. This keyboard has large keys that offer a comfortable experience of typing. The keyboard also has a number pad that is independent and supports the international languages. There are dedicated media control keys on the keyboard such as the volume up, volume down, play/pause, stop, next and previous controls. The next highlight of this notebook is the multi-gesture touch pad. It enables the users to zoom, scroll, flip or rotate the files, web pages and the images with the finger gestures.


  1. 15 x 10 x 0.9 – 1.3 inches in dimension            
  2. 2.6 kilograms in weight                        
  3. Windows 7 Home Premium, NTI Media Maker, Office Starter, McAfee Security Center
  4. Intel Core i3 dual core 370M processor           
  5. Intel Integrated GMA 4500 MHD graphics card          
  6. 4 GB of DDR3 RAM
  7. 320 GB SATA hard disk drive of 5400 RPM
  8. 8x DVD/RW dual layer optical drive
  9. 15.6 inch, WXGA display with 1366 x 768 pixel resolution, LED backlighting
  10. 1.3 mega pixel Webcam          
  11. Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity and Gigabit Ethernet support
  12. 3 x USB ports, 5 in 1 memory card reader, 1 x VGA port and 1 x HDMI port
  13. 6 cell, 4400 mAh lithium ion battery pack offering 3.5 hours of run time
  14. Costs around $650


The large screen real estate of 15.6 inches along with the support to the high definition technology provides ample space for the work and the entertainment purposes. The combination of the Intel Core processor and the integrated high definition graphics processor offers the expected level of performance for the daily computing activities. The notebook is very good in multitasking too. The notebook has a large capacity hard drive which allows the users to store all their files and multimedia content on it. The display is good to view as it produces colorful and sharp visuals. The built in Super Multi drive makes it enjoyable to watch the movies and videos. Pros – solid performance from the updated processor and good price tag. Cons – glossy screen leading to lots of glare and reflections and many trialware versions.

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