Acer Aspire 5742 Specs, Review

Acer Aspire 5742 LaptopThe Acer Aspire 5742 Laptop meets your daily computing needs with an Intel® processor and integrated graphics. HD media playback 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.The 15.6″ HD wide display provides ample space for work and entertainment. The Intel® Pentium® combines with integrated Intel® HD Graphics to provide the performance you need for daily multitasking. Store all your files and multimedia on the large-capacity hard disk drive, and conveniently share them with others using the 2-in-1 card reader.

The cinematic 16:9 aspect ratio presents sharp, colorful visuals on the Acer® CineCrystal display. A built-in Super-Multi drive is the ticket to your portable home cinema for viewing favorite videos and movies, plus an HDMI™ interface conveniently connects you to today’s hottest high-definition entertainment on a bigger screen.

The latest communication technologies keep you in constant contact regardless of space or time. Feel free to engage in live chats using the Acer® Crystal Eye webcam and built-in microphone. A Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ network connection lets you get online from any hotspot.

The practical yet handsome Aspire® 5742 features a unique mesh-patterned exterior that is not only eye-catching but also protects against smudges and scratches. Another highlight is the multi-gesture touchpad that lets you easily scroll, pinch, rotate and flip through web pages, files and images, along with the Acer® FineTip keyboard with numeric keypad and large keys for comfortable typing.

Acer Aspire 5742 Laptops Specs

Operating System
  • Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium
  • Intel® Pentium® Processor P6100
    (3MB L2 cache, 2.0GHz)
  • Mobile Intel® HM55 Express
  • Up to 4GB (2GB installed in each of two memory slots) DDR3 SDRAMUser upgradeable up to 8GB (one 4GB memory card in each slot)*

    *If upgrading after initial purchase, one or more of the memory cards provided with the system may have to be replaced with optional larger memory cards in order to achieve the maximum capacity.

  • Up to 320GB* SATA hard drive, 5400RPMIntegrated variable-speed Super-Multi drive:
    -Read – 24X CD-ROM, 24X CD-R, 24X CD-RW, 8X DVD-ROM, 8X DVD-R, 8X DVD+R, 6X DVD-ROM DL, 6X DVD-R DL, 6X DVD+R DL, 6X DVD-RW, 6X DVD+RW, 5X DVD-RAM
    -Write – 24X CD-R, 16X CD-RW, 8X DVD-R, 8X DVD+R, 4X DVD-R DL, 4X DVD+R DL, 6X DVD-RW, 8X DVD+RW, 5X DVD-RAM

    2-in-1 card reader supports optional MultiMediaCard™ or Secure Digital (SD) card

    *When referring to storage capacity, GB stands for one billion bytes. Some utilities may indicate varying storage capacities. Total user-accessible capacity may vary depending on operating environments.

  • Acer® CineCrystal HD 15.6″ (1366 x 768) high-brightness (200-nit) TFT LCD
    16:9 aspect ratioIntegrated Intel® HD Graphics
    Microsoft® DirectX® 10.0 support

    Up to 16.7 million colors

    Acer® Video Conference with integrated Acer® Crystal Eye webcam, 1280 x 1024 resolution

    MPEG-2 DVD, WMV9/VC-1 (Windows® Media Video 9, VC-1 standard), H.264/AVC decoding

    VGA and HDMI™ (High-Definition Multimedia Interface™) with HDCP (high-bandwidth digital-content protection) ports

    Support for simultaneous display on notebook LCD and external monitor

  • Integrated microphoneIntegrated mono speaker

    High-definition audio support

    Headphones/speaker/line-out and microphone ports

    Microsoft® DirectSound® compatibility

Interface Ports
  • DC-in
    RJ-45 LAN
    HDMI™ (High-Definition Multimedia Interface™) with HDCP (high-bandwidth digital-content protection) support
    Three USB 2.0
Card Slot
  • 2-in-1 card reader supports optional MultiMediaCard™ or Secure Digital (SD) card
  • Acer® InviLink Nplify 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN, Acer® SignalUp technology for enhanced antenna efficiency, WI-FI CERTIFIED™Gigabit LAN, Wake-on-LAN ready

    Acer® Video Conference with integrated Acer® Crystal Eye webcam, 1280 x 1024 resolution

Included Software
  • Acer® Crystal Eye
    Acer® eRecovery Management
    Acer® Identity Card
    Acer® Registration
    Acer® Updater
    Adobe® Acrobat® Reader
    Adobe® Flash® Player
    CyberLink® PowerDVD™*
    Google™ Toolbar
    McAfee® Internet Security Suite (trial version)
    Microsoft® Office Starter 2010 (Reduced-functionality and advertising. User may purchase Office 2010 product key to activate preloaded suite.)
    Microsoft® Silverlight®
    Norton™ Online Backup
    NTI Media Maker™*
    Windows Live™ Essentials*OEM, not full-featured, version.
User Interface
  • 103-key Acer® FineTip keyboard, independent standard numeric keypad, international language supportMulti-gesture touchpad supporting two-finger scroll, pinch, rotate, flip

    Play/pause, stop, previous, next, volume up, volume down media keys printed on keyboard

Dimensions & Weight
  • 15.0″ (381.0mm) W x 10.0″ (253.0mm) D x 0.9″ – 1.3” (25.0mm – 34.0mm) H5.7 lb. (2.6kg)

    Size and weight may vary depending on configuration

  • 65-watt AC adapterSix-cell lithium ion battery: up to 3.5 hours life depending on configuration and usage
  • ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) 3.0
    Energy Star®
Security Features
  • User, administrator and hard drive BIOS passwords
    Kensington® lock slot
Limited Warranty*
  • One-year parts and labor limited warranty* with concurrent International Traveler’s Warranty***For a free copy of the standard limited warranty end-users should see a reseller where Acer products are sold or write to Acer America Corporation, Warranty Department, P.O. Box 6137, Temple, TX 76503. TFT displays commonly exhibit a small number of discolored dots, so-called “nonconforming pixels.” This phenomenon is a limitation of TFT LCD technology, not a product defect and, as such, is not covered by the limited warranty or by the upgrade programs.

    **Valid only in countries where Acer has an authorized repair facility. For a list of those countries go to or call 800-816-2237. Services and response times may vary in countries outside the U.S. and Canada.

  • Specifications are subject to change without notice.

9 thoughts on “Acer Aspire 5742 Specs, Review”

  1. Good laptop but i turn wireless on but then cant connect to internet whats the problem?

  2. you can to try:
    1. Check your connection properties, it should be configured to – Obtain an IP address automatically.
    2. Check the router’s security settings or security key and sync with your laptop.
    This should work, if not let me know

  3. This Acer 5742 has an HDMI output. But the screen resolution is 1366 x 768.
    If I connect the HDMI lead to an external projector capable of SXGA+ (1400 x 1050) eg a Canon SX80 is the computer capable of producing that resolution? – the Acer specification does not tell you. (in contrast to the specs given for Toshiba machines which give a max resolution for external devices as well as internal screens)

    Can you clarify?

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.