6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: Acer Aspire AS5742G-7200

About Video Transcript

First Look: Acer Aspire AS5742G-7200

1:45 /

On a price-to-performance basis, the Acer Aspire 5742G-7200 is one of the better laptop buys on the market, as long as you don't mind specs in a plain box.

Hi, I'm Scott Stein, senior associate editor at cnet.com and this is the Acer Aspire 5742G-7200. Now, if you consider your laptops like trucks that you just wanna get work down with them and you just care about the specs and you wanna save some money, well, this is the laptop for you. It is utterly an exciting in its design. It is blonde, black, plastic, but for $750. It's got a Core i5 processor and some nice and video GeForce graphics that amount to some great value compared to the competition. In fact, it's very similar to what we found in the entry level, Dell XPS 15 over the holiday season. Now, that was $850, this is $750. What is this lacking compared to the other? Well, speakers are really weak. We don't like its trackpad, the keyboard, I find, was not so great. It's also lacking some of the high-end ports that you might find in some others like USB 3.0. It doesn't have Bluetooth. On the other hand, its graphic performance is really good. It's able to play mainstream games if that's what you're looking for and heck, the Core i5 processor while it's not the new Sandy Bridge processor generation, which is going to be a nice step-up, it still gets the job done from multitasking and anything basic you might need. However, for just a little bit more, you could get a laptop that has a better design, has a better battery life and it's kind of a little bit cooler, but then, you maybe that person who just cares about the price and how it performs. In that case, maybe the Acer Aspire is the laptop for you. If you were the other person, you might consider looking somewhere else. I'm Scott Stein and this is the Acer Aspire 5742G-7200.

New releases

The tiny Samsung Portable SSD T1 pack a crazy punch
1:59 January 23, 2015
CNET editor Dong Ngo shares some of his inspiring thoughts with the one-of-a-kind and totally awesome Samsung Portable SSD T1 driv...
Play video
'Star Wars' supercut shows every GUI in the 1977 film, Ep. 189
4:24 January 23, 2015
This week on Crave get a glimpse of the future with drug-trafficking drones, a solar-powered plane circling the globe and Russia's...
Play video
This costly cooker is a culinary master
1:48 January 23, 2015
Replace your current stash of small appliances with the $299 Instant Pot Smart.
Play video
You built a time machine... out of a rice maker?
1:47 January 23, 2015
It won't send you back to the future, but the Tim3 Machin3 from 3 Squares will cook rice and quinoa quickly and automatically.
Play video
Netpicks: What to watch this weekend
1:53 January 23, 2015
For a really, really limited time Amazon is giving away its award-winning show, Transparent.
Play video
Panic sweeps nerd nation over Apple Watch battery life
3:00 January 23, 2015
The Apple Watch battery may not be as magical as some hope, T-Mobile will look past customers' bad credit scores, and more electric...
Play video
Wink Relay smart home control pad falls short of its potential
2:28 January 23, 2015
The benefits of an in-wall smart home control panel seem obvious, but too many limitations and still in-development features hold this...
Play video
NHT SuperBuds: $99 in-ear headphones won't get you high, but they go low
1:39 January 23, 2015
The cannabis-themed SuperBuds are a well-designed and affordable earphone geared toward those who listen to bass-centric music
Play video