I’ve honestly been adverse to picking up or even purchasing an Acer computer. See, I had a friend who had an Acer back in the days when Quake 1 was the rage and he bought an Acer – said it was the best brand around – and it had so many issues and problems that I said I would not buy one unless pigs started to fly. Since that experience, I’ve always attuned my ears to the negative reviews directed toward Acer computer.
Needless to say, I’ve been converted. The Acer AS5742Z-4685 has been one of the main reasons why I now rank Acer as a quality notebook manufacturer. This particular notebook is a nice piece of engineering. It has a nice screen (15.6 inches with a 1366 X 768 resolution), a decent hard drive with 320 Gb of space (SATA hard disk), a 2.0GHz Intel dual-core processor, 4 Gigabytes of DDR 3 RAM and an 8X SuperMulti Drive.
Even though the Acer AS5742Z-4685 is on the larger scale of things with the 15.6 inch screen, it doesn’t look huge. This is probably due to the rounded edges and chic black finish that the notebook has. In addition to the look, the notebook weighs in at about 5.7 lbs.
Acer did also bundle in some nice new pieces of hardware like the multi-touch track pad that takes advantage of Windows 7 new capabilities. While the multi-gesture/ multi-touch track pad isn’t as good as Apple’s, it is definitely an upgrade of the standard touchpad.
There’s also an option for HDMI out and the on-board Intel Graphics Card does a decent job decoding video and rendering games. While not as quick as a dedicated graphics card, to most users, there will be no noticeable difference.
A 1.3 megapixel, HD Webcam comes integrated with the Acer AS5742Z-4685 and allows you to broadcast or record home-made videos without much effort. The webcam can record or chat with a maximum resolution of 1280 X 1024. Now you are able to capture memories in at least 720p which is about half-HD.
In terms of power consumption and battery life, the Acer AS5742Z-4685 is decent. If you work continuously without a DC power source, you should be able to eke out 3.5 hours from the Acer AS5742Z-4685. The overall nature of the notebook is one towards conserving energy rather than wasting it.
At the end of the day, the price point of the Acer AS5742Z-4685 really makes this computer very attractive. Sure it could have better accessories or hardware pieces, but then you and I would have had to pay premium prices. And for many of us in this day and age, spending extra money is probably not our first inclination.